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Ayush prophylactic medicines:

GS Paper 2

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

 

Context:

Ayush Ministry kickstarts campaign to distribute prophylactic medicines.

 

Targets:

  • In the next one year, the immunity booster medicines and the guidelines to combat Covid-19 will be distributed to 75 lakh people across the country.
  • Special focus will be on geriatric (people of 60 years and above age) population and the front-line workers.

Benefits and Significance:

  • Distribution of Ayush prophylactic medicines will help citizens to boost immunity against the coronavirus.

 

What are the Prophylactic Medicines?

Prophylactic means a preventive measure.

  • The word comes from the Greek for “an advance guard,” an apt term for a measure taken to fend off a disease or another unwanted consequence.
  • A prophylactic is a medication or a treatment designed and used to prevent a disease from occurring. For example, prophylactic antibiotics may be used after a bout of rheumatic fever to prevent the subsequent development of Sydenham’s chorea.

 

Insta Curious:

What are Schedule H1 Drugs? How are they classified? Reference: read this.

 

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About Prophylactic medicines.
  2. About CCRAS.
  3. About the Ministry of Ayush.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of Prophylactic medicines.

Sources: PIB.