National Medical Commission to bring Transparency: PM Narendra Modi

We are not new to the fact that the government is trying to bring major reforms in medical education and the healthcare sector in the country. As a part of this initiative, the National Medical Commission would bring transparency to the public, told Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NMC Bill in 2019 was passed in both the houses of parliament and came into force last year. This bill will increase the availability and quality of human resources in this sector and also aims at making medical education affordable. In 2014,…

The COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Between the US and India

According to the vaccine alliance, GAVI, the US vaccine maker Novavax and the Serum Institute of India have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to the WHO backed Covax facility. The Serum Institute of India and Novavax already have an agreement for vaccine supply that includes a commitment to provide a total of 1.1 billion doses of Novavax’s candidate NVXCoV2373 to the Covax facility, this existing agreement is to be included in the memorandum of understanding. The Novavax vaccine is said to have shown 90%…

Coronil Certified by the WHO as Effective Against COVID-19?

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s claim that Coronil is effective in boosting immunity and controlling COVID-19 faced a strong objection from the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Baba Ramdev, co-founder of Patanjali, released a scientific research paper in the presence of union ministers Harshvardhan and Nitin Gadkari at an event that was organised by Patanjali. The paper stated that Patanjali manufactured Coronil is the “first evidence-based Ayurvedic medicine” against coronavirus. It also stated that Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation…

COVID-19 and its Effect on the Ayurveda Economy

Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine; its main idea is balance of bodily systems. It uses diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. Ever since the pandemic began, people have started to turn back to Ayurveda to help them fight the virus and to increase their overall immunity in general. Union Health Minister Harshvardhan’s statement that the Ayurveda economy has witnessed up to 90% growth after the pandemic, supports the fact. With Ayurveda gaining global acceptance, the sector has witnessed a significant increase in export and as well as…

Vaccine and the New Covid-19 strains

Vaccination drive has been going on in the country with full force but with the emergence of the new coronavirus strains in certain states have left people thinking over the efficacy of these vaccines. Dr. M.C. Misra, former AIIMS director, New Delhi, talks about the vaccines and the new strains The information till now about the efficacy and the immunogenicity of the Covishield suggests that about 60% to 70% immunity is developed after the dose only. This why according to the WHO’s directions a gap of 8 to 12 weeks…

COVID-19 and Low Turnout for the Second Round of Vaccination

The vaccination of healthcare workers started on January 16 and front-line workers from the first week of February. The second dose of the vaccine is administered 28 days after the first dose. Over 1,800 healthcare workers got their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There were six adverse events following the immunisation, said a Delhi government spokesperson. However, officials report that the turnout for the second dose was low due the beneficiaries not being notified. Of the total beneficiaries, 3,530 healthcare workers received the first dose and 1,856…

The World Will Come Back to Normal in 7.4 Years with the Current Vaccine Rate – COVID-19 vaccine update

Ever since the pandemic has started, the one question that’s on everyone’s mind is, when will this get over? The answer to this question now lies in the speed of vaccination. U.S. science officials such as Anthony Fauci have suggested it will take 70% to 85% coverage of the population for things to return to normal.It will take the world as a whole 7.4 years at the current pace to return to normal.  Bloomberg has come up with a vaccine tracker. The calculator provides a snapshot in time, designed to…

Union Budget 2021-22 And Healthcare

The health and well-being have found sharp focus and central positioning in the union budget 2021-22 presented in the parliament, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the Indian healthcare infrastructure is in dire need of upliftment. Noting WHO’s repeated stress on importance of clean water, sanitation and a clean environment for the better health of the people, the budget has made significant allocation of Rs.2,23,846 to these sectors, a steep increase of 137 percent in the budget outlay for health and well-being from the previous year. In order to…

Gallbladder Cancer: its symptoms, treatment and more

Gallbladder is a small pouch just below the liver and is also attached to it. Its main function is to store the bile produced by the liver and help in digestion. Bile is a fluid that is made and released by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The concentration of the bile in the gallbladder results in the development of stones in it and in certain cases they become the reason for the cancer to occur. “The rate of gallbladder cancer is the highest in northern India lending India…

Sero Survey Conducted in Delhi, More than 50% had Antibodies Against COVID-19 : Officials

A serological survey is meant to check prevalence of a disease in a population, by detecting the presence of specific antibodies against the virus. The serological test is performed to diagnose infections and autoimmune illnesses. It can also be conducted to check if a person has developed immunity to certain diseases. More than 50% of those surveyed have developed antibodies against Covid-19, suggests the fifth round of serological surveillance conducted in Delhi. This is the highest seroprevalence found during the surveys since the outbreak of the pandemic and according to…