Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:02 February,2020

Budget 2020 : Healthcare gets Rs 69,000 crore; Rs 6,400 crore for Ayushman Bharat

This is an increase of Rs 6,341 crore from the last year budget, which was 62,659 crore

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed that Rs 69,000 crore will be allocated to the healthcare sector, out of which Rs 6,400 crore will be for Ayushman Bharat. This marks an increase of Rs 6341 crore from the last year budget, which stood at Rs 62,659 crore.

Sitharaman, informed Budget 2020 is wovens into three threads - Aspirational India, Economic Development and Caring Society....read more

Union Budget 2020: Healthcare for All

Among the huge expectations surrounding the union budget 2020, there have been some good measures taken by the government. The finance ministry has proposed INR Rs 8,000 crore outlay over 5 years for the National Mission of Quantum Technology and Application. The allocation of INR Rs 69,000 crore for the health sector comes at a time when emphasis on this segment is pertinent. With a holistic vision of healthcare, Mission Indradhanush has been extended to cover new diseases and vaccines. This is a good move considering the rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and new epidemics....read more

Ask patients with suspected flu if they, or someone they have been in contact with, recently returned from China

CMAAO Update 1st February - Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Person-to-person transmission in UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam
2019 n-CoV behaves like SARS, has its origin from bats, spreads like large droplets and predominately from people having lower respiratory infections and hence universal droplet precautions the answer ....read more

Cultivating Positive Thoughts

Darkness present in a room cannot be removed physically. It can only be removed by switching on the light. Darkness, therefore, can be defined as absence of light. Similarly, negative thoughts can be defined as absence of positive thoughts. It is very difficult to remove negative thoughts but it is very easy to cultivate positive thoughts. Persistent negative thoughts creates sympathetic overactivity and leads to lifestyle disorders like blood pressure, acidity, depression, diabetes and heart blockages. ....read more

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

A 5mm reduction in blood pressure can reduce the chances of heart attack by 5%.



Healthcare News Monitor

USFDA cautions Aurobindo Pharma's oral solids formulation facility of regulatory action
ET Healthworld – PTI

Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma on Thursday reported that the US health regulator has cautioned that its oral solids formulation manufacturing facility may be subject to regulatory actions. The company stressed that it will work closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to comprehensively address the issues. "Further to our intimations... with regard to the USFDA inspection of Unit VII, an oral solids formulation manufacturing facility of the company, we inform you that the company has received a letter from the USFDA classifying the inspection conducted at the aforesaid facility as official action indicated (OAI)," Aurobindo Pharma Ltd said in a filing to BSE. According to USFDA's definitions, OAI means "objectionable conditions were found and regulatory administrative sanctions by FDA are indicated" during inspections. The company said that it believes that this OAI classification will not have any material impact on the existing revenues or the supplies to its US business at this juncture. The shares of Aurobindo Pharma were trading at Rs 484.50 apiece on BSE, down 4.49 per cent from the previous close.

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to cut pharmaceutical industry’s lifeline
ET Healthworld – Teena Thacker

China’s coronavirus pandemic is threatening to disrupt India’s $39-billion drug production by halting or severely affecting the flow of imports of bulk drugs and intermediates from the country. India, the world’s third-largest drug producer by volume, imports 70% of its raw materials from the Middle Kingdom. This may slow down to a trickle, according to industry executives, if the restrictions in the neighbouring country continue for a few more weeks. “We cover ourselves with extra inventory,” said Arjun Juneja, director, Mankind Pharma. “So, there is no fear till mid-February. However, if it goes beyond that, 70% of industry will get impacted,” he said. Some other firms said they had buffer stock for next few months. China’s decision to extend the Lunar New Year holidays and the quarantine of more than 45 million could make imports of key raw materials difficult, experts added. Most units near epicentre of outbreak - “The spread is likely to threaten pharma’s ingredient sourcing,” said BR Sikri, chairman, Federation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (FOPE). “The Chinese government has extended holidays and due to delay in shipments from the country, India is likely to face shortages of essential drugs.”

Will we consider our own, the Kashmiri children traumatised by years of systemic violence?
The Indian Express- Amit Sen

India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, said on January 16 that “girls and boys are now being radicalised” in Kashmir, and those who are “completely radicalised” need to be “taken out separately” and put in deradicalisation camps (IE, January 17). I remembered 1983, when I was working as a young medical officer in 92 Base (Military) Hospital at Srinagar which offered sincere medical care to primarily armed forces personnel and their families, but also to the “civilians” during medical emergencies and complicated cases that they couldn’t handle in the “civil hospitals”. And the local people were ever so grateful for that facility. I would often walk down the undulating roads through Badami Bagh Cantt, along the pristine hills and forests that would lead up to the Dal Lake. Walking through the narrow streets around Lal Chowk, looking for bargains at quaint leather shops or intricate Kashmiri woodwork, to paddling through the floating gardens around Dal Lake, I would meet many families and children. They were a warm, welcoming, respectful and proud people. “Yeh India nahin hai Madam, Kashmir hai (this is not India Madam, it’s Kashmir)”, a shopkeeper had quipped when my visiting mother had tried to bargain for leather bags. It had irked me then, but I came away with a good sense of their distinct identity. I remember buying a lot of things from that shop.

The Hindu- K Shiva Shanker

Two people who returned to Hyderabad from China with mild cold and cough were admitted at the Isolation Ward of Fever Hospital and Gandhi Hospital on Thursday. Samples collected from them were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, to test for coronavirus. Telangana health officials said they are yet to receive test results of samples collected from five people admitted at Fever Hospital till Wednesday. All of them were discharged as their condition was stable. A 39-year-old man who arrived in Hyderabad from China with cold was admitted to Gandhi Hospital on Thursday morning. The one who was admitted at Fever Hospital is a 29-year-old software engineer who returned from Shanghai on Wednesday night. As he suffered from sore throat, he got admitted at the Fever Hospital’s Isolation Ward on Thursday afternoon. Another person from Karimnagar who returned from China who developed some health issues contacted the health officials. The first positive case of coronavirus in India detected in Kerala has further alerted Telangana health officials. If samples collected from any person admitted in Telangana government hospitals were to test positive for nCoV, symptomatic treatment will be provided to them as there is no specific treatment for nCoV yet, said senior officials from the State Health department. World Health Organisation too in its situation report-8 on nCoV stated that currently there is no known effective antiviral therapy for 2019-nCoV. They are working with its networks of researchers and other experts to coordinate global work on clinical care and treatment, epidemiology, and other aspects.