Patna, May 3 (IANS) In view of the surging corona infection, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded a complete lockdown of 15 days in Bihar.Dr. Sahjanand Singh, the national president of IMA, met with the heads of five prominent hospitals in Bihar. Singh said all of them unanimously felt that the situation in the state was worsening with every hour and an immediate lockdown of at least 15 days should be announced."We have informed the CMO Bihar about the situation and demanded a complete lockdown of 15 days in the state to break the chain of transmission of corona," Singh said while issuing the statement.Singh consulted Dr. P.K. Singh, director of Patna AIIMS, Dr. N.R. Viswas, director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Dr. Vidyapati Chaudhary, dean of Patna Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Vinod Kumar Singh, Medical Superintendent of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and Dr. Uday Kumar, medical superintendent of Subhash Chandra Bose medical college and hospital Bihta on Sunday evening.The medical officers pointed out that the rate of the corona infected patients drastically increased in the month of April. As per the data, every fifth person in Bihar is corona positive.In Patna, 15,000 RT-PCR tests are being conducted every day and at least 3,000 of them are tested positive for Corona. The infection rate in the urban areas is more than the rural areas, but the situation in some of the rural districts is getting worse.The health department of Bihar took samples of 16,97,129 people and 1,06,784 tested corona positive, who are either admitted in hospitals or in home isolation. 88,877 patients who tested positive, managed to recover from the illness and were discharged, said the state health department on Sunday.At present, 17,590 active patients are either home isolated or admitted in hospitals of Patna district.The Bihar government has currently imposed evening curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the state and shops are allowed to open till 4 p.m.--IANSajk/dpb
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) The Goa chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to extend the ongoing four-day lockdown, by 15 more days in order to break the rising tide of Covid-19 cases in the state.In a statement, IMA-Goa president Dr. Vinayayk Buvaji also said that the extension in lockdown would also decrease the workload on the health infrastructure in the state, in private and government sectors."We also wish the cases to come down steeply in a shortest possible time. Learning from the pandemic wave last year, where the lockdown was for an extended period of time which was implemented after lots of deliberations and discussions with the administrative experts IMA would be in favour of similar extended lockdown for at least 15 days from May 3, till the positivity (rate) comes down from existing 50 per cent to 10 per cent," Buvaji said.Goa is undergoing a four-day lockdown (imposed from Thursday night) to the morning of May 3, in wake of an unprecedented increase in Covid-19 cases in the state.The IMA statement said that people at-large in the state had already made provisions for "minimal livability" and were willing to accept an extension in lockdown."Everyone has been making a provision for a minimal liveability. With the massively increasing Covid numbers, the mindset of the public is already primed for acceptance of a lockdown. On the contrary people are on a backfoot to be in the public places with exceptions," Buvaji said.Goa currently has 20,898 active Covid-19 cases, while 1,146 persons have died in the state following coronavirus-related complications. The state's infection positivity rate crept above 51 per cent on Thursday.--IANSmaya/rt
Panaji, April 20 (IANS) With an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases in Goa, the Indian Medical Association has started a free tele consultation programme for the patients, who are in home isolation and are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.According to a statement issued by the Goa chapter of the Association, around 150 doctors across the state have signed up for the programme."IMA-Goa state members will make time-to-time video presentations, which will educate the general public about how to take care of themselves and on the use of pulse oximeter, how to prepare hypochlorite solution and take care of waste created for proper disposal," the statement said.The Association has also started a 'paid quarantine facility' for doctors and their families, healthcare workers in both the state's districts, in case they test positive.--IANSmaya/dpb
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking all citizens above 18 years of age be vaccinated and that a limited period continuous lockdown be implemented, especially for all the non-essential areas like cinemas, cultural and religious events, and sports.In the letter to Modi, IMA President Dr J.A. Jayalal stated that in spite of the extraordinary efforts of the Government and the modern medical fraternity altruistic services, the pandemic second wave surge is touching record heights. On Tuesday, India recorded 96,982 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,26,86,049. This comes a day after daily cases breached one lakh mark. The country is registering a steady increase for the 27th day in row.The IMA put forth six requests before the Prime Minister, including that all citizens above 18 years of age shall be permitted to receive Covid vaccination, and walk-in Covid vaccination should be available for all, free of cost at their nearest possible place."As there is acute spurt of this disease as a measure to immediate break the chain, limited period continuous lock down should be implemented especially for all the non-essential areas like cinema, cultural and religious events, sports," it demanded.It also called for private sector family clinics to be included actively in the vaccination drive along with private hospitals, adding that availability of vaccination with all doctors and family physicians will have positive impact.In the letter, which is also marked to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Niti Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul, the IMA requested that a district level vaccine task force team should be constituted to enforce mass vaccination, monitoring and mitigating the adverse drug events.It also sought that vaccination certificate shall be made mandatory for entering public places and receiving products under the public distribution system.--IANSaka/vd
Nashik (Maharashtra), April 1 (IANS) A 37-year-old Covid patient died hours after staging a sit-in protest outside the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) building for allegedly not being admitted by several hospitals for treatment, officials said here on Thursday.Taking cognizance of the matter, the NMC Commissioner Kailash Jadhav has asked the Nashik Police to launch a probe and find out who were the persons who 'instigated' the patient to go on the agitation.The saga unfolded on Tuesday, when Babasaheb Kole visited several private hospitals seeking admission for Covid-19 treatment but was barred.His inconsolable wife told mediapersons that "shocked by the apathy and attitude of the private hospitals", they took him to a government hospital where he was provided with an oxygen mask and cylinder as his oxygen levels had apparently fallen drastically.Subsequently, sporting a yellow T-shirt, blue jeans, wearing the oxygen mask connected with the black cylinder, Kole sat in a chair to protest outside the NMC building on Wednesday evening.Sometime later, an NMC ambulance picked him up and shifted him to a civic hospital but by midnight, his oxygen levels had plummeted to around 40 per cent, against the normal 95 per cent.As efforts were made to revive him, Kole breathed his last around 1 a.m.The NMC and Sarkarwada Police Station are now trying to track the person/s who may have provoked him to stage the agitation, what were their ulterior motives and other aspects considering the fragile condition of the patient who ultimately died.Currently in the grip of a massive 'second-wave' of Covid-19 with daily infections soaring in 30,000+ range, the Maharashtra tally has crossed 28-lakh till date besides over 54,500 fatalities.The Mumbai-Pune-Nashik triangle -- is the worst-hit in the fresh Covid onslaught with the maximum patients and deaths recorded here.In May 2020, Yesudas M. Francis, a 54-year-old heart patient had died sitting in a chair on the road waiting several hours for an ambulance at the height of the Covid lockdown, in Pune's Nana Peth area.--IANSqn/in
Patna, March 21 (IANS) The nursing staff at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) began an agitation on Sunday over the cancellation of leaves till April 5.The nursing staff, particularly women, are angry with the authorities for the cancellation of weekly leaves, natural leaves and festival leaves (Holi) in view of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state. The staff sat on a dharna inside the medical superintendent's office at PMCH, demanding a roll back of the decision given that Holi is one of the most important festivals in Bihar. The nurses raised slogans against the Bihar government and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar."We had written letters to the medical superintendent and Dean of PMCH on Saturday, but they refused to pay attention to our plea," said a women nurse, requesting anonymity.As per the directive, doctors, junior resident doctors, medical superintendents, directors, paramedical staff, JNM and ANM employees will not be able to take leave till April 5.The health department further directed those medical staff who are on leave to join their respective hospitals and medical colleges immediately.Earlier, Nitish Kumar had directed the top officials of the health department to scan the travel histories of every individual coming into Bihar. Due to Holi on March 29, migrant labourers are returning homein large numbers. The Chief Minister has directed the officials to intensify checking at the railway stations, bus stands, airports etc. and make people aware about the second wave of Covid-19 outbreak.Vibha Kumar Singh, a civil surgeon in Patna, said: "We have declared 15 micro containment zones in Patna and are closely monitoring the development. We will increase the number of containment zones accordingly.""In the last 24 hours, 88 new Covid-19 were reported from different parts of the state. Among them, 41 cases were reported from Patna, including two persons who succumbed to the disease. We have 472 active cases in Bihar at present," said an official from the health department.--IANSajk/arm
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