Bengaluru- Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda suddenly fell sick in Karnataka's Chitradurga town and was rushed to Bengaluru for treatment, an official said on Sunday.
"Gowda, 67, suddenly fell ill at Chitradurga due to low blood sugar level and was rushed to Bengaluru for treatment at a private hospital. His health condition is stable," his secretary Suresh Bhat told IANS.
Gowda, who was on their way to Bengaluru from Shivamogga, had halted at a hotel in Chitradurga for lunch when he took ill.
He was returning to the city after attending the ruling BJP's core committee meeting at Shivamogga on Saturday night.
"Gowda fell down while getting out of the car for lunch at the hotel in Chitradurga due to a sudden drop in his blood sugar level. After a check-up at Basaveshwara hospital in the town, he was driven in an ambulance to Bengaluru, with the state police clearing the state highway of vehicular traffic," Bhat added. (IANS)
Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS) Lauding the Union government's efforts to get the Covid vaccine rolled out early, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda on Friday said the vaccine should be given for free to the poor and at affordable rates to the majority of the people."The Covid vaccine should be given for free to the poor, who are economically weak and its cost should be made affordable for the majority of the people across the country," Deve Gowda said in a statement.Gowda, 87, who also participated in the all-party meeting vaccine distribution held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day through video conference, said the Central government should bear the cost of the vaccination programme across the country."I am glad to know that the Prime Minister had recently reviewed the advances made by some drug firms in getting the Covid vaccine ready soon. The stock-taking was essential to give hope and confidence to the people who have been trapped for months by the pandemic," asserted Gowda.Modi on November 28 visited Zydus Cadila in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune to take stock of vaccine development.Deve Gowda, who was the country's Prime Minster in 1996-97, got elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in June.Noting that the transportation and storage of the vaccine would pose a major challenge to the stakeholders, Deve Gowda suggested the formation of a high-level team to coordinate the timely delivery of the vaccine to the people across the country."The coming weeks should be treated with great care to ensure Covid cases do not spiral out of control and put the healthcare system under stress. Hopes of a vaccine cannot be a basis to throw caution to the wind," he said.Deve Gowda also suggested that the high-level team should directly report to the Prime Minister's Office and create a network of medical volunteers right from the panchayat level, which is the basic governance unit in the country.The JD-S supremo suggested that the Union government should rope in the IITs in converting any room into a cold storage with an assembly unit to store the Covid vaccine for long term, as its distribution and administration will take months.Gowda also wanted to know if the government would buy the vaccine from other countries due to capacity constraints in making the drug in huge quantity for inoculating over 100 billion people across the country."Should we allow Phase 3 vaccine trials more time to assess its efficacy and safety? How many people are we going to vaccinate in the first round," Gowda had asked the Prime Minister during the interaction earlier in the day.--IANSfb/arm
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from the AAP government and others over a petition against an order for felling of of 315 trees for redevelopment of Ayur Vigyan Nagar in the national capital.A Division Bench of the high court presided ober by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice over the petition filed by Abhishek Dutt through advocate Varun Chopra and slated the matter for further hearing on December 11.During the course of hearing, Advocate Varun Chopra argued before the bench that about 315 trees were being cut or transplanted in order to develop Ayur Vigyan Nagar, which is near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and is the home to a large number of Corona warriors, besides patients."While the Covid-19 pandemic is underway and the air quality is already very poor, the taking away of these 315 trees is almost like taking away 315 lungs and ultimately deteriorating the air quality which is already severe," said Chopra.He also said that there are various studies which suggests that transplantation of trees is not a very successful process and hence, the said order passed by the Delhi government shall be stayed immediately.The plea sought quashing of the Order dated 14.09.2020 issued by Dy. Commissioner of Forests (South) for felling/transplantation of 315 trees for redevelopment of Ayur Vigyan Nagar.The said order has allowed large-scale destruction of the vegetation and tree cover of New Delhi for the purposes of Government redevelopment, wholly ignoring the air pollution and serious environmental concerns that affect the health of the citizens of the capital, the plea said."News reports on Transplanting of Trees show that the process is not a very effective or a successful one, especially in India. In fact, the rate of failure is too high. In the context of New Delhi and the surrounding areas, that failure can be irreparably damaging to the environment and to the inhabitants of the NCT of Delhi and around," the plea said."No amount of landscaping and tree planting can properly compensate for the loss of precious green cover. Even planting saplings for each tree which is felled is not enough considering the large size, ecological impact of larger trees and poor survival rate of saplings," the plea added.--IANSanb/in
New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Sadananda Gowda on Thursday said that he had tested coronavirus positive. "After initial symptoms of COVID-19, I got myself tested and the report came positive. I have isolated myself. I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe," he tweetedTextiles Minister Smriti Irani and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman wished him a speedy recovery.--IANSmiz/tsb
New York - Cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with Covid-19 and is associated with poor survival, particularly among patients aged 80 or older, say researchers.
The findings, published in the journal The BMJ, could help guide end-of-life care discussions with critically ill patients with Covid-19 and their families, say the researchers.
For the study, the research team from Michigan University in the US set out to estimate the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes associated with in-hospital cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in critically ill adults with Covid-19.
Their findings are based on data for 5,019 critically ill patients (aged 18 years or over) with Covid-19 admitted to intensive care units at 68 hospitals across the United States.
The results show that 701 (14 per cent) of patients had in-hospital cardiac arrest within 14 days of admission to the intensive care unit, of whom only 400 (57 per cent) received CPR.
"Patients who had in-hospital cardiac arrest were older (average age 63 v 60 years), had more underlying health conditions (comorbidities), and were more likely to be admitted to a hospital with fewer intensive care unit beds," the study authors wrote.
Importantly, this suggests that hospital resources, staffing, expertise, strain, or other factors not captured in this study, could have had a major impact, the researchers noted.
Patients who received CPR were younger than those who did not (average age 61 v 67 years). Among those who did receive CPR, only 12 per cent (48 out of 400) survived to hospital discharge, and the only seven per cent (28 out of 400) did so with normal or mildly impaired neurological status.
Most patients who survived to hospital discharge needed only a short course of CPR. Survival also differed by age, with 21 per cent of patients younger than 45 years surviving compared with three per cent of those aged 80 or older.
The researchers pointed to some limitations, such as being unable to assess the quality and timeliness of CPR and limiting data to the first 14 days after intensive care unit admission, potentially underestimating the true rate of cardiac arrest. However, strengths included the use of high quality, detailed data for a large number of patients who were followed until death or discharge.
However, the researchers noted that cardiac arrest is common in critically ill patients with Covid-19 and is associated with poor survival even when CPR is provided. (Agency)
Visakhapatnam, Sep 18 (IANS) One person died and 22 others fell sick after consuming suspected 'local alcohol' in three villages of Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district."There were 22 cases reported. The complaint basically is swelling in the leg, pain in the stomach, and reddishness in the eyes. There was no other symptom. By the time this came to us, one person died," Visakhapatnam District Collector V. Vinay Chand told IANS.Chinaraba, Kotaparthy and Kakaravalasa are the three villages where the sickness afflicted the unsuspecting tribals.Chinaraba has a population of 248, Koaparthy 95 and Kakaravalasa 125. Most of the ailing tribals are in their 30s and 40s.Kakaravalasa is 52 km north west of Vishakhapatnam.All the 22 who fell sick, were shifted to the King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam for treatment.Though the health department conducted a medical camp in the tribal village, they did not improve, necessitating them to be shifted to KGH."The condition of all of them is stable and they are being continuously monitored. They have all been tested for Covid, they have all turned negative," said Chand.The health department has collected more blood samples from the tribals for further testing, those results are expected in a day.Chand said the tribals were also diagnosed with malnourishment.Though the reason for the tribals' ailment hasn't been established, officials are suspecting the consumption of local alcohol."It is suspected that there was some consumption of liquor. The tribals normally consume locally available liquor. However, this is yet to be confirmed," the Collector clarified.According to Chand, tribals were known to be consuming various types of locally available alcohol, however, he said if that liquor was contaminated or illicit is not clear."There are a lot of stories going around, I'm not really sure until we get more information and I cannot confirm or negate anything. Probable reason was any consumption of locally available toddy, but that is also subject to confirmation," the officer observed.The medical camp will continue for the next 7 - 10 days in the tribal villages. Medical staff are educating the tribals on personal hygiene, washing hands and drinking warm water.They were also advised on coronavirus, told to refrain from consuming stored meat and also explained the adverse effects of alcohol. --IANSsth/sdr/
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