Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Current Affairs - 2019

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Vigilance Awareness Week

Last week of October is observed as Vigilance Awareness Week under the aegis of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). This year, the week falls from 28th October, 2019 to 2nd November, 2019.
Theme: Integrity-a way of life.

The week is to be launched with an Integrity-pledge of the staff and officers of the ministry to fight against corruption


The CVC observes Vigilance Awareness week every year to promote transparency, integrity and accountability. The observance creates increased awareness among the public and encourages the stakeholders to participate in the fight against corruption.


  • During the week long campaign, activities like public interaction for redress of grievances, debates among students, surprise inspections, poster competitions, essay writing, quiz, paining competitions will be conducted.
  • Also workshops for employees and other stakeholders on preventive vigilance measures will be conducted.
  • Organize human chains in villages and towns
  • Display banners and posters in prominent locations and also places with public interface (Railway station, petrol pumps, etc.)
  • Organize awareness programs in Gram Sabhas and in Gram Panchayats.

The aim of the programs is to motivate and sensitize the officers and staff to remain vigilant and transparent in their work.

Health Ministry conducts 8th round of National Deworming Day campaign

The Health Ministry undertook the 8th round of National Deworming Day campaign across the country on 8th February to reduce the prevalence of parasitic intestinal worms among children.

National Deworming Day

National Deworming Day is aimed at deworming all preschool and school-age children (enrolled and non-enrolled) between the ages of 1-19 years through the platform of schools and Anganwadi Centers to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life. Albendazole tablets are orally administered for the children during the programme.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the nodal agency for the implementation of the National Deworming Day. The National Deworming Day is implemented by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in association with the Department of School Education and Literacy under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban Development, and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Bi-annual round of deworming is recommended in the States where the prevalence of Soil-Transmitted Helminths infection is more than 20% and annual round in other states. Only two States namely Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have reported less than 20% prevalence and have been recommended for the annual round.