Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:06 February,2020

Healthcare budget 2020 is riddled with hyperbolic preferences and inconsistencies

The healthcare budget is directionally sound but plagued by hyperbolic preferences and fanciful accounting

By Ayesha Jhunjhunwala

The 2020 budget has been widely panned for falling short of expectations and requirements. Although it was presented in a difficult and worsening economic climate, bold measures that can provide a path out of this mess were few and far between. The healthcare budget, although directionally sound, was similarly inadequate. Not only does healthcare remain shamefully underfunded, it continues to reflect a focus on short-term fixes at the expense of building a robust health system over the longer-term....read more

Beware of Corona Myths: It is safe to receive a letter or a package from China

CMAAO Update 5th February on 2019-nCoV

Kerala government declares coronavirus as a state disaster: Three primary cases in North, South and Central Kerala (Kasaragod district in north Kerala, Thrissur in central Kerala and Alappuzha in South Kerala)

Beware of Myths

1.It is safe to receive a letter or a package from China. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new virus. Coronaviruses do not survive for a long period on objects like letters or packages....read more

How to Remove Negative Thoughts

Darkness is absence of light and similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. The answer to negative thoughts is to bring back positive thoughts. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop and will always think negative.

Here are some ways by which you can remove negative thoughts - ....read more

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

10kg of weight reduction can reduce upper blood pressure by 5-20 mmHg.



Healthcare News Monitor

Granules India arm gets USFDA nod for Valganciclovir hydrochloride oral solution
ET Healthworld – PTI

Drug firm Granules India Ltd on Wednesday said its foreign arm has received approval from the US health regulator for Valganciclovir hydrochloride oral solution, an antiviral medication. "The US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) filed by Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a-wholly owned foreign subsidiary of Granules India Ltd for Valganciclovir hydrochloride for oral solution, 50 mg/ml," the company said in a regulatory filing. It is bioequivalent to the reference listed drug product (RLD) -- Valcyte for oral solution, 50 mg/m, of Roche Palo Alto LLC, the filing said. Valganciclovir hydrochloride solution is an antiviral medication used to treat cytomegalovirus infections. Shares of Granules India were trading at Rs 153 a piece on BSE, up 4.83 per cent from the previous close.

TSPC wants PCI to amend qualification regulations for teachers to benefit pharmacy education
Pharmabiz India - Peethaambaran Kunnathoor

In a letter written to the secretary-cum-registrar of the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), the president of Tripura State Pharmacy Council (TSPC), Dr. Nilimanka Das, has urged that the ‘Minimum Qualification for Teachers in Pharmacy Institutions Regulations, 2014’ introduced by the PCI needs to be amended urgently. This according to Dr Das as the basic qualification clause in the regulations has becomes a bottleneck affecting promotion of thousands of degree teachers. The regulations are in force from the year 2014 when it was published in the official gazette of India. Since pharmacy education is controlled by two regulatory bodies, PCI and AICTE, appointment and promotion of faculty members are determined according to the qualification regulations introduced by both the councils. But, there is slight variation in the basic qualification norms prescribed by these statutory agencies. As per PCI qualification regulations, the minimum qualification for a candidate to work as Lecturer/Assistant Professor for B Pharm, M Pharm and Pharm D courses is a First Class B Pharm with M Pharm. Whereas, the AICTE prescribes First Class in B Pharm/M Pharm. The teachers are appointed on a pay-scale approved by the AICTE. The president of TSPC, who is also a faculty member at the Regional Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (RIPSAT) in Agartala, quoting item number two of the footnotes which states, “The existing teaching faculty working on regular basis shall not be affected. However, promotions of such faculty will be governed by these regulations,” says that because of these regulations several senior faculty members are deprived of their due promotions in service.

Coronavirus: 11,093 people screened at Mumbai airport till Feb 3
ET Healthworld- ANI

As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread across the world, as many as 11,093 people have been screened at the Mumbai International Airport till February 3. Out of those who were screened, 107 of them belonged to Maharashtra, including 21 who showed symptoms similar to Coronavirus. So far, 20 out of 21 patients have been tested negative for coronavirus in Mumbai's Kasturba hospital and Pune's Naidu hospital - the two dedicated hospitals for suspected patients in the state. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, suspected patients in several states have been put under observation, including Kerala where nearly 2,421 of them are being monitored. Meanwhile, other states have also been taking precautionary measures to meet any eventuality in view of the swift spread of the virus. The virus originated in Wuhan in China's Hubei province in December and has since then spread to various parts around the world. Like the previous two, the third confirmed coronavirus case in India is of a student who came back from Wuhan. All three confirmed coronavirus cases are from Kerala.

ET Healthworld- ANI

The overall air quality in Delhi stood in the 'very poor' category on Wednesday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 319, said Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Capital's popular market place Chandni Chowk witnessed a 'severe' AQI of 393 while Mathura road saw 381. Adjoining Uttar Pradesh's Noida recorded 'very poor' air quality with the AQI standing at 328. An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous. The PM10 and PM2.5 levels in Delhi touched 145 and 276 respectively. The SAFAR has advised 'sensitive groups' to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when the air quality is not good. "People are advised to take more breaks and do less intense activities. It is advisable for the asthmatics to keep medicines ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see the doctor, if get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue," it stated in its advisory.