New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Noting that the world has been witnessing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul on Tuesday appealed to Indians to join hands to avoid its spread in India, warning that a "majority of cases will be reported if the next wave comes".Citing data which mentions 3,90,000 Covid cases in the third wave across the world so far, Paul said it can only be prevented if people follow appropriate protocols in a coordinated way.To avoid the third wave in India, Paul, while addressing a press briefing here, also asked the countrymen to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice given during his meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states where majority of tourists are being seen violating Covid-19 norms."The world is witnessing a third wave (of Covid-19). We have to join hands to ensure that the third wave doesn't hit India. The Prime Minister today clearly said that we should focus on keeping the third wave at bay, instead of discussing when it would come in India," Paul said.He said the Prime Minister clearly mentioned that third wave or next wave will not come itself, it depends on us as to how we prevent it in spreading again in the country.Carefulness, not lowering the guard and Covid-appropriate behaviour was emphasised by the Prime Minister when he held a meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states earlier in the day, said Paul, suggesting that Indians follow these key points to avoid the third wave of the deadly virus.Paul also emphasised on six-feet distance, wearing masks and vaccination as three major Covid protocols to avoid the spread of the next wave.He further advised the states and other authorities across the country for marking containment zones and tracking of Covid-19 cases to contain the spread of the pandemic as prescribed by the Prime Minister.He also said that vaccine production is rising gradually in the country, adding it is a planned affair and with this increment, vaccines are being made available.--IANSrak/kr
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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New Delhi/Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Rural India administered 63.68 per cent of the total vaccinations carried out on Monday (June 21), the first day when the revised vaccination guidelines came into force.Out of the total vaccine doses administered on the day, 56.09 lakh vaccines were given from rural vaccination centres, while the urban areas recorded vaccination of 31.9 lakh people.V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, in a statement released on Wednesday, informed that particular emphasis has been given on rural coverage of vaccination. "The rural coverage is intense and in a good proportion. The vaccination numbers from Monday (June 21, 2021) were almost in proportion to the rural-urban population division in the country. It proves that it is possible to take the vaccination drive to the rural and remote areas."Paul further informed that 71 per cent of the vaccination centres are in rural areas. He also said no glitches were seen in the CoWIN platform while administering such a huge number of vaccine doses (88.09 lakh) on Monday."A total of 92 per cent vaccine doses were administered from government centres on June 21, 2021," he said.Paul noted that 46 per cent of those who received vaccine were women, while around 53 per cent were men. "We need to rectify this gender-imbalance in all places where it exists. We need to bring more women forward for getting vaccinated."--IANS miz/skp/
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said on Tuesday that the decision to reopen schools has to be taken very cautiously.Addressing the Union Health Ministry's media briefing on Covid, Paul said, "The decision (to reopen schools) has to be taken cautiously. We should take risks only when we are protected. Schools are places of large gatherings, which give the virus the opportunity to infect. "So we should take that risk only when we are better protected, when the virus is suppressed and we are able to sit at a distance. It is not easy to take this decision to reopen schools when an unpredictable situation is prevailing in the society."He said that the virus is suppressed at present due to the discipline and restrictions that are prevalent in many states. If we ease all restrictions and open schools, the virus will get the opportunity to infect people, Paul said.Explaining the reasons behind the emergence of new waves of the pandemic and how they can be controlled, Paul said, "There are countries where even the second wave has not occurred. If we do what is required and do not indulge in irresponsible behaviour, then an outbreak should not occur. This is a simple epidemiological principle."Talking about the new waves, Paul explained that there are four elements which lead to the formation of a new wave -- behaviour of the virus, susceptible host, transmissibility and opportunity."Out of the above four, two elements -- susceptibility and opportunities for infection -- are totally under our control, whereas the other two -- behaviour of the virus and transmissibility -- cannot be predicted or controlled. So, if we are protected and ensure that we are not susceptible, the virus will not be able to survive," he said."We can control the susceptibility by wearing a mask or by getting vaccinated. Hence, if we decrease the opportunities for the virus by following all the Covid appropriate behaviours and decrease susceptibility to the infection, a third wave will not occur," Paul added.He also called for collective efforts of the citizens as well as the system in order to prevent another wave."Some of these require individual efforts, while some others such as isolation of clusters, contact tracing, ensuring testing capacity and building awareness require the system to act," he said.--IANSssb/arm
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) NITI Aayog member Dr V. K. Paul on Tuesday said thwarting the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic is in the hands of the people as "it can be stopped if Covid appropriate behaviour is followed, and majority of the people get vaccinated".Paul's remarks came a day after a record 85 lakh Covid vaccination doses were administered across the country till Monday midnight with the beginning of the implementation of the revised Covid-19 vaccination policy, in which the Centre is procuring 75 per cent of domestically available vaccines for free jabs to the 18-plus population.He said the day one vaccination figures demonstrate India's ability to carry out vaccination on a large-scale for days and weeks together."All this was possible because of planning and coordination between the Central and state governments and taking up the task work in a mission mode," Paul said.Explaining about the expected third Covid wave, Paul said, "Whether or not a third wave occurs is in our hands.""Why will there be a third wave if we follow Covid appropriate behaviour and get ourselves vaccinated? There are many countries where even the second wave has not arrived. If we follow Covid appropriate behaviour, this period will pass," a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) statement mentioned quoting Paul.Paul reminded that a "third wave can be stopped if Covid appropriate behaviour is followed, and the majority of people get vaccinated".The NITI Aayog Member underscored the importance of fast vaccination in order to enable India to open its economy and resume normal work and emphasised on fast vaccination as a key to go back to normal."We need to do our daily work, maintain our social life, open schools, businesses, take care of our economy; we will be able to do all this only when we are able to vaccinate at a fast pace," Paul said."Vaccines are saving lives, now is the best time to take the vaccine"The NITI Aayog Member also dismissed the rumours against Covid-19 vaccines, saying "it is a big mistake to think that our vaccines are unsafe"."All vaccines of the world have been approved under Emergency Use Authorization, just like our vaccines. People from various sections of society have taken these. The second wave has now receded and it is the best time to take the Covid-19 vaccine."Paul pointed out 'how our decision to vaccinate our health workers on priority has protected them during the second wave'."Very few health care workers got infected, otherwise, our hospitals themselves would have collapsed during the second wave, so please be assured that people are being saved from infection due to the vaccine."--IANS rak/dpb
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) In the context of public discourse regarding detection of new variants, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul has reminded that the newly detected 'Delta Plus' variant is not yet classified as a Variant of Concern (VOC).The variant was observed in Europe in March and has been notified and brought into public domain on June 13 this month.As 'Delta Plus' is not yet classified as a VOC, Paul said, the way forward is to watch the potential presence of 'Delta Plus' in the country and take the appropriate public health response."The present status is that yes, a new variant has been found. This is as of now a Variant of Interest (VoI), not as yet classified a VoC," Paul clarified it in a Covid-19 media briefing.The VOC is one in which we have understood that there are adverse consequences to humanity, which could be due to increased transmissibility or virulence, said Paul, adding "We do not know at this moment about the Delta Plus variant."Paul stressed on the need to watch the effect the variant in a scientific manner as it has been found outside our country."We need to monitor it through The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) in order to assess and detect its potential presence and growth in our country. This is the way forward in relation to the virus," said Paul.He also mentioned that this will be an important area of future work for our comprehensive system of almost 28 laboratories and that the system will constantly watch this and study its significance."This is something which science should and will watch and understand."The NITI Aayog Member said that this variant is a reminder to us about the importance of infection control and containment measures and behaviour."Remember that there is no way that we can shoot these variants away, to use any precision weapon to ensure that they don't appear in future. What we need to do is to monitor, understand their behaviour and mount an appropriate response, being conscious of their effects on us. The appropriate response includes the same principles, namely containment measures and Covid appropriate behaviour."He spoke of the importance of addressing the root cause and breaking the chain of transmission. "One of the important tools to tackle any new variant is by following COVID Appropriate Behaviour.The root cause is the chain of transmission, Paul said, adding "so, if we are able to address the root cause and break the chains of transmission, we will be able to contain the spread, whichever the variant may be."Explaining the origin of 'Delta Plus' variant, Paul said: "During the second wave, Delta variant - B.1.617.2 exhibited its effect, and its higher transmissibility played a major role in making the wave intense."Along the same line, he said, an additional mutation has been detected, which has also been submitted to the Global Data System. "This has been referred to as the 'Delta Plus' or 'AY.1' variant."--IANSrak/in