<br>The second wave of Coronavirus in India has had a greater impact on the country's healthcare system. People have been running helter-skelter to get medicines, oxygen cylinders, concentrators, masks, PPE kits and other essential life-saving things. The sudden surge in demand unfortunately boosted the trade of fake medicines and other essentials for Covid treatment.Early this month, four people were arrested in Pune for selling fake vials of Remdesivir for Rs 35,000 -- a price far above the official Rs 2,000 price cap for the original medicine. Police said the men had sold at least seven vials filled with liquid paracetamol to a relative of a coronavirus patient. In Mysuru, a nurse at a private hospital was arrested for selling Remdesivir vials that had been refilled with antibiotics and saline solution. There are many such cases.But what if the Covid vaccine gets adulterated?"We have strong immunisation networks, however, we need to be extra vigilant in this case, as any adverse situation will have a long impact. The Covid vaccine can save a life, but a falsified vaccine will kill human beings as well erode public confidence in healthcare systems, healthcare professionals, and government agencies," Nakul Pasricha, Chief Executive of Pharma Secure, a company that offers drug verification technology to pharmaceutical companies in India, told IANS."Greater risk of harm to consumers will result in greater liability for healthcare providers. Circulation of falsified or fake vaccines will add to the already overwhelming crisis that the country is facing thus hampering the efforts of our governments, healthcare organisations, and our frontline warriors," he added.What causes these rampant counterfeits?"Scarcity breeds falsification and counterfeiting, that is a fact. Adding to that, the absence of anti-tampering, anti-counterfeiting and traceability measures is making their task quite easy," Pasricha noted, adding "counterfeiters are becoming smarter, and we need to stay one step ahead of them".Similar to global companies, measures must be taken at brand level to ensure the product supply chain integrity, safety, and security, he said.While physical solutions, such as tamper-evident packaging, eradicate product tampering, digital solutions such as QR codes or barcodes ensure supply chain integrity along with data intelligence. At the regulator level, most of the countries in the world have anti-counterfeiting regulations for pharma and healthcare, Pasricha said."Protecting Covid-19 vaccines and other essential products from falsification and diversion require cutting-edge authentication and traceability solutions, public-private collaboration, and national-level support," he said.To secure the vaccine supply chain, Pasricha recommends three steps: (a) Implementation of serialisation-and-traceability authentication on product packaging; (b) Training staff at healthcare centres to differentiate genuine vaccines from falsified ones; (c) Contingency plan to alert stakeholders in case falsified products are discovered in the supply chain."It is high time that we must implement these regulations within India the way we have been doing while exporting vaccines and drugs for almost a decade. Fighting counterfeiting is a long-term battle and we need to start somewhere. We have to start now, and we have the ways and means to do it," emphasised Pasricha, who is also the President, Authentication Solution Providers' Association (ASPA), a non-profit organisation.Counterfeiting is also not just confined to India, but is a global problem, causing a tremendous impact on public and economic health.The World Health Organisation, in March, issued a warning about counterfeit and stolen Covid-19 vaccines being sold on the dark web.Doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being offered for prices between $500 and $750 on the dark web, according to media reports. From about 20 dark web vendors in November 2020, the number grew to 600 in January and more than 1,200 by March this year, showed a report from the cybersecurity firm Check Point. Besides the Covid-19 jabs, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are also being sold.While Covid-19 is a current pandemic, counterfeiting is an ongoing menace and every stakeholder's role is important in combating it.(Rachel V Thomas can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>rvt/vd
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Around 500 people in east Delhi were admitted to a hospital with complaints of stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting after reportedly consuming adulterated 'kuttu ka atta' (buckwheat), eaten during the Navratras, police said.
The incident was reported late Tuesday night. Those who have been admitted to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital hail from Kalyanpuri, Trilokpuri and Khichdipur and other nearby residential colonies.
While the hospital authorities were yet to comment on the cause, an FIR was registered in Kalyanpuri Police station against a shopkeeper on Wednesday.
"A case under Section 173/284/337 IPC has been registered against the proprietor of Bunty General Store and further investigation is on," DCP, East, Deepak Yadav, said.
Have you get noticed how Navratri always comes around the change of season? It is widely considered that fasting at this time is most beneficial for the body. The fasting calls for distancing certain food items and changing them with their lighter rendering.
People cook rotis and pooris using kuttu atta and singhara atta, which are the most simply used flours at this festival. We discovered which flour from the two is healthier and better for weight loss.
Kuttu Ka Atta
Kuttu ka atta is a fruit seed, which is why it is permitted to be consumed while fasting. The flour has a savory flavor and the flour is a gluten-free alternative to common wheat flour. Kuttu ka atta generates heat in the body and that's why is believed ideal for this weather.
The atta is great for those who are trying to lose weight, and even for those who are suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Additional, it is rich in zinc, phosphorus, vitamins, and magnesium.
Singhara Ka Atta
Singhara is also known as water caltrop or water chestnut is a fruit that propagates underwater. It's a fruit you can found in winter, though it's a by-product like chestnut flour and it is available throughout the year. The flour is chock full rich in nutrients and can be used to cook various dishes.
Kuttu Atta for Weight Loss
Kuttu atta works amazement for weight loss as it implants 75% complex carbohydrates and 25% high-quality protein, which formation it an ideal food choice for weight watchers. Eating kuttu atta swift up weight loss and it has lesser calories than wheat atta.
Even, it is free of cholesterol and sopping fats and rich in fiber and protein. Kuttu atta also has iron, magnesium, iodine, vitamin B6 and B1.
Besides, it is gluten-free, which flair is even good for our digestion. Excepting gluten from the diet can work amazement for weight loss for some characters.
Singhara Atta for Weight Loss
Singhara atta has too much fiber. Fiber takes a longer time to digest and thus stops one from binge eating. The flour is high in potassium and low in sodium, which useful for water assumption in the body.
Not only this, singhara atta is an excellent base of complex carbohydrates and other energy-boosting nutrients like iron, zinc, phosphorus, and calcium. While upwaas, it's common that we feel low on energy as the food you eat is a change from your casual food.
Containing a singhara to your upwaas diet will keep your energy levels up. The flour is without cholesterol and it is fulfilled with various vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. It is contained with copper, riboflavin and helps to manage your thyroid problems.
Both the flours are beneficial, healthy, and supply a number of health benefits. While kuttu atta supply warmth, singhara has cooling competency. Both the flours are chock full loaded in nutrients and are great for weight loss. Just make sure you have them in moderation.