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
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Amid the continued surge in Covid-19 cases in India again in the past few weeks, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said the vaccination is being carried out on the basis of priority.Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan while addressing a press conference on Tuesday stated that vaccinations cannot be opened for everybody at this moment. "Globally vaccination drives have a single goal: to curb deaths of the most vulnerable group affected by Covid-19," he added.He asserted that the health care system and health care workers in the country need to be protected. "What will happen if maximum numbers of health care workers get affected by Covid-19? Our health care system will collapse. We don't want this situation. And hence, the vaccination cannot be opened for all at present," added the Union Health Secretary.Bhushan further emphasised that the aim of the vaccination drive is to vaccinate the ones who need it most, rather than the ones who want to get vaccinated.Talking about Maharashtra, which has become the epicentre of the pandemic, Bhushan said that of all the active cases in the country, 58 per cent are in Maharashtra. As many as 34 per cent of the total deaths have also been reported in the state."We have suggested to state governments to increase the percentage of RT-PCR tests, which is reducing in Maharashtra in the last few weeks. Only 60 per cent of total tests were done through the RT-PCR method in Maharashtra last week. We suggest states take it to 70 per cent or above," said Bhushan.NITI Aayog's Dr V.K. Paul, who also addressed the media, stated that the next four weeks will be crucial. "The impact of the pandemic has increased in the country. Warnings were given that the situation should not be taken for granted. The situation of the pandemic has worsened and the speed of increasing Covid-19 cases is higher than the last time," Paul added.--IANSpd/ash
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that 855 patients in India have been found to be affected with the UK, South African and Brazilian mutant variants of coronavirus.According to the data provided during the weekly press conference, 807 coronavirus positive cases have been found to affected by the UK variant, 47 by the South African and one with the Brazilian variant. A total of 11,064 samples were subjected to genome sequencing."Both the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) are effective against the UK and Brazilian variant. The work against the South African variant is still ongoing," Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava said.Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan clarified that there are no Indian mutant strains. "Virus changes and it is normal. It is inevitable, not a cause to panic," he said during the media briefing.On March 4, the country had recorded 242 cases with these variants. The cases with variants have increased 613 in the over three weeks.A genomic consortium of ten regional laboratories with National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) as the apex laboratory has been established to perform genomic sequencing of the samples from positive travellers and 5 per cent of the positive test samples from the community.--IANSaka/vd
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Eight Maharashtra districts figure in the list of the 10 districts across the country with the highest number of active Covid-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.Karnataka's Bengaluru Urban and Delhi are the other two.Addressing a press meet, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that India's total active cases stand at 5,40,720 with a net rise of 18,912 cases in a span of 24 hours."There are 10 districts across the country that have the most number of active cases - Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Bengaluru Urban, Nanded, Delhi and Ahmednagar," he added. Highlighting the need for rigorous testing and tracking of Covid-19 cases, he said there was a need to exponentially increase tests in states and Union Territories that are reporting a spike. "The kind of result we have seen in past few weeks... it has observed that contract tracing is not being done properly. There should be effective and prompt tracing of persons in contact with Covid-19 patients and it should be done within 72 hours," he said.States and district authorities have been advised to prefer RT-PCR testing up to 70 per cent.The Health Ministry said that the weekly national average positivity rate of India reached 5.65 per cent, with Maharashtra having a weekly average of 23 per cent, Punjab of 8.82 per cent, Chhattisgarh 8 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 7.82 per cent, Tamil Nadu 2.50 per cent, Karnataka 2.45 per cent, Gujarat 2.2 per cent and Delhi 2.04 per cent.Six states, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, accounted for 78.56 per cent of the 56,211 fresh cases recorded in the country.Bhushan said: "It has observed that Covid-19 protection measures are not being followed in these states and districts and therefore we have asked the authorities to use community force and use law and order to enforce the system. We have learned that in most places, authorities are allowing home quarantine for Covid-19 infected persons, but there is no proper monitoring whether norms are being followed or not. So, we have advised institutional quarantine."--IANSpd/vd
Ministry of AYUSH has formed an Inter-disciplinary AYUSH R&D Task Force chaired by Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan and having representation from scientists including Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology(DBT), Council of Scientific and 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 thorough 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 poly herbal formulation (AYUSH-64).The task force have taken up the proposals received from screening committees of Councils and proactively explored possibilities based on available leads.
Ministry of AYUSH has constituted core group of experts under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan to identify and propose formulations on COVID-19 which are in line with Classical Ayurveda principles and have substantial leads on COVID-19 viz. one for prophylaxis as immunomodulatory, another for management of COVID-19 with antiviral properties and one product for post COVID-19 care.
Ministry of AYUSH has launched interdisciplinary studies involving AYUSH interventions for COVID-19 based on recommendations of Task force. Under various research organizations and National Institutes under Ministry of AYUSH, 112 research studies at 141 centres in the country are being conducted on AYUSH interventions as prophylactic interventions.
AYUSH Sanjivani mobile app developed by Ministry of AYUSH and has documented the impact assessment of effectiveness, acceptance and usage of AYUSH advisories & measures in the prevention of COVID-19 through Mobile app base population study in around 1.5 crores respondents. 85.1% of the respondents reported use of AYUSH measures for prevention of COVID-19, among which 89.8% respondents agreed to have benefitted from the practice of AYUSH advisory.
The Ministry of AYUSH has released “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19” prepared by National Task force which in consensus from expert committees from All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Delhi, Institute of Post Graduate Training and Research in Ayurved (IPGTRA), Jamnagar, and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur , Central Council for Research in Ayurveda (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and other national research organizations as per the Report & Recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Committee.
The Minister of State (The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Sh. Kiren Rijiju (Additional Charge) stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.
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New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) With the launch of the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination in the country from March 1, the Union Health Ministry has discontinued the dissemination of publishing Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) reported among beneficiaries.Explaining the reason for this action, the ministry said on Thursday that it found the AEFI data "so insignificant" that it did not continue releasing it in the public domain.It said the percentage of AEFI recorded so far is 0.020 per cent while the incidence of hospitalisation are 0.00025 per cent."The data is so minuscule and absolutely insignificant that we thought not to share it daily. But since you have asked, we are telling you now," Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press briefing."This is almost surrogate to zero," he added.The ministry shared the percentage but not the number of AEFI and associated hospitalisations.However, the ministry assured that it will come up with the AEFI data of age prioritised beneficiaries. "We are looking at the big picture now. However, we have the fragmented data of those between 45 to 59 and above 60 years of age."Earlier, the Central government used to share the reporting of AEFIs, hospitalization and deaths in its daily bulletin of vaccination. The data used to include number of AEFI reported so far and during last 24 hours. It also shared the details of deaths of those who took the vaccines, besides the details and investigation status of the deaths.Till the last data which was given by the ministry publicly, 46 deaths were recorded and 51 persons were hospitalised, as per the release shared on February 26. However, the ministry had clarified that no case of serious/severe AEFI/Death was attributed to vaccination till then.So far, 2,60,73,517 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.The current phase of vaccination against Covid-19 pandemic began on March 1 covering 27 crore of people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. While people are vaccinated free of cost at government hospitals, those taking the shots at private hospitals are charged Rs 250 per dose.--IANSasr/vd