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

Delhi pushes antibody tests for unlock 2.0

NEW DELHI: Delhi will roll out antibody testing for healthcare workers, security personnel, hotel employees, construction workers and in prisons to ensure that the next phase of easing lockdown measures is smooth.
After Maharashtra, the Delhi government has asked all private diagnostic centres and laboratories associated with private hospitals to start using antibody tests as a sero-surveillance tool and not a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, according to officials. ....read more


CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Unusual Manifestations

960: Round Table Expert Zoom Meeting on “Unusual manifestations of Covid-19”
27th June, 2020, 11am-12noon,Participants: Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr AK Agarwal, Dr Shashank Joshi, Dr Ashok Gupta, Dr Suneela Garg, Dr JA Jayalal, Dr Jayakrishnan Alapet, Dr Atul Pandya, Dr TS Jain, Mrs Upasana Arora, Dr K Kalra, Ms Ira Gupta, Dr Sanchita Sharma ,Key points from the discussion: Many unusual symptoms of Covid-19 have been observed. These may differ even in different members of the same family.,The CDC has recently added 3 new symptoms to its list of symptoms of coronavirus: Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.,Isolated sudden loss of taste and/or smell is Covid, unless proved otherwise. However, bitter and sour tastes are retained. This symptom may be intermittent and may last for up to 2 months. It occurs more commonly in females. Such patients have not become serious....read more


World Covid Meter 1st July - 213 Countries Affected

Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29 ,Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity ,Doubling time India 20 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days, France 49 days, Turkey 37 days
Likely minimum deaths (513861 + 57787 x 15 == 8669) = 522529
Coronavirus Cases: 10,583,932,Deaths: 513,861,Recovered: 5,794,565,ACTIVE CASES: 4,275,506,Currently Infected Patients 4,217,719 (99%) in Mild Condition ....read more


The Buddha Description of a Disease: Desire, Hatred and Ignorance

According to Buddhism, three negative emotions cause a disease and they are “ignorance, hatred and desire”. According to the Buddhist philosophy, physical sicknesses are classified into three main types -
Disorders of the desire (Ayurvedic equivalent Vata Imbalance): These are disharmony of the wind or energy. The seed of these disorders is located in the lower part of the body. It has cold preferences and affected by mental desires. A person suffers from the disorders of movement functions.
Disorders of the hatred (Ayurveda equivalent Pitta imbalance): It is due to disharmony of the bile. The seed of these disorders is centered in the middle and upper part of the body and is caused by the mental emotion hatred. In Ayurveda text, it is equivalent to “Pitta” disorder. The person suffers from metabolic and digestive abnormalities. ....read more


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Drug APIs from China to be cleared at Indian ports after pharma industry plea
livemint

NEW DELHI : The customs department will start clearing shipments of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) imported from China stuck at ports across India as the government relented after pleas by the pharmaceutical industry.
“Practically every pharmaceutical raw material is being cleared from the ports. There five key starting materials and 53 APIs which are 100% imported from China are among the raw materials that are stuck," Dinesh Dua, chairman of Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil), told Mint, adding that the total value of shipments is around ?200 crore.

The good fight: How pharma companies, healthcare staff, government joined forces to fight Covid-19
Financial Express

The world is walking a perilous path to fight one of the most challenging health crises of our times. The pandemic has upended healthcare systems everywhere. It appears our ability to pin down the virus, at this point, is slower than its speed to mutate. However, the pandemic has given rise to several opportunities for the Indian healthcare system as well.
The healthcare system has been making a shift towards self-sufficiency and the outbreak has given impetus to the government to pursue ideas that would pave way for a self-reliant ecosystem. The Prime Minister’s call for an Atmanirbhar Bharat provided further impetus to the Indian healthcare landscape to be ‘vocal for local’. There has been a rise in the domestic manufacture of personal protection kits, testing kits and medicines.

Probe ordered after hospital performs surgery without waiting for Covid result
The Indian Express

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has initiated an inquiry into the circumstances that led a private hospital at Banihal conduct surgery on a woman without waiting for her Covid-19 report. The 32-year-old later tested positive for the virus.
Banihal Sub Divisional Magistrate Zahir Abbas said the woman was operated for hernia on Monday and her Covid test report came as positive on Tuesday. As per the protocol, a hospital is required to get the patient tested for Covid before undertaking surgery on him/her, he said.
A surgeon at the hospital, meanwhile, said the surgery had to be performed in emergency following obstruction in her artery. “…Her family insisted on getting her operated at Banihal in view of restrictions on inter-district movement in the UT.”

At least 70 Indian doctors have died so far while on Covid duty
The Tribuen

Lakhs of doctors continue to risk their lives daily to stand between people and the Covid-19 infection.
Since the first reported case of the virus on January 30, at least 70 Indian doctors are feared dead on the frontlines of the Covid-19 battlefield where health care workers are at highest risk.
Community health experts say the government must urgently launch infection control audits across hospitals to determine the scale of dangers the health care workers face during the pandemic.
“It is perhaps no coincidence that 2020 is Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the World Health Day theme. Health care workers, including doctors, have faced the greatest risks in the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 2,000 health care workers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Delhi alone. An earlier ICMR report found 1,073 positive cases among health care workers till May 23. It’s time the government analysed data of infections and deaths among health care workers and conducted infection control audits,” Rajib Dasgupta of JNU’s Community Health Department says.