Center admits spread of COVID in rural areas, publishes standard operating procedures
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; The entry of COVID is now also seen in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas, the health ministry admitted on Sunday, weeks after a growing number of cases were reported in rural Uttar Pradesh, of Bihar and Gujarat, among other states. .
- The ministry in its document “SOP on the containment and management of COVID-19 in peri-urban, rural and tribal areas” said that it was necessary to train communities, strengthen the infrastructure of primary health care to all levels to scale up the response to COVID-19 in these new areas, while continuing to provide other essential health services.
- Further it states with the increased spread of COVID-19 cases, it is important to ensure these areas are equipped and oriented to deal with COVID-19 cases.
- In each village, health workers must periodically carry out active surveillance for influenza-like illnesses / severe acute respiratory infections (SG / SARI), the ministry said in its latest PDF.
- The ministry said that depending on the intensity of the increase and the number of cases, where possible, contact tracing should be carried out in accordance with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) guidelines for the contact tracing of COVID-19 cases in the community.
- Amid reports of various The bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims were found abandoned and floating in the Ganges.
- Ministry also requested that staff be trained to perform rapid antigen testing (RAT) and that arrangements for RAT kits be made in all public health facilities, including secondary centers (SCs) / health centers and Welfare (HWC) and Primary Health Care. Centers (APS).
- These patients should also be advised to self-isolate until test results are available.
- People who are asymptomatic but with a history of high-risk exposure to COVID patients (exposure of more than 15 minutes without a mask at a distance of 6 feet) should be warned of the quarantine and examined according to the ICMR protocol, specifies the ministry.
- The document further notes that upon discharge, patients should be counseled for post-COVID home management and brochures regarding danger signs (e.g. dyspnea, chest pain, recurrence of fever, low blood saturation. oxygen, etc.), precautions and various breathing exercises.
- Patients with other comorbidities should also undergo follow-up and primary assessment for other comorbidities (eg blood pressure measurement, blood glucose) and any modification treatment should be arranged, if necessary, Must be decided by a doctor at the health Care center.
- Ministry has advocated the use of telemedicine services to provide follow-up care after COVID.
The second batch of Sputnik V is coming
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; India received the second shipment of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine that recently joined the country’s arsenal against COVID-19 on Sunday.
- Dr Reddy, marketing partner of Sputnik V in India, tweeted that, Today’s shipment to Hyderabad contains 60,000 doses of the #SputnikV second dose component of the vaccine. Samples from the shipment will be sent for delivery to the Central Medicines Laboratory.
- The first shipment of 1.5 lakh which arrived in Hyderabad on May 1 was cleared for use on May 13 by the Central Medicines Laboratory in Kasauli. Samples taken from all shipments would be sent to the central facility in Kasauli.
- Himachal Pradesh and the vaccine would be used for customs clearance.
- CEO-API and Dr Reddy’s Services, Deepak Sapra, said this at a press conference on May 14, following the smooth launch of the vaccine by the company.as part of a limited pilot project first dose was given in Hyderabad.
- Maximum retail price of the vaccine is ₹ 995, including 5% GST The company said this was the rate at which it would provide the vaccine to government and the private sector.
DRDO has developed a drug that will be distributed in Delhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; Tomorrow, a coronavirus drug developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will be launched, and Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will distribute around 10,000 doses to some hospitals in Delhi.
- The drug, called 2-deoxy-D-glucose or 2-DG, was developed by a DRDO laboratory in collaboration with Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical giant Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.
- The Comptroller General of Drugs of India (DCGI), the country’s main drug regulator, approved the drug for emergency use.
- The drug had shown promising results in its phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials. It was also found to be effective in shortening patients’ hospital stays and reducing dependence on supplemental oxygen.
Appointments already booked for the second dose of Covishielf will remain valid
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; On Sunday, the Union Health Department clarified that online appointments already booked for the second dose of the Covishield vaccine would remain valid and would not be canceled on the Co-WIN platform.
- However, the necessary changes have now been made to the Co-WIN digital portal, so it will not be possible to make further appointments online or on site if the period after the date of the first dose for a beneficiary is less than 84 days. .
- On May 13, the Center extended the gap between the first and second doses of the Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks based on the recommendations of the COVID task force chaired by N.K. Arora.
- “The whole world is a unit,” says the government while justifying the export of vaccines.
- The “whole world is one” during a pandemic. This is how the government justified its decision to export vaccines to the Supreme Court amid a second rising wave of Covid-19.
- A page on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows that between January and April 2021, India exported 663,698 lakh “Covid-19 vaccine supplies made in India” to more than 90 countries and health workers and peacekeepers from The United Nations.
- “Once an epidemic takes (the) form of a pandemic, it must be managed by keeping the whole world as (one) unit,” reported a March 11 Health Department affidavit.
- The document sheds additional light on the much-criticized decision to export COVID-19 vaccines.
- In fact, according to the affidavit, the government considered that it was not possible to take a country- or state-specific approach.
- The government has viewed the export of vaccines as part of a “global immunization effort.” The Center considered that it was necessary to protect the high-risk population in other countries to “break the chain of transmission” and “minimize the risk of importing COVID-19 cases to India.”
- It said the export was “limited” and gave “top priority to domestic needs.”
- But that is not all. The government, in the affidavit, gives another “dimension” to why it exported vaccines and opted for vaccination in phases.
- It added both were made to avoid the disproportion between COVID-19 vaccine production and the country’s “available” health infrastructure and workforce. Simultaneous vaccination without a priority ranking would have resulted in “confusion,” the Center told the Supreme Court.
- The affidavit highlights the need for “adequate manpower” and “sufficient infrastructure” to “cope with” the vaccination campaign. The document states that the available healthcare infrastructure and workforce may not match.
Rahul Gandhi Tweets ‘Offensive’ Poster, Challenges Delhi Police To ‘Arrest Me Too’
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; Defying the arrest of 24 people by Delhi police for posters that have appeared throughout the city questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to administer vaccines to neighboring countries, former Congress Speaker Rahul Gandhi said he posted the “ offensive ” poster on his Twitter account: challenging the police to arrest.
- All the posters ask the question uniformly: “Modiji smoke bachon ka vaccine videsh kyon bhej diya?” (Why did they send vaccines for our children abroad?). Mr. Gandhi said, “Arrest me too.”
- Almost six million rupees of vaccines have been shipped to various countries. So far, just over four million people have received the two doses in India and 14 million people have received a single dose, according to the latest figures from the centralized vaccination website CoWin.
- The people were arrested under a rarely used “Property Degradation Prevention Act” and most of them were released on bail. Celebrate that India is a free country.
Advocacy to SC to use the PM-Cares fund for vaccines and oxygen factories
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; A petition has been filed with the Supreme Court for instructions to use the PM-CARES fund for the immediate purchase of vaccines and the establishment of oxygen plants, generators and their installation in 738 district hospitals in across the country.
- The petition, filed by advocate Viplav Sharma, said the government must loosen the strings of PM-CARES and use the money to help ordinary people access urgent medical care and oxygen.
- It also called for the suspension of an April 24 notification that the Center was granting relief from “import duties for medical equipment related to oxygen production” because of its acute and growing demand.
- Petition says the exemption was unfairly limited to just three months. People may need this equipment for more than this time.
- The statement called on the court to issue instructions to states and union territories to ensure that private and charitable hospitals have in fact purchased, installed and commissioned essential medical equipment or factory support for the patient. medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients.
- Further petition added that states and UTs should ensure the installation of electric and other crematoria in cities and improve existing crematoria. He also called for the preparation of a “national plan” in consultation with chief secretaries and states.
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India is 2, 48, 89,196 at the time of publication of this bulletin with the death toll at 2, 73,442.