<br>All security personnel, who have been engaged in Covid-19 duty from January 2020, have rendered indomitable service to the people of the country wherein more than 85,000 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel were infected with the virus and 333 personnel succumbed to it, an official said.According to the data published by the Central government on July 26 this year, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 127 personnel while 90 Border Security Force (BSF) troopers died due to the Covid-19 infection.Similarly, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) lost 76, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 20, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 17, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) two and National Security Guard (NSG) lost one of its personnel.There were 203 casualties of CAPF troopers till March 23, 2021, during the first wave of the pandemic whereas during second wave in March-April this year, a total of 130 personnel lost their lives due to the Covid-19 infection.The CAPF was also instrumental in setting up various Covid-19 hospitals and care centres, and also rendered medical services with housing and food free of cost.The border guarding force ITBP was assigned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to set up the first isolation centre at south-west Delhi's Chhawla area. It houses ITBP sector headquarters and was made in just 48 hours prior to arrival of the first batch from Wuhan in China.The 600-bed facility in Delhi to quarantine and provide basic medical care to those suspected to have been affected by Covid-19 infection. This centre received and managed the first batch of 406 people taken from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2 last year who were discharged after testing Covid negative.The ITBP quarantine facility at Chhawla housed another batch of 112 people on February 27, 2020. These people reached Delhi from Wuhan in China which included 76 Indians and 36 foreign nationals, including eight families and five children. The group of foreign nationals includes 23 from Bangladesh, six from China, two each from Myanmar and Maldives, and one each from Madagascar, South Africa and the US.Special arrangements have been made to host children and women at the facility, an unoccupied residential unit for ITBP personnel.The centre was credited to have successfully quarantined 518 people -- (biggest number at any single quarantine centre in the country till now) who were taken from Wuhan in China.With rising number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi and the National Capital Region, the ITBP was again assigned to manage Asia's largest makeshift Covid care hospital and care centre in South Delhi's Chhatarpur area at Radha Soami Satsang and treat huge numbers of Covid-19 patients. This centre was opened on July 5, 2020 and apart from ITBP, doctors and paramedics from other CAPFs such as BSF and CRPF were roped in providing medical aid to the admitted patients.The 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre (SPCCC), one of the "largest" such facilities in the world, at the Radha Soami Satsang played a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic. Official data said that the centre was closed on February 23 this year following continuous decline in the number of Covid positive cases in the National Capital Territory of Delhi vis-a-vis adequate availability of medical facilities. This Centre had treated 11,657 Covid patients since its opening last year.While a Covid care centre with 90 beds has been reactivated by the force at the CAPFs referral hospital in Greater Noida, another centre with 200-beds has been started at the ITBP camp in Chhawla where the first batch of Indians and some foreigners returning from Wuhan in China were quarantined last year after the pandemic broke out.A third such facility of 50-60 beds was also set up by the ITBP at its composite hospital in Chandigarh.During the advent of the second wave of Covid-19 in March-April 2021, the SPCCC at Chhatarpur in Delhi was reopened with 500 oxygen beds and ITBP has been again entrusted to run it. As many as 500 oxygen beds and the ITBP was asked to draw the required medical manpower (doctors and paramedics), if needed from other CAPFs.The doctors and paramedics of the CAPF were also part of the other Covid Care hospitals in various parts of the country, including the hospitals run by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in Delhi Cantt and Ahmedabad Covid Care centres provided much needed service to the citizens of the country, said a senior official.Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 in the memory of security personnel for their supreme sacrifice while performing duties.--IANS<br>ams/khz/pgh
Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) Amid a resurgence, the US has registered the highest number of single-day Covid-19 cases since February this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest update.According to the update on Saturday, a total of 101,171 new cases were reported across the country on July 30, reports Xinhua news agency.The new figure brought the seven-day average daily increase of cases to 72,493, also the highest since mid February.As of Sunday morning, the country's overall infection tally has increased to 34,974,823, while the death toll stood at 613,133.Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths are once again increasing in nearly all US states, fueled by the Delta variant, which is much more contagious than past versions of the virus.The current seven-day average of daily new cases increased 64.1 per cent compared with the previous seven-day data, according to the CDC updateThe current seven-day average of new hospitalised cases, which stood at 5,475, is a 46.3 per cent increase from the previous week, according to the CDC.The seven-day average for new Covid-19 hospital admissions has consistently increased since June 25.Meanwhile, the average daily new deaths have also increased 33.3 per cent compared with the previous week, according to the CDC.The recent surge was driven by the Delta variant, which has been and will continue to be the predominant lineage circulating in the country.The Delta variant has quickly grown from less than 1 per cent of cases in May to more than 80 per cent now, said the CDC on its website.Delta spreads about twice as easily from one person to another than previous strains of the virus, according to the agency.Nationally, the proportion of cases attributed to Delta variant is predicted to increase to 82.2 per cent, according to the CDC.As Covid-19 infections continue to rise nationwide, the CDC has updated its position on masks, urging vaccinated Americans to resume wearing masks in schools and in public indoor spaces in high risk areas across the country.--IANSksk/
During the second wave of this pandemic, AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer were repurposed for COVID 19 after the robust scientific studies found them useful in asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection as standalone and/or as an adjunct to Standard care as per the studies conducted by Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Science and Technology (CSIR & DBT), Department of Science and Technology and reputed scientific organisations and hospitals. However, Govt. of India has released the “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19”.
States/ UTs licensing authorities / Drug Controllers has been informed to allow the licensed manufactures for AYUSH-64 under their jurisdiction to include a new indication of AYUSH-64 for repurposing as an intervention for the management of asymptomatic, mild to moderate COVID-19 in addition to existing indication(s). Further, States/ UTs Licensing Authorities have been requested to expedite the process of the licensing/ approval of the application for the manufacturing of AYUSH-64.
The Ministry has undertaken the following steps to reduce/ exterminate the effects of COVID-19-
1. Ministry of Ayush has formed an Inter-disciplinary AYUSH Research & Development Task Force chaired by Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan having representation from scientists of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Ayush Institutions.
The Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force has formulated and designed clinical research protocols for prophylactic studies and add-on interventions in COVID-19 positive cases through review and consultative process of experts of high repute from different organizations across the country for studying four different interventions viz. Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi + Pippali and a polyherbal formulation (AYUSH-64).
2. Ministry of Ayush has also launched interdisciplinary studies involving AYUSH interventions for COVID-19 based on recommendations of the Taskforce. Under various Research Organizations and National Institutes under the Ministry of Ayush, 126 research studies at 152 centres in the country have been initiated on AYUSH interventions.
3. Ministry of Ayush has constituted an Interdisciplinary Technical Review Committee (ITRC) for COVID-19 for the examination of applications/ claims on patent & proprietary ASU&H medicines/ Classical ASU&H medicines forwarded by State Licensing Authorities/ Individuals.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Ayush Shri Mahendrabhai Munjapara in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. (Source - PIB)
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New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) India on Tuesday reported its first bird flu death this year after an 11-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS for avian influenza, succumbed.A senior All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) official said that the boy, who was infected with avian influenza, has died, and the entire staff concerned has been placed in isolation as a preventive measure.As per reports, bird flu outbreaks were reported across the country earlier this year, including in Haryana where the H5N8 subtype -- which is not known to infect humans -- was detectedAfter the bird flu outbreaks, the Central government sounded an alert after cases of were confirmed in Delhi also.A sample collected from Red Fort had tested positive for bird flu in January. The Delhi government had then ordered the closure of the Ghazipur poultry market.More samples collected from the Delhi zoo had returned positive in February.According to the World Health Organisation, human cases of bird flu occur "occasionally" but when they do happen, the mortality rate is about 60 per cent.--IANSpd/vd
San Francisco, California has confirmed its first human West Nile Virus (WNV) death in 2021 in San Luis Obispo County, health authorities said.
Tomas J. Aragon, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), said on Friday that more cases of the fatal virus, which could be transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, had been reported recently, reports Xinhua news agency.
"West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites," he said.
As of July 9, WNV had been detected in 45 dead birds from six counties and 177 mosquito samples from 13 counties, the CDPH noted, adding hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans.
Nationwide, new reports from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Colorado had detected mosquitoes that carry the WNVs, and humans had contracted the disease in four of these places.
The CDPH said WMV is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of WNV immunity in birds.
While the risk of serious illness to most people is low, some individuals, less than 1 per cent, can develop serious neurologic illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis. (IANS)
Chennai, June 26 (IANS) Tamil Nadu government's civil registration system has revealed over 1.42 lakh more people have died between Jan 1 and June 25 this year as compared to the same period in 2019, a non-Covid-19 year, said Arappor Iyakkam, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Saturday.In a statement issued here Arappor Iyakkam said: "There is excess mortality of around 142,143 between the period of 1st January 2021 to 25th June 2021 compared to the non Covid year 2019 during the same period.""However, the Covid death bulletin has revealed only 19,929 Covid deaths during the same period," the NGO added.As per the Civil Registration System (CRS) data on 26/05/2021, Tamil Nadu had recorded only 292,796 deaths.However, the CRS data at the end of day on 25/06/2021 records a total of 449,324 deaths."This means that Tamil Nadu Government has issued a whopping 156,528 death certificates in the last 30 days alone," Arappor Iyakkam said.This confirms that the bulk of excess mortality took place in May 2021 as death certificates are issued within 21 days of death, the NGO said."Massive excess mortality of 142,143 between the period of 1st January 2021 and 25th June 2021 also confirms Arappor's estimate released earlier that the excess mortality in April and May 2021 may be between 1,08,721 and 1,26,841 based on extrapolation of data of 6 hospitals," the NGO said.It must be understood that the excess mortality between January and March 2021 is minimal as can be seen in our research report as well. The bulk of excess mortality happened in April to June 2021 and more particularly in May 2021 when the second wave was at its peak.The Arappor Iyakkam has called the Tamil Nadu government to set up a mechanism to independently audit mortality for revision of Covid death numbers, ensure a simple grievance redressal mechanism for revision of cause of death in the medical certification for those who passed away due to Covid as per WHO/ICMR guidelines of Covid mortality code."Otherwise, a lot of children eligible for compensation because of losing a parent to Covid may have to run from pillar to post unsuccessfully because of the wrong marking of the cause of death," the NGO added.Explaining the mode of arriving at its figures, Arappor Iyakkam said, in the year 2019 which is a non Covid year, the total deaths in the state for the entire year is 637,051.Proportionately, the number of deaths from Jan 1 2019 to June 25, 2019 would be 307,181.Arappor Iyakkam's month wise data available for Chennai clearly showed us that the number of deaths in the first six months and the last six months are roughly the same in 2019."Therefore, taking proportional data for 2019 should be valid. During the same period, the number of deaths in 2021 is 449,324. Therefore, there is excess mortality between 1st January 2021 and 25th June 2021. This is 449,324-307,181 = 142,143," Arappor Iyakkam said.--IANSvj