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Hyderabad: 18 new coronavirus suspects, separate wards for treating severe cases

On a day when the city reported 18 new suspected cases of Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV), sources at Gandhi Hospital — one of the three nodal hospitals identified for tackling nCoV cases — said that they have started maintaining separate isolation wards for patients displaying ‘severe’ and ‘non-severe’ symptoms.

HYDERABAD: On a day when the city reported 18 new suspected cases of Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV), sources at Gandhi Hospital — one of the three nodal hospitals identified for tackling nCoV cases — said that they have started maintaining separate isolation wards for patients displaying ‘severe’ and ‘non-severe’ symptoms....read more

Medical geneticist can do ultrasound

1. The petitioner claims that it is a society established to promote awareness in the field of diagnostic ultrasound and to educate and spread awareness amongst general public against female foeticide.

2. The learned counsel appearing for the petitioner submits that members of the petitioner are all qualified medical doctors....read more

SGLT2 Inhibitors Provide Cardiovascular Benefit for All Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

All patients with type 2 diabetes are likely to achieve cardiovascular protection from the use of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association....read more

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Experts welcome Centre’s move to transform 1.5 lakh SHCs and PHCs into Advanced Wellness Centres across India by 2022
Pharmabiz India

Healthcare experts in Telangana have expressed happiness and welcomed the move of central government to upgrade as many as 1.5 lakh sub health centres (SHCs) at major towns and primary health centres (PHCs) in rural areas into Wellness Centres by the end of 2022. Hailing the allocation of Rs.69,000 crore in the Union Budget to healthcare in the country, healthcare experts from various hospitals and experts from pharma industry expressed happiness for a grand allocation for healthcare in the country. According to Dr. Prasanna Deshpande, deputy managing director of Indian Immunologicals Limited, the allocation of Rs.69,000 crore for healthcare and opening of hospitals in tier 2 and tier 3 cities are certainly positive steps in ensuring better healthcare. “It is encouraging to see the government’s thrust on launching campaigns to eliminate animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD) and Brucellosis by 2025. This ambitious goal will help in improving animal health in the country and increase livestock productivity. The proposal to expand the coverage of artificial insemination to 70 per cent from 30 per cent will also assist in increasing livestock productivity and benefit farmers,” Dr. Deshpande said. As part of the government move to enhance allocations to healthcare, the central health ministry has now decided to upgrade 1.5 lakh SHCs and PHCs into comprehensive primary healthcare centres (CPHCs) called as Ayushmaan Bharat Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) which will provide most advanced treatment facilities to the rural public and it will have all facilities for preventive healthcare and health promotion at the community level.

Indian scientist in Australia brings world closer to a coronavirus vaccine
ET Healthworld- Chethan Kumar

In a major breakthrough for global preclinical response to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, a team led by an overseas citizen of India has grown the first batch of the virus outside China in sufficient stocks to cater to forthcoming studies in the highsecurity lab of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. While researchers at Australia’s Doherty Institute had last week managed to isolate the virus from a human sample, the growth of the virus at CSIRO assumes importance given that it has the mega scale needed to conduct preclinical studies. Confirming the development, Professor SS Vasan, who leads the CSIRO Dangerous Pathogens Team, told TOI: “We thank our Doherty Institute colleagues who shared their isolate with us promptly. It is quicker to work with the real virus to expedite preclinical studies on the relative efficacy of vaccine candidates under development.” Vasan, who is the principal investigator of CSIRO’s preclinical response project in partnership with the Coalition for Emergency Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to accelerate preclinical evaluation of vaccines, said: “My colleagues at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory are also working on diagnostics, surveillance and response. Another part of the CSIRO (Manufacturing) is supporting the scaleup of vaccine antigens being developed by the University of Queensland.”

Govt proposes 5-year jail, Rs 50-lakh fine for ads promoting fair skin
ET Healthworld- Nidhi Sharma

Advertisements promoting fairness creams, health drinks claiming improvement in height of children and products promoting antiageing remedies could soon be banned and attract a jail term extending up to five years. The ministry of health and family welfare has finalised Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which increases the number of diseases and disorders covered under the Act. The legislation bans advertisements of products and magic remedies which claim to cure diseases and disorders like AIDS, diabetes, deafness and low vision. This list has been increased from 54 to 78. The draft amendment bans advertisements of products that promote fairness creams, enhance sexual performance, cure premature ageing and greying of hair, improvement in height of children or adults, increase in brain capacity and memory, improvement in strength of teeth and vision, change of foetal gender by drugs.

ET Healthworld- IANS

The Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling banning private practice of government doctors in the Union Territory to improve the functioning of its hospitals. A letter sent by the Lt. Governor's office to the Principals' of Government medical colleges in this regard has requested them to give their comments and views in the matter. Jammu and Kashmir is among the few places in the country where private practice of doctors is allowed. There have been many complaints of doctors preferring to treat patients in their private clinics rather in government hospitals. The step is apparently aimed at improving the functioning of government hospitals and medical colleges across the Union Territory and for making doctors more accessible for the patients. Meanwhile, the government is improving the health infrastructure by building new colleges and opening of two AIIMS, one each in Jammu and the Kashmir Valley.