Govt ensures uninterrupted supply of oxygen to hospitals
The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) has issued instructions to all its offices to ensure grant of licences for storage and transport of medical oxygen urgently. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coal India to set up 500 bed COVID hospital in Odisha
Coal India subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields will finance a 500 bedded state-of-the-art COVID hospital in Odisha's Bhubaneshwar that is scheduled to become operational in a fortnight. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

17 states earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry
Briefing the press on the coronavirus situation, Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said, "There is still no hard evidence to say there has been community transmission of coronavirus in India." Agarwal said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data Drought: India behind the curve in publishing covid figures
Currently, the Union health ministry releases statistics on the total number of confirmed cases every day, including fatalities and those who have recovered. Also available on its website are a state-wise breakdown of cases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Odisha announces Covid-19-dedicated hospitals with 1,000 beds
The public-private partnership is being set up in partner with Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Medical Colleges providing the buildings for 500 beds each dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 and will be functional in a fortnight. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 lockdown: Health Ministry allows doorstep delivery of essential medicines
"The central government is satisfied that retail sale of drugs to doorstep of consumers is essential to meet the requirements of emergency arising due to COVID-19 and in the public interest, it is necessary and expedient to regulate the sale and distribution of drugs for their delivery to consumers," it read. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: 100 distilleries expected to begin manufacturing of hand sanitisers
Distilleries/ Sugar mills which can produce hand sanitizers in bulk have also been motivated to manufacture hand sanitizers. These manufacturers have also been asked to work in three shifts to maximize their output. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Pandemic: Healthcare professionals take to social media to express their despair
Highlight lack of protective gear and harassment they are facing amid pandemic (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How MCI can save the country: Tough Covid-19 battle can only be won by our young doctors and nurses
India is the only country in the world which, just by changing MCI regulations, can produce over 1.5 lakh doctors and specialists out of thin air. This is our greatest ammunition against the Covid-19 pandemic. Let us first learn what developed countries did to address their doctor shortages. This tough battle can only be won by the young doctors and nurses (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A malaria drug may lead fight against Covid-19
One candidate that has been much in the news is hydroxychloroquine (a later version of the more toxic chloroquine), used to treat malaria and other inflammatory conditions. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mahindra working on a frugal ventilator which may cost Rs 7500
Mahindra& Mahindra is partnership with two public sector units is working with an existing manufacturer of high-spec ventilators to help them simplify design and scale up capacity, said Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra& Mahindra a few days after the chairman Anand Mahindra announced that the group will offer all possible support to deal with COVID-19 contagion. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICMR invites quotations from manufacturers for supply of COVID-19 test kits
In an urgent move towards expanding the coronavirus diagnostics in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has invited quotations from manufacturers for supply of kits for the testing of COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: ICMR invites bids for antibody kit for virus diagnosis
According to the ICMR any manufacturer with Indian based supplier can submit the quotation. It has to be FDA/CE-IVD, ICMR-NIV Pune approved antibody kit (serological test) for diagnosis of COVID-19. “No other condition of the manufacturers/supplier should be entertained due to the time line in connection with current public health emergency of Covid-19,” it said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Explainer: Why are malaria pills being used against coronavirus?
Studies are underway in a number of countries, including China, France and the United States, to see whether the pills - chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine - may have a role to play in the rapidly spreading pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neuberg Diagnostics starts COVID-19 testing at Chennai lab after ICMR nod
Neuberg Diagnostics, a startup in the path lab chain segment has received the approval from the ICMR for all its four labs in cities of Ahmedabad (Neuberg Supratech), Bengaluru (Neuberg Anand), Chennai (Neuberg Ehrlich) and Pune (Neuberg AG), to offer COVID-19 RT PCR tests. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

e-Zest and Neurosynaptic announce new solution for Covid-19 screening
The solution features a Corona-Screen Kit – a portable, lightweight kit that includes basic screening tools that seamlessly connect and feed data into a Patient Health Record system without any manual intervention. It also has a geo-tagging powered screening app that will import and analyse data from the screening tools as well as as trav el and medical history. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIIMS to soon begin tele-consultation facility for patients
The AIIMS will soon begin a tele-consultation facility for its patients as it has shut down its OPD, including speciality services, and all new and follow-up patients' registration from March 24 till further orders. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MCI BoG issues guidelines, advises telemedicine practice to prevent transmission of infectious diseases
The Board of Governors (BoG) issued guidelines, outlining that telemedicine provides safety of patients, as well as health workers safety especially in situations where there is risk of contagious infections and it can be conducted without exposing staff to viruses or infections in the times of such outbreaks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health ministry releases 'micro plan' to track local transmission in defined geographical areas
A rapid response team (RRT) will identify containment zones based on the extent of cases/contacts listed and mapped by them, the document released by the ministry said. In case contact listing or mapping takes more than 24 hours, then the RRT will demarcate an area of 3km radius around the epicentre of the residence of the Covid-19 positive patient as the containment zone. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 pandemic: Emergency offices in 4 cities to fast-track protective gear supply
There are manufacturing units at various locations including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The emergency control offices will ensure coordination and supply due to the lockdown and manpower shortage. The offices have come up in the wake of high demand for these products amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pune based Mylab becomes first Indian company to get Covid-19 test kits validated
In the current lab based testing it takes four hours for test results to come out, Mylab's turn around time is 2 1/2 hours, said Dr Gautam W.hde, Medical Director Mylab to ET. The company's kits can study 1000 samples from large labs and 200 from smaller labs. Mylabs is looking to price its kits around INR 1200. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Misleading press release on Covid-19 test kits sparks debate about political favouritism
India's drug controller has been issuing licenses to molecular diagnostic companies to just get their Covid-19 testing kits validated by the National Institute of Virology. A license to get a test validated is different from a license to manufacture a kit. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: IIT-KGP researchers develop hand sanitisers
Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have developed two different alcohol-based hand sanitisers based on WHO guidelines amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India may have 13 lakh confirmed Coronavirus cases by mid-May: Study
The estimates reinforce concerns among some medical officials and experts in India that the country of 1.4 billion people could see coronavirus cases jump sharply in the coming weeks. The scientists said projections could change as the country conducts more testing, while also putting in place stricter restrictions and measures to stem the spread of the virus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Ventilators are key to fighting the coronavirus battle
A key medical equipment that is needed for effectively dealing with critical patients is Ventilator. It's a medical device that helps in artificial breathing when the lungs of a patient fail to do it naturally. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harsh Vardhan lauds NCDC's role in containment & management of COVID-19
As on date, cumulatively 1,87,904 persons are under surveillance, and around 35,073 have completed the 28-day observation period. ​Of the total samples tested (12,872), 2,023 samples have been tested by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), an official statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government bans export of sanitisers, all types of ventilators
The government has banned exports of all types of ventilators, including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus or any other breathing appliance or device. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus infected patient will need intensive care and mechanical ventilation: Report
According to the mathematical methodology conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) even if symptomatic cases are comprehensively identified and quarantined, the delay in epidemic timing within India would be in days and not weeks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reliance Industries offers hospital, Jio, fuel support to combat Covid-19
RIL said it has deployed the combined strengths of Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail, Jio, Reliance Life Sciences, Reliance Industries, and all the 6,00,000 people that work for the group on this action plan against COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DCGI to fast-track approval for Covid-19 drug, vaccine
The DCGI has offered seven measures for speeding up the process, from giving fast-track approval for repurposed drug to waiving animal study and offering flexible pathways which earlier would have taken months. It said applications from companies will be given “high priority” and that it will assist the companies in speeding up their research. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICMR initiates study to predict the rate of Covid-19 infections in India
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will use mathematical modelling to figure out how many cases India could be grappling with in the next few months. RR Gangakhedkar, chief epidemiologist at ICMR, said the research body through the modelling process will know the best-case and worst-case scenarios. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bengaluru based Skanray starts work on new ventilator design that would speed up production locally
Skanray, the Bangalore based exporter of ventilators is drawing plans to locally assemble nearly 1 lakh ventilators in the country as India prepares to gear up its emergency situation in an event of the large number of critically ill covid-19 patients. Skanray is working out the design with Defence Research and Development (DRDO) Niti Ayog, Director Health Services and Karnataka government. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIIMS to shut down OPD from March 24 till further notice
"It has now been decided that all OPD services including speciality services, all new and follow up patients' registration in AIIMS hospital and all centres will remain closed from March 24 till further orders," the new circular said. On Friday, AIIMS had issued a circular postponing all nonessential elective procedures and surgeries. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

80% coronavirus patients will only have mild cold and fever: ICMR
Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR said that about 5 per cent of these patients need to be admitted and needed to be supportive treatement. Citig examples of Italy and China, he said that new drugs have been made available but they may not prevent deaths. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 desi firms to make Covid-19 protective gear for doctors, health workers
While the textiles ministry has on-boarded Vadodara-based Sure Safety, Bengaluru ’s Amaryllis Healthcare and Gurugram-based Sai Synergy LLP, it has also reached out to other domestic players for these products, a senior official of the ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ICMR may cap price of each coronavirus test at Rs 4,500-Rs 5,000 for private labs: Official
The Union health ministry had on Tuesday issued guidelines for private sector laboratories intending to initiate COVID-19 testing while the ICMR appealed to them to conduct the tests free of cost. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to make India ready for future coronavirus-like crises
India must combine its infectious diseases data-mining prowess with advanced medical technologies. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aviation ban may cause shortage of ventilators in India
Late on Thursday, India banned the exports of ventilators, certain kinds of masks, and textile raw materials for masks and coveralls, to prevent shortage of these in India. But for manufacturing the ventilators locally, companies said they needed imported components. Respirators are essential to treat serious cases of coronavirus infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 testing criteria may be widened
The high-level expert committee set up by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has suggested that all with atypical pneumonia and close contacts of Covid-19-positive persons be tested. Currently, only those who have come from affected areas overseas or have been in contact with such persons are being tested. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine in a year, not 100% cure
We need to be very clear, this is not a 100% solution and cure. Maybe 60-70% of people who take the vaccine will have that protection, the rest may still get the disease despite being vaccinated, ” said Poonawalla, adding that the economic danger of the outbreak is exponentially greater than its health risks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine within a year but it won't be 100% effective
The vaccine for Covid-19 should not be seen as a cure, says Adar Poonawalla of SII. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 in India: Cautious government involves private sector in treating patients
Private hospitals have been asked to earmark beds and isolation rooms, even as about 50 diagnostic laboratories have got the go-ahead for Covid-19 tests. The National Health Authority, nodal agency for Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme for the poor, has been identified to firm up the protocol and health packages for this section of the population in case India enters the next stage. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: ESIC hospitals may set up 400 isolation beds
The government has proposed setting up 400 isolation beds in 27 labour ministry-run ESIC health institutions across India to be used for general public, if need arises, following a directive from health ministry. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Everyone need not wear a mask: Govt issues coronavirus advisory on when and how you should wear one
​​While there has been a mad rush across the country for buying masks, the advisory says that everyone need not wear a mask and one should wear mask only in three conditions. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Telemedicine takes spotlight in season of flu
As the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to rise in India, telemedicine or online consultation has become the first point of contact for many who suspect they ’ve contracted the disease. Companies such as Practo, 1mg, Medlife, mFine and a few others are reporting a several-fold increase in online consultations for a flu or fever-related ailments. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community transmission of Covid-19 is inevitable: ICMR
India has a 30-day window to halt the beginning of community transmission, say experts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospitals plan for 'COVID cabanas,' conference rooms to house patients
Members of the American Hospital Association have been advised to prepare for 96 million cases in the next few months, with 4.8 million additional admissions, 1.9 million intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and 480,000 excess deaths - or about 10 times the number caused by a severe flu season. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infosys Foundation, Narayana Health ask Govt to keep hospital ready, offer support
The Infosys Foundation on Thursday offered to work closely with the Karnataka government to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Narayana Health chairman Dr Devi Shetty too offered to join the government ’s efforts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority seeks drug stock, pricing data
The regulator had earlier asked the drug makers and groups to share details regarding the price movement, production details and inventory of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and key starting material (KSM) of 58 crucial APIs that are imported from China so as curb possible shortages of molecules. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharma department tells companies to step up manufacture of anti-HIV drugs
At a meeting held with the manufacturers on Wednesday, a committee of experts constituted by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) asked companies such as Cipla, Mylan, Aurobindo and Hetero, among others, to evaluate supply chain and keep enough stock ready for India. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news