Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:07 May,2020

Mandatory mass testing may deliver unwanted results: Experts

MUMBAI: Mandatory mass testing for the novel coronavirus — for people to return to work, or, passengers to board flights — may become a tool for discrimination instead of a public health measure, warn experts who have worked during other infectious disease crises such as AIDS.
If test results lead to ostracisation and discrimination from accessing employment, mobility or even healthcare, it will push people with possible Covid-19 infection to go underground, dismantling the work done to keep the epidemic in check, legal and healthcare experts told ET. Interventions of universal precautions such as social distancing, masks and general hygiene, along with voluntary testing is the way ahead to deal with the pandemic, they said....read more


CMAAO Corona Facts and Myth Buster 86

791:A coronavirus Mystery Riddle: Why Some Places fare Better ,Adapted from an article in New York Times
Corona Mysteries:Variable Death Rates: World: 7%; Europe: 9.7%; North America: 5.82%, South America: 5.1%; Africa: 3.91%; Asia 3.51%; India: 3.27%; Oceania 1.36% ,Variable Deaths per Million Population: Spain: 540, USA: 207, Europe: 131; North America: 43, World: 31.8, India: 1; India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh: 0.7.
Asia: 5.7 (11 countries average 0.44; 10 countries average 1.6; 11 countries average 3.9; 3 countries average 9.6 and 3 countries (Israel, turkey, Iran) average 41.3) ....read more


CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 85

787: Round Table Expert Meet of Medical Liability in COVID Era ,May 2, 2020, 11am- 12 noon
Participants:Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO; Dr Rajan Sharma, National President IMA; Dr RV Asokan; Dr Jayakrishnan Alapet; Dr Girish Tyagi; Dr Ashok Gupta; Dr PN Arora; Dr Narasinga Reddy Toutireddy; Dr Raman Kapur; Dr Marthanda Pillai; Shobha Mishra Ghosh;....read more


The Five Internal Powers

To be in a state of happiness, bliss and ananda is what the ultimate goal of life is. Everybody is born with certain inherent powers, which, if cultivated in the right direction, will lead to inner happiness.
The ancient Shiva Sutra text talks about the concept of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is silence, Shakti is power; Shiva is creativity, Shakti is creation; Shiva is love, Shakti is loving. ....read more


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Dr Reddy's launches generic hemophilia injection in US
ET Healthworld- PTI

Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Wednesday said it has launched generic Desmopressin Acetate injection indicated for treatment of hemophilia, in the US. The company has launched Desmopressin Acetate injection USP, 4 mcg/mL single-dose ampules in the US market, Dr Reddy's Laboratories said in a filing to the BSE. According to IQVIA health data, the desmopressin acetate injection USP brand and generic market had US sales of approximately USD 20.9 million MAT for the 12 months ended March 2020, it added. "The launch of desmopressin injection demonstrates a strong, growing collaboration with SunGen Pharma. We look forward to future opportunities with this company," Dr Reddy's Laboratories North America Generics CEO Marc Kikuchi said. The product is indicated for patients with hemophilia A with factor VIII coagulant activity levels greater than 5 per cent. "We are pleased to be working with Dr Reddy's for this launch. The launch of desmopressin demonstrates our strong development capabilities. We look forward to collaborating further to bring specialty pharmaceutical drugs to the markets around the world," SunGen Co-CEO Isaac Liu said.

Covid-19: India crosses 50k cases; hits new peak of 3600 cases in a day
ET Healthworld – TNN

India went past two grim Covid-19 milestones on Wednesday – crossing the 50,000 mark overall and breaching the 3,000-figure in its daily tally for the first time. With 3,602 new patients – the biggest in a day since the outbreak of the pandemic - the total number of positive cases in the country rose to 52,935. Alarmingly, while it took five days to cover the distance from the 30,000-mark to the 40,000-mark, the next 10,000 cases in the country were added in just three days. It was on May 3 that India had topped 40,000 cases while the 30,000-mark was breached on April 28. However, at 93, the death toll on Wednesday was less than half of the 199 casualties that were recorded across the country the previous day. Maharashtra recorded 1,233 fresh cases, taking the total to 16,758. The state reported 34 deaths, taking the toll to 651. Maharashtra alone accounts for 36.6% of the total 1777 casualties in India so far. Delhi recorded maximum number of cases in a day - at 428 - taking the total number of Covid-19 patients to 5,532. With one more death, the toll in the national capital now is 65. Gujarat reported 28 more deaths, 25 of these from Ahmedabad alone, taking the total state toll to 396. With 380 fresh cases, the state’s Covid count is 6,625. As the situation remained grim in Ahmedabad, the administration banned sale of grocery, vegetables and fruits - which was allowed in lockdown 1 and 2 - from Thursday till May 15. Only milk and medicines sale will be allowed.

Maharashtra: Doctors failing to report for covid duty will face legal action
Mint- Kalpana Pathak, Ridhima Saxena

Around 10,000 private doctors in Mumbai below 55 years of age, have been asked to report to emergency covid duty in government hospitals and failing to do which may result in revocation of licenses, a fresh Maharashtra government notification said. As the number of covid 19 cases continue to rise in Mumbai at an alarming state, the state government had on Monday asked the city’s private medical practitioners to report to work immediately and mandatorily serve covid-19 patients for at least 15 days. In the latest notification, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, the supervising body for medical professionals said that failure to report to the hospital will be considered as breach of Medical Council of India code of ethics and action will be initiated according to the provision of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. "Private practitioners working in Mumbai and suburbs have been called. Many of them are not even operating their clinics. Given the increase in the number of cases we had to issue the notification," said Dr T.P. Lahane, director, Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra told Mint. “we are asking them to help us in this time of need," added Dr Lahane. On 8 April Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had appealed to the medical community and ex-servicemen to join the covid fighting efforts. But that appeal did not evoke much response from the doctors, Dr Lahane told Mint.

548 doctors, nurses, paramedics infected with Covid-19 across India:Report
Hindustan Times- PTI

Coronavirus has infected around 548 doctors, nurses and paramedics across the country so far, according to data maintained by the Centre, official sources said on Wednesday. The figure does not include field workers, ward boys, sanitation workers, security guards, lab attendants, peons, laundry and kitchen staff among others. According to an official source, it has not been ascertained from where these doctors, nurses and paramedic staff have acquired the infection. The figure includes doctors, nurses and paramedics from Centre-run and state government-run facilities across states and union territories. “No epidemiological investigation of the cases were done. So there is no clear segregation on how many contracted the disease at workplace and how many got it from the community,” the official source said. Several doctors, who tested positive for Covid-19, are also reported to have died in the country. Though their exact numbers were not immediately known. The official said that 69 doctors in the national capital have so far contracted the disease. Covid-19 has claimed 1,694 lives and infected 49,391 people nationwide till Wednesday morning. Besides, 274 nurses and paramedics have so far been infected by the virus. As many as 13 healthcare personnel, including seven resident doctors and a professor, have tested positive for coronavirus over the past two months at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, the sources said. Around 10 healthcare workers, including a resident doctor and five nurses, have contracted the disease so far at the AIIMS. Besides, some security guards have also been infected in the premier hospital.