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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

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Author(s): Editorial Staff

Vol. 30, No. 4 (2005-10 - 2005-12)

IAPSM congratulated Honourable Minister of Health & Family Welfare -Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss for reimposing ban on sale of non-iodised salt in the country.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Health. Notificaiton. The Gazette of India,Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), No. 226, 27 May, 2005.

Details of the notification are: In the PFA rules 1955. i) in rule 42,

a) for sub-rule (v), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely: Every container or package of table iodised salt or iron fortified common salt containing permitted anticaking agent shall bear the following label, namely: Iodized Salt/Iron Fortified common Salt Contains Permitted anticaking agent.

b) in sub-rule (zzz), after clause (18), the following clause shall be inserted, namely- Every container or package of common salt shall bear the following label, namely: Common salt for iodization/iron fortification animal use/presrvation/ medicine/industrial use. ii) after rule 44H, the following rule shall be inserted, namely :- Restriction on sale of common salt.- No person shall sell or offer an expose for sale or have in his premises for the purpose of sale, the common salt, for direct human consumption unless the same is iodized:

Provided that common salt may be sold or exposed for sale or stored for sale for iodization, iron fortification, animal use, preservation, manufacturing medicines, and industrial use, under proper label declarations, as speciafied under clause

(19) or sub-rule (zzz) of rules 42."; (iii) in rule 49, in sub-rule (10), for the words "Edible common salt or iodized salt or iron fortified common salt";, the words "Table iodized salt or table iron fortified common salt"; shall be substituted.

[F.No. P-15014/4/2005-PH (Food)]

21st Annual State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, West Bengal Chapter,

organised at the Department of Community Medicine, NRS Medical College Kolkata on 25th June 2005. Prof. Akhil Bandhu Biswas, Dr. Nirmal Kumar Mandal were elected as president and Secretary respectively, Phones : 22443213-16 Ext. 381/ 382, Mobile : 9433390288, Email : [email protected]

The first meeting of Sub-Committee-Professional Education (IAPSM) was held on 8.9.05 in Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Dr. G K. Ingle, Dr. D K Taneja, Dr. Nandini Sharma, Dr. Jugal Kishore of MAMC, Dr. A K Sood of Naitonal Board of Examination & Dr. Sanjay Chturvedi of UCMS participated in this meetting.

Govt. of India accepted the proposal of RCH committee of IAPSM to conduct short term course on Epidemiology and Health Management and a grant of Rs. 5 lacs has been sanctioned for the same.

Integerated Disease Surveillance Project: The Government of India is initiating a decentralized, state based integrated disease surveillance project (IDSP) in the country to detect early warning signals of impending outbreaks and help to initiate an effective response in a timely manner to monitor progress of an on going disease control programme and help allocate health resources more optimally. It has four components-1) To establish and operate a central level disease surveillance Unit, 2) To Integrate and strengthen disease surveillance at the state & district levels, 3) To improve laboratory support 4) Training of disease surveillance and action. Project highlights are that it will monitor a limited number of conditions based on state perceptions including 13 core (Malaria, Acute Diarrhoeal Disease, Cholera, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Measles, Polio, Road Traffic Accidents, Plague & unusual clinic syndromes like Meningoencephalitis, Respiratory Distress Haemorrhagic fever & other undiagnosed condition, HIV/HBV, HCV, water quality, out door air quality, NCD risk factors) and 5 state priority conditions for which public health response is available. It will integerate surveillance activities in the country. Private practitioners, private hospitals/private laboratories will be inducted into the programme as sentinel sites. There will be active participation of medical colleges in the surveillance activities.

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