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NITI Aayog calls for doctors to volunteer their services amid coronavirus outbreak


The government of India has requested doctors to volunteer their services during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet put by the government through NITI Aayog, the request stated, “If you wish to contribute for this noble mission, register here.


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The Govt is requesting #doctors to volunteer their services during the #CoronavirusOubreak. If you wish to contribute for this noble mission, register here: https://bit.ly/Register_NITI @PMOIndia @narendramodi @RajivKumar1 @amitabhk87 @IasAlok @drharshvardhan

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“The Government of India requests for volunteer doctors who are fit and willing to be available for providing their services in the public health facilities and the training hospitals in the near future. We appeal to such doctors to come forward at this hour of need. You could also be a retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or a private doctor,” the government stated.

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Hydroxychloroquine advocated by govt to treat coronavirus no longer over the table drug, you need a prescription


The Central Government on Friday directed the sale of hydroxychloroquine in accordance with the conditions for sale of drugs specified in Schedule H1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1945.

Under the rule, these drugs cannot be sold unless an individual has a prescription issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner and self-medication of the drug can be dangerous.

 

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Usually, drugs under this category include antibiotics and other powerful combination drugs.

On Monday, the National Task Force constituted by the Indian Council of Medical Research that is tackling the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis of SARS-COV-2 infection for people with a high-risk of contracting the disease.

In case of suspected or confirmed cases, the dose, according to the task force, comprises 400 mg twice a day on Day 1, followed by 400 mg once week for the next seven weeks. In case of asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases, the dose is 400 mg twice a day on Day 1, followed by 400 mg once weekly for the next three weeks.

Besides India, who is the latest to use the drug, US, Jordan and France have advocated the use of hydroxychloroquine. The French study suggested that if hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial if taken with an antibiotic mechanism for fighting the infection. However, the French research involved a sample size of 24 people, which is too small a sample size given how far this pandemic has spread across the world.

But the biggest challenge is the availability of the drug. Government authorities in their circular have said that only high-risk cases need to buy the drug. With monsoons approaching, overconsumption of hydroxychloroquine – which is predominantly a drug used o treat malaria – may develop a resistance against the disease.

 

 



Chef Floyd Cardoz passes away: BMC to contact trace individuals who came in touch with Bombay Canteen chef


Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on "Top Chef," won "Top Chef Masters" and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59.

Cardoz had travelled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8. He was admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the statement said.

 
 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation told The Free Press Journal that his contacts would be traced. The tracking will be done as per the Maharashtra government’s contact tracing policy which is part of the disaster management plan to tackle coronavirus.

Seizing on the window provided by the 21-day lockdown, the BMC has gone into overdrive to counter the spread of coronavirus in the city.

As part its strategy to contain the disease on a war footing, it has drawn up a list of 2,200 persons in the city with a history of recent overseas travel, and they have been asked to strictly adhere to home-quarantine for at least 14 days.

Health officials said they are taking all the necessary precautions and urging citizens to avoid close contact and stay at home if they have such travel history.

 
 

One of Mumbai’s most talented chefs

He was a partner in Bombay Sweet Shop, O Pedro and The Bombay Canteen in India at the time of his death.

The Indian-American partnered with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to open Tabla in 1997. The Manhattan spot was praised by critics. It closed in 2010.

Cardoz's death was mourned by famous friends in both the restaurant and television industries.

"Love you so much @floydcardoz," Meyer tweeted, calling him a "beautiful human being." The two worked together for 17 years. At Tabla, they celebrated Cardoz's new Indian cuisine that melded the sensual flavors and spices of his homeland with Western techniques.

Padma Lakshmi, host of the Bravo cooking competition series "Top Chef," praised the success of Tabla and offered condolences to Cardoz's loved ones, including his wife and business partner, Barkha.

"He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch," Lakshmi tweeted.

The Twitter account for "Top Chef" offered condolences and called Cardoz an "inspiration to chefs around the world." In 2011, Cardoz competed in and won Season 3 of "Top Chef Masters." He used his $110,000 in winnings to support the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The now-independent foundation, referred to as the Young Scientist Foundation, enables high school and college students to work alongside accomplished researchers to develop new treatments for diseases, according to a spokesperson for Cardoz's company. It was a central focus of his charity work.

In addition to Tabla, Cardoz and Meyer partnered in 2012 on North End Grill, a Battery Park City staple that was a downtown Manhattan favorite until its closing in 2018. In addition to his work with Meyer, Cardoz partnered with Sameer Seth and Yash Bhanage in Hunger Inc. Hospitality starting in 2015.

Cardoz was a four-time James Beard Award nominee. He was the author of two cookbooks, "Once Spice, Two Spice" and "Flavorwalla." In 2008, he launched a line of ready to cook entrees in collaboration with the online grocer Fresh Direct.

With inputs from Sanjay Jog, Vikas Nag and Dipti Singh

 
 
 



Even as the nation goes into lockdown, Rohtak medical college students say they are being forced to attend classes


A day after Pt BD Sharma PG Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) was in the news after a doctor tweeted the lack of safety for doctors, which was debated over its genuineness, a video shared by news agency ANI added to the woes the doctors are going through over there.

In the video, students are seen attending lectures, claiming that despite the lockdown they have been forced to attend class. “College authorities are not agreeing to grant us leave; we are being exposed to a lot of infection,” says one of the students.


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Incidentally, of the students seen in the video, only two can be seen wearing what appears to be N-95 masks – the recommended masks to wear at the time of the coronavirus pandemic. The rest appear to be wearing flimsy surgical masks.

Also, the people in the first bench speaking to the camera have not engaged in social distancing, which is one of the guidelines that is required to manage the spread of this pandemic.

On Tuesday, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi put out a tweet quoting a doctor from Rohtak Haryana, who had alleged that the hospital did not have proper facilities available for medical staff treating people with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. “I am feeling sad, because this was completely avoidable. We had time to prepare. We should have taken this treat much more seriously, and have been much better prepared,” Gandhi quoted the tweet, which was shared by Dr Kamna Kakkar.

However, since Rahul Gandhi’s tweet went out, several individuals offered to help, but did not receive any response from Dr Kakkar. It was then revealed that the Twitter handle was created a day before, angering people on Twitter.

Alt News founder Pratik Sinha, who was one of the people who retweeted Dr Kakkar’s tweet, admitted to his mistake and later issued a clarification that it was not Dr Kakkar, but her brother who had created the handle.

“I spoke with the sister (Dr Kakkar) and she said that the tweet was sent out without her knowledge, but the issue is genuine,” he tweeted.




Time to rise above partisan interests to fight coronavirus: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Narendra Modi


Acting Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the coronavirus issue.

Telling him that it was a time to look beyond petty politics, it was time for all leaders across the country to stand together to tackle this issue that has resulted in India facing a 21-day lockdown.


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Congress President & CPP Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi writes a letter to PM Modi with suggestions that the govt should immediately undertake in this lockdown period.

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While speaking of the concern regarding medical staff, Sonia Gandhi said that with the Rs 15,000 crore budget allocated by the central government, it was time for the staff members to be equipped with hazardous suits and N-95 masks.

 

She even addressed the issue of farmers in the letter, saying that despite the lockdown, it was the best time to harvest and procure crops and sell them at MSP.

She also requested the prime minister to speak to banks to defer all EMIs for a six-month period so that the salaried class does not suffer.

 
 

Sonia's letter comes at a time when her son Rahul has been critical of the way the centre has tackled the coronavirus. On Saturday, he tweeted, "Coronavirus is a strong blow on our fragile economy" Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

He sited the problems faced by small and medium businessmen and by daily wage workers.

 
 

"Clapping will not help them," Gandhi wrote, taking a jibe at the Prime Minister.

The need of the hour,Gandhi said, was for cash aid, tax breaks and a halt on loan repayment. He advocated for a a "major economic package" and urged the government to take quick steps.

 
 
 



Coronavirus shaming? Karnataka government publishes list revealing addresses of quarantined


The Karnataka government has released a list revealing the addresses of all those who have quarantined themselves, The News Minute reported.

The list, which is segregated district-wise, reveals the addresses of 20,000 people who have been quarantined. Naturally, it was downloaded and circulated on social media.

While the government has said the move is intentional, residents have started panicking after seeing the list, fearing that they will contract the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Karnataka government isn’t the first one to conduct this exercise. The Gujarat government has decided to reveal the names of the persons who have tested positive for coronavirus in the state so far, so that those who came in their contact can get themselves tested, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Sunday.

However, the Maharashtra government has been more strict about revealing names, and authorities in Pune even warned penal action against those who reveal the identity of patients testing positive for coronavirus

 
 
 



Now, Tamil Nadu doctors allege lack of masks, protective gear while treating patients amid coronavirus outbreak


Several doctors and medical staff in Tamil Nadu, who are closely working with patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, have alleged the lack of protective gear such as proper N-95 masks, The News Minute reported.

According to that report, which is further strengthened by a photograph, there is a notice board that has the message, “Everyone should wear their own face mask due to non-availability at government supply.”

Despite these messages, Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijaybhaskar has said that there is false information circulating on social media about the lack of masks and protective gear.


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#UPDATE: there’s a false information on social media that few govt hospitals are running short of masks, gloves,PPE etc. #TNHealth has more than sufficient stock in hand that can comfortably run for the coming days. Strict action will be taken for spreading rumours. #CVB

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Notably, the Tamil Nadu doctors are the second in the country who have addressed the lack of protective gear. The brother of a Haryana-based doctor created a Twitter profile in her name, and alleged that the Rohtak Hospital did not have sufficient protective gear while working with COVID-19 patients. While the Twitter profile was deleted a day later, there were two reports about the doctor actually clarifying her stance. In the first case, she admitted to Alt News founder Pratik Sinha that there werent’ sufficient masks, but a screenshot of a tweet later did the rounds, where she apologized for her behavior, adding that the facilities at the hospital were sufficient for the staff.

Earlier, On Tuesday, while announcing the 21-day lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 15,000 crore budget for the healthcare sector.




Want to be tested for coronavirus at home in Mumbai? Call BMC at 022- 47085085. Details inside


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued directives to make life easy for those in the city.

Taking to Twitter, the BMC asked those who have pneumonia-like symptoms to get in touch with the BMC on 022-47085085 from 10 am to 7 pm.


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“Speak with our Doctors to get right advise, from home! We will connect you with approved labs to collect samples from home!” the BMC tweeted.

The BMC’s tweet comes hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.


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On Tuesday evening, PM Modi urged people not to step out of their homes during these trying times.

It is like a curfew, tougher than the Janata Curfew," the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation.

He urged Indians to forget what stepping out feels like; otherwise, the entire country will go back 21 years, he warned. "There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Modi said and announced an emergency financial package of Rs 15,000 crore for healthcare.

The announcement comes close on the heels of more than 500 country-wide coronavirus cases and ten deaths. Giving the rationale for the lockdown, he pointed out how most capable nations like the United States had become helpless despite having the best health services.




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Ghar-bandi for 21 days; nationwide lockdown from midnight until April 14 to break chain of coronavirus


Mumbai: Amidst increasing threat of local and community transmission of coronavirus spread, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown from midnight for the next 21 days. "

From midnight, there will be a total lockdown in the entire country. It is like a curfew, tougher than the Janata Curfew," the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation.

He urged Indians to forget what stepping out feels like; otherwise, the entire country will go back 21 years, he warned. "There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Modi said and announced an emergency financial package of Rs 15,000 crore for healthcare.

The announcement comes close on the heels of more than 500 country-wide coronavirus cases and ten deaths. Giving the rationale for the lockdown, he pointed out how most capable nations like the United States had become helpless despite having the best health services.

Their two months of experience showed that the only solution to the pandemic is social distancing, which alone can break the cycle of this dreaded disease.

He warned that a little carelessness on the part of the people would put the entire country and their own families into a catastrophic situation for which India will have to pay a very heavy price.

At the same time, Modi tried to dispel fears and tweeted ‘‘No need to panic, essential items, medicines to be available.’’ But he did not elaborate except saying that the Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.

‘‘Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India," he noted. Modi said India was at a critical stage where even a single misstep could lead to the deadly virus spreading like wildfire.

"Some think social distancing is only for patients. That's not correct. Social distancing is the only way to fight the virus. It is for every citizen, every family, every member, even for the Prime Minister," he noted.

To substantiate his argument, Modi displayed a poster with a sketch which said: ‘Corona means 'Koi Road Par Na Nikle’ (No one should come out on roads)".

"I am confident that every citizen in this time of crisis will follow the directions of the government and local administration. 21 days of lockdown is a long time but this is important for your safety and the safety of your family," said Modi.

"Experts also say that if a person is infected today, it takes many days for them to display symptoms, they unknowingly infect all who come in contact with them in this period. A single infected person can infect hundreds in weeks, it spreads like fire," the PM noted. However, Modi warned people against rumours.

"Friends, you should be cautious as knowingly or annoyingly many times rumours are also spread. I appeal to you not to believe in such rumours and superstitions as it is necessary that the suggestions and directions given by the central government, the state government and the medical fraternity are followed," he said.

Modi hailed the private sector and asked it to work shoulder to shoulder and stand with the people of this country in this time of crisis and pandemic.

Private hospitals and private labs are coming forward to work with the government in these challenging times, he added. "A number of people are coming forward to help them.

We are making efforts to not only give priority to what is required for daily life but also what is required for protecting everyone's life. The government has taken decisions on the advice and suggestions of the WHO, the medical and scientific institutes and health experts," said PM Modi.





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