A sudden seasonal flu outbreak and an increase in Covid-19 cases have surprised many just as we were beginning to get used to the normalcy of a life without many constraints before the Covid virus.
An unavoidable flu wave generally coincides with a change in season. However, this season has witnessed an unanticipated increase in such cases-nearly doubling from last year in some areas-as well as harsher, Covid-like symptoms.
The spike of Covid-19 cases, the upcoming holiday season, and all of this together create a situation that specialists warn calls for ongoing precautions.
"Masks are the first line of defence against Covid-19 as well as other respiratory infections. With a spike in the number of infections, we must adhere to wearing masks when we step out in public areas. With the festive season right here and large gatherings inevitable, wearing masks are highly effective at reducing your risk of getting Covid as well as seasonal flu. Wearing the right kind of mask, the right way, is also extremely important," says Dr SC Ajmani, General Physician.
Your masks' kind and fit have a significant impact on how effective they are. According to research conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization in Germany, FFP2 masks that fit snugly offer 75 times more protection than surgical masks. By selecting these masks over common surgical or fabric masks, you greatly boost your protection and can leave the house more confidently, especially in crowded areas.
Protection from viruses, bacteria, dust, pollutants, allergens, and pollen (>= 0.3 micron) is offered by a BIS-approved FFP2 S mask like Savlon. These masks offer 95% protection from aerosols with particles larger than 0.3 micron. In comparison to standard masks, these masks include melt blown filters that are electro statically charged to provide enhanced filtering. The comfort and suitability of these masks for different skin types are also tested. Masks made with Savlon FFP2 S are BIS Certified.
According to BIS guidelines, each batch is put through rigorous testing for quality performance and efficacy. The effects of viruses, bacteria, dust, pollution, pollen, and allergies can be significantly minimised and the wearer's general health can be improved by donning a high-quality, properly fitted mask.
The correct masks are adjusted to perfectly fit on the bridge of your nose and to properly enclose your mouth and nose. We are aware that when an infected individual sneezes or coughs in a crowded environment, the Covid-19 virus as well as the seasonal influenza can spread quickly. First-level protection is unquestionably provided by donning a N95 or FFP2 S mask, especially for those with allergies, co-morbidities, impaired immune systems, or a higher propensity for experiencing severe symptoms.
The use of masks should become a way of life. We must continue using tried-and-true health strategies, like using masks in public. Keep your hygiene and health in mind.
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After enduring the oppressive heat of summer, we are all in agreement that the monsoon season is pure delight. It is a warm experience to travel to a local hill station in the rain and chilly air.
During the monsoons, we often enjoy our lazy weekends by practicing self-care and simply concentrating on how to improve our bodies and skin. Not only do we neglect our haircare regimen, but it frequently falls lower on the priority list.
Although we have liked getting soaked in the rain throughout the monsoon season, it will soon come to an end. This has been the most difficult time of year to take care of our hair. Our hair becomes frizzy, dry, loses its lustre, and develops dandruff and an itchy scalp as a result of rising air humidity and improper haircare practices. These symptoms are all telltale signs of hair damage.
Okay, we've seen enough to know that this season makes our hair more vulnerable to damage, but surely we can take preventative measures when the time is right? So here are five strategies to cure monsoon-related hair damage.
Apply Aloe Vera and Green Tea-Based Hair Oil
Do you recall the "nuska" your grandmother used? "Your Hair is ready to travel; just apply oil." Making oiling a regular part of your hair care routine will help prepare your hair. Twice a week, apply hair oil before shampooing to strengthen hair strands from the roots, lessen frizz, and avoid hair breakage. To help repair the damage and make it smooth, silky, and bouncy, it's crucial to choose an oil with caring components like Hair & Care, which comprises plant-based extracts of Aloe Vera and Green Tea.
Regular Champi Once A Week
The scalp can benefit greatly from a 15-minute champi, which is similar to a spa treatment and one of the greatest ways to heal damaged hair. It enhances the oil's ability to penetrate the skin and deliver its active elements, speeding up blood circulation and hair growth.
Reduce The Use of Hard Water
The quality of the water decreases during the monsoon season due to the high concentration of minerals in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium, which coats the hair and prevents moisture from penetrating, causing damage over time. Reduce the number of times you wash your hair since harsh water causes it to become dry and crinkly and cause significant hair loss. The other option is to use a filter to remove the hard water and stop the harm.
The Best Way Is To Towel-Dry Your Hair
Use the towel-dry method rather than blow-drying your hair as this may cause it to become more frizzy and dry. After shampooing, it is ideal to dry your hair with a microfibre towel. Instead of vigorously combing your damp hair, gently squeeze it and fold it into a turban to maintain your stylish hairstyle for 15 minutes.
Use The Right Comb
When you attempt to comb through tangles after washing your hair, you risk significant damage. Because of how delicate your wet hair is, brushing it vigorously might cause hair loss. It's preferable to towel-dry your hair before using a wide-toothed comb, jade comb, or wooden comb as these will be less harsh on your strands. (Agency)
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The lesions and blisters caused by monkeypox virus are, although, very painful, and lead to hospitalisation, the diseases may not be as deadly as Covid-19 for the general public, health experts contended on Wednesday.
The monkeypox virus has, so far, infected over 16,000 people across 75 countries and caused five deaths in Africa.
The disease is not sexually transmitted, but the latest outbreak has been reported among men who have sex with men. However, it can spread among the general population through direct contact with infectious skin or lesions, including face-to-face, skin-to-skin, and respiratory droplets.
Although the disease may typically start with just fever and skin lesions, if left untreated, it can get complicated "by affecting the lungs", Dr. Laxman Jessani, Consultant and Infectious Disease Specialist at Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai told IANS.
"If the disease is not controlled, then the disease can go on to infect the lungs, and there can be pneumonia and with pneumonia, there can be increased mortality as well," Jessani said.
"I will not say that all cases turn out to be complicated, but there are a few cases of monkeypox if left untreated, they can have complications like pneumonia," he added.
A 2010 study by the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory also claims that the monkeypox virus might damage lungs during infection. Not only does the infection from monkeypox virus increase production of proteins involved in inflammation, but it decreases production of proteins that keep lung tissue intact and lubricated, revealed the study published in the journal 'Molecular and Cellular Proteomics'.
However, the co-chairman of IMA national task force on Covid, Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan, disagreed saying that monkeypox may not be dangerous to the people living in good health.
"The person who's in good health, if gets monkeypox is at no greater risk as far as the evidence we have from developed Western nations.
"But extremely rare complications are possible, although such incidents have not been reported, so far," he said.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, related to smallpox and cowpox. The virus generally causes pimples or blister-like lesions and flu-like symptoms such as fever. The lesions typically concentrate on the arms and legs, but in the latest outbreak, they're showing up more frequently on the genital and perianal area.
Transmission can also occur from contaminated materials such as linens, bedding, electronics, clothing, that have infectious skin particles. Touching objects that have been contaminated by monkeypox lesions or fluids may also risk the spread.
Jessani said the risk of transmission is only "if one is coming in close contact with infected patients or animals".
"Otherwise the risk is not so much. If you use basic infection control measures like hand hygiene, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask, then the infections cannot transmit that easily," he said.
The experts noted there is "no need to panic" but "to remain vigilant".
According to Jessani, if you notice any symptom like fever or skin lesions, "make sure to report it to the concerned authorities" and get proper treatment. (Rachel V Thomas)
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Indian Medical Association (IMA) had sloganed - stop the legalization of quackery, stop mixopathy, etc., on authorizing Ayurveda postgraduates to undergo training for 58 surgical procedures by the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) - a statutory body under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
However, the former had also called for a nationwide strike on 11th December 2020 toward the CCIM’s move.
Many skilled Ayurveda practitioners can perform surgery in India. However, many Ayurveda colleges have poor quality education due to low patient numbers, which is a grave concern.
Let us try to be objective and realistic in our approach to this matter. We recall the important historical moments that allowed the integration of modern surgical practices into Ayurveda curricula.
Origin of Surgery in the History of Ayurveda
The Sushrute Samhita authored by Sushruta in 600 BC had the following points concerning surgery:
Different types of incisions
Different suturing and bandaging techniques
Techniques of foreign body extraction
Surgical management of obstructed labor
Nagarjuna had, however, redacted Sushruta's original texts from his writings in 400-500 CE. Banaras was the place where Sushruta used to practice surgery. The extracapsular surgery of cataract removal using a sharply-pointed instrument has been described by Henri. This is the earliest surgical technique for treating cataracts.
Sushruta pioneered reconstructive surgery, and Vaidyas still used it during colonial rule. A case report from a Vaidya that used a forehead fold to reconstruct his nose was published in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1794. It made the western world more aware of the procedure.
Surgical Practice by Ayurveda Practitioners in The Recent Past
BHU offers Ayurveda and western medicine under the same roof as the Institute of Medical Sciences. These were the founders of this unique institute, who were also graduates of an earlier Ayurveda School that granted AMS (Ayurvedacharya and Medicine and Surgery) degrees to BHU.
Prof. KN Udupa & Professor. PJ Deshpande is two such pioneer. Although they come primarily from Ayurveda, their training in surgery was received from the University of Michigan and the Vienna Academy of Medicine.
These universities welcomed them and trained them in surgery - setting an example of the institutions' values. These teachers, however, even taught MBBS students. Many Ayurvedic Vaidyas studied modern surgery under the instruction and guidance of these professors.Many of these Vaidyas had been trained and were able to spread their knowledge across India.
Hence, Ayurveda has many skilled surgeons. Based on their experience, however, these surgeons might only be able to perform certain types of procedures - anorectal procedures are the most popular. Likewise, Ayurveda has skilled ENT and ophthalmologists who can operate on many cases. Thus, the extent of their clinical exposure during training is one of the main factors that affect their practice.
The Root Cause of The Problem?
Most students see Ayurveda programs as a way to enter western medicine/surgery. These students joined these colleges after they couldn't get into MBBS programs. BAMS is often an option chosen where students are admitted after 3-4 years of unsuccessful attempts for the pre-medical entrance exams.
There are loopholes in the system that have led to the establishment of many substandard colleges. About 250 colleges are currently functional, out of the 400 existing. Many colleges have no patients or teachers. These institutions flourish because of the fake patient records and ghost-teachers presented to the inspecting CCIM Committees.
Students are not exposed to many cases in most Ayurveda colleges. Most cases they see are chronic diseases such as stroke, joint disorders, and skin diseases. The training they receive in any given branch is not the same and can vary from one institution to another.
How & Who Should Get The License And Who Shouldn't?
The current notification by the CCIM makes it crucial for Shalya/Shalakya graduates to be trained appropriately in the listed surgical procedures. Although this does not confer a license or permit to practice surgery, it is a directive that makes surgical training mandatory. The students will be able to practice these skills once they have earned their degrees.
These questions immediately follow:
Is it true that all Shalya Shakya graduates are eligible to practice surgery under this notification?
Does this apply retrospectively or prospectively?
Because this is a matter of modification in the curriculum, it should be applied prospectively and never retrospectively. The blanket approval of all Shalya Shakya postgraduate degree holders to practice many surgeries without first assessing their knowledge and skill in the area is clearly problematic.
After assessing their clinical work, approval may be granted to practice surgery aiming to provide justice to many highly skilled surgeons in this field.
Sushruta Samhita comprises approximately half of its surgical content. Therefore, all postgraduates with surgical specialties have to be trained and practice surgical skills. It is unreasonable to expect them not to use advanced knowledge and resources, as well as the most recent instruments and surgical techniques.
Thus, the logical next steps must be a well-researched curricular framework with facts-based implementation, improved systems of continuous medical training, including hands-on instruction after masters' degrees, and better research in lesser-explored areas.
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न्यूयॉर्क: एक अध्ययन के अनुसार, सार्स-सीओवी-2 वायरस से गर्भवती महिलाओं को गहन देखभाल यूनिट (आईसीयू) में भर्ती होने का खतरा दोगुना हो जाता है।
क्लिनिकल इंफेक्शियस डिजीज जर्नल में प्रकाशित अध्ययन से पता चला है कि कोविड से पीड़ित गर्भवती महिलाओं में उन लोगों की तुलना में अस्पताल में मरने का जोखिम चार गुना था, जिन्हें संक्रामक रोग नहीं था।
अमेरिका में मैरीलैंड विश्वविद्यालय के शोधकर्ताओं ने कहा, निष्कर्ष बताते हैं कि जो महिलाएं गर्भवती हैं या गर्भवती हो सकती हैं, उन्हें कोविड -19 से बचना चाहिए और उपलब्ध टीकों के साथ जितना हो सके अपनी रक्षा करनी चाहिए।
नादिया सैम-अगुडु, विश्वविद्यालय के स्कूल ऑफ मेडिसिन में बाल रोग के एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर ने कहा, "अगर मां अच्छा नहीं करती है, तो बच्चा भी अच्छा नहीं करता है। चूंकि हमारे पास अभी तक छह महीने से कम उम्र के बच्चों के लिए टीका नहीं है, इसलिए गर्भवती महिलाओं को अपने अजन्मे बच्चों और नवजात शिशुओं की सुरक्षा के लिए टीका लगवाना चाहिए।"
सैम-अगुडु ने कहा कि, वर्तमान में उपलब्ध साक्ष्य से पता चलता है कि गर्भावस्था में उपयोग के लिए संकेतित कोविड -19 टीके सुरक्षित हैं, और उभरते हुए आंकड़े बताते हैं कि वे नवजात शिशुओं के साथ-साथ माताओं को भी सुरक्षा प्रदान करते हैं।
अध्ययन, छह अफ्रीकी देशों - घाना, नाइजीरिया, कांगो लोकतांत्रिक गणराज्य, युगांडा, केन्या और दक्षिण अफ्रीका में अस्पताल में भर्ती 1,315 महिलाओं के आंकड़ों की जांच करता है - जिसमें कोविड के साथ 510 गर्भवती महिलाएं, कोविड के साथ 403 गैर-गर्भवती महिलाएं, और बिना कोविड के 402 गर्भवती महिलाएं।
मधुमेह, एचआईवी, तपेदिक का इतिहास, या सिकल सेल रोग जैसे अन्य जोखिम वाले कारकों वाली महिलाओं को गंभीर कोविड के लिए अधिक जोखिम था। कोविद के बिना 16 प्रतिशत गर्भवती महिलाओं की तुलना में कोविड के साथ लगभग 32 प्रतिशत गर्भवती महिलाओं को अस्पताल में ऑक्सीजन थेरेपी की आवश्यकता होती है।
कोविड के साथ गर्भवती महिलाओं में से 6 प्रतिशत की तुलना में कोविद के साथ लगभग 19 प्रतिशत गर्भवती महिलाओं को आईसीयू में भर्ती कराया गया था, जिन्हें कोविड नहीं था। कोविड के साथ अस्पताल में भर्ती महिलाओं में, गर्भवती नहीं होने वाली 5 प्रतिशत की तुलना में गर्भवती होने वाली 10 प्रतिशत महिलाओं की मृत्यु हो गई। (एजेंसी)
यह भी पढ़े► कोविड रोगियों ने माना स्वस्थ्य होने में योग ने की मदद
No matter where you live, in India or elsewhere, doctors are valued for their skills, knowledge, trust and communication.
According to one study, meaningful doctor-patient communication is a crucial clinical function in building a medical-patient therapeutic relationship and is the basis of the art of medicine.
The impact on medical care results is what defines the doctor-patient relation's importance. The quality of doctor-patient communication and their relationship strongly indicate quality medical care, which plays an essential role in providing general medicine with medical care.
Let us learn more about getting more patients with India’s biggest Ayurvedic doctors platform:
How NirogStreet's Partnership Program Helps Doctors With Potential Patients?
NirogStreet's partnership program seeks to increase the number of online consultations and community education for Ayurveda doctors. This program offers technical assistance, Virtual Inventory, and marketing support for your Ayurveda clinic. Live-streamed community learning and personal earning are the primary focus of the program.
Why Do I Need It?
Boosts Consultation: Especially Online
Enhances current practice
Cuts down on administrative cost
Cuts down courier charges and hassles
It makes your clinic technologically
What Do I Get in This Program?
Visibility: Web Profile, Business listings, Your Virtual Business Card
Social Media Reach: Done-for-you Content
Exclusive Webinars: Clinical, Non-Clinical
VaidyaTool: Patient Management System
Recognition: Success Story, Webinar participation, Promotion in the largest
Community of doctors
Inventory of 1000+ Ayurvedic medicines from reputed brands
Free home delivery of medicines to you and your patients (Pan India)
Factor Given Below Are Help Increase Patients in Your Clinic
An effective marketing strategy has proven to be a critical factor in your clinic's long-term results and sustained growth. These healthcare clinic marketing methods have achieved success in the current time.
Get Yourself A Mobile Friendly Website
How does a mobile-friendly website function? Well! There are several factors that makes your website mobile friendly i,e.
Pagespeed insights: tracking overall page speed on mobile and desktop however, it suggest improvements as well.
Mobile-Friendly Test: shows website’s mobile friendly nature in ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
Test My Site: Evaluating your website for mobile and desktop devices.
A mobile-friendly web site works on all devices and displays well on them, including tablets. Most people visiting your website will abandon it if they can't find their desired content quickly.
Social Media is The Power
Becomig active on Social media can bring thousands or even tens of millions of eyes to updates, educational content, marketing campaigns, and other important information. Social media can be an essential driver of patient acquisition and retention of existing ones.
Being an active doctor on social media:
Enhance patient engagement by allowing you to have conversations that you might not usually have with your patients
Continue activation scale your reach and exposure will increase
Optimize your search engine optimization (SEO)
Building your online reputation
Encourage team-building among your clinic or hospital staff
Build Authentic Relationships
Although inter-personal relationships skills are important, they depend on the context where communication takes place. Consultations may not be relevant to them.
Organizations can develop and sustain strong, long-lasting relationships with their patients. This will allow them to anticipate patient needs better and provide proactive care that results in better health outcomes and a better customer experience.
Ask Successfully Treated Patients For Reviews
Your exceptional services should be made known to the public through patient feedback. This will help you understand your work's strengths and weaknesses and increase your organic impact on potential clients. Patients who have a positive experience at your clinic because of your consultation and treatment will be more likely to share that with their friends and families.
Ask your patients to review the given services
Send them a survey form regarding improvements
Ask them to suggest what is missing or your expectation of medical services
For doctors who have most of their customers or patients in their community, it's vital for them and others to create a sense of community within the area and communicate with each other more deeply.
However, the NirogStreet app has numerous communities formed by expert Ayurvedic doctors from across the country, which you can join to be a part of. Also, you can make your community of doctors. This could prove highly rewarding as it allows you to grow your reach both offline and online.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Question)
Q. How can I get more patients in my clinic in India?
Ans. Online reviews are an effective way to draw new patients and expand your practice. Encourage patients to write reviews online. You can encourage your patients to share their feedback online by sending them a follow-up message thanking them for their visit.
Q. How can I grow my clinic?
Ans. Patient Feedback And Reviews. Feedback from patients is a key component in getting your extraordinary services out to the public. Take networking seriously. Your web presence can be improved. Make use of social media.
Q. How do I promote my clinic on Google?
Ans. Go to the link: https://www.google.com/intl/en_us/business/ and start a Google MyBusiness account. Overview, Business Profile, Website buttons. Click on overview to begin. Click on overview to enter the name of the clinic.
Q. Do doctors have their own Google?
Ans. Doctors are increasingly using online search engines to find information. 68% use Google most frequently, and more than half do so at least once daily for professional purposes. The most frequent searchers among doctors are the oncologists, and 45% use search engines at least four times daily.
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