Hyderabad, KIMS Heart & Lung Transplant Institute head, Dr Sandeep Attawar, has became the first-ever Indian heart and lung transplant physician or surgeon to be a part of a committee on the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation which sets transplant guidelines for medical fraternity around the world.
The field of organ transplantation is a highly regulated one while lung transplantation is relatively new. The past few decades have seen clinical data being generated on patients with end stage disease, and every seven years, a new set of patient guidelines, and new indicators for lung transplants are agreed upon. This then becomes the standard protocol which is followed by all lung transplant centres across the world.
Of the 24 preeminent lung transplant physicians worldwide on the panel, Attawar is the first Indian ever and the only Asian transplant surgeon.
This high-powered commitee has just released the new set of guidelines for selection of lung transplant candidates. This document will guide the practice of lung transplants worldwide.
"I am deeply humbled by the honour and privilege to be on this august panel. I am thankful to all my team members and KIMS Hospitals for the tremendous support given to make this a reality. I am sure the new guidelines will pave the way for greater clarity and help pulmonologists and lung transplant surgeons across the world especially given the case of Covid affected lung cases. This is a just a start for us and we will rededicate ourselves to the cause of lung transplantation in India," said Attawar.
"Dr Attawar and team have been working tirelessly through the pandemic to help end stage lung patients get a new lease of life. I am sure, this achievement well spur them to achieve more," KIMS Hospital MD, Dr Bhaskar Rao, said. (agency)
तिरुवनंतपुरम | पी.के. वॉरियर आयुर्वेद के ध्वजवाहक और केरल की पारंपरिक चिकित्सा प्रणाली के लोकप्रिय प्रतिपादकों में से एक वारियर का शनिवार को 100 वर्ष की आयु में उनके गृहनगर मलप्पुरम जिले में निधन हो गया। उनके निधन के बाद शोक व्यक्त करने का सिलसिला जारी है।
अपने निजी अनुभव को याद करते हुए पूर्व रक्षा मंत्री ए.के. एंटनी ने कहा कि एक दिन उन्हें तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री पी.वी. नरसिम्हा राव ने कहा था कि श्रीलंका के तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री सिरिमावो भंडारनायके अस्वस्थ थी और चलने में असमर्थ थीं, इसलिए कई चर्चाओं के बाद यह निर्णय लिया गया कि वह आयुर्वेदिक उपचार से गुजरेंगी।
एंटनी ने कहा, "यह तय किया गया था कि वह (सिरीमावो भंडारनायके) तिरुवनंतपुरम के लिए उड़ान भरेगी और केरल के राज्यपाल के आधिकारिक आवास पर रहेगी, जबकि वारियर के नेतृत्व में आयुर्वेद डॉक्टरों की एक टीम ने उनका इलाज शुरू किया। वह एक स्ट्रेचर पर आई थी और मैं उन्हें लेने के लिए हवाई अड्डे पर जाना था लेकिन इलाज के बाद, जब मैं उन्हें विदा करने गया तो मैंने उन्हें मुस्कुराते हुए और अच्छे से चलते हुए देखा।"
एंटनी ने कहा, "वॉरियर एक विनम्र और सरल व्यक्ति थे, लेकिन अपने विषय में ज्ञान का भंडार थे। आयुर्वेद के सबसे प्रमुख प्रतिपादकों में से एक ने हमें छोड़ दिया है, जो एक बहुत बड़ी क्षति है।"
वह इस साल जून में 100 साल के हो गए थे, लेकिन कोविड -19 से संक्रमित थे, जिसके बाद वे मूत्र संबंधी बीमारियों से पीड़ित थे।
वह आयुर्वेद उपचार केंद्र कोट्टक्कल आर्य वैद्य शाला के प्रबंध न्यासी थे, जो आयुर्वेद दवाओं का उत्पादन करता है।
वह 1999 में पद्म श्री और 2010 में पद्म भूषण के प्राप्तकर्ता थे। उनकी पत्नी स्वर्गीय माधविकुट्टी के वारियर एक कवि थीं।
केरल के राज्यपाल आरिफ मोहम्मद खान ने पी.के. वॉरियर के निधन पर शोक व्यक्त किया।
खान ने कहा, "एक चिकित्सक के रूप में, वह आयुर्वेद की वैज्ञानिक खोज के लिए प्रतिबद्ध थे। उन्हें आयुर्वेद के आधुनिकीकरण में उनके उत्कृष्ट योगदान के लिए याद किया जाएगा। एक मानवतावादी के रूप में, उन्होंने समाज में सभी के लिए अच्छे स्वास्थ्य और सम्मान के जीवन की कल्पना की। उनका निधन पीके वारियर चिकित्सा बिरादरी के लिए एक बहुत बड़ी क्षति है।"
केरल के मुख्यमंत्री पिनराई विजयन ने कहा कि वॉरियर के प्रयासों ने ही आयुर्वेद को दुनिया भर में एक नया आयाम और स्वीकार्यता प्रदान की है क्योंकि उनके मजबूत वैज्ञानिक आधार के साथ वे आयुर्वेद को पेश करने और प्रोजेक्ट करने में सक्षम थे। (एजेंसी)
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<br>A product of Madras Medical College, Prabhakar, who is also the Global Ambassador of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, was the first person of colour to receive the US Public Health Service's HIS Director's Award of Excellence in 1992 during President Bill Clinton's administration for his pioneering work as the Health Commissioner for the native American tribe, Winnebago, from 1986-1992.He is also the Chairman of the American Association for Multi-Ethnic Physicians and the Founder Chair of US Congressman Danny Davis' Multi-Ethnic Advisory Task Force in Chicago.Prabhakar told IANS in an exclusive interview that in a Zoom call with Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Thiagarajan on May 21, Rev Jesse Jackson Sr had assured that Covid assistance is on its way to strengthen the state's fight against the pandemic. The Higher Education Minister of Maharashtra, Uday Samant, too had requested Rev Jackson to intervene on behalf of India for vaccine allocation. Here are the excerpts from the interview:Q. You have said that the US government has allocated Covid vaccines to India after the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Rev Jackson. Please elaborate.A. Yes, it was a historic meeting Jackson had with Biden at Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, which helped my motherland, India, to receive Covid vaccine jabs.Jackson has been relentlessly pursuing with the US administration and to the world at large to aid India at this unprecedented crisis. President Biden then made a commitment to connect to the White House staff with the Reverend to ensure efficiency in communication and distribution of the US donated vaccines to India.I myself had briefed the President about how Congressman Danny Davis had on May 2 kick-started the coming together of Indian American and mainstream community leaders that triggered Jackson's initiative to highlight the urgent need to help India combat the second Covid wave, by hosting press meets in Chicago, Washington DC and Atlanta.This meeting had led to the announcement by Vice President Kamala Harris and her call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Biden listened carefully and responded most expressively to all our requests and we see this as a huge positive step in India-US relations.We have a responsive President in Biden who is ready to rise to the occasion and acts swiftly to immediately resolve the situation with his admirable leadership.Q. Several observers and critics have opined that President Biden does not hold a good perception of India. How come you were able to convince him on the Indian requirement for vaccines?A. It was a very challenging experience as we had to use all our own resources and personal connections developed over the years to come up with a result-oriented strategy. The 2020 presidential elections and the Indian diaspora having their own choices along with certain sections of the community trying to continuously paint a negative image of India has made our task very difficult but it did not deter our sustained efforts to come to India's aid.There was a stiff competition from other countries also making out their cause for the US donated vaccines. It is to the credit of the US Congressman Danny Davis who inspired me to lead the crusade for getting vaccines to India at any odds and it was the inspiring leadership of Jackson who was constantly engaged in dialogue with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's office from May 7 to June 1 that resulted in the US allowing vaccines to India.The meeting we had with the Indian Ambassador in the US, Taranjit Sandhu along with India's Deputy Chief of mission Sudhakar Dalela on May 21 at Washington DC and the constant encouragement and feedback from India's Consul General in Chicago, Amit Kumar, played a vital role in this initiative.At the end of the day, it is the community activated diplomacy that succeeded against all odds and criticisms.Q. It is learned that you had mentioned to President Biden to distribute a portion of the allocated vaccine doses to the Indian states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Your comments.A. After news reports came out that Jackson had officially thanked both the US President and Vice President for their open statement that the US would allocate 80 million vaccines overseas in his press conference, Maharashtra's Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant called up Jackson to thank him for his efforts to have the Biden, Harris administration commitment to donate 80 million vaccines overseas.Samant then requested Jackson to press for an immediate release of vaccine doses to India with an allocation for Maharashtra. This was followed by a zoom meeting initiated by Tamil Nadu Finance Minister P.T.R. Thiagarajan with Jackson on the instructions of the state's Chief minister M.K. Stalin. He apprised Jackson of the Covid crisis situation in India and emphasised on the need for America's urgent assistance to India and also spoke about the TN government's shortfall of vaccines.Q. Thiagarajan has said that he had reached out to the US government for vaccines to India and allocation to Tamil Nadu through the offices of Jackson and you. Please comment on this. A. As I have said earlier, Thiagarajan was one of the three leaders from India to have the foresight to reach out to Jackson along with Samant and former Union Minister and Member of Parliament, K.J. Alphons.Thiagarajan has had his higher education in prestigious institutions in the US and was following the US media closely and seized upon the opportunity to present India's case very eloquently.He also drew a parallel to the Civil Rights movement in the US to the Dravidian Movement in South India.Jackson was emotionally moved by PTR's presentation and he immediately sent a video message to people of India, "Help is on its way. Let not your spirit be broken, Hold on, Dawn of the morning is coming. We will conquer this disease. Keep hope alive. God bless you all. Love you all."Q. Taking forward this success, will you be playing a significant role in India-US relationship?A. I will do all that I can for my motherland to further strengthen the Indo-US relations. I take it as a bounden duty to ensure that India's name is not tarnished by any section of the community by their false propaganda funneled by vested interests.You will be interested to note that the same team led by me along with Santhosh Kumar, Executive Director, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Chicago, Bharat Barai, Eminent Oncologist& Chair, US -India friendship council, Munster, Indiana worked hard to defeat an India resolution introduced in the City Council of Chicago on March 24 this year.This same Anti-India resolution funded by the Council of American Islamic Relations-CAIR , US has successfully passed anti-India resolutions in eight other cities in the USA including Seattle.The June 1 meeting with President Biden has established a firm foundation for leveraging Indo- US relations in a fresh perspective. We have just begun and there is a lot of work to be done in reference to India's Covid relief efforts.We are working towards getting different players from India to directly purchase vaccines, medications, and equipment from manufacturers here in the USA. I will personally work towards evolving a new narrative to engage Indo- US relations that will be inclusive and result-oriented.Q. Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was in the US last week for scouting vaccines. What is your view on his journey to the US for the vaccine?A. It is really good that India's External affairs minister Jaishankar visited the US and met key officials pleading India's case. However, India must now realize that the Biden-Harris administration is very people-centric, result-oriented, and minority-driven.India must explore informal channels and give legitimacy to community diplomacy with a formal approach to significantly strengthen Indo- US relations given the geopolitics in this new digital age. The official diplomatic channels are doing an excellent job and working beyond to pursue their agenda, but this is not enough to bridge the gap and combat India's critics.The need of the hour is to have Indian -American community leaders effectively engage the Biden - Harris administration with a fresh narrative of meaningful purpose driven partnerships with a focus on grass root level -people's democracy.--IANS<br>aal/sdr
Apart from this, tests are being conducted door-to-door by sending teams, as a result of which UP overcame the second wave successfully and now preparations are afoot to tackle the third wave. Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Information, Navneet Sehgal said this in an exclusive interview with IANS.Sehgal said that dedicated hospitals for children are being set up in case they get infected. Our entire team is working day and night to ensure that children do not get infected or if they get infections, immediate treatment is made available, he added. The senior IAS officer said, "Before the third wave comes, the government is all geared up to stop it. For this, dedicated hospitals for women and children are being set up in every district. Paediatric ICUs are being made available, 97,000 monitoring committees have been sent to all the villages which are doing door-to-door screening. For this, 10 lakh medical kits have also been provided. The number of beds has been increased everywhere depending on the instructions of the Chief Minister. Since March, more than 11,000 beds have been made available in the medical colleges and 18,000 in district hospitals, oxygen concentrators are also being arranged for each community health centre (CHC). At least 21,000 concentrators have been sent -- 20 each to each CHC. The state government is fully prepared to deal with any situation. We are recruiting staff, about 700 have been recruited this month only."Sehgal said, "the vaccination drive is going on at a fast pace. So far, 1,16,80,212 people have been given the first dose, and 32,66,076 were given the second dose of the vaccine. A total of 1,49,46,288 vaccines have already been administered. Vaccines have also been administered to 4,14,329 people in the age group of 18-44 years. UP has also floated a global tender for the vaccine". Sehgal said that it is due to the efforts of the UP government that house-to-house survey was conducted to trace, test and treat Covid patients. It was because of this that the Covid cases which were 38,055 on April 24 have now come down to below 10,000. More than four and a half crore RT-PCR tests were done. Three lakh tests are carried out everyday to identify the infected persons, he said. In response to a question, Sehgal said that a special drive was carried out to ensure that infections do not spread in rural areas. Members of the monitoring committees are going from village to village to identify persons with symptoms and are giving medical kits immediately. The RRT (Rapid Response Team) is also carrying out antigen tests if the symptoms persist.On the question of the number of deaths not coming down despite a fall in the infection rate, Sehgal said that it takes a week or ten days for this to happen. Deaths will also come down in the days to come, he said. When asked how the situation came to this pass and where the government failed, as compared to the first peak, Sehgal said that this time the infections are 30 to 50 times more. It came like a wildfire, more powerful this time engulfing the youths as well. People think of slight fever as a minor issue, that it will be cured soon. This is a misconception, he said. "People should not put their lives in danger by doing things like this. So, now people are being motivated to go to the hospital and get themselves examined. That is why teams have been sent in the rural areas." Sehgal said, "we are supplying 1000 tonnes of oxygen every day. The hospitals here have adequate medical gas. Initially there was a shortage, but the situation is under control now. Plants have been set up in 370 government hospitals which are producing oxygen."--IANS<br>vkt/skp/bg
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that he spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on phone and told him about the critical situation of rising Covid-19 cases in the national capital.He said, "I have spoken to Union Home Minister Amit Shah today on phone and requested for supply of Oxygen, beds and other facilities required at this critical situation."Chief Minister told the press that very few ICU beds are available in Delhi Government hospitals."We need beds and oxygen supply immediately. Delhi Govt will provide 6,000 beds in next 3 days. Many schools and sports complexes and other Government buildings will be converted into Covid care centres," Kejriwal added.Kejriwal said that he has requested the Centre to provide more ICU beds in Government-run hospitals to cope up with the increasing number of patients.On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister had said that health system has a certain limit and so has Delhi also.Delhi recorded over 24,000 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours with positivity rate rising fast. It registered over 24,000 cases on Friday and over 19,500 on Thursday, the health bulletin figures showed. --IANS pd/skp/