Covid-19: 70,000 vaccinators, another 30,000 from private sector, to give shots
While there are around 70,000 vaccinators in the public sector, the private sector is likely to contribute around 30,000 more, including doctors, nurses and lab technicians who can innoculate people once a vaccine against SARS-CoV2 is approved in the country, official sources said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Need to intensify efforts to address all causes of anemia: Healthcare experts
According to the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey, approximately half of the women of the reproductive age group are anemic and 41 per cent of preschoolers, 24 per cent of school-age children and 28 per cent of adolescents are reported to be anemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 Vaccination: How will the government roll it out?
Covid-19 vaccination could arguably be the most challenging exercise India has embarked upon. How will the government roll it out? What makes it more complex than even the general elections or the universal immunisation programme? (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICMR approves CSIR's COVID-19 testing method that can help ramp up number of RT-PCR tests
The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a simple and fast method for COVID-19 testing which can not only increase the number of RT-PCR tests but can also bring down costs, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said on Saturday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rajasthan slashes RT-PCR COVID test by pvt labs at Rs 800
The state government issued the order slashing the Covid-19 test rate by private labs soon after the chief minister digitally inaugurated a 70-bed Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit in RUHS Hospital hee and disease testing labs in six towns. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expert group preparing health system for Covid vaccine distribution, administration: PSA
Principal Scientific Adviser K VijayRaghavan stressed that the COVID 19 pandemic has stimulated extraordinary collaboration between research laboratories and industry and between industry and society. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Those who can should pay for the vaccine: Naresh Trehan, MD Medanta Hospital
Dr Naresh Trehan, cardiovascular surgeon and chairman and MD of Medanta, tells ET in an interview over the phone that the government should rope in private players in vaccinating people. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Hope for vaccine has to be built without over-promising
Government's communication on the vaccine has to be clear and transparent - all certainties and uncertainties have to be shared with people. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We feel we are ready but we are underestimating the challenges: Dr Gagandeep Kang
Advance market commitment allows companies to plan how many doses for which country, how much to export and the rate at which they need to be manufacturing, says Dr Kang (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ventilator demand surges as Covid-19 cases rise in Delhi
The Centre has provided more than 160 ventilators in the last one week to the Delhi government besides adding additional beds with ventilatory support in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital built by Defence research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Delhi Cantonment and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi and Jhajjar, officials said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Participant in Serum Institute's Covid vaccine trial seeks Rs 5 crore compensation
The legal notice to SII says the participant suffered a serious adverse event after being administered the under-trial vaccine, and is demanding financial compensation of Rs 5 crore. The legal notice also alleges that despite this, no public disclosure was made. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty hospital identified as Delhi's first Covid-19 vaccine storage facility
BL Sherwal, the managing director of the hospital, said a team from the Union health ministry has surveyed the building and approved it. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine: Phase-3 trial of Covaxin begins at Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad
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Delhi to get its first vaccine storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital
The dedicated Covid-19 hospital has been chosen by the Centre and will be among the first such facilities in the country. The utility block of the hospital will be used for the storage facility, which will be spread over 5,000 square metres. The hospital authorities said a team of the Union health ministry had already surveyed and approved the utility block. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1,000 volunteers from Kolkata needed for COVID-19 vaccine - Covaxin - trial at NICED
The list of 1,000 volunteers will be finalised by the first week of December when the phase III trial is likely to begin. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Huge gap in demand, supply of organs for transplant in country: AIIMS chief
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said the AIIMS was working to "very soon" start a lung transplant programme even as it has facilities available for transplantation of heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea, heart valve and bones. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phase-3 trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin commences in AIIMS
Dr Srivastava was the first one to receive the shot, which would be given to around 15,000 volunteers at the AIIMS over the next few days, sources said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AstraZeneca faces more vaccine questions after manufacturing error
While an announcement Monday by Astra and Oxford showed their shot was 70% effective on average in a late-stage study, the scant details released by the U.K. partners have sparked worries about whether regulators would clear it. In a later statement, Oxford said a difference in manufacturing processes led to some participants being given a half dose instead of a full one. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID pandemic underlined importance of integrated healthcare system: Jitendra Singh
Jitendra Singh, a renowned diabetologist, said that even during the pre-COVID era, it was proven with evidence that in the treatment of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes-Mellitus, the dose of insulin or oral anti-diabetic drugs could be brought down with the adjuvant practice of certain 'yoga asanas' and lifestyle modifications available in naturopathy. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AstraZeneca likely to run additional global vaccine test, CEO Pascal Soriot says
“Now that we’ve found what looks like a better efficacy we have to validate this, so we need to do an additional study,” CEO Pascal Soriot said in his first interview since the data were released. It will probably be another “international study, but this one could be faster because we know the efficacy is high so we need a smaller number of patients.” (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Reason to believe effective vaccine for general public in India to be available by Apr 2021'
The Oxford vaccine is being risk manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), in order to be widely available to people in large quantities as and when the regulator passes it. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Is India ready for Covid vaccine? Here's what the country should do
​​Now in the last leg of their fight, government, regulators, pharmaceutical companies and ancillary industries must once again collaborate to bring an efficacious vaccine to the people in the shortest possible time. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid exposes mental health crisis in India
Experts call for urgent action on a robust system to diagnose and treat mental disorders in the country. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With immunity on mind, nutraceutical becomes key word
The demand peak is now flattening as people are getting used to living with the virus, said industry executives, but sales are more than double than that of the industry ’s pre-Covid forecasts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ahead of Covid vaccine, government & companies stock up vials, syringes
To meet that demand, pharma companies, which are working on the potential vaccine candidate for Covid-19, have started tying up with manufacturers of vials and the rubber stoppers that are used in the vials. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid Chronicle: A transformative disruption
Covid-19 has forced us to take a closer look at our woefully inadequate health infrastructure. At less than 3% of GDP, the Centre and the states combined, the country ’s spending on health is among the lowest in the world. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your data may no longer be personal as little regard given to Covid patients' information
Discrepancy was found in the Covid-19 data reported by the health ministry and that by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The Niti Ayog-backed Aarogya Setu drew criticism on data safety and its alleged use for surveillance purposes. It is uncertain (and concerning) how the health data collected through the app is going to be used after the pandemic is over. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will learnings and lessons from Covid-19 help India deal with next pandemic?
Can India pull it off? Anything can be pulled off if the country has the political will to do so, it might seem like a costly affair but compared to the cost of pandemic, the investment in these measures is going to be relatively small. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A look at India's public healthcare system
Health is a state subject. India ’s public healthcare system services are largely free, or delivered at nominal charges. Out-of-pocket expenditure is high. Slack in state support is picked up by the private sector. Overall, health infrastructure is not what it should be for a country that is home to more than 17% of the world’s population... (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccines are coming to India, but are we ready for a rollout?
While most experts are confident that India will get a vaccine, their concern is how the country will scale up to vaccinate its 1.3 billion population. This entails, among other things, the requirement of cold chain facilities to store and transport vaccines, training medical staff to administer various types of vaccines, and the cost of the nationwide vaccination exercise. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: National vaccine administration policy in the works to get jab job done
“India has the world’s largest vaccination programme. We already have a robust system of electronic vaccine intelligence network (eVIN), through which realtime information of vaccine stock availability and their storage temperature across all cold-chain points is available,” Health minister Ha rsh Vardhan said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Covid-19 has changed healthcare service delivery and speeded digital technology adoption
Healthcare evolved hugely during the pandemic as it raced to come to terms with changed medical paradigms and a higher patient load. Digital technology suffused the sector, bringing innovations such as teleconsultation and online pharmacies. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To improve India's healthcare system, public and private need to work together, say experts
"A good PPP (public-private partnership) model in healthcare can go a long way in fighting pandemics and providing health facilities," says Bishnu Panigrahi, group head (medical strategy and operations), Fortis Healthcare. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keeping you safe, in sickness and in health: India's efforts to emphasize preventive care
Meanwhile, the government has sought to revive the use of traditional medicines and practices to prevent diseases. “One of the surprising but important aspects in preventive healthcare is the use of traditional cures and medicines in raising immunity level,” said Rajiv Kumar, vice-chairman of NITI Aayog, the government’s premier policy think-tank. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zumba, Yoga, Wellness Leave: Companies roll out flexible health and wellness programmes for employees
Several companies are organising online zumba and exercise sessions, assigning ‘no-meeting’ hours, offering more days off, virtual counselling and sessions on how to strengthen immunity to keep the employees healthy. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black market, and India isn't immune either
Despite tight travel restrictions, advertising for unverified vaccine tours to the U.S. are popping up across Indian WhatsApp groups. Gem Tours& Travels Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai-based company planning to run such trips for people to receive Pfizer ’s mRNA shot, told Bloomberg they won’t be procuring doses themselves and have yet to nail down travel timings. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When and which COVID-19 vaccines are likely to be available in Asia
The head of the Serum Institute of India, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, said on Nov 23 the positive late-state trial result of the candidate will allow it to seek emergency use authorisation by year-end, before gaining approval for a full rollout by February or March next year. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why WHO wants adults and children to move more in the pandemic era? Find out
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 states/UTs contributed to 60.72% of 44,489 fresh COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry
Kerala leads the tally with 6,491 new COVID-19 cases registered in a span of 24 hours, while Maharashtra has reported 6,159 new cases followed by Delhi with 5,246 new cases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indians making conscious efforts to build immunity amid pandemic: VLCC
“In a marked shift in mindset, Indians have adopted preventive healthcare habits in the last twelve months, and 82% have added dietary supplements to aid preventive measures," the report said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pandemic: When the going gets tough, innovators step up their game
​​Indian diagnostic companies had experience in developing test assays for dengue, HIV, TB and H1N1, but with Covid-19 the delay in getting hold of the genetic code of SARS-Cov2 meant the Indian government, in the initial months of the pandemic, had to wait on imported RT-PCR kits that were expe nsive with world- wide shortage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Covid 19 helped powering digital health innovation
The government of India ’s National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) aims to build an ecosystem that will bind all stakeholders together in a unified health system. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global scramble for Covid-19 cure injects new life into old drugs
Over 20 anti-viral drugs that were discontinued from manufacturing or had research on them halted because of other priorities have now become candidates for lifesaving treatment against Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: For good healthcare, India needs a more responsive public and more responsible private sector
Universal health coverage in the country demands efficient and equitable service provision, with the public sector leading the way and private and voluntary sectors playing a supportive role. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Despite challenges, private hospitals stood firmly with the government
Hundreds of private hospitals were severely handicapped financially, and most of the smaller ones were forced to shut down. Nevertheless, there was no compromise in caring. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demand rises for adding home care, outpatient costs in health insurance
Experts say the industry is moving towards its next leg of growth, where traditional ‘all illness’ medical covers would soon be replaced with customisable products that cover all aspects of the treatment and not just the costs specified by the hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

At the centre of Covid, diagnostic labs have been much in demand
​​From government-referred to now on-demand testing, the volume of Covid testing has increased gradually for diagnostic firms. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The future of healthcare: Your doctor ’s just a click away
The scars of the Covid-19 pandemic will take time to heal. But as the issues are understood better, India ’s hospitals have learnt some precious lessons. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Science-based ayurvedic healthcare gains consumer mindspace
The word ‘Immunity’ saw a 500% increase while ‘Vitamin C’ searches went up by over 150% in 2020. With no Covid vaccine in sight, Ayurveda emerged as a lifesaver for many and the preferred go-to solution for every Indian. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NITI Aayog releases compendium on Covid practices by states and Union Territories
The practices in the compendium have been disaggregated under six sections namely public health and clinical response, governance mechanisms, digital health, integrated model, welfare of migrants and other vulnerable groups and other practices. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news