Schools in Assam to be turned into jab centres for children vaccination
Government and private schools with about 100 to 200 students will be turned into Covid vaccination centres for children in Assam as the state health department is gearing up to vaccinate children between 15 and 18 years of age from January 3.
The department informed that in a meeting chaired by Union health secretary, Rajesh Bhusan, with states and a succeeding meeting chaired here by state health minister Keshab Mahanta on Tuesday, it has been decided to use only Covaxin to inoculate the children. School dropouts are likely to be taken to other vaccination centres.
Assam has set an estimated target of inoculating 18.25 lakh children though it may take a few days before the vaccination drive gains momentum. On January 3, it may be an inaugural event. Health department officials said over 13 lakh Covaxin doses are in stock in the state.
Fourth Health Index Released by NITI Aayog
The NITI Aayog released its fourth Health Index on 27 December.
- The 2019-20 reference year was used in the fourth round of the Index.
- This report was written by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with technical assistance from the World Bank.
- Kerala has emerged as the top performer among larger states in terms of overall health performance, according to the NITI Aayog’s health index. Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, has been ranked last.
- In terms of incremental performance, however, Uttar Pradesh came out on top because it had the largest incremental change in the reference year 2019-20 compared to the base year 2018-19.
- On health-related parameters, Tamil Nadu came in second place, while Telangana came in third.
NASA Psyche Mission
In August 2022, NASA will launch the Psyche mission. It will be the first mission to explore Psyche, a massive metal asteroid in the main asteroid belt.
The asteroid Psyche is orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. The Psyche mission is one of NASA’s two early Solar System exploration missions.
The Lucy mission is another mission to study the early Solar System by exploring Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
The Psyche Mission is the first mission to be launched by NASA to investigate Psyche, a unique giant metal asteroid.
Inmarsat-6 F1 Communications Satellite Launched by Japan
Inmarsat-6 F1, a communication satellite, has been launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center.
It was launched by a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA204 rocket into geostationary orbit, about 22,240 miles (35,790 kilometers) above the earth.
Inmarsat, a London-based company, is developing it as part of its next-generation satellite broadband service.
The satellite is the first of two ‘I-6’ spacecraft and weighs 12,060-pounds (5,470 kilograms).
The Inmarsat-6 F1 launch, designated H-IIAF45, is Japan’s third orbital flight of 2021 and H-second IIA’s mission of the year, marking the H-IIA vehicle’s 45th flight overall.
UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee: Indias Chair
After a ten-year absence, India will take over as chair of the UN Security Council’s counter-terrorism committee in 2022 January.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee is more important for India because it has been advocating for relevant measures to combat terrorism on a global scale.
The committee was last chaired by India in 2012.
Ambassador TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced on January 8, 2021, that India will chair three important UNSC communities in 2021-22.
The Taliban Sanctions Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, and the Libya Sanctions Committee are the three committees.
PETA Indias 2021 Person Of The Year – Alia Bhatt
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named Alia Bhatt as its Person of the Year for 2021.
She is an animal lover who frequently posts pictures of her pets on social media.
Alia Bhatt invested in Phool, the company that created Feather, a vegan leather made from discarded temple flowers, earlier this year.
Ed-a-Mamma, her vegan children’s clothing line, also won a PETA India fashion award in 2021 for fostering children’s love of animals and nature.
Alia also starred in a PETA India campaign promoting adoption to help cats and dogs. She has taken advantage of her position to advocate for stricter animal protection legislation.
First State to Have 100% First Dose Vaccinations – Telangana
Telangana has become the first state in India to complete 100 percent of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination.
Telangana has given out the first doses of vaccination for 2.77 crore citizens with the help of health workers, including the ASHA workers and ANMs to doctors.
In terms of the first dose, the state is 9% ahead of the national average, while in terms of the second dose, it is 3% ahead of the national average.
Vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 will begin on January 3, 2022. It will be carried out in dual-mode mode.
Children in municipal corporation areas can use CoWIN to register for vaccination.
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