NEW DELHI: Supporting the demand for postponement of NEET and JEE examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic, seven chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states on Wednesday decided to jointly move the Supreme Court on the issue.
During the meeting with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, these chief ministers agreed in one accord to file a review petition urging the Supreme Court to reconsider its recent order rejecting the postponement of the competitive exams, sources said.
The chief ministers who took part in the meeting included Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, Amarinder Singh, Hemant Soren, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel and V Narayanasamy.
A decision was taken to discuss the matter and evolve a joint strategy in this regard, the sources said.
Sonia Gandhi said the Congress party was on board on the issue and asked Banerjee, who proposed a joint appeal by the states in the apex court, to work out with Amarinder Singh and other chief ministers on the legal recourse.
She said whatever steps need to be taken in the interest of students should be taken unitedly.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Twitter urged the central government to listen to their grievances and find an amicable solution.
“NEET-JEE aspirants are worried about their health and future. They have genuine concerns of: fear of Covid19 infection, transport and lodging during pandemic and flood-mayhem in Assam and Bihar,” he said.
“GOI must listen to all stakeholders and find an acceptable solution,” he said.
Earlier, during the chief ministers’ meeting, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren suggested meeting the president and prime minister on the issue, to which Banerjee and Amarinder Singh said there was no time for that, considering JEE Mains are scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6.
Sonia Gandhi set the stage for a discussion on the JEE, NEET issue by mentioning in her opening remarks that the government was looking at the students’ issue “uncaringly”.
West Bengal CM Banerjee added that, “States can jointly appeal against Supreme Court order on holding JEE/NEET examinations if the Centre decides not to do holding JEE/NEET examinations if the Centre decides not to do so”.
Banerjee said that students were not mentally prepared to take the examination in the middle of a pandemic. “Rail is not working properly, there are problems in aviation…under this lockdown protocoI I do not know how they will sit for this exam,” she said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia separately said medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE should be postponed and the central government should work on alternative methods for selecting students. “They (Centre) are saying protocols will be followed. Following the same protocols that the Centre wants 28 lakh students to follow, lakhs of Indians have tested positive,” the Aam Aadmi Party told reporters.
“How can we take the risk of sending 28 lakh students to exam centres and be assured that they will not be infected,” Sisodia asked.
DMK chief M K Stalin welcomed the decision of the seven chief ministers to appeal to the Supreme Court for postponement of NEET, JEE exams and thanked Sonia Gandhi for her efforts. He said the Tamil Nadu government should also move the Supreme Court.
COVID-19: India’s Coronavirus Recovery Rate Now More Than 92%
There has been a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.49 per cent.
NEW DELHI: India has achieved another significant milestone in its fight against COVID, as more than 76 lakh people have recovered from the infection so far. The national recovery rate has reached 92.09 per cent.
📍#COVID19 India Tracker
(As on 4 November, 2020, 08:00 AM)
— #IndiaFightsCorona (@COVIDNewsByMIB) November 4, 2020
With the overall recovery of nearly 76,56,000 patients, the recovered cases in the country stand at over 14 times the number of active cases.
Over 53,000 patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 46 thousand.
The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 6.5 per cent.
The total positive cases in the country today stands at 5,33,787 which comprises merely 6.42 per cent of the total reported cases.
With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues.
Health Ministry said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country.
It said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.49 per cent.
The Health Ministry informed that 514 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours of which nearly 75 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories.
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.
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.
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.
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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