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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought back the influx of yoga to the country.
International yoga day is back in all campuses.

All AICTE approved institutes will celebrate this day by participating in work shops specially designed by Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Vyasa), which is headed by PM’s yoga guru, Dr HR Nagendra.

The central government is expecting 100 % attendance on yoga day from institutes that fall under AICTE, UGN and IITs, IIITs etc too.

According to a circular issued by the Council, “AICTE has drawn the action plan and decided to organise a one-day yoga workshop” for students of institutes approved by it in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi.”

At each of the venues, a maximum of 300 students would be accommodated. Hence, we request you to nominate five to 10 motivated students, who would, in turn, take up yoga in their respective colleges. The contents of the workshop have been designed by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa), Bengaluru, in which the key speaker and experts will also be from S-Vyasa, who will provide theoretical or practical training, in line with the IDY common yoga protocol,” states the circular signed by AICTE chairman, Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe

International yoga day will be celebrated on June 21.

The circular emphasised on the need of yoga especially in a young person’s life, who faces pressure from all directions , yoga helps you achieve peace and clear headedness.

“Practising yoga shall (help) overcome stress and contribute to memory development. As a result, they can focus and concentrate properly,” it says.

The circular has also asked educational institutes to make yoga a necessary activity in campuses.

It has asked universities as well to organise 2-3 days workshops on yoga, during april and may , where the students will be made aware of the benefits of yoga. about the strengths and health benefits of yoga.

“They may also be trained in the common yoga protocol to be performed on IDY on June 21. Some of the other activities suggested for this fest could be musical and cultural programmes based on yoga and sensitisation of youth about career prospects in yoga,” it says.

Yoga Experts Committee
A 15 member yoga experts committee has been formed headed by Dr Nagendra so as to plan the activities to be held on this day.

It was decided that the event will be an hour long.

The committee has also prepared a three day conference on the topic “yoga for body and beyond”from june 21 to 23.

The draft plan finalised by the committee says, “The IDY celebration programme is proposed to be organised in all the states and union territories. Leading yoga institutes would provide technical support to one or more states of their choice in organising the event. Aone-hour common yoga protocol was finalised by the committee.”

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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