Monday March 19, 2018

Hollywood Actor Julia Roberts could be the face of ‘India, Land of Yoga’ campaign

Julia Roberts Source: Wikimedia Commons

The tourism ministry of India is planning to start up a ‘India, Land of Yoga’ campaign with Hollywood actress, Julia Roberts as the campaign’s leading face. This Global campaign will help in projecting India as the land of Yoga.

  • Julia Roberts practices Pratyahara, the fifth limb of Yoga which helps the practitioners in conscious withdrawal of energy from the senses
  • Roberts was popularly linked to Yoga after she shot the film Eat Pray Love in India
  • Roberts believes that Yoga helps her in dealing with stress
  • An official from the tourism ministry said, “This has helped promote Yoga in the West. The actress is also an Indophile and keeps coming to the country incognito”
  • The objective of ‘India, land of Yoga’ campaign is to get foreigners to stay in India for extended time and make them learn Yoga
  • The ministry of Tourism is hoping to start the campaign by 21 June which is celebrated as the International Yoga Day in United Nations since 2015
  • In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indulged people from over 80 countries to participate in a Mass Yoga manifestation
  • The tourism ministry believes that a Yoga campaign may bring in tourists
  • However, figures contradict the belief. Yoga is known to be practiced by 745 million people around the world whereas in the year 2014, only 20 percent of 23000 medical tourists from foreign countries visited Yoga centers

According to a tourism ministry official, “The plan has to be approved by tourism minister Mahesh Sharma and the Prime Minister’s Office before we approach the actress, but having an international face recognized for practicing yoga is crucial for the success of the campaign”

“Through this campaign, we want to emphasize that learning yoga in its land of origin will be a completely different experience”, another official said.

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  • Pritam Go Green

    This is a great news .Seeing this makes me happy that yoga is being recognized on a global platform .Proud to be an Indian !! 😀

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Pentavalent vaccine: Doctors raise red flag

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive

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India's PV to be reexamined because of its harmful effects. .
  • Pentavalent vaccine was introduced in India six years ago
  • It is since then have been a cause of many deaths
  • Doctors want it to be reexamined before continuing its use

Pentavalent vaccine (PV), that was introduced by India a little over six years ago, doubled the deaths of children soon after vaccination compared to the DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus) vaccine, according to a new study that calls for a “rigorous review of the deaths following vaccination with PV”.

Health officials have launched a campaign targeting nearly 24 million people with a one-fifth dose of the vaccine. Wikimedia Commons
PV has been cause of many deaths in past years. Wikimedia Commons

Government records show that there were 10,612 deaths following vaccination (both PV and DPT) in the last 10 years. There was a huge increase in these numbers in 2017, which the Health Ministry has promised to study. “The present analysis could be a starting point in the quest to reduce the numbers of such deaths,” authors of the new study say.

The study by Dr Jacob Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, and Dr V. Sreenivas, Professor of Biostatistics at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), both in New Delhi, is published in the peer-reviewed Medical Journal of Dr D.Y. Patil University.

PV is a combination of the DPT vaccine and two more vaccines against Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and hepatitis B. Starting December 2011, PV was introduced into India’s immunisation programme to replace DPT vaccine in a staged manner with a view to adding protection against Hib and Hepatitis B without increasing the number of injections given to infants.

Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons
Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons

But sporadic reports of unexplained deaths following immunisation with PV had been a matter of concern. Puliyel, Sreenivas and their colleagues undertook the study to find out if these deaths were merely coincidental or vaccine-induced.

The authors obtained data of all deaths reported from April 2012 to May 2016 under the Right to Information Act. Data on deaths within 72 hours of administering DPT and PV from different states were used.

For their study, the authors assumed that all deaths within 72 hours of receiving DPT are natural deaths. Using this figure as the baseline, they presumed that any increase in the number of deaths above this baseline among children receiving PV must be caused by this vaccine.

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According to their analysis of the data provided by the government, there were 237 deaths within 72 hours of administering the Pentavalent vaccine — twice the death rate among infants who received DPT vaccine.

Extrapolating the data, the authors have estimated that vaccination of 26 million children each year in India would result in 122 additional deaths within 72 hours, due to the switch from DPT to PV.

“There is likely to be 7,020 to 8,190 deaths from PV each year if data from states with the better reporting, namely Manipur and Chandigarh, are projected nationwide,” their report says.

It is important to make sure that these vaccines are reexamined peroperly. VOA

The authors note that while the study looks at the short-term increase in deaths (within three days of vaccination) it does not calculate the potential benefits of PV on infant mortality, for example by protection against lethal diseases like Haemophilus influenza.

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive. “These findings of differential death rates between DPT and PV do call for further rigorous prospective population-based investigations,” the study concludes. IANS