Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:26 February,2020

Gilead’s drug leads global race to find virus treatment

The update on the trials’ progress came a day after the World Health Organization said that remdesivir may be the only effective treatment so far for the disease, which has infected almost 80,000 people and killed 2,663 as of the end of Monday, up by 71from the previous day.

Beijing | Tokyo: China will release results at the end of April from clinical trials of a Gilead Sciences drug that is emerging as a frontrunner in the race to find an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus.

The outcome of trials of the experimental medication remdesivir on 761 patients in Wuhan, the city where the virus originated, will be made public on April 27, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration said on Tuesday....read more


International Travel during Coronavirus Period: CMAAO Guidelines

The present Diamond Princess cruise ship with coronavirus outbreak has urged us to revisit our travel checklist when visiting any country.

Travel advisories are of four types -
Level 1 in all countries (Exercise normal standard hygiene precautions)
Level 2 in all affected countries (Exercise a high degree of caution)....read more


China is getting the epidemic under control, but most of the world is unprepared Will Iran be the next China?

With 12 deaths and 61 cases in Iran, looks like that the Iran government is hiding the actual extent of the outbreak. If the virus kills about 2 percent of known victims, then a rough case estimate can be obtained by multiplying the number of deaths by 50. This would mean that Iran has 600 cases.

In fact, the death rate outside of China is 1% and in that case, the number will be much higher in Iran....read more


Cases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Canada traced to Iran Pandemic preparedness phase

CMAAO Update 25th February on COVID-19
Cases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Canada traced to Iran; More cases in Korea and Italy; Expected total deaths 4081.

COVID 19 SUTRA
COVID-19 virus possibly behaves like SARS; causes mild illness in 82%, severe illness in 15%, critical illness in 3% and death in 2% cases (15% of admitted serious cases, 71% with comorbidity); affects all ages but predominantly males (56%) with median age 59 years (2-74 years, less in children below 15); with variable incubation period days (2-14; mean 3 based on 1,324 cases,....read more


You are the Temple of God and the Spirit of the God Dwells in You

This sutra from the Bible reflects the union between the spirit and the soul. The ‘Spirit’ represents the Parmatama or the Brahman and ‘You’ represents the individualized spirit or the Soul (Jivatama).

A temple is a place of worship and also the place where God resides. Every human being represents a temple (place of worship) where God exists (one’s soul) and this soul is nothing but the essence of God (the spirit)....read more


How Corona Aware Are You

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

Resistant TB can be multidrug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.


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Healthcare News Monitor

Will India-US MoU on healthcare make drugs more accessible?
The Hindu Business Line

India and US signed two Memoranda of Understanding in the healthcare space — relating to mental health and drug safety — on Tuesday in New Delhi. Government sources said that while there is lack of understanding and caring for mental and emotional issues as healthcare issues, in the US there exists a strong culture of researching and treating mental and emotional well being issues as health care issues. “This MoU will enable us to learn from US experience in this field. This will facilitate a greater access of Indian traditional therapies and medicines to the large US market,” they said. US President Donald Trump emphasised on making efforts to reduce prescription drug prices and also stressed on safety of medical products. To buttress the point, he cited the Fentanyl addiction crisis globally. Fentanyl is an addictive pain medication that can be illicitly used for recreational purposes. Two MoUs signed - On one hand Trump said that prescription drug prices should be reduced as the US signed an MoU to strengthen co-operation on generic medicine regime. At the same time, another MoU is proposed on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) during the visit, which may in future have a direct bearing on protecting international drug patents that some experts termes may have detrimental effect on patient rights. Currently, the proposed IPR MoU is being referred to as a knowledge sharing agreement where Indian and US representatives will travel to each other’s countries to study IPR laws.

The Tribune - Vishav Bharti

The Opposition on Tuesday demanded stringent action against nine de-addiction drug companies, whose samples failed quality test. It also flagged missing tablets of Buprenorphine-Naloxone on the third day of the Budget session. The medicine was used to treat heroin addicts in the state. Dr Sukhwinder Kumar Sukhi, SAD legislator from Banga, raised the matter and demanded the state government should take strict action against the nine defaulter companies, whose medicines had been found “not of standard quality”. He said that due to low salt in the medicine, the addicts were bound to relapse and the entire therapy could prove futile. The Opposition on Tuesday demanded stringent action against nine de-addiction drug companies, whose samples failed quality test. It also flagged missing tablets of Buprenorphine-Naloxone on the third day of the Budget session. The medicine was used to treat heroin addicts in the state. Dr Sukhwinder Kumar Sukhi, SAD legislator from Banga, raised the matter and demanded the state government should take strict action against the nine defaulter companies, whose medicines had been found “not of standard quality”. He said that due to low salt in the medicine, the addicts were bound to relapse and the entire therapy could prove futile.

Haryana govt to appoint 447 doctors next month: Minister
The Times of India- PTI

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said 447 doctors will be appointed in government hospitals of the state next month. Replying to a question in the state Assembly here, Vij said the health department has already initiated the process of regular recruitment of the doctors through Haryana Public Service Commission and the written examination for the same will be held on March 1. The appointments of the 447 doctors will also be made next month, the minister said. He said the state government has also decided to appoint 342 more doctors on ad hoc basis, under which a MBBS graduate will be paid Rs 85,000 per month and specialists having three years experience will get Rs 1.5 lakh per month. To ensure availability of doctors, it has been decided that from upcoming academic session the MBBS students will have to sign an affidavit at the time of admission committing to two years of mandatory practice in government hospitals of the state, Vij said. The minister was replying to Congress MLA Shamsher Singh Gogi's question during the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly. Gogi pointed out that there was shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the community health centres and primary health centres of Assandh assembly segment. Vij responded that according to WHO guidelines, there should be one doctor per 1,000 population, but in India, this ratio is one doctor for every 1800 people. He said there is a shortage of doctors in Haryana but the government is taking steps to solve this issue.

The Times of India- Arun Singh

Bhopal: A senior resident doctor at AIIMS-Bhopal was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly molesting a medical student working as an intern there. Anger over the incident swept through the campus and many medical students wrote about the alleged sexual misconduct of the doctor on their WhatsApp status. According to the complaint, she and the accused went to the canteen for tea after their shifts ended at 3am on Monday. When they were waiting for a lift in the lobby, the doctor allegedly grabbed her hand, dragged her towards himself and molested her, investigation officer ASI Premchandra Dwivedi said. She shouted in protest and relatives of some patients rushed to help her. At the same time, a senior woman doctor also arrived and the intern told her about the alleged molestation. Then, she and two of her batchmates approached Bag Sewania police station and filed a complaint. Police registered a molestation case against the accused, arrested him and produced him in court the same day. He was granted bail.