New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The government has taken an initiative to popularise the treatment of various diseases through Ayush, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday.In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Ayush Mahendrabhai Munjapara said: "The Ayurswasthya Yojana, a new umbrella scheme, has been developed to roll out of authentic classical Ayush interventions for promoting community health care and to provide support for establishment of Ayush medical health unit in reputed Ayush and allopathy institutions.""Government of India has taken various policy initiatives to promote Indian Traditional System of Medicine such as launching of National Ayush Mission (NAM) to envisage better access to Ayush services through increase in the number of Ayush Hospitals and dispensaries, inclusion of Ayush in National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS)," he added.He also said that the government has operationalised 12,500 Ayush health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat to provide services, introduced insurance coverage for Ayush treatments, and is disseminating the merits of Ayush systems through media platforms.The minister also said that the Ministry, under its Central sector scheme for promotion of international cooperation, undertakes various initiatives for international promotion, propagation, and global acceptability of Ayush systems of medicine."The government has developed Champion Services Sector Scheme for medical value travel to enhance medical tourism in the field of Ayush and to provide support establishing world class, state of the art Ayush hospitals," he said.The minister also stated that the government has also set up a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to boost medical, wellness, and yoga and ayurveda tourism, and is aiming to position India as a destination for health and wellness tourism through the Ayush system.--IANSssb/vd
The government has taken an initiative to popularise the treatment of various diseases through Ayush, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Ayush Mahendrabhai Munjapara said: "The Ayurswasthya Yojana, a new umbrella scheme, has been developed to roll out of authentic classical Ayush interventions for promoting community health care and to provide support for establishment of Ayush medical health unit in reputed Ayush and allopathy institutions."
"Government of India has taken various policy initiatives to promote Indian Traditional System of Medicine such as launching of National Ayush Mission (NAM) to envisage better access to Ayush services through increase in the number of Ayush Hospitals and dispensaries, inclusion of Ayush in National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS)," he added.
He also said that the government has operationalised 12,500 Ayush health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat to provide services, introduced insurance coverage for Ayush treatments, and is disseminating the merits of Ayush systems through media platforms.
The minister also said that the Ministry, under its Central sector scheme for promotion of international cooperation, undertakes various initiatives for international promotion, propagation, and global acceptability of Ayush systems of medicine.
"The government has developed Champion Services Sector Scheme for medical value travel to enhance medical tourism in the field of Ayush and to provide support establishing world class, state of the art Ayush hospitals," he said.
The minister also stated that the government has also set up a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to boost medical, wellness, and yoga and ayurveda tourism, and is aiming to position India as a destination for health and wellness tourism through the Ayush system.
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London, July 18 (IANS) UK researchers have received a 20 million pound fund to investigate 'long Covid", its causes, and potential treatments, the media reported.The funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will help researchers launch 15 new studies of the condition that will investigate everything from brain fog to ongoing breathlessness, using a new technique to detect hidden lung damage, the BBC reported on Sunday.Patients with post-Covid conditions are variously referred to as having long-haul Covid, long Covid or post-acute sequelae of Covid-19 (PASC). At present, there are no tests to diagnose long Covid and the condition is still not yet fully understood.The condition can cover a range of conditions, across all ages, such as fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, brain fog and breathlessness, which are not seen to the same extent with other viruses.One study led by the University College London will test whether everyday medicines such as aspirin and anti-histamines can help people recover. It will recruit more than 4,500 people with long Covid who will be tracked over three months of treatment, the report said.Another study will investigate the common long-lasting problem of brain fog, which many people say affects their daily activities and their ability to work. Using detailed brain scans of those affected, researchers hope to learn more about this cognitive impairment and how it can be treated.Further, researchers at the University of Oxford will focus on the causes of ongoing breathlessness, while an University of Glasgow team will assess whether a weight management programme can reduce symptoms of long Covid in people who are overweight or obese, the report added.At Cardiff University, researchers will look at whether an overactive or impaired immune response could be driving long Covid.The new research was "absolutely essential to improve diagnosis and treatments" and would be life-changing for those battling long-term symptoms of the virus", Health Secretary Sajid Javid was quoted as saying. He said it would build on the 80 long Covid assessment centres open in the UK, the report said.--IANSrvt/khz/vd
Poor lifestyle and dietary choices are two of the primary causes of coronary heart disease. While Covid-19 has impacted healthcare delivery across all specialities, cardiologists and heart surgeons have been cautioning regarding the virus' impact on a person's heart health, with or without surgery.
According to Sanjeeb Roy, senior intervention cardiologist, Jaipur, cases of poor heart health are increasing rapidly in the country. If the patient sees symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, then the patient is at a risk of a cardiac arrest or heart attack, if there is a severe blockage in the arteries, it is treated by angioplasty or bypass surgery.
An angioplasty is an interventional procedure in which a stent is implanted in the patient without surgery. But sometimes even after having a stent implant, the patient may have to face some complications. According to one study, after implanting a normal metallic frame stent, there is a 15 to 30 per cent chance of it coming back. Apart from this, the patient has to take blood-thinning medicines for life, which also affects their quality of life.
However, to reduce all these complications, new technology like implanted stents will dissolve in the artery after two to three years. Biodegradable scaffold stent technology is very effective in reducing complications after angioplasty. This stent will dissolve in the artery two to three years after it is implanted and the patient's artery will return to its natural position, says the doctor.
"The biggest advantage of this to the patient is that there is no problem of affecting the functionality of the artery due to the placement of the stent. On the other hand, if there is a blockage back in his artery, then he can have angioplasty again. The biodegradable scaffold stent is a technology that does not use a metallic frame. This stent is made of polymers that will automatically dissolve in the body after two to three years of implantation."
"Advantages of biodegradable scaffold stents are: After the stent has dissolved, the patient will not need to take blood thinners for a long time; If there is a need to do angioplasty back in the same artery in the future, then there are no problems related to having stents already; Due to metallic stent implant, there will be no problems in tests like MRI, CT scan in this stent; The patient will feel psychological relief that there is no implant in his body," says Sanjeeb Roy, while mentioning a new technology.
Here's what to keep in mind for good heart health post angioplasty:
Avoid driving for a few weeks, and even riding in the car for long distances. As your body needs time to recuperate, make sure you're using pillows to prop yourself up and are supporting the delicate parts of your chest post-surgery.
Do not be in a rush to head back to an intense, high-stress life. Make sure your day has periods of activity interspersed with adequate periods of rest. Make sure you are working in an environment that can allow you to lie down if need be.
Shortness of breath may be experienced for a few days. Avoid exerting exercises and climbing stairs, and if this continues, speak to a family member and your doctor or surgeon.
It is likely that your doctor has recommended a change of diet for your post-surgery days. Make sure you follow it religiously and include greens and fruits as much as possible. This will aid recovery. Strictly avoid smoking and alcohol intake.
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Lucknow, July 8 (IANS) The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh is preparing a five-page booklet on the 'effective Covid management' of the Yogi Adityanath government.UP BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai said that the booklet would help party workers answer questions about the state administration's handling of the pandemic."The opposition has been spreading canards on the issue of pandemic. The work done by the government and the party needs to be publicized at the grassroots level. The information includes all that we have done for the people in the pandemic, right down to the village level. We have a lot of achievements on the national level and, at times, we tend to overlook the achievements of the state," he said.The booklet, titled "Corona Prabandhan ka UP Model", has 20 sections, each containing three bullet points.The document contains information about steps the government took during the second wave, including aggressive testing drives, doorstep screening, treatment, vaccination, oxygen conservation, formation of the Team 9 response group, preparations for the possible third wave, and the active involvement of Yogi Adityanath in Covid management.The booklet is designed to counter the opposition's allegations on 'ineffective' Covid management.The booklet underlines the fact that the state administration relaxed the curbs for industrial units during the Covid-induced curfew and provided compensation to labourers.According to it, more than 5.6 crore tests were conducted, which is more than 30 per cent of its population. The government claims it increased oxygen supply from 250 metric tonnes to 1,000 metric tonnes per day, following the oxygen scarcity.The booklet will be sent to all office-bearers, senior leaders, legislators, ministers, spokespersons and grassroots workers and they will be asked to reach out to people about the efforts made by the state in the pandemic.The booklet will prepare the party cadres to counter the opposition's narrative about the government's mishandling of the pandemic during the second Covid wave in April and May.The Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress had attacked the state government over "oxygen shortage and bed unavailability in hospitals" and accused it of manipulating the actual toll.Images of over-burdened crematoriums and dead bodies on the banks of the Ganga were widely shared on social media.--IANS amita/skp/
<br>The 21 members of his joint family comprising four generations, however, overcame the ordeal with love, care and timely medical intervention.Hailing from Mandavgan Farata village in Shirur taluka, 100 km from Pune city, Ashok tested positive on April 21. As the remaining members of his family include four people aged over 65, the village panchayat decided to conduct a Covid test on all of them. Following Ashok, 20 members of the family tested positive, with just three spared from the infection. The youngest patient included a one-and-a-half-year-old boy and the oldest, a 75-year-old man. Ashok, who is a member of the gram panchayat of Mandavgan Farata, said his family is big as his father, his uncle and their families all live together. The 24 members include eight women, seven men, and nine children.As a melon-farmer, he was the only member of the family who used to step out of the house during the pandemic in order to sell the family's farm produce. He said he would quarantine himself in a separate room to keep the rest of the family safe from the infection.The 53-year-old used to visit the market yard in Pune and came in contact with adatdars (brokers), other farmers, vendors, as well as customers. "During the week (before I was tested), I had fever and body pain, but I ignored it as I thought it may be because of exhaustion. "When the pain increased, I visited a family doctor, who suggested a Covid test. On April 21, my report came positive. As I was serious, my doctor suggested I get admitted to a private hospital," he said.Ashok's diagnosis left the entire family worried. That is when the gram panchayat decided to test everyone. Of the 20 other family members who tested positive, 15 had mild symptoms and five were admitted to the Covid-19 centre in Mandavgan Farata.Ashok, on coming to know that nearly all of his family had been infected, was overwhelmed with guilt. "I felt I would be the only one responsible if any of them succumbed to the virus. I could not have forgiven myself if anything had happened to them," he said.All the household and family responsibilities then fell on the three who were not infected -- Pooja Suraj Jagtap, Adika Santosh Jagtap and Akash Bapusaheb Jagtap. Pooja and Adika were busy in the kitchen most of the time, cooking immunity-boosting food for the patients. Akash would deliver the food to the Covid centre and hospital.When he would get time, Akash would go to the fields, but he could not finish many of the tasks as the farmworkers hired by the family refused to come to work out of fear of catching the virus.Ashok's son, Suraj Subhash Jagtap, 27, said that his wife, Pooja, and brother's wife, Adika, looked after the whole family. "My one-year-old son Aditya lived with us, and without his mom, for more than 10 days. We were all scared at first, as negative news was pouring in from outside. But our grandfather and grandmother motivated us, they never showed any kind of anxiety. All the time, they would talk to us and tell us that nothing would happen. Their positive words inspired all of us," he said.Kantabai Rohidas Jagtap, 70, Ashok's mother, said they were scared, but did not show it. "Everyone started to take care of each other. Daughters, sons-in-law, nephews, and other relatives also helped us. With the love and support of each other and our relatives, we got through the hard times. I have seen humanity in this critical situation. Now, senior members of the family will take the vaccine and others will too," she adds.Ashok's uncle, Subhash Mahadev Jagtap, 70, said the family's farm suffered losses as workers stayed away from their farm and Akash could not harvest the melons or water the crops alone. "It is a big loss to the family, but at least all of us are together," he said.Manoj Bhosale, a doctor at the Varad Vinayak Hospital, Mandavgan Farata, said it is important for patients to stay optimistic. "A doctor tries to save every patient, but patients should also believe in themselves. This is the thing I saw in the Jagtap family. "As a farming family, they had strong immunity. But also, no one in the family panicked in this critical situation. They took care of each other. This is when I saw the benefit of a joint family. Their love for each other makes them strong. Now I always give the example of the Jagtap family to every patient," he said.Looking at the prediction of a third wave in India, Ashok said the virus is bound to infect everyone eventually. "The key is not to delay treatment, be optimistic and love each other. Also, get vaccinated. We are getting the jab too."(The author is a Pune-based freelance journalist and a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters.)--IANS<br>dhumal/in