Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:01 February,2020

Tamil Nadu steps up screening protocol, orders blood tests for all travellers from China

Passengers arriving from Wuhan at Chennai and other airports in Tamil Nadu are now required to provide blood samples for coronavirus screening with immediate effect.

Passengers arriving from Wuhan at Chennai and other airports in Tamil Nadu are now required to provide blood samples for coronavirus screening with immediate effect. Additionally, they will be put on compulsory home quarantine for at least 28 days.

Director of public health K Kolandaswamy on Thursday said the screening protocol, recommended by the Union health ministry, will begin by Friday morning....read more


Coronavirus an International Public Health Emergency

Ajay Sanghi and Dr KK Aggarwal

India should create rapid response infrastructure for handling global epidemics

Quality medical institutions, huge workforce of trained doctors and nurses, and low-cost yet high-quality pharmaceutical industry in India can benefit UN/WHO in rapidly and inexpensively responding to the global epidemics (pandemics), which is the need of the hour after the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China that is spreading globally!....read more


Coronavirus incubation period 5 days

The time period between exposure to the novel coronavirus and symptoms is an average of 5.2 days; however, it varies greatly among patients.

A Chinese team that published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) stated that their findings support a 14-day medical observation period for people exposed to the pathogen.

According to the WHO, the incubation period ranged from 2-10 days before symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath and acute respiratory distress appeared....read more


Safest place to sit in a plane in view of corona threat

1.All previous coronaviruses have transmitted through droplets

2.So, it would be unusual if this new pathogen was different.

3.The new coronavirus is behaving much like SARS....read more


Abortions to be allowed at 24 Weeks in India

The Indian government has extended the upper limit for permitting abortions to 24 weeks, from the current 20 weeks giving women reproductive rights over their bodies.

The news comes about four months after the centre told the Supreme Court that right to reproductive autonomy did not outweigh State's interest in protecting a foetus' life and the 20 week limit could not be extended in a blanket manner. ....read more


The Science Behind Addiction

The three main reasons for any addiction are ignorance, ego and dependence. If you ask people why they smoke, some would say that they were ignorant about its side effects (ignorance), while others would say that it gave them a status in the society (ego). And the rest would say that once they started, they could not quit and are now dependent on it (dependence)....read more


Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

Eat gur-chana once in a week in fasting state to maintain iron levels.


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Healthcare News Monitor

Health ministry issues final draft National Dental Commission Bill, 2020
Pharmabiz India - Shardul Nautiyal

The Union health ministry has issued the final draft National Dental Commission Bill, 2020. The draft bill is primarily aimed at setting up a National Dental Commission (NDC) and repealing the Dentists Act, 1948. The Bill is envisaged to offer quality and affordable dental education, ensure availability of adequate and high quality dental professionals in the country. Its objectives also include promoting national health goals that encourages dental professionals to adopt latest dental research in their work and to contribute to research. The bill has been prepared and released for comments of the general public and other stakeholders. This is also aimed at periodic and transparent assessment of dental institutions in the country and to facilitate maintenance of a dental register for India. “Accordingly, a draft National Dental Commission Bill has been prepared and attached for comments of the general public or stakeholders. Comments may be furnished via e-mail at v.ihal97 2@sov.in on or before February 20, 2020. This will lead to framing an Act which may be called the National Dental Commission (NDC) Act,” according to a union health ministry notice. It is also aimed at promoting equitable and universal oral healthcare that encourages community health perspective and makes services of dental professionals accessible to all the citizens. The Act will enforce high ethical standards in all aspects of dental services that is flexible to adapt to changing needs and has an effective grievance redressal

New API Park in Dhaka an opportunity for Indian cos to build tie-ups with pharma & related industries in Bangladesh
Pharmabiz India - A Raju

With Bangladesh setting up a new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) Park near Dhaka, the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) is viewing it as the best opportunity for the Indian players to build more business tie-ups with pharma and related industries in Bangladesh. As Pharmexcil is participating in the upcoming Asia Pharma Expo by setting up an India Pavilion at International Convention City at Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka in February, the council feels that this is a good opportunity for the Indian firms to build a solid business networking with the firms in Bangladesh and enhance India’s export. According to Udaya Bhaskar, director general of Pharmexcil, the new API Park in Dhaka, which is being built with about 47 pharmaceutical manufacturing units, offers immense potential for the Indian API manufacturers to have joint ventures, technology tie-ups, and exports of the raw materials and other pharma chemicals to the industries in Bangladesh. “As we all know that APIs play a crucial role in the development of medicines, every country is planning to establish its own base for APIs and so is Bangladesh building its own API base. As India has also brought in its new policy on APIs and planning to set up many more API manufacturing clusters, the firms manufacturing APIs in India can also partner with API manufacturers in Bangladesh and can enter into MoUs, joint ventures and partnership with the Bangladesh firms and can develop a long term business relationship that would help in enhancing India’s exports and both the countries can benefit mutually,” observed the Pharmexcil DG.

Visitors stay away from Thrissur District General Hospital in Kerala amid Coronavirus scare
The New Indian Express- Gopika Varrier

Situated in the heart of the city on the eastern side of Swaraj Round, Thrissur District General Hospital, which is otherwise a busy centre, wore a deserted look on Thursday after reports of a native, who returned from Wuhan in China, contracting novel coronavirus and being admitted there. From autorickshaw drivers to lottery ticket agents, everybody hesitated to enter the hospital compound due to confusion over the spread of the disease and precautions to be taken. However, the causality unit of the hospital had its share of patients as usual. People who usually visit the inpatients also kept away from the hospital where the infected person was accommodated in an isolation ward till evening. A hospital official said, "There had been no rise in discharge cases in the hospital, but we felt a reduction in the number of visitors. Many bystanders also were not seen outside their rooms, probably because of the concerns about the disease." Health officials confirmed that there was no need to panic as the infected person was completely in quarantine since her arrival at the hospital. The girl was shifted to the Medical College Hospital by 7.30pm on Thursday, as it could provide better facilities.

UP Police arrests Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan in Mumbai for hate speech
The Statesman

The Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan for making inflammatory statements at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on December 12 last year. An FIR was registered against him under section 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of IPC on December 13. Khan was scheduled to be at the Mumbai Bagh protests on Thursday. In the same mould as Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, women protesters have started an indefinite stir against the CAA at Mumbai Bagh, with the agitation entering the third day on Wednesday. Doctor Khan, a paediatrician hit the headlines after the death of 60 children in the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017 due to disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills. Following this, he was suspended from Gorakhpur’s BRD medical college. Khan was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the state-run hospital and was removed following the deaths on August 10 and 11. He was later arrested. Meanwhile, Khan’s transit remand has been granted to Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (UPSTF) by Mumbai’s Bandra Court. Speaking to reporters earlier today after his arrest, Kafeel Khan said that he was given a clean chit in Gorakhpur child deaths case and now he was being framed again. He also requested the Maharashtra government to let him stay in the state and added that he does not trust the Uttar Pradesh Police.