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World Heart Day: Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy During The Pandemic

According to WHO, more people die from heart attacks and brain strokes annually than any other cause.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more people die from heart attacks and brain strokes every year than any other cause, with the majority of the affected population recorded in low and middle-income countries.

People with pre-existing habitual risk factors like smoking, eating an unhealthy diet or leading stressful life are particularly vulnerable. This risk can be further exacerbated if they have pre-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and high blood cholesterol.

Only by controlling and making small changes to our lives, can reduce the risk of developing a cardiac ailment or heart disease.


This year has been unprecedented due to the pandemic. COVID-19 posed a particular risk to patients with underlying issues such as heart disease, which is already the leading cause of death on the planet.

Due to the pandemic, there was also a worrying trend of patients avoiding hospitals and doctors in the fear of getting COVID.

But what one should remember is, the risk of heart attacks and heart stroke far outweigh the risks of contracting COVID-19.


Also, our heart attack related emergency admissions dropped by over 50 %. As a result, patients ending up with severe health issues.

This trend has been seen in many countries across the world as patients avoided hospitals due to fear of contracting coronavirus.

We can stop this trend by following these simple steps to keep our loved ones safe:

(1) Raising awareness that heart patients are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19
(2) Reassuring that your local hospital has taken adequate measures to make it safe from contracting the virus
(3) If you have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, don’t let COVID-19 stop you attending your regular check-ups. And never avoid calling the emergency services if you need to – it’s safe and medical professionals are there for you
(4) Wherever a face-to-face appointment with your cardiologist is not possible then at least get a video consultation. Video consultation will aid in assessing if you need to visit a hospital or home care alone is sufficient.
(5) Look after your hearts and help to prevent CVD by eating a healthy diet, saying no to tobacco, sticking to safe alcohol guidelines, getting plenty of exercises – setting an example for our children and loved ones.

Dr. Sudheer Koganti

Dr Sudheer Koganti is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Citizens Specialty Hospital, Hyderabad. He graduated from the prestigious AFMC, Pune, and pursued higher medical and super speciality training across various reputed institutes in the UK.

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COVID-19: Clinical Trial Of Ayurvedic Remedy Shows Encouraging Results

Over 85% of patients on the natural protocol tested negative for coronavirus on day 5.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): A groundbreaking interim report on a clinical trial being conducted in three hospitals has shown that Covid-19 patients on natural treatment are resolving most symptoms earlier than those on conventional medicines. The interim report on a combination treatment of an Ayurvedic remedy called ‘Immunofree’ by Corival Life Sciences, and Nutraceutical called ‘Reginmune’ by Biogetica have shown exceptional results as against the present government SOP of conventional medicines for coronavirus treatment.

When compared with conventional treatments for COVID-19, Ayurvedic treatment has shown quicker improvement too. 86.66 per cent of patients undergoing a natural treatment tested negative by the fifth day vs 60 per cent patients on conventional treatment.

On the 10th day, all patients tested negative for the virus after Ayurvedic treatment.

Furthermore, numerous tests such as C reactive protein, Procalcitonin, D Dimer and RT-PCR for novel coronavirus are also showing 20 to 60 per cent better improvement for the natural treatment, when compared to conventional treatment.


Numerous subjective endpoints such as body pain and fatigue are also leaning towards natural treatment. Both Clinician’s Global Assessment of Symptoms and Subject’s Global Assessment of Symptoms clearly showed improvements on both arms showing more significant data in the test group.

The three hospitals where Ayurvedic clinical trials are taking place in India are Government Medical Hospital, Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh; Parul Sevashram Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, and Lokmanya Hospital Pune, Maharashtra.

The conventional treatment in use depends on the severity of the patient and includes HCQ, Azithromycin, Favipiravir and Cetirizine. This trial also has broader inclusion criteria than others conducted on natural medicine as it includes patients up to 70 years old, with low oxygen saturation and co-morbidities.


It is significant to note that none of the patients on the natural treatment progressed past moderate, needed ventilators or had any adverse events. These precedent-setting results have led to accelerated enrolment into this trial and statistically significant results should be ready by month-end.

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COVID-19: IIT Kharagpur Develops Telemedicine Tech For Corona Homecare

The system is accessible by any standard internet browser and also from a mobile device.

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KHARAGPUR (West Bengal): Amid the world, and India, struggling with the mayhem caused by COVID-19 pandemic. researchers at IIT Kharagpur’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering have developed a telemedicine system, iMediX.

The system integrates homecare with healthcare services from the hospital. Considering the emergent needs due to the pandemic, the system facilitates critical health care support to the patients at their doorsteps through remote consultation by a physician.

The system is accessible by any standard internet browser and also from a mobile device.

In this system, a patient signs up to get an account by providing his/her Email ID or Mobile number. Then the patient can make a request for consultation by choosing a Department of the hospital, entering the chief complaints and uploading necessary scanned medical records. The hospital administration processes the request and assigns a doctor. The doctor after logging in sets an appointment date and time for the patient and the system communicates the information to the patient by Email and SMS. On the day of the visit, the doctor consults the patient using video conferencing and advises the patient by writing a prescription, which is sent by Email to the patient. The patient can also download the prescription from his or her account.


Prof. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, the lead researcher in this field remarked, “As the number of cases of home isolation and home quarantine is increasing, the system will cater to the needs of the present situation. It would be useful also to follow up and treat aged patients.”

iMedX is being adopted for public use right at its home, IIT Kharagpur on-campus healthcare system.

Director, Prof. V K Tewari stated, “In April we had announced eight R&D projects for providing COVID healthcare services. This telemedicine project is the key among them, especially, keeping in mind its effectiveness in our own community. When our campus will start operating in full strength close to 30000 people including students would be in need of healthcare services and this technology will reduce over-exposure of the healthcare staff while efficiently catering to the population. While we are promoting physical distancing, it seems only appropriate to introduce this digital platform to meet the healthcare needs of the campus community effectively. We are creating user accounts for our medical cardholders who can avail the consultation facility home through video conferencing”.

The software was launched on October 2, 2020, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and will be integrated at the Dr B. C. Roy Technology Hospital of the Institute which provides emergency healthcare services for the campus residents and employees, confirmed the office of Principal Medical Officer Dr Samir Dasgupta.


Deputy Director, Prof. S K Bhattacharyya remarked, “Since we have a large number of OPD patients, it will be extremely beneficial to them as the movement to the hospital is extremely difficult for them. Also, for our students, the waiting time at the hospital will get reduced as this will be very helpful to them.”

A base model was installed at Swasthya Bhawan, Govt. of West Bengal on trial basis. Field trials are also underway for the base model at Bangladesh.

Director Tewari further shared his plan to expand the use of this technology to the people outside the campus through the upcoming super-speciality hospital of IIT Kharagpur.

The researchers are already in touch with healthcare MSMEs for commercialization of the copyrighted version of the technology.

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Over 99% Indian Cities Now Open Defecation Free

12 Crore Citizens Participated in Swachh Survekshan 2020.

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NEW DELHI: The government today said that more than 99 per cent of the cities across the country have become Open Defecation Free, ODF. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry today celebrated six glorious years of Swachh Bharat Mission – urban and organised a webinar on ‘Swachhata ke 6 saal, Bemisaal‘.

From zero ODF states and cities in 2014, more than 97 per cent of Indian cities have now become ODF.

Similarly, from a meagre 18 per cent of solid waste processing in 2014, now up to 67 per cent of solid waste is being processed, and more than 77 per cent wards are practising source segregation.

Speaking on the occasion, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, it is time to reaffirm pledge for Swachhatam Bharat, Swasthatam Bharat – Cleaner and healthier India.


He said that this spirit of Jan Andolan and Jan Bhagidari is exemplified by the Swachh Survekshan 2020 in which over 12 crores of citizens have participated in the survey. The Minister said, when Swachh Bharat Mission- urban was launched in 2014, it was with the vision of achieving Clean India by 2nd October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of MK Gandhi.

The event also saw select states and cities such as Uttarakhand, Kerala, Imphal, Dungarpur, Khargone etc their experiences of the past six years and chalking out the next steps towards a Swachhatam Bharat.

Participants also got the opportunity to listen to the experiences of SBM-U’s development partners that include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), GIZ, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). A series of key publications were also launched by the Ministry.


While the document ‘Frontline Stories of Resilience: India’s Sanitation Champions’ compiled by the National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM) Alliance presents inspirational stories of sanitation workers from across the country, the ‘COVID Diaries: Responses of Indian Cities to COVID-19’ by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) documents a range of actions and initiatives taken by Indian cities during the first four months of lockdown period of Covid-19 and provides a Resilient Urban Sanitation Response (RUSR) Framework, which can be applied by cities in responding to the pandemic situation.

Along with this, the Minister also released the ‘Almanac of Waste Management Practices’, a compendium of best practices and innovative case studies in SWM.  Capacity building of officials and staff of ULBs has been an integral part of the Mission.

As part of this endeavour, the Ministry, with the help of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has conducted over 150 workshops across India witnessing the participation of over 6000 officials representing over 3200 ULBs since 2016.

​The interactive SBM-U portal developed by NIUA documents the learnings from these workshops. Safety of sanitation workers, the frontline Swachhata Warriors of the Mission has always been a key focus under the Mission.

In an effort to sensitize ULBs for taking immediate interventions to reduce vulnerabilities of sanitation workers and safeguard their rights., the Ministry also released a Ready Reckoner for Ensuring Safety of Sanitation Workers prepared by the Urban Management Centre (UMC).


The Sanitation Mapping Tool developed by UMC to help ULBs to make their public and community toilets (PT/ CT) ODF+ was also launched by the Ministry.

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