New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has made adequate allocation of Remdesivir injection till May 23 for the treatment of Covid patients, it said.Considering the requirement of Remdesivir in every state and ensuring its adequate availability, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers D.V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday announced the allocation of Remdesivir and said substantial increase has been made in overall production and allocation of the drug, crucial in treatment of Covid patients.In a letter to all States by Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was mentioned that in continuation of the allocation plan of Remdesivir drug for the period -- April 21 to May 16, 2021 communicated by D.O on May 7 2021, an updated allocation plan valid for the period -- April 21 to May May 21, 2021 is prepared jointly by the Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The allotment has been made for the States/UTs and they have been asked to monitor proper distribution covering government and private hospitals as appropriate and in line with judicious use.State governments/UTs have been advised to place adequate purchase orders with the marketing companies immediately, if they have not already done so, for the quantity that they want to purchase out of allocation for the State/UT as per supply chain in close coordination with liaison officers of the companies. The coordination with private distribution channel in the state could also be made.--IANSmiz/skp/
New York, May 12 (IANS) People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) have an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and fatal outcomes from Covid-19, new research has shown.The study led by Pennsylvania State University researchers found that people living with HIV had a 24 per cent higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and a 78 per cent higher risk of death from Covid-19 than people without HIV.The most common comorbidities among the HIV-positive population were hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease.The pre-existing conditions among people living with HIV/AIDS may contribute to the severity of their Covid-19 cases. The beneficial effects of antiviral drugs, such astenofovir and protease-inhibitors, in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and death from Covid-19 in people living with HIV/AIDS remain inconclusive, according to the researchersThe findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports."As the pandemic has evolved, we've obtained sufficient information to characterise the epidemiology of HIV/SARS-CoV-2 coinfection, which could not be done at the beginning of the pandemic due to scarcity of data," said Vernon Chinchilli, from Penn State's Department of Public Health Sciences."Our findings support the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to prioritise persons living with HIV to receive a Covid-19 vaccine,"Chinchilli added.They assessed data from 22 previous studies that included nearly 21 million participants in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia to determine to what extent people living with HIV/AIDS are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and death from Covid-19.Over the past year, studies have revealed that certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase a person's risk of dying from Covid-19. According to the World Health Organization an estimated 38 million worldwide live with HIV.--IANSrvt/ash
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D. V. Sadananda Gowda on Friday said that the allocation of Remdesivir vials across the country has been made up to May 16, so that no patient faces any difficulty amid the pandemic.Considering the requirement of Remdesivir in every state and ensuring its adequate availability, allocation of Remdesivir made up to May 16, said a letter written to all the states by the Department of Pharmaceuticals and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The allotment has been made for the states/UTs and they have been asked to monitor proper distribution to government and private hospitals.State governments/UTs have been advised to place adequate purchase orders with the marketing companies immediately, if they have not already done so, for the quantity that they want to purchase out of the allocation for the state/UT. "It was mentioned that in continuation of the allocation plan of Remdesivir drug for the period April 21 to May 9, 2021 communicated by DO issued on 1st May 2021, an updated allocation plan valid for period of April 21 to May 16, 2021 is being prepared jointly by Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," the Ministry said.--IANSmiz/sdr/bg
Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Janata Dal-Secular supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his wife Chennamma tested Covid positive and have been admitted in a private hospital for treatment, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Wednesday."Gowda and his wife have been admitted to Manipal hospital in the city for treatment after they tested Covid positive," said Sudhakar in a Kannada tweet.Gowda, 87, also tweeted that his wife and himself have self-isolated with other family members as they both tested positive."I request all those who came in contact with us over the last few days to get tested. I request party workers and well-wishers not to panic," said Gowda in a tweet in Kannada and English. --IANSfb/dpb
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The government fell short by 7 per cent in achieving coverage of full immunisation of children between April 2019 and March 2020. The information was shared in the Parliament by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, on Monday."The full immunisation coverage stands at 92.8 per cent as per the Health Management Information System (HMIS) data from April 2019 to March 2020," a statement shared by Choubey read.He also shared the various reasons behind not meeting the target, including lack of awareness and fear of side-effects, among others. "There are pockets where children remain deprived of completing the doses of vaccination on account of various reasons, such as lack of awareness about the benefits of immunisation, apprehensions of Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI), refusal for vaccination and operational gaps," the minister said.However, special vaccination drives like Mission Indradhanush, Intensified Mission Indradhanush, Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and Extended GSA have been carried out to reach the children being left out of vaccination, the minister added.Besides, to mitigate low immunisation coverage, strategic interventions like advocacy, social mobilisation, community engagement, interpersonal communication at the family level and media engagement are also undertaken, Choubey informed the Parliament.In addition to the aforementioned measures, the Centre has also initiated outreach programmes to spread awareness about immunisation."Awareness is being generated through electronic and print media like radio, television, poster, hoardings etc., inter-personal communication by frontline health workers like Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), utilising social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and print media platforms and social mobilisation by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and other community workers," the Union Health Ministry informed.The activities are undertaken by the government bodies in coordination with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it added.The Centre recently launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) drive, under which specific immunisation sessions are conducted in pockets with low immunisation coverage and areas where the proportion of unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children is the highest.--IANSasr/arm
Hyderabad, Jan 11 (IANS) All water bodies and reservoirs in forests and wildlife areas in Telangana are under surveillance for sick and dead birds in the wake of bird flu cases reported in nine states in the country, the state Forest Department said on Monday.The department has sought co-operation of NGOs and volunteers to keep surveillance on wetlands and bird areas outside forests and protected areas. The Central Zoo Authority is using daily progress report to monitor the spread of the virus.Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden R. Sobha, who reviewed the situation at a meeting on Monday, said the field officers have been instructed to collect the carcasses of birds detected during this period, pack them safely and send to veterinary science laboratories for analysing and identifying cause of death.The general public has been requested to be alert and if any dead bird is noticed, the information should be passed on to the wildlife crime control cell at Aranya Bhavan, Hyderabad with toll free no 1800-425-5364, which functions around the clock.The district officers have been requested to coordinate with the Animal Husbandry Department, as well as the district administration in taking required preventive measures and vigil to detect death of birds.The Nehru Zoo Park, Hyderabad and Kakatiya Zoo, Warangal have taken prophylactic measures like spread of bleaching and lime powder around enclosures, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the area. Bird sections in the zoos have been closed to public and only animal keepers protected with PPE kits are permitted to provide feed and water.The Chief Wildlife Warden informed the participants that in an unfolding avian flu crisis, a substantial number of high altitude birds, particularly the bar-headed geese, which add charm to wetlands every winter have perished along with other birds species. Latest reports of avian flu indicate spread in nine states - Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, Delhi, Haryana, Gujrat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala.Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has requested all the states to take preventive measures to control the spread of bird flu and to detect and report all cases of death of birds to the authorities concerned for taking necessary action.Over 2,000 bar headed geese were found dead in Pong Dam lake in Himachal Pradesh. More than four lakh birds (domestic & wild) have died in Haryana. Over 1.20 lakh ducks have perished in Kerala. The strains of bird flu confirmed are H5N8 and H5N1.These strains are zoonotic and have potential to spread to human population also, the forest official said.--IANSms/vd
Dear Patron, Please provide additional information to validate your profile and continue to participate in engagement activities and purchase medicine.