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Healthcast on “Hospital Preparedness During Pandemics’’

A Healthcast on “Hospital Preparedness During Pandemics’ with Dr Raja Narayanan, Director and Network Head, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Dr R Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, at Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry and Prof. Chirantan Chatterjee of IIM Ahmedabad and Centre for Management of Health Services (CMHS).

‘People of all ages susceptible to COVID’

It is a misnomer to think COVID-19 kills only the older populations as people of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection like any other respiratory infections like influenza. As people age, their immune system response is lowered and they have more chances of conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiac disease, which increases risk of death, say public health experts as the pandemic rages on with no signs of let-up.

COVID-19: ‘Good behaviour will reduce deaths’

This is the absolutely critical time for having public health cadre — a cadre of public health specialists who have been trained to tackle the outbreak, to plan appropriate action and see that policies are made.

Covid-19 has impacted the blind: Conclave

HYDERABAD: FICCI and Vision 2020, organised a multi-stakeholder conclave to highlight the impact of the pandemic on people living with compromised vision due to various eye-related ailments.

Increased Risk Of Worsening Of Eye Diseases Due To Delayed Treatment

As per reports and studies, a majority of the population suffer from common eye ailments like retinal diseases, glaucoma, cataract, etc. If not treated on time, these easily-treatable eye problems can even lead to partial or full blindness.

FICCI & Vision 20202 sees need to prioritize eye disorders from a perspective of symptoms and early diagnosis

FICCI and Vision 2020 conclave highlights the plight of visually impaired during the COVID-19. In this regard it sees the need to prioritize eye disorders from a perspective of symptoms and early diagnosis.

Govt to soon formulate comprehensive eye care package for visually impaired

New Delhi: Mr Nilambuj Sharan, Economic Advisor, MoH&FW, and Joint Secretary, National Programme for Control of Blindness & Visual Impairment (NPCB &VI), GoI today said, “COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, but it has been particularly tough for the visually impaired people. The government is preparing a comprehensive package for eye care services, which is mandatory at a time of such severe crisis.”

Lockdown adversely impacted lives of visually impaired people

Dr Raja Narayanan, Hon. General Secretary, Vitreo Retina Society of India, said awareness should be raised on eye health by encouraging people to recognise early symptoms.

COVID-19 Situation in Telangana Needs a Top-Gear Response Now

As of the 21 July 2020, India reported 870 cases per million population and 21 deaths per million population. Compared to 25 April 2020, the increase in cases per million on 21 July 2020 is 50 times. The increase in deaths per million population is 35 times.

COVID-19: ‘We are lucky it came later to India’

‘People are getting admitted to hospital two to three days before their death in a very serious respiratory compromise state and they are passing away within 48 hours.’

‘The virus can’t survive infinitely’

‘When the virus, in a way, tires itself out, because it is not finding any more people to attack or keep itself viable, that is when the peak actually has been reached and you are on the downward limb (of the curve).’

India may keep COVID-19 deaths to less than 8,000, says public health expert

Dr Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy, on his assessment about “eventual” COVID-19 deaths in India, said that evidence from some models suggest that nearly 80,000-100,000 deaths were avoided due to the lockdown.

‘Need for oxygen-aided beds for every 30-50 km’

COVID-19 should be considered a watershed moment and governments should invest heavily in public health skills and services because preventing deaths by providing adequate supportive care is the primary responsibility, says Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH)-Hyderabad director G.V.S. Murthy.

Vaccine not a panacea but a potent tool, says IIPH director

While efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19 are under way the world over, the likely availability later this year or early next year cannot by itself be construed as the last frontier in the fight against the virus, asserts G.V.S.Murthy, director of Indian Institute Public Health-Hyderabad .

Transmission potential of pre-symptomatic persons appears to be low

There is fear and anxiety among people ever since outbreak of COVID-19 which has become a pandemic leading to lockdowns till May 7 with much uncertainty ahead. In this interview, Director of Hyderabad Chapter of the Indian Institute of Public Health G.V.S. Murthy and his wife medical microbiologist P. Vishalakshi explain about the virus spread and bust a few myths.

Abundant common sense and wisdom key to fight COVID-19

Let us hope that hand washing, personal hygiene and personal protection practices are ingrained in our minds forever as in just a few months we will be grappling with diarrhoea, malaria and dengue. Being pragmatic rather than paranoid is the key to success with COVID-19. Let us all wear the common sense cap and act wisely.

Coronavirus | People with disabilities have special issues during virus outbreak

People with disabilities need much more support than others in the face of a pandemic. They may not be eating properly and may experience higher stress because they are unable to understand what is happening all around them, says Professor G.V.S. Murthy, vice-president and director, Indian Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad.