Covid-19: State's private labs yet to take testing load
Two private laboratories in Bengaluru which received approvals from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to test for Covid-19 infections two weeks ago have cumulatively tested only 231 samples so far, possibly due to stringent government guidelines. (Source: The Economic Times)
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0 to 12,000/day: How India scaled up PPE production
While supplies are being augmented via imports, domestic production too has begun picking up with the textiles ministry getting Indian non-woven manufacturers to develop a suitable fabric for PPEs for Covid, in line with health ministry guidelines. At the current pace, around three lakh PPEs will be produced in the country this month. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi: The names and other details of Covid-only hospitals in the capital
Delhi's coronavirus cases have been steadily rising. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has meanwhile announced a '5T plan' for Delhi to tackle COVID-19 cases. The 5T plan includes — Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Team Work and Tracking and monitoring. He said the government will conduct one lakh random coronavirus tests in Delhi's hotspots. (Source: The Economic Times)
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AIIMS issues guidelines on reuse of PPE, citing depletion of stocks
The AIIMS has released guidelines for the reuse of PPE, citing their fast depletion of stocks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, while stressing that the methods for disinfection should only be considered as extraordinary last-resort methods in the event of an imminent shortages of such kits. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Andhra to procure 3 lakh rapid testing kits, set up 13 Covid hospitals
Learning from the experience of other countries with respect to the need of Covid exclusive hospitals, the government has identified and designated 13 hospital in 13 district as Covid hospitals. No other patients will be treated in these hospitals to avoid further transmission, said the government. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid outbreak hinders cancer treatment in hospitals
Oncologists recommend deferment of non-critical surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy sessions taking into account the low immunity levels of cancer patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Bio protective wear specifications in the works still
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) held an “urgent meeting” on April 3 to address the issue, according to a document. “Presently, only one class/level of bio-protective coverall has been covered in this standard to address the urgent need. This standard will accordingly be reviewed in due course of time,” it added. (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICMR gears up for the worst, plans to test 1 lakh cases a day
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said it is actively considering some interventions to scale up testing capacity to 100,000 tests per day in coming months. The country currently has a capacity to test 18,000 samples for the novel coronavirus per day across 136 government laboratories and 56 private laboratories. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Trump ’s aggressive advocacy of malaria drug for treating coronavirus divides medical community
Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Health can be a way out of the middle-income trap for India
The coronavirus outbreak has only deepened India ’s vulnerability. Trade in goods has slowed the world over. Movement of people has halted. Even the dollar, the lingua franca of global commerce, is finding it hard to go where it’s needed. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Let ’s do our bit to contain the coronavirus. Let’s cover ourselves
But it is important to note that scarves and masks that have not been “fitted up” properly will have gaps between its contours and the face. Contamination can come in over time through these gaps. Hence, it is important to continue to avoid proximity to others – stay six feet away and keep the interaction as short as possible. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Delhi doctors have kits to last 10 days
Days after the AAP govt asked the Union government to provide 50,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for the protection of the healthcare workers engaged with Covid-19 patients, CM Kejriwal thanked the Centre for allotting 27,000 sets of the protective gear which, he added, would be available in Delhi hospitals in a day or two. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Gujarat govt ropes in pvt firms to manufacture PPE, N95 masks
The Gujarat government has roped in state-based private companies to manufacture personal protective equipment and N95 masks required by health staff who are at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19: Shivinder Singh says he can help if released; HC denies interim bail
Shivinder had moved the Supreme Court on April 3 seeking interim bail citing Covid-19 infection risk as a ground. The Apex Court had directed the Delhi High Court to decide Shivinder ’s interim bail plea. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Apple to ship 1 million face shields a week for medical workers
The tech giant had already sourced 20 million surgical masks from around the world to help address a global shortage, chief executive Tim Cook said in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai unwittingly becomes a Covid hot zone after many staffers test positive
26 nurses and 3 doctors of Wockhardt Hospital have tested positive for the virus. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19 outbreak: Amid equipment shortage, a curious case of imported used ventilators
A Chennai-based company Skylark Office Machines imported these ventilators in November 2018 from a US-based firm. The customs authorities confiscated the consignment and imposed penalty on the goods. But, the importer approached the CESTAT which set aside the orders of the customs authorities and allowed the company to re-export the goods back to the US (Source: The Economic Times)
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With best recovery rate, Kerala is the flagbearer of India's fight against Covid-19
Early identification system and specialised Covid-care wards are reasons behind Kerala's good recovery rate. (Source: The Economic Times)
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55 firms producing up to 70,000 litres of sanitiser per day in UP
There has been a spurt in the demand for sanitisers following the outbreak of coronavirus in the state and to deal with this, the government issued licences to distilleries and sanitiser-manufacturing companies to increase production. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19: Bacardi to produce 70,000 liters of hand sanitizers
The company has started production of hand sanitizers at its co-packing facility in Telangana, Bacardi Ltd said in a statement adding that the company plans to roll out in additional states where it has co-packing manufacturing facilities. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Treatments that can wait make private hospitals wait for revenue
The impact on revenue for private hospitals is expected to last for the next two quarters, ICICI Direct said in a note. For some hospitals, the drop in patients from overseas is a concern. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Centre steps in to provide healthcare to the poorest
However, with the rising Covid-19 cases, state governments have been converting hospitals, especially government hospitals, as dedicated facilities to treat only Covid-19 patients. This has adversely affected poor patients with serious ailments related to oncology, blood disorders and kidney. Some require regular procedures like dialysis and blood transfusions. (Source: The Economic Times)
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In talks with 3 medical device cos to manufacture ventilators: MG Motor India
"We are talking to medical equipment companies like GE and some other companies, which already have established and approved designs. If they can tell us, then we can start manufacturing based on their design in our plant," MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19: Gujarat firm makes low cost ventilators in 10 days
The ventilator, developed by a private company, was tested at a medical lab of the Ahmedabad civil hospital and given an approval on Friday night, an official said. The locally developed ventilator is being used for patients from Saturday, he said, adding that the machine is working fine. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Coal India arms set up 1,509 isolation beds in 8 states
Of the 1509 beds, Coal India arm Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has set up the maximum 664 beds at its hospitals in places like Bhubaneswar, Angul, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Sundargarh in the state of Odisha. Besides, Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL) has come up with 200 isolation beds in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICMR DG asks health secy to disseminate advisory on rapid antibody tests
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday issued the advisory to start rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19 in areas reporting clusters and in large migration gatherings or evacuee centres. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Ramping up production to meet sudden surge in demand of hygiene products, says RB
Though the 21-day lockdown imposed by the government has put "further pressure on the manpower situation" but the company is taking all possible measures to step up manufacturing activities, RB said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India curbs diagnostic testing kit exports as virus spreads
India, which in recent weeks already banned the export of certain drugs, along with ventilators, masks and other protective gear needed by both patients and medical staff, issued the latest directive on Saturday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Andhra Pradesh Medi-Tech Zone set to manufacture ventilators, Covid-19 testing kits
The Centre has already placed an order for 3,500 ventilators and the assembling of the units will start from April 15, according to the Andhra Special Chief Secretary (Industries and Commerce) Rajat Bhargava. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi LG tells Health dept to identify private hospitals that can be taken over to treat COVID-19 cases
With a rise in number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has directed the health department to identify private hospitals which can be taken over by the government, official sources said on Sunday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Ayurveda helps boost immunity against COVID-19: Experts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, recently highlighted the benefits of ayurveda and urged people to "have a look" at Ayush Ministry's protocol to stay fit, saying "good health is the harbinger of happiness". (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICMR issues advisory for rapid antibody-based blood tests for COVID-19
India will now start rapid antibody based blood tests in clusters or evacuee centres. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Pad-woman's mask foray floors Anand Mahindra
Thirty-year-old Suhani Mohan's phone hasn't stopped ringing since Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, tweeted about Mohan's ambitious project to craft masks by converting her sanitary pad machine. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Amid outbreak, Health Ministry recommends homemade face masks
According to an advisory issued by health ministry people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19: Govt puts curbs on exports of diagnostic kits with immediate effect
The move would help in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis as these kits are required for testing of patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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COVID-19: Govt issues advisory asking people to wear 'homemade face covers'
As India witnesses a spike in coronavirus cases, the Central government on Saturday issued an advisory asking people to wear "homemade face covers" particularly when they step out of their houses in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Rural development ministry starts production of masks through self-help groups
"In response to COVID-19, face mask production has been initiated by self help groups (SHGs) members in 24 states covering 399 districts of the country under the Ministry of Rural Development ’s National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)," it said in a statement. (Source: The Economic Times)
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In battle against corona, doctors turn to low-cost, innovative ventilators
With the country worried about a shortage of ventilators, some innovative options are emerging. (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICMR gives go ahead for COVID-19 testing in labs under DBT, CSIR, DAE
The DBT, DST, CSIR and DAE laboratories have been advised to strictly follow ICMR guidelines before initiation of testing for coronavirus infection, an ICMR official said. ICMR will not provide diagnostic kits/reagents to these laboratories and laboratory test should be offered only when the sample is referred by the State Health officials. (Source: The Economic Times)
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OPD services at LNJP and GB Pant hospitals to be closed from Apr 4: Authorities
The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi nearly doubled to 293 on Thursday with 141 fresh cases and two deaths being reported in a day. (Source: The Economic Times)
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More than 30,000 doctors volunteer to join fight against COVID-19
The government on March 25 had appealed to retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors to come forward and join the efforts to fight the pandemic caused by the deadly novel coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,301 in the country on Friday while the death toll rose to 56. (Source: The Economic Times)
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BCG vaccination policies make a ten times difference in Covid-19 incidence, mortality: New study
BCG, or Bacillus Calmette-Gu érin, is a vaccine for tuberculosis and is administered at birth in countries that have historically suffered from the disease, such as India. Many rich nations, such as the US, Italy and Holland, have never had a universal BCG vaccination policy. (Source: The Economic Times)
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SCTIMST ties up with Wipro 3D to make automated ventilators
The ventilator system is going to be based on an artificial manual breathing unit (AMBU), developed by the institute. AMBU bag or a bag-valve-mask is a hand-held device used to provide positive pressure ventilation to a patient who is either not breathing or who is breathing inadequately. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mylab partners with Serum Institute of India and AP Globale for testing kits
“The financial support from the partners will see MyLab increase its production capacity from 1.5 lakh tests a week to 20 lakh tests a week soon,” MyLab managing director Hanasmukh Rawal told ET. Mylab is the first Indian company to get commercial approval to supply the kits. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Private labs face home testing hiccups
Several private labs say they are stuck between following state government directives and ICMR guidelines, such as home collection of samples. This is allowed by the ICMR, which also lists 16,000 collection centres across the country. However, some states have banned home collection& have even stopped labs from conducting tests at their own facilities. (Source: The Economic Times)
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With OPDs & OTs shut, cancer, HIV & other patients struggle to get treatment
With the country's entire healthcare set-up working towards fighting Covid-19, patients of diseases like HIV, cancer and renal disease who need to access hospitals regularly to continue their treatment, and are immuno-compromised, are facing quite a bit of hardship with most OPDs and operation theatres closed. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: QCI is helping build hospital beds, capacity for testing
In the last month or so, QCI has stepped up measures to work with a larger community of hospitals and laboratories across the country to help develop standards and build capability towards testing and hospitalisation of cases infected with Covid -19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mylab partners with Adar Poonawalla, Abhijit Pawar to scale up production of COVID-19 test kits
The test kit by the company was the first 'Made in India' kit to receive commercial approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSC), and is named as Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit, it had earlier said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Health Ministry issues guidelines for dialysis of COVID-19 patients
In its 'Guidelines for Dialysis of COVID-19 patients', the ministry said health departments may issue directives to district administrations allowing easy movements of such patients, accompanied by one attendant, to a dialysis facility. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Nations with mandatory TB vaccines show fewer coronavirus deaths: Study
With nearly 900,000 cases and 45,000 deaths, the world is struggling to control Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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