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Covid samples to be preserved for research
NEW DELHI: The gover nment is set to create a repository of samples collected for Covid-19 diagnosis to enable research on genomic epidemiology of coronavirus, fast track validation of testing kits, assess newer diagnostic tests and for quality control purposes.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines laying down norms for storage of respiratory specimens collected for Covid-19 diagnosis by RT-PCR platforms in government laboratories.,“In the ongoing laboratory testing for Covid-19 diagnosis by molecular diagnostic methods, clinical specimens or a subset of the clinical specimens may need to be retained for various purposes such as performing additional tests, for quality control purposes or for use as control material to assess newer diagnostic tests. In addition, a laboratory may need to store specimens for projects aimed at studying genomic epidemiology of the SARS CoV2 virus across regions and over time,” ICMR said.
World Covid Meter 26th June: 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
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 18 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 (491746 + 57620 x 15 == 8643) = 500389,Coronavirus Cases: 9,709,151,Deaths: 491,746,Recovered: 5,255,188,ACTIVE CASES: 3,962,217
What is the importance of silence?
True silence is the silence between the thoughts and represents the true self, consciousness or the soul. It is a web of energized information ready to take all, provided there is a right intent. The process of achieving silence is what meditation is.
Observing silence is another way of getting benefits of meditation. Many yogis in the past have recommended and observed silence now and then. Mahatma Gandhi used to spend one day of each week in silence. He believed that abstaining from speaking brought him inner peace and happiness. All such days, he used to communicate with others only by writing on paper.
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Days after a border clash with China this month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, New Delhi told firms to find ways to cut imports from China. But two big industries, automobiles and pharmaceuticals, say this is easier said than done.
Like many countries, India relies on China for products such as electronic components and drug ingredients because it cannot make them or source them elsewhere as cheaply, company and industry figures say.,Thus any moves to curb imports or make them costlier without developing alternatives will hurt local businesses.,“We don’t import because we like to, but because we have no choice,” said R.C. Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s biggest carmaker.
Pharma cos should develop strategies to develop APIs and making India self-reliant: Dr Eswara Reddy
In line with making Indian pharmaceutical industry self-reliant for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and key starting materials (KSMs), Dr Eswara Reddy, Joint Drugs Controller General of India urged the industry stakeholders to develop strategies. He also stressed that the government announced schemes should be considered as an additional benefit and not as a primary criterion for setting up a facility.
In a virtual conference organised by the CII PHARMASCOPE: A Step Towards Atamnirbhar Bharat – Made In India, Made for the World, Dr Reddy said, “India imports nearly Rs 42000 crore APIs/KSMs intermediates. Knowing the fact that India is excessively dependent on China, importing of nearly 70 per cent of the APIs/KSMs is a cause of concern. API dependence will not only affect the domestic requirements, but it also impacts the export performance. Therefore, self- sufficiency in the manufacturing of APIs/KSM has to be ensured.”
2 of 3 ‘doctors’ in rural India have no formal medical degrees: Study
At least two of every three “doctors” in rural India are informal providers of care, with no qualifications in modern system of medicine, according to India’s first comprehensive assessment of public and private health care availability and quality, as measured by their medical knowledge.
Although 75% of villages have at least one health care provider and a village on average has three primary health providers, 86% of them are private “doctors” and 68% have no formal medical training, found a survey of 1,519 villages across 19 states in 2009 by researchers from the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi. The study has been published in the Social Science and Medicine journal.
The study supports the World Health Organization’s 2016 report on ‘The Health Workforce in India’, which had also found that 57.3% people practising allopathic medicine in India did not have a medical qualification, and 31.4% were educated only up to secondary school level.
Cases up, on offer in private Hyderabad hospitals: home isolation packages
One of the three states selected by the Centre for a visit by an expert team to assist and advise it on coronavirus management, Telangana has seen private hospitals in capital city Hyderabad get swamped by patients as it ramps up its low testing.
With cases jumping to 11,364 as on June 26, private hospitals are now issuing advisories asking asymptomatic cases or those with mild symptoms to stay at home. Some are also offering packages for home isolation, which include online consultation with doctors, a medical kit, including pulse oximeter to monitor oxygen levels, paper gloves, sanitisers, masks and special disposal bags.