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Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- health

In News:

  • WHO advised patients suffering from COVID-19-like symptoms to avoid the drug ibuprofen, unless prescribed by doctors.
  • It is an anti-inflammatory drug that is easily available with chemists in India, and can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription. 
  • Ibuprofen, a non-steroid, is used for relief from joint pain, migraine, fever, body ache, and even pain during the menstrual cycle. 
  • Its function is to reduce pain, swelling, and fever by suppressing substances that produce swelling in the body. 
  • Other non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs include aspirin, cortisone, naproxen and diclofenac.

The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance

In News:

  • The Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha
  • The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and provides for a medical education system to ensure availability of quality medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine

Key features of the bill are:

  • The Bill provides for the establishment of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM).  The NCISM will consist of 29 members, appointed by the central government. 
  • Functions of the NCISM include: 
    • Framing policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine
    • Assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure
    • Ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of Indian System of Medicine of the regulations made under the Bill
    • Ensuring coordination among the autonomous boards set up under the Bill.
  • Autonomous Boards: The bill sets the following boards under supervision of NCISM
    • The Board of Ayurveda and the Board of Unani, Siddha, and Sowa-Rigpa
    • The Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Indian System of Medicine:
    • The Ethics and Medical Registration Board: 
  • The central government will constitute an Advisory Council for Indian System of Medicine.  The Council will be the primary platform through which the states/union territories can put forth their views and concerns before the NCISM. 
  • Entrance Exam: There will be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to under-graduate education in each of the disciplines of the Indian System of Medicine in all medical institutions regulated by the Bill.

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