Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:28 May,2020

Remdesivir improves time to recovery in COVID-19 patients: Study

New York: Remdesivir, the antiviral under clinical trials for treatment against novel coronavirus infection, is superior to the standard of care given to COVID-19 patients, according to a new study. The analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is based on data from the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT), sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the US.
In the randomised, controlled trial, clinicians enrolled adults hospitalised with COVID-19 who showed infection in the lower respiratory tract and suffered from moderate to severe disease. ....read more


COVID-19 in CMAAO countries vs Europe vs USA (Part 2)

927: Minutes of Virtual Meeting of CMAAO NMAs ,23rd May, 2020, Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am
Participants: Member NMAs
Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO; Dr Yeh Woei Chong, Singapore Chair, CMAAO; Dr Kar Chai Koh, Malaysia, Vice Chair of Council; Dr Ravi Naidu, Past President, CMAAO, Malaysia; Dr Rajan Sharma, National President IMA; Dr RV Asokan, Secretary General, IMA; Dr Thirunavukarasu Rajoo, Hon. General Secretary, Malaysian Medical Association; Dr Alvin Yee-Shing Chan, Hong Kong; Dr Marie Uzawa Urabe, Japan; Dr ....read more


World COVID Meter 26th May

Living with COVID 1.0, 213 Countries affecetd, Nearly 90 K cases daily, Minimum Likely Deaths 355847, Total cases 5.55 M, Cases - 1M April 2, 2 M April 15, 3 M April 27, 4 M May 8, 5 M May 20
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 14 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, ....read more


Vedanta Laws

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Knowledge moves from the known to the unknown. This is the basic law of learning.
Yesterday’s miracles are today’s science and today’s miracles will be tomorrow’s science.
Reality: Objects continue to exist whether or not we think about them. ....read more


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Healthcare News Monitor
Rs 3-16 lakh: in Covid bills, drug cost, PPE are main unknowns
indianexpress-Kaunain Sheriff M

As a share, the number of Covid patients needing treatment may still be low but the concern is a growing one — paying private hospital bills amid looming economic distress and uncertainty over course of treatment.
As of last week, less than 15 per cent of active Covid cases required hospitalisation. Of those in hospital, just 2.25 per cent needed admission in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); 1.91 per cent required oxygen, and just 0.004 per cent required ventilatory support.

BDR Pharmaceuticals move on Remdesivir clone irks Gilead
ET Bureau

New Delhi: BDR Pharmaceuticals, a Mumbai-based company, has sought the drug controller’s approval to manufacture and sell the generic version of Remdesivir without entering into a licensing pact with Gilead Sciences, prompting the patent-holder for the medicine to flag its concerns with the government.
The Indian company had submitted its application for manufacturing the Covid-19 drug to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) last week. The subject expert committee looking into the matter has asked BDR Pharma to submit details such as the chemistry manufacturing control (CMC) data, people familiar with the matter said. Gilead has approached the government and questioned the application, said these persons.

Suspended Doctor Admitted In Vizag Mental Institution Expresses Concerns Over Treatment
Brigitte Fernandes

Dr. Sudhakar, presently admitted at a mental hospital in Vizag on the grounds of unstable mental condition, has written a letter to the hospital superintendent expressing concerns over his treatment. The doctor was allegedly suspended for his remarks against the state government and was later arrested for creating ruckus at a public place.
In his letter to the hospital superintendent, Dr. Sudhakar reportedly went into the details of the controversy at Narsipatnam government hospital until his admission to the mental health institute.

Pvt-public partnership is working to bring Covid vaccine in India: Dr Harsh Vardhan (IANS Exclusive)
SOURCE: IANS

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) The governments point man on the gravest health emergency confronting the world and India is Dr Harsh Vardhan, our very own Health Minister, a Chandni Chowk MP. A doctor himself and in the main an Otorhinolaryngologist, he has risen from a doctor to a well-regarded politician. Extremely soft-spoken, he has been a minister in the Delhi government and headed the Delhi BJP and was its CM candidate. Prime Minister has a special bonding with him. And as such he heads what has turned out to be the most sensitive ministry in these challenging times.