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Omicron; Booster dose, Precautions need of the hour: Dr Angelique Coetzee

Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) and General Practitioner for 33 years has warned the world community against unnecessary panicking over the spread of Omicron mutant variant of Covid-19. She has called upon the affected nations to lay emphasis on adhering to Covid-19 guidelines rather than enforcing restrictions to combat the pandemic menace. In a telephonic interview, Dr Angelique Coetzee cautioned governments against announcing a series of curbs over the movement of people. Instead, they should not close the country borders, make elaborate arrangements to increase testing’s, wear masks, keep sanitizing, maintain hygiene, social distancing and get vaccinated, booster dose, she stressed. First Physician to spot the SARS-Cov-2 Omicron variant: Now it’s a well-known fact that Dr Angelique Coetzee was the first physician to spot the SARS-Cov-2 Omicron variant of Covid-19. She is the chairperson of the South African medical association (SAM

Wearing Anti-Viral Mask Only Way to keep the Third Wave Away: Dr Devan PP

After a fatal First wave and another disastrous Second wave of the century's worst-ever Covid-19 pandemic, now the human civilisation is literally on the crossroads amidst the scare of the Third Wave! No doubt, as of now, by and large, the number of cases and deaths are not really at an alarming stage. But in the meantime, the mu Delta variant has made its presence felt paving way for a pandora box on the ways of facing it. For a long, health experts have been repeatedly warning about the dangers accompanied by the third wave. But again just like the previous two years, there look to be no takers for the same, either at the government stage or at the general public level. Dr Devan PP, a Manguluru based eminent Immunologist continues to remain candid in expressing his viewpoints about the urgent ways of addressing the ensuing danger now affecting the children at large. As feared earlier, the number of children getting admitted to the hospitals complaining of running nose is on a new

Covid-19: Significance of Ivermectin prophylaxis until vaccination​

Thanks to both waves of Covid-19 and mutated viruses and the onslaught of information, misinformation and canards let loose on the media and social networking sites, these days even the average person lectures like a well informed medical practitioner. Added to suddenly acquired knowledge of medical science, there is no dearth of experiments engineered on the human body. Unfortunately, doctors on the ground despite a struggling day in and day out continue to face rough weather. The experience of Dr Kavery Nambisan, a Kodagu based surgeon is no better. She has undertaken an enormous task on herself independently at a clinic in the Kodagu district with the help of two volunteer sources. Through them, she is trying to reach more people, mainly the labourers, tribals living in colonies and the working population. Dr Kaveri Nambisan A study by the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha found that two doses of potential drug ivermectin prophylaxi

Kodagu Doctor bats for Ivermectin to treat Covid-19 patients

Dr Kaveri Nambisan, an Indian surgeon and novelist practising in the picturesque Kodagu district has been practising the treatment of Covid-19 symptom patients with Ivermectin and allied drugs. She has been doing so since the surge of the first wave and continues to do now as well. In fact, she also wrote to the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasising the significance of Ivermectin and allied drugs as a safe and economical strategy for preventing Covid-19 transmission until the vaccine reaches the last person. However, the response has been the usual, typical and lethargic "for necessary action" from the Niti Aayog! Dr Kaveri Nambisan Kaveri Nambisan studied medicine at St.John's Medical College, Bengaluru and Surgery at the University of Liverpool, UK. After her return, she worked as a surgeon in various rural parts of rural India before moving to Lonavala to start a free medical centre for migrant labourers. She is vocal in critiques of urban centered health

Complacency against Covid-19 Norms May Prove Dangerous: Dr SL Hoti

T he tendency to ignore all guidelines promulgated to contain the spread of Covid-19 mutated strains may not augur well for the overall welfare of society. Moreover, any complacency in adhering to the set norms may only worsen the predicament leading to difficult situations to handle, fear Dr SL Hoti, currently ICMR-Emeritus Scientist at ICMR-Vector Research Centre, Puducherry. As of now, the number of positive cases looks to dropping hinting at the flattening of the curve. But unless 70-80 per cent of the population is vaccinated and the country boasts of having developed herd immunity, the general public by and large continue to remain susceptible. Hence, it's advisable that people continue to adhere to the norms of wearing a mask, sanitizing apart from maintaining social distance, he cautions. A former Director-in-Charge Scientist G of ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine(NITM)[Formerly RMRC], Belagavi, Dr SL Hoti is categorical when it comes to the present vaccine pr

Paediatric Infrastructure: Need of the Hour to Face Third Wave-Dr V Ravi

W hile the country is literally struggling in managing to face the challenges thrown open up by the multiple variants of the mutated Covid-19 virus, health experts are pressing to gear up the paediatric health infrastructure in order to withstand the onslaught of the Third Wave. image: Dr V Ravi, renowned virologist popularly well-known as Virus Ravi or NIMHANS Ravi is categorical: The size of the Third wave is much small. As India is a huge country with 30 crore children we need to panic about the health care facilities, infrastructure and paediatric ventilation... ...Resumption of schools or interruption should be the subjects we should start discussing now. Since schools are super spreading venues for the virus, this is high time we begin to discuss issues pertaining to the subject at least now, he warns. We are amidst the second wave. But we cannot tend to forget the grave fact that already 2,500 kids were killed in Brazil. Taking cognisance of the Third wave with

Covid-19 Vaccine: Myths, Facts and Where India Stands?

T he whole country is embroiled over the Covid-19 vaccine scenario. There's not much difference on the ground situation, irrespective of the states or Union Territories. People continue to grumble on the paucity of these vaccines and many of them are still sweating even to have the first dose itself. Soon after the first wave and once vaccines started to pile out from the laboratories, it's altogether an adverse condition. As we love to figure out politics in everything, the vaccine was no exception. So-called leaders of different parties, state and national felt it the right time to hurl abuses at the government and the Prime Minister. They went to the extent of declaring it to be "Modi and BJP Vaccine", swearing publicly against getting it injected. People apolitical too got confused and perplexed in the melee. But by then the manufacturing process was in full swing. The patented companies had pumped in huge investments over the exercise. Thanks to the initial reluc

Black Fungus: Complicated Challenges in Treatment

T he lives of the general public is already shattered by the hardships, pain and sorrow from the second wave of Covid-19 mutated viruses. As if these adverse conditions weren't enough they are now challenged with the fear of Black fungus infections. The second wave has been successful enough in exposing the ill-equipped infrastructure, both in the public and private sector. The sudden demand in terms of admissions, beds, ventilators and if all the three are met, paucity of life-saving oxygen leading to deaths continue to haunt like never before. source: Indian Express In comparison to the catastrophic havoc created by the Covid-19 second wave, the number of Black fungus cases as of now appears to be minimal. At the same time what is alarming is these patients are those who were assumed to have recovered from the fatal Corona. It is also now being learnt the treatment with steroids added to comorbidity conditions has aggravated the situation. Just like in the cases of both Covid-19

Amidst Deadly Covid-19, Black Fungus traumatize People like Never Before

T hanks to the callousness on the part of all state and Union Governments ignoring the warnings of health experts’ way back in October 2020, the second wave of Covid-19 mutated viruses are having their hay time. Although several attempts are being made on behalf of the governments, philanthropic persons/institutions and NGOs’ to rise to the occasion, the virus seems to be having the last laugh as of now. Source: Indian Express Added to such adverse scenario and as if the onslaught of Covid-19 pandemic isn’t enough to have its fatal toll, all of us are now facing a formidable challenge in the form of Black Fungus or known as Mucormycosis in medical terms. Dr SR Narahari, Director Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD), Kasargod district in Kerala found time between his hectic schedule to dwell with the current crisis in detail and his viewpoints about the subject in general. He fears: Since the Central Government issued guidelines on controlling the black fungus; this disease is bound t

BGML Hospital Comes to Life after 20 Years

T hanks to the second fatal wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the hitherto closed Bharat Gold Mines Limited (BGML) hospital at Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in the Kolar district is bubbling with life. The hospital which had downed its shutt ers along with the mining company in 2001 will open its doors formally tomorrow. Pralhad Joshi, Union Parliamentary Affairs and Mining Minister is scheduled to inaugurate the facility through a virtual meeting. In fact, it was at the Minister’s go-ahead nod to the plea by the local Kolar MP S Muniswamy, the activities to clean up the premises of the hospital spread in a Five acres were taken in a full swing. This so far defunct hospital boasts of interesting history. The health care unit was set up way back in 1894 and remained healthy until 2001. It remained to be one of the other biggest hospitals in Asia since its inception. According to N. Jagannath Rao, businessman by profession and BJP KGF unit Core Committee Member, it was planned to revive the hospi