<br>A product of Madras Medical College, Prabhakar, who is also the Global Ambassador of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, was the first person of colour to receive the US Public Health Service's HIS Director's Award of Excellence in 1992 during President Bill Clinton's administration for his pioneering work as the Health Commissioner for the native American tribe, Winnebago, from 1986-1992.He is also the Chairman of the American Association for Multi-Ethnic Physicians and the Founder Chair of US Congressman Danny Davis' Multi-Ethnic Advisory Task Force in Chicago.Prabhakar told IANS in an exclusive interview that in a Zoom call with Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Thiagarajan on May 21, Rev Jesse Jackson Sr had assured that Covid assistance is on its way to strengthen the state's fight against the pandemic. The Higher Education Minister of Maharashtra, Uday Samant, too had requested Rev Jackson to intervene on behalf of India for vaccine allocation. Here are the excerpts from the interview:Q. You have said that the US government has allocated Covid vaccines to India after the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Rev Jackson. Please elaborate.A. Yes, it was a historic meeting Jackson had with Biden at Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, which helped my motherland, India, to receive Covid vaccine jabs.Jackson has been relentlessly pursuing with the US administration and to the world at large to aid India at this unprecedented crisis. President Biden then made a commitment to connect to the White House staff with the Reverend to ensure efficiency in communication and distribution of the US donated vaccines to India.I myself had briefed the President about how Congressman Danny Davis had on May 2 kick-started the coming together of Indian American and mainstream community leaders that triggered Jackson's initiative to highlight the urgent need to help India combat the second Covid wave, by hosting press meets in Chicago, Washington DC and Atlanta.This meeting had led to the announcement by Vice President Kamala Harris and her call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Biden listened carefully and responded most expressively to all our requests and we see this as a huge positive step in India-US relations.We have a responsive President in Biden who is ready to rise to the occasion and acts swiftly to immediately resolve the situation with his admirable leadership.Q. Several observers and critics have opined that President Biden does not hold a good perception of India. How come you were able to convince him on the Indian requirement for vaccines?A. It was a very challenging experience as we had to use all our own resources and personal connections developed over the years to come up with a result-oriented strategy. The 2020 presidential elections and the Indian diaspora having their own choices along with certain sections of the community trying to continuously paint a negative image of India has made our task very difficult but it did not deter our sustained efforts to come to India's aid.There was a stiff competition from other countries also making out their cause for the US donated vaccines. It is to the credit of the US Congressman Danny Davis who inspired me to lead the crusade for getting vaccines to India at any odds and it was the inspiring leadership of Jackson who was constantly engaged in dialogue with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's office from May 7 to June 1 that resulted in the US allowing vaccines to India.The meeting we had with the Indian Ambassador in the US, Taranjit Sandhu along with India's Deputy Chief of mission Sudhakar Dalela on May 21 at Washington DC and the constant encouragement and feedback from India's Consul General in Chicago, Amit Kumar, played a vital role in this initiative.At the end of the day, it is the community activated diplomacy that succeeded against all odds and criticisms.Q. It is learned that you had mentioned to President Biden to distribute a portion of the allocated vaccine doses to the Indian states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Your comments.A. After news reports came out that Jackson had officially thanked both the US President and Vice President for their open statement that the US would allocate 80 million vaccines overseas in his press conference, Maharashtra's Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant called up Jackson to thank him for his efforts to have the Biden, Harris administration commitment to donate 80 million vaccines overseas.Samant then requested Jackson to press for an immediate release of vaccine doses to India with an allocation for Maharashtra. This was followed by a zoom meeting initiated by Tamil Nadu Finance Minister P.T.R. Thiagarajan with Jackson on the instructions of the state's Chief minister M.K. Stalin. He apprised Jackson of the Covid crisis situation in India and emphasised on the need for America's urgent assistance to India and also spoke about the TN government's shortfall of vaccines.Q. Thiagarajan has said that he had reached out to the US government for vaccines to India and allocation to Tamil Nadu through the offices of Jackson and you. Please comment on this. A. As I have said earlier, Thiagarajan was one of the three leaders from India to have the foresight to reach out to Jackson along with Samant and former Union Minister and Member of Parliament, K.J. Alphons.Thiagarajan has had his higher education in prestigious institutions in the US and was following the US media closely and seized upon the opportunity to present India's case very eloquently.He also drew a parallel to the Civil Rights movement in the US to the Dravidian Movement in South India.Jackson was emotionally moved by PTR's presentation and he immediately sent a video message to people of India, "Help is on its way. Let not your spirit be broken, Hold on, Dawn of the morning is coming. We will conquer this disease. Keep hope alive. God bless you all. Love you all."Q. Taking forward this success, will you be playing a significant role in India-US relationship?A. I will do all that I can for my motherland to further strengthen the Indo-US relations. I take it as a bounden duty to ensure that India's name is not tarnished by any section of the community by their false propaganda funneled by vested interests.You will be interested to note that the same team led by me along with Santhosh Kumar, Executive Director, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago, Bharat Barai, Eminent Oncologist& Chair, US -India friendship council, Munster, Indiana worked hard to defeat an India resolution introduced in the City Council of Chicago on March 24 this year.This same Anti-India resolution funded by the Council of American Islamic Relations-CAIR , US has successfully passed anti-India resolutions in eight other cities in the USA including Seattle.The June 1 meeting with President Biden has established a firm foundation for leveraging Indo- US relations in a fresh perspective. We have just begun and there is a lot of work to be done in reference to India's Covid relief efforts.We are working towards getting different players from India to directly purchase vaccines, medications, and equipment from manufacturers here in the USA. I will personally work towards evolving a new narrative to engage Indo- US relations that will be inclusive and result-oriented.Q. Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was in the US last week for scouting vaccines. What is your view on his journey to the US for the vaccine?A. It is really good that India's External affairs minister Jaishankar visited the US and met key officials pleading India's case. However, India must now realize that the Biden-Harris administration is very people-centric, result-oriented, and minority-driven.India must explore informal channels and give legitimacy to community diplomacy with a formal approach to significantly strengthen Indo- US relations given the geopolitics in this new digital age. The official diplomatic channels are doing an excellent job and working beyond to pursue their agenda, but this is not enough to bridge the gap and combat India's critics.The need of the hour is to have Indian -American community leaders effectively engage the Biden - Harris administration with a fresh narrative of meaningful purpose driven partnerships with a focus on grass root level -people's democracy.--IANS<br>aal/sdr
Apart from this, tests are being conducted door-to-door by sending teams, as a result of which UP overcame the second wave successfully and now preparations are afoot to tackle the third wave. Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Information, Navneet Sehgal said this in an exclusive interview with IANS.Sehgal said that dedicated hospitals for children are being set up in case they get infected. Our entire team is working day and night to ensure that children do not get infected or if they get infections, immediate treatment is made available, he added. The senior IAS officer said, "Before the third wave comes, the government is all geared up to stop it. For this, dedicated hospitals for women and children are being set up in every district. Paediatric ICUs are being made available, 97,000 monitoring committees have been sent to all the villages which are doing door-to-door screening. For this, 10 lakh medical kits have also been provided. The number of beds has been increased everywhere depending on the instructions of the Chief Minister. Since March, more than 11,000 beds have been made available in the medical colleges and 18,000 in district hospitals, oxygen concentrators are also being arranged for each community health centre (CHC). At least 21,000 concentrators have been sent -- 20 each to each CHC. The state government is fully prepared to deal with any situation. We are recruiting staff, about 700 have been recruited this month only."Sehgal said, "the vaccination drive is going on at a fast pace. So far, 1,16,80,212 people have been given the first dose, and 32,66,076 were given the second dose of the vaccine. A total of 1,49,46,288 vaccines have already been administered. Vaccines have also been administered to 4,14,329 people in the age group of 18-44 years. UP has also floated a global tender for the vaccine". Sehgal said that it is due to the efforts of the UP government that house-to-house survey was conducted to trace, test and treat Covid patients. It was because of this that the Covid cases which were 38,055 on April 24 have now come down to below 10,000. More than four and a half crore RT-PCR tests were done. Three lakh tests are carried out everyday to identify the infected persons, he said. In response to a question, Sehgal said that a special drive was carried out to ensure that infections do not spread in rural areas. Members of the monitoring committees are going from village to village to identify persons with symptoms and are giving medical kits immediately. The RRT (Rapid Response Team) is also carrying out antigen tests if the symptoms persist.On the question of the number of deaths not coming down despite a fall in the infection rate, Sehgal said that it takes a week or ten days for this to happen. Deaths will also come down in the days to come, he said. When asked how the situation came to this pass and where the government failed, as compared to the first peak, Sehgal said that this time the infections are 30 to 50 times more. It came like a wildfire, more powerful this time engulfing the youths as well. People think of slight fever as a minor issue, that it will be cured soon. This is a misconception, he said. "People should not put their lives in danger by doing things like this. So, now people are being motivated to go to the hospital and get themselves examined. That is why teams have been sent in the rural areas." Sehgal said, "we are supplying 1000 tonnes of oxygen every day. The hospitals here have adequate medical gas. Initially there was a shortage, but the situation is under control now. Plants have been set up in 370 government hospitals which are producing oxygen."--IANS<br>vkt/skp/bg
Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) Alia Bhatt has tested positive for Covid-19. The actress took to Instagram to share with fans that she has isolated herself and is in quarantine at home."Hello all, I have tested positive for Covid-19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care," Alia wrote on Instagram Stories on Thursday night.Alia's rumoured boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, had got infected with Covid a few weeks back. However, he has now recovered.Alia has multiple films lined up. She will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Gangubai Kathiawadi". The film is slated to hit screens on July 30. She is also part of Ayan Mukerji's "Brahmastra", which also stars Ranbir.Alia will also be seen in SS Rajamouli's "RRR", Karan Johar's "Takht" and Jasmeet K. Reen's "Darlings", which she has co-produced with Shah Rukh Khan.--IANSanj/vnc
Mumbai- Bollywood actress and filmmaker Pooja Bhatt on Thursday took to social media to remind all that the Covid-19 pandemic was not yet over amid highest spike in Maharashtra as India recorded over 53,000 cases in a day.
"Mask up people and please follow #COVID19 safety protocol. The virus is far more resilient than we would like to believe. Help the concerned authorities to help us please! Too many people have been working tirelessly to keep us safe. Yet we behave so irresponsibly. Simply not done!" Pooja tweeted on Thursday.
The actress' tweet comes just a day after Maharashtra and Mumbai saw steep spike in Covid-19 cases.
There were over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases reported in Mumbai on Wednesday. The city recorded 5,185 cases -- up from the previous high in 2021 on March 21 when 3,779 cases were reported.
Maharashtra recorded a fresh peak of 31,855 on Wednesday. (IANS)
Dr. Kunal Kamthe, B.A.M.S., MD (Dravyaguna), Founder & President of Mangal Medical Foundation, Director (Dr. Kamthe Piles Clinic) and he is as Secretory in Trishakti Foundation. As an Ayurveda Proctologist, he is practicing in Pune and Mumbai for the last 12 years.
As an Ayurveda Practitioner, he is serving many people to the best ability of him. He has been awarded many awards to name a few Doctor of the Year 2009- by Vishwa Shanti mission, Best Doctor Award 2008- by PMC. He made a lot of records some of them are International Book of record – The largest gathering of Piles patient – Jan 2020, India book of Record – 208 Piles Ksharsutra Treatment in 11 hours- 2019. Dr. Kunal Kamthe likes to practice more and more authentic Ayurveda. Read his interview here.
What does Ayurveda mean for you?
Ayurveda is a LIFE SCIENCE Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When it translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda is known as the science of life (the Sanskrit base Ayur known as longevity or life and Veda known as science). While allopathic medicine habits focus on the management of disease, Ayurveda gives us the knowledge of how to fend disease and how to removes its root cause if it does happen.
Please let us know about your educational background and professional qualifications?
I’m graduated as MD (Masters in Ayurveda) in Ayurveda from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Ayurveda in 2010 and B.A.M.S. - Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore. I have practiced Kshar Sutra Therapy in Sushrut Pile care center, Aurangabad.
Please let us know where you got interested in Ayurveda?
I am from old Pune, Where my Parents and Grandparents for all ailment refer to natural cure, We have a family belief that for all ailment solution lies in nature, It Interests me since childhood to get know-how body function and how it recovers.
Being a nature lover, Ayurveda is an obvious choice for me to build my carrier, Fortunately, I Become an Ayurveda Practitioner and serve my people to the best of my ability.
How would you represent Life According to Ayurveda Principles?
The intelligence of Ayurveda was passed from the descent of saints in India until it was modulated into text more than five thousand years ago. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Sushruta Samhita, Charaka Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts detail the carry that the five elements found in the cosmic system - water, air, fire, space, earth – have on our particular system, and decode on the importance of deferment these elements steady for a healthy and happy life. According to Ayurveda, each person will be impressed by somewhat elements more than others. This is because of their natural constitution, or Prakriti. Ayurveda separates the different unions into three different doshas:
Vata dosha, in which space and air elements rule
Pitta dosha, in which fire element rule
Kapha dosha, in which the water and earth elements rule
The dosha treats not just the shape of one’s body but also bodily inclination (like digestion and food preferences), and the complexion of one’s mind and emotions. Most people’s Prakriti is made up of a conjunction of two doshas.
Did you get any difficulties to achieve your goal?
I start my practice from my maty with a small setup, Which is now enhanced as a multi-center Franchise option “Aim High, But Start Low, Celebrate, and Keep Going”.
It always takes time to understand the challenges and overcome them. I also have the hardship of my life being the first doctor in the family. Nobody there to guide me, how to set things straight. So in my journey, I need to make a lot of sacrifices to achieve what I want.
But the blessing of my god and support of my family, teacher, and friends. I had somehow managed to overcome the challenges that came in my paths. Still learning the best practices in Ayurveda.
What is the greatest success story of yours?
Being the first doctor in the family nobody there to guide me. Somehow I set up my brand Dr. Kamthe Piles Clinic which had served more than 20,000 patients, setup 7 centers across India, Build from scratch, and now build a training center where we teach fellow doctors how to do Ayurvedic procedure for piles, fissure, and fistula.
Along with this, we had achieved some rare achievements like the India Book of Record for Maximum number of Surgery in 1 day. International record for the largest gathering of piles patients, Sushrut Award for 2019. Publication of Ksharkarma and Ksharsutra.
Any memorable moment do you want to share with us?
My first event when I graduated as MD in Ayurveda from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Ayurveda in 2010. Also when I saw tear-drops in my mother's eye when we organized the Sushrut Award in 2019 in front of the big giant of Ayurveda.
Did you face any problem while treating a patient?
As an Ayurveda Proctologist, the choice of treatment for me is Ksharkarma and Ksharsutra for piles, fissure, and fistula. The problem which I faced while practicing was in the urge of practicing authentic Ayurveda, the Ksharkarma and Ksharsutra practice could not be done without local/spinal anesthesia. Also after the procedure sometimes there is a need to give antibiotics or painkillers for the patient's wellbeing. So according to my point of view, every pathy is great in its field, so we should use whichever is needed and less invasive for patients well being.
Your point of view on the clinical trials in Ayurveda?
As we know Ayurveda is ‘Shahwat’. According to me whatever the treatments mentioned in the Samhitas by our Acharyas are all evidence-based, but obviously, they would have done many trials and then had concluded the treatments. The biggest lacuna is that such trial documentation or history is not available to us in the present era. So it becomes our necessity to conduct clinical trials but these cannot be called research but can be called re-study.
Please tell us about your daily routine to always stay healthy?
I start my day by 5.30 am and to stay healthy, I do cycling/walking for 40 mins in the morning at the last I end my day by 10.30 pm.
Nowadays everyone so busy with their problems because of that some people get depressed, can you give them some tips on how to avoid it?
Hard work and satisfaction are two things. Do your best and be satisfied with what you achieve after that, don’t compare yourself with others, this is the most important thing to learn. Everyone is destined to be successful, but you need to do hard work. Get close to nature. It has all resolution to our problems.
People ask why such a lengthy process in Ayurveda?
This is the biggest misconception about Ayurveda. There is no lengthy process in Ayurveda. Most of the people come to Ayurveda after trying various paths which already make their disease chronic. For chronic cases more than 2-3 years, it obviously takes time to cure completely. As Ayurveda not only treats the symptoms but treats the patient completely it is the science that heals the patient.
Are any hobbies or activities different from the professional life that you want to share with us?
Cycling/walking for 40 mins in the morning is what I enjoy most along with good quality time with my parents and family.
If you get a chance to change something for Ayurveda. So, what would be that?
I would like to practice more and more authentic Ayurveda.
Do you think that Nirogstreet is one of the ways to get close to an Ayurveda?
Yes, Indeed NirogStreet has given a platform where we are getting inspiration to do better in our professional carrier.
How do you see Ayurveda's forthcoming time?
I see Ayurveda as our national pathy(first choice of treatment in the whole nation) in the coming years.
As a senior, is there something inspirational you want to share with young students of Ayurveda?
Never treat your own pathy low. According to me, Ayurveda is the only Science of Life. Believe in it, work hard with a positive attitude, and nothing can stop you from success.
Do you want to share some special words for our readers?
There is so much in Ayurveda of which if we can use 0.01% to advantage our patients, everyone will know us as an icon in industry. “Learn and Apply” help and learning others to learn what you learn is how I feel we all should put forth.
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