Friday, September 18, 2020

Health Care

Spike in Covid cases leaves B'luru gasping for extra beds

BENGALURU:With Bengaluru seeing a spike in the Covid-19 cases and strapped for additional beds, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued final show-cause notice to as many as 36 private hospitals in the city for not dedicating 50 per cent of beds to government assigned patients.

Punjab to provide oximeters for Rs 514 to all residents

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday announced oximeters to be made available to all citizens at an affordable cost of Rs 514 through approved vendors in every district amid spiralling cases of Covid-19.

'Covid-19 could reverse downward trend in infant deaths'

UNITED NATIONS: The Covid-19 pandemic could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable infant deaths, according to the Unicef.

Unlock 4: No curfew on Saturdays in Punjab, Govt issues guidelines effective from Sept 9 to 30

CHANDIGARH : Aiming to provide more relaxation in the urban areas during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Punjab Government, on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister, have announced that curfew would remain imposed only on all Sundays in all the 167 municipal towns of the State upto 30.09.2020 and no curfew to be imposed on Saturdays.

Secondhand smoke sends more kids to the hospital: Study

NEW YORK: Children who are exposed to tobacco have higher rates of hospital admissions after visiting emergency departments or urgent care facilities, warn researchers.

Punjab allows free walk-in testing for Covid at Govt hospitals

Tata Trusts hands over 4 Covid centres in Maharashtra, UP

MUMBAI:The Tata Trusts has upgraded four government hospitals -- two each in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh -- into Covid-19 Treatment Centres and handed them over to the local administration of the country's two biggest states, an official spokesperson said here on Monday.

Jalandhar administration enhances 75 beds capacity for Co-morbid patients

JALANDHAR:  Further strengthening its medical and health care infrastructure in Jalandhar to deal with the spike in COVID cases and minimizing the Case Fatality Rate (CFR), the District Administration has now added more 75 beds for level-II and 70 beds for level-III category patients on Sunday.

India will be the 'Hospital of the World': Goyal

NEW DELHI:Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that along with being the 'Pharmacy of the World', India will also become the 'Hospital of the World'.

Clinic visits not tied to high risk of getting Covid-19: Study

NEW YORK:A US study of pregnant patients during the pandemic has found that in-person health care visits were not an important risk factor for contracting the Covid-19 infection and necessary in-person care was safely performed in the hospitals.

MP hospital fails to take note of patient's death overnight

MORENA(Madhya Pradesh):In a case of criminal negligence, the staff of the district government hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Morena failed to notice the death of a patient till his body began decomposing and ants began nibbling on it.

Punjab Government takes serious note of fallacious and callously motivated news published in Dainik Bhaskar

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has taken a serious note of a news item published in the Dainik Bhaskar today. The official spokesperson of the government said that it is highly regretting to note that the news item published by Dainik Bhaskar today regarding Government Rajindra Hospital Patiala was ‘fallacious, tendentious, and callously motivated' in gross violation of well established journalistic ideals and ethics of reporting.  

'Won't let you rest on your feet': HC to Delhi govt over Covid-19 testing

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to close the hearing on a plea seeking rapid Covid-19 testing and declaration of results in 48 hours, saying that its jurisdiction "to continuously monitor the situation even in a disposed of petition cannot be curtailed by taking to such technicalities".

70 Gynaecologist trained for providing tele-medicine consultations to pregnant women

CHANDIGARH:To ensure the safety of pregnant women from the corona virus, the Health & Family Welfare Department imparted the special training to 70 Gynaecologist for providing tele-medicine consultations to pregnant women. Besides this, separate labor rooms are set up in all district hospitals to conduct the deliveries of COVID-19 positive pregnant women.

Healthcare workers more likely to test positive for COVID-19

LONDON:Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test, compared to the general population, said researchers.

SC asks why quarantine period of doctors, health workers treated as leave

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Friday said the Centre is not powerless to ensure that state governments obey its directive in connection with the release of salaries of doctors and healthcare workers, and also asked why quarantine period of doctors and health workers is treated as leave.

Vrindavan widows to send special masks,rakhis to 'Modi bhaiyya'

AGRA:Ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival, widows living in the Sulabh International-run ashrams in Vrindavan will send special, Vrindavan-themed masks and rakhis to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom they fondly call "Bhaiyya" or brother.

Plant-based diets high in carbs improve type 1 diabetes: Study

NEW YORK:Plant-based diets rich in whole carbohydrates can improve insulin sensitivity and other health markers in individuals with type 1 diabetes, say researchers.

Delhi govt's counselling service fails to aid frontline workers

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government's psychiatric tele-counselling service, "Samarthan", for doctors, health care and frontline workers battling against the COVID-19 pandemic, is struggling hard to find takers just within a month of its launch. On an average, the number of people calling the helpline service for the counselling is less than one in a day.

Mitigate airborne spread of COVID-19, 239 scientists urge WHO

SYDNEY:It is time to recognise and mitigate airborne transmission of COVID-19, says a plea to the World Health Organization (WHO) issued by 239 scientists from around the world.

Rahul questions performance of ventilators funded by PM CARES

NEW DELHI:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the Central government is putting Indian lives at risk by purchasing sub-standard ventilators for the fight against coronavirus.

Cap on Covid charges, pushes small Delhi nursing homes to brink

NEW DELHI:Pankaj Solanki, doctor who runs the 50-bed Dharamveer Solanki Hospital in Rohini, spent Rs 5 lakh to create a separate entrance for the COVID patients, installed monitors, jumbo oxygen cylinders, air conditioners, and a host of other structural changes to comply with COVID treatment norms.

AP puts medicare on fast track with 1,088 ambulance fleet

VIJAYAWADA:The city's main thoroughfare set the stage for the grand rollout of 1,008 brand new ambulances as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy set out to provide emergency medical services to the nook and corner of the state. An array of 1,088 brand new ambulances was flagged off by the Chief Minister on Wednesday morning from the city's Benz Circle to Raghavaiah Park.

Shah, Kejriwal to visit Sardar Patel Covid Centre

NEW DELHI:Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas at Chattarpur in south Delhi around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

New York to hold primary elections on Tuesday

NEW YORK:  New York, one of the traditionally Democratic US states, on Tuesday will hold its primary polls in which most of the party's candidates who win their respective races will be guaranteed a victory in the November presidential election over their Republican rivals.

New York to hold primary elections on Tuesday

NEW YORK:New York, one of the traditionally Democratic US states, on Tuesday will hold its primary polls in which most of the party's candidates who win their respective races will be guaranteed a victory in the November presidential election over their Republican rivals.

Washington D.C. to begin phase 2 of reopening next week

WASHINGTON:Washington D.C. will begin the phase two of reopening on Monday after the "city experienced 15 days of sustained decrease in community spread of COVID-19" during the first phase, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.

This vaccine may protect against worst symptoms of Covid-19

NEW YORK:The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could serve as a preventive measure to dampen septic inflammation associated with Covid-19 infection, say researchers.
According to the study, published in the journal mBio, vaccination with MMR in immunocompetent individuals has no contraindications and may be especially effective for health care workers who can easily be exposed to Covid-19.

Urban density not linked to higher COVID-19 infection, death: Johns Hopkins

NEW YORK:Denser places, assumed by many to be more conducive to the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, are not linked to higher infection rates, say researchers.

Why not give insurance cover for mental illness: SC to Centre, IRDA

NEW DELHI: Amid the raging debate over the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who is alleged to have been depressed before his apparently died by suicide on June 14, Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on a PIL seeking direction to all insurance companies to extend medical insurance for treatment of mental illness.

Andhra Pradesh ahead of others in conducting COVID-19 tests: Guv

AMARAVATI:Andhra Pradesh government has taken effective steps in containing the spread of COVID-19 and it stands ahead of other states in the number of tests conducted so far, Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan said on Tuesday.

Why not give insurance cover for mental illness: SC to Centre, IRDA

NEW DELHI:Amid the raging debate over the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who is alleged to have been depressed before his apparent suicide on Jube 14, Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on a PIL seeking direction to all insurance companies to extend medical insurance for treatment of mental illness.

Miles to go for effective suicide-prevention protocols in India'

NEW DELHI:The apparent suicide of rising Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput has once again focused on two glaring lacunae: that while mental health issues are estimated to affect 150 million Indians, less than a fifth - 30 million - are seeking care of one form or another and that suicide is the leading cause of death for Indians in the 15 to 39 age group.

No data to prove Covid community spread in K'taka: Minister

BENGALURU:At a juncture when Covid positive cases are rising by more than 150 daily, a majority of whom are inter-state returnees, mainly from Maharashtra, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar told IANS that there is no data to prove that there is community transmission of the virus in the southern state.

MoU signed for construction of Chamba Medical College: Jai Ram Thakur

SHIMLA: Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) has been signed with the National Building Construction Company Ltd. (NBCCLtd.) for construction of government medical college in Chamba. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a virtual rally of Chamba BJP Mandal from Shimla today.

Centre deploys teams in 50 municipal bodies with high Covid-19 cases

NEW DELHI:The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has deployed high-level multi-disciplinary central teams to 15 states and Union Territories (UTs) covering more than 50 districts and municipal bodies that are witnessing high spurt of Covid-19 cases.

Delhi Medical Association slams Kejriwal for warning doctors

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Medical Association on Sunday slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for warning and threatening the hospitals about the COVID-19 patients' admissions and tests. It also condemned the move to lodge FIR against private COVID facility, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.

Mumbai revs back to life in lockdown 5.0

MUMBAI:After nearly 80 days of lockdown, the country's commercial capital Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra revved back to life, setting in motion the crucial economic activities that were virtually paralysed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, here on Friday.

Plasma therapy safe, effective for severe Covid-19 patients: Study

NEW YORK:A new trial has found that convalescent plasma therapy is a safe treatment option for patients with severe Covid-19 synptoms, say researchers as globally the coronavirus infection has affected over 6 lakh people and at least half of them have succumbed to the pandemic.

Coming together for a better tomorrow

NEW DELHI:As digital and tech are the new normal, Foundations and NGOs take initiatives online to enable people to contribute to their efforts. To that end the Swades Foundation, CRY and TikTok joined hands to launch the #EVERYVIEWCOUNTS campaign

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