Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:30 April,2020

States start plasma therapy trials, HCQ administration in War Covid

Plasma therapy trials have already started in some states like Maharashtra, UP and Madhya Pradesh though on a very small scale involving only one or a couple of patients. The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets as a preventive measure for front-line healthcare workers, and on patients and their contacts, also has started in some states.
Other states and UTs are either awaiting approval from the ICMR or have got approval but have not yet started administering plasma from infected patients who have since recovered. In Maharashtra, just one patient has been on plasma treatment since this week, while the state is starting HCQ tablets for everyone on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19. ....read more


Suspension of Rules 8, 9(8) & 18a of The PCPNDT Rules, 1996

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has vide Notification dated 4th April, 2020 while exercising its powers under Section 32 of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques (Prevention of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PCPNDT Act) has suspended the implementation of Rule 8, Rule 9(8) and Rule 18A(6) of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques (Prevention of Sex Selection) Rules, 1994 (PCPNDT Rules) until 30th June, 2020 in view of the emergency situation arisen due to pandemic COVID-19, whereby entire country has been put under lockdown....read more


CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 75

(With regular inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev)
771: Safe handling and disposal of PPEs, Home Masks etc.
The requirement of PPEs:
To protect health workers from COVID-19, suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory, which include goggles, face-shield, mask, gloves, coverall/gowns (with or without aprons), headcover and shoe cover. Coverall/gowns are protect the torso of healthcare providers from exposure to the virus....read more


Is the time and place of death predefined?

Some gurus teach that the time and place of death is predefined and some do not. I personally feel that the life and respirations are predefined and not day and time of death.
It is something like water in a sponge will become empty when every drop of water comes out but it does not matter how much time it takes to come out. It is therefore possible to postpone or prolong the fulfilment of Prarabdha Karma and postpone death....read more


Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

If you are hypertensive, take your BP medicines as advised by your doctor


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India's Pharma Capabilities Will Remain Available To World Against COVID-19 Fight: PM
NDTV- PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India's productive capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector would remain available for assisting the citizens of the world as countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said partnership between India and Canada is vital to fighting the pandemic. In a tweet, PM Modi said he spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Thanked him for looking after Indian citizens in Canada in these difficult times," he said. "Collaboration and partnership between India and Canada is vital to fighting the pandemic, including through medical research and supply chain management," the prime minister said. A statement later said Prime Minister Modi conveyed the assurance that India's productive capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector would remain available for assisting the citizens of the world, including those of Canada, to the best of New Delhi's abilities. The two leaders agreed that the partnership between India and Canada could contribute meaningfully to the global effort to fight the pandemic, especially through collaboration in research and technology aimed at finding a vaccine or therapeutic solutions to COVID-19. The two leaders discussed the prevailing global situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. They agreed on the importance of global solidarity and coordination, maintenance of supply chains, and collaborative research activities, the statement said. PM Modi thanked the Canadian prime minister for the assistance and support extended to the Indian citizens, especially students, in Canada.

Fact Check: Has Delhi govt asked docs on corona duty to foot their own hotel bills?
India Today Vidya

The government has arranged for doctors and other staff of designated hospitals dealing with Covid-19 cases to stay in hotels so that their families do not come in contact with the disease. In this context, a video is going viral on social media in which a woman claims that the Delhi government, which was paying for the doctors' hotels stay, won't be doing so any further. The woman, wearing medical gear, says she works in Delhi's Rao Tularam Memorial Hospital. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that there is no truth in the claim. In fact, the Rao Tularam Memorial Hospital is not even among Delhi's nine designated hospitals to treat coronavirus cases. This hospital does not have any coronavirus patient. It is not even an isolation centre for suspected cases. Several Facebook users and pages such as "Bhakt Namo Ka" have shared the video with a caption in Hindi which translates to, "Kejriwal's new order says doctors on corona duty have to pay their own hotel bills. This man has turned on his promise again. He has money to pay the salaries of maulvis" In the viral video, a woman wearing a mask and headgear as worn by hospital staff says she is posted in Rao Tularam Memorial Hospital. She says, "We have received orders to vacate the hotel. We have been posted here since 16th. We were adjusting somehow, but now, where will our families go?" The woman claims there are many patients in the hospital who are coronavirus positive and questions as to why the safety of doctors' families is not being considered.

Doctor on Covid-19 duty duped of Rs 14 lakh
India Today- Chayyanika Nigam

At a time when citizens across the country are applauding the medical staff for their fight against Covid-19, a 27-year-old doctor who is posted on Covid-19 duty in the Capital's LNJP Hospital was duped of Rs 14 lakh from her account. Dr. Richa Narang, a third year resident doctor in Anesthesiology, lost Rs 14 lakh on the pretext of closing down a personal loan that she took one year ago for her education. Taking advantage of the lockdown situation, she was made to download a mobile app and the fraudster pretending to be an executive of a finance company withdrew the money in 53 transactions. The doctor had got the loan from a finance company in March 2019 and was paying EMI of Rs 18,000 per month. But later, she decided to take another loan to pay off the earlier one, as a bank was offering her a lower rate of interest. The bank transferred Rs 14 lakh in her account and she decided to repay the earlier loan. "But due to the lockdown, the company refused to close my account, so I wrote a review on social media. Pretending to be an employee of the finance company, on April 23, a person asked me my mobile number and later over the phone he took my other details," said Richa. She was then asked to download a mobile application called Quick Support, and then add all her bank details on the app to transfer her loan amount. She kept receiving OTP messages on her phone, but the employee asked her to ignore it, and called it spam. Later he gave her a few transaction details and asked her to transfer the amount.