Health

Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist,World Health Organization

Variant accelerating India's Covid-19 explosion: WHO top scientist

Indian News       May 09, 2021

  A Covid-19 variant spreading in India is more contagious and may be dodging vaccine protections, contributing to the country's explosive outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said Saturday. In an interview with AFP, Soumya Swaminathan warned that "the epidemiological features that we see in...

Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all

International News       May 09, 2021

  N'DJAMENA (CHAD): At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad's capital, there are no debates over which coronavirus vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. Not even for the doctors and nurses like her, who care for COVID-19...

FPIs withdraw Rs 5,936 cr from equities in May amid worries over Covid wave

Indian News       May 09, 2021

  New Delhi: Foreign investors have pulled out Rs 5,936 crore from the Indian equities in the first week of May amid worries over the intense second wave of coronavirus infection and its fallout on the economy. Foreign investors had pulled out Rs 9,659 crore in...

India logs over 4 lakh COVID-19 cases for 4th day in a row

Indian News       May 09, 2021

    New Delhi: With 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, India continued to report more than four lakh daily coronavirus infections for the fourth day on the trot. With this, the cumulative national tally of the infection went up to 2,22,96,414, the union health...

Immediate global ivermectin use can end pandemic: Scientists

      May 09, 2021

Washington: A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end Covid-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly. The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors...

Positive COVID-19 test report not mandatory for admission in hospitals: Govt

Indian News       May 08, 2021

  New Delhi: In a significant directive to the states and Union Territories, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said requirement of a positive COVID-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of COVID patients...

Rail union demands compensation on a par with frontline workers in case of death on duty during Covid

Indian News       May 08, 2021

  NEW DELHI: Demanding compensation on a par with frontline workers, the largest union of the Railways said that railwaymen losing their lives while working during the coronavirus crisis deserved Rs 50 lakh as compensation. In a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, general secretary of...

SC constitutes 12-member National Task Force to facilitate public health response to pandemic

Indian News       May 08, 2021

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has constituted a 12-member National Task Force to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah said that the rationale for constituting a...

US employers brace for Covid’s Mental Health fallout as workers  return

Articles       May 08, 2021

  Arianne Cohen From casual Fridays to after-work drinks, those weekly rituals once taken for granted are returning as Americans head back to the office. And while masks, plexiglass and empty conference rooms will alter the cubescape, employers are nevertheless invested in getting things back to...

Mucormycosis fungal infections up among COVID-19 survivors

Facts       May 08, 2021

  Ahmedabad/Mumbai Cases of mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 survivors, causing blindness or other serious issues, health officials in Maharashtra and Gujarat said on Saturday. Mathur Savani, chairman of Surat-based Kiran Super Multi-speciality Hospital, said mucormycosis patients are...