Gandhinagar, April 16 (IANS) Congress' Gujarat chief Amit Chavda has asked Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar for permission to convert the state party headquarters in Ahmedabad into a Covid Care Centre, considering the rising number of patients and the shortage of infrastructural and medicinal facilities."You must be aware about the prevailing situation of coronavirus outbreak, which is very worrying and dreadful. The patients and their relatives are suffering for want of medicinal facilities and a tremendous shortage of hospitals, beds, oxygen supply, medicine is being experienced," Chavda said in a letter to the civic official."In such circumstances, the approach and policies of the Congress as always is to stand by the public. In this context, we want to convert our state headquarters at Paldi to be converted into a 50 bed Covid Care Centre. We will be providing all the necessary, medical officers, nursing staff, paramedical staff and other facilities. So please sanction us the permission to set up such a centre," he wrote.The Congress has also come forward to offer other buildings in its possession for setting up such Covid Care Centres across the state.Former Chief Minister Shankersingh Vaghela has also offered two of his educational institutes premises in Gandhinagar for conversion into Covid Care Centres.--IANSamc/vd
Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) Punjab has entered into a pact to procure 270 ambulances from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL), a private emergency medical service provider, for its residents free of cost, it was announced on Friday.The ambulances comprise 245 basic life support and 25 advance life support vehicles.Ziqitza operates the 108 emergency service number with GPS-enabled ambulances.The ambulances are strategically located in the operational district in such a way that the entire district can be covered within minimum time. The entire service right from a person making a call to the necessary pre-hospital care in the ambulance and taking the victim to the nearest hospital will be absolutely free.Speaking about the development, Saikat Mukherjee, Project Head, Ziqitza, said, "With the complete fleet of 270 ambulances, we would be able to provide better access to the pre-hospital services."--IANSvg/rt
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Amid a surge in the Covid cases, the Union health and family welfare ministry has advised the Central ministries and the Public Sector Units (PSUs) to dedicate the hospitals under their control for Covid care.The Union Health ministry has suggested to all the ministries to issue instructions to the hospitals under their control and the PSUs to set up exclusive dedicated hospital wards or separate blocks within the hospitals as was done last year."These Hospitals/Blocks should have separate entry and exit points for the management of Covid cases, to provide treatment services, including specialised care for the confirmed cases," the Health Ministry said in a statement.The ministry stated that it has written to all the Central ministries and the PSUs in this regard. It said that these dedicated hospital wards or blocks have to be equipped to provide all supportive and ancillary services, including oxygen supported beds, ICU beds, ventilators and specialised Critical Care Units (wherever available), laboratory services, imaging services, kitchen, laundry, etc., along with a dedicated health workforce.In the letter written to the Central Ministries, the Union Health Secretary reiterated that the sudden surge in the Covid cases across the country calls for similar supportive action as last year from all such Central Ministries, Departments and their PSUs and the Hospitals under their control."For the public to avail the required treatment at these hospital wards or blocks, the Central Ministries have also been advised that details of such dedicated hospital wards/blocks are provided to the public, duly coordinating with the respective health departments of states or UTs and the District Health Administration of the states/districts wherever these hospitals are located."It has been suggested that a Nodal Officer may be nominated from the Ministry or Department for necessary coordination with the respective states/UTs for this purpose and their contact details be shared with the respective states/UTs as well as the Union Health Ministry," the letter said.--IANSssb/dpb/bg
Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Officials of the health department of Tamil Nadu said that enough vaccines are available in the state for the next seven days.Director of Public health, Dr. T.S. Selvavinayagam while speaking to IANS said: "11,51,450 doses of vaccine are available with us as of April 13, Tuesday. This comprises 9.4 lakh doses of Covishield and 2.1 lakh of Covaxin." The public health official also said that there is a regular supply of vaccine from the central government.It may be recalled that several private hospitals in Tamil Nadu are up in arms against the government for vaccine shortage.A senior official of the health department when asked on the private hospital's plea that they don't get enough vaccines said, "We provide vaccines to those hospitals who have a better track record in inoculating people."The official also said that the private hospitals have to update their inoculation history in the government web portal and the department will provide vaccines only if the performance is hundred per cent.The state health secretary J. Radhakrishnan is pitching hopes on the Sputnik vaccine from Russia. The senior IAS officer told IANS, "It is learnt that the Sputnik vaccine has 90 per cent efficacy and this will give a boost to the vaccination drive."The Primary Health Centres are insisting on an OTP sent to the Aadhaar number linked mobile phones and with most of the rural populace not having Aadhaar linked mobile numbers, several were not able to inoculate.Doctors have, however, told these rural populace that they will be inoculated without an OTP number in the coming days.--IANSaal/rs/skp/
San Francisco, April 13 (IANS) Google is hiring people who use Android devices to give feedback for a new medical records tool for patients.
According to Stat News, Google is back after 13 years for such a tool for digitally documenting patient health records.
"The tech giant has launched an early user feedback programme aimed at exploring how patients might want to see, organise, and share their own medical record data," the report mentioned.
Google is currently recruiting about 300 patients for its health records study in the US.
A company spokesperson said that it was "running a user feedback programme to test features that give users the ability to collect health information from their provider patient portals".
In 2008, the company launched Google Health aimed to give people a way to see their health information online.
Google had to shut it down in 2012.
"We haven't found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people," Google had said in a blog post.
This time, Google is also working on the ‘Care Studio' programme that gives clinicians a way to search through patient records easily.
Other health efforts include a research app that lets Android users participate in medical studies and a Nest Hub feature that tracks sleep.
As per global reports by the World Health Organization, heart-related ailments have remained the leading cause of mortality at the global level for the last 20 years.
India is leading the race, as research reports suggest that mortality from cardiovascular diseases in India has grown exponentially, from 2.26 million in 1990 to 4.77 million in 2020.
"Non-communicable diseases, especially heart disease, are major killers and we need to be proactive about heart health and make lifestyle changes," says Shashank Joshi, Consultant, Lilavati Hospital. So, on World Health Day, it becomes important to have a conversation about this very important aspect of our health our heart health.
In a larger conversation about health, heart health is often ignored. Not because people don't think that the heart is important, but heart health is really considered only when a problem occurs. So if someone has high cholesterol or a more severe condition, steps are taken only then to control it. However, did you know that making small changes to our lifestyles proactively, can actually help reduce the risks to heart health in a big way?
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It is a known fact that an unhealthy lifestyle leads to several health issues. This is true for heart-related issues too. Our fast paced lifestyles sometimes push us to make unhealthy choices without realizing the impact it could have in the long term. Sedentary lifestyles are on the rise and that coupled with unhealthy eating habits, including skipping meals, can take a toll on one's heart health. While these are known factors, there are also a few other factors that are not as well known; but can increase heart health risk. Lack of sleep is one.
As per a study done by Saffolalife, 63 percent of people in top cities, who sleep less are at heart risk. Another factor that can cause heart risk is stress. The same study found that 65 percent of people in cities, who suffer from stress are at heart risk. What is interesting to note in the study is that 58 percent of people, who are at heart risk due to stress, do not consider stress among the top 3 heart risk factors, in top metros. This lack of awareness can be a huge impediment to living a heart healthy lifestyle.
"Heart-related issues are not confined to any one sex as both are equally at high risk due to lifestyles. However, small changes can really go a long way in reducing this risk for both men and women. Food is a very important contributor to help you stay heart healthy. Ensuring that you eat healthy by including more vegetables and fibre in your diet, choosing a good heart healthy oil to cook your food in, and making sure you eat your meals on time can really help kickstart your heart healthy lifestyle. Taking some time out to exercise will also definitely help with heart health," says the doctor.
He recommends that an individual exercise for 45 minutes a day for at least 4 days a week for optimal health. Adequate sleep is also an important aspect to consider. It is recommended that one gets 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep every night.
"For physical and mental health, managing your stress can make a big difference. Doing meditation and taking time to de-stress is very helpful for your heart health as well as overall health. And of course, opting for regular check-ups can help enormously by keeping you informed about the state of your health."
He adds: "As we move towards a more technologically advanced society, which makes life more stressful and less active, we need to be more proactive in our approach to health and heart health. So this World Health Day take a pledge to make you and your family's future, a heart healthy one." (Puja Gupta)
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