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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Anuradha Mascarenhas


Anuradha Mascarenhas is a senior editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on health, environment, science and related issues.

St Vincent’s batch-mates remember Captain Sathe: ‘Passionate, excelled in studies & sports’
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Captain Deepak Sathe, who had joined St Vincent's in Class XI, was always travelling, and was not active on social media groups, but he had promised some of his batch-mates that he would meet them in Pune post lockdown.

CSIR study to explore possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

The study is an attempt to explore the possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus, Dr Shekhar Mande, director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), told The Indian Express.

At 12,000, Pune district records highest average daily Covid testing in state
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Dr Sanjeev Wavare, assistant health officer, PMC, said more determined testing was among the major strategies to identify Covid-19 cases. "By testing more, we know how far we have been efficient in controlling the spread," he said.

Pune: Over 60% Covid patients in home isolation across city
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The PMC while enabling the home isolation facility had directed private hospitals to discharge all asymptomatic patients and provide treatment to asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients through home isolation as the number of critical patients started increasing

Maharashtra: So far this year, fewer dengue cases in state, but peak season yet to start 5
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

While last year, 14,888 cases of dengue and 49 deaths were reported, this year, from January till July, only 1,499 cases of dengue and two deaths have been reported in Maharashtra

Breastfeeding considered safe during Covid pandemic, say experts
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Dr Ketan Bharadva, president of Human Milk Banking Association (India) and president of Infant and Young Child Feeding Chapter of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, said that breastfeeding is considered safe during Covid-19.

Across India, TB notification falls by 3.4 lakh cases in first six months of 2020
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Experts attribute the decline to the inability of TB patients to avail health services during the lockdown months and caution that TB control programmes must prepare themselves for major difficulties ahead as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Frontrunner Oxford vaccine for Covid-19 cleared for advanced trial in India
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

SII, the world's largest maker of vaccines, has a tie-up with AstraZeneca, the Swedish-British pharma giant, to manufacture the Covid-19 vaccine for low- and middle-income countries.

Virus in Maharashtra shows distinct mutations from those in other parts
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Scientists at Pune-based National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), who carried out the study, along with other collaborators, said their findings suggest the possibility of region-specific evolution of the virus due to movement restrictions during lockdown.

Four sites in Pune likely to be part of human clinical trials of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

The four likely sites in Pune are -- KEM Hospital and Research Centre at Vadu, Bharati Hospital, Jehangir Hospital and the government-run B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital.

Pune: ‘Sassoon Hospital to have 850 beds for Covid patients by August 10’
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Focus on stepping up bed strength at private hospitals, recruiting manpower

‘Kindness and calm are key parts of what will keep us all safe’: Dr Bonnie Henry
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

With a new version of her book, ‘Soap and Water & Common Sense’, released in India, Dr Henry told The Indian Express that as countries open up, the challenge is to keep our gatherings small, be kind to each other and stay calm.

Pune doctor couple help scores of Covid patients they have never met
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

From sending medicines to patients' doorstep to getting routine investigations done at minimal cost and keeping a daily check to ensure that they are doing okay, this doctor couple, Dr Gautam Chhajed and Dr Manisha Chhajed, has been tirelessly working at no cost whatsoever for patients.

Pune: Sassoon General Hospital asked to analyse all deaths in July, compare with last year
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

The directive came after Mayor Murlidhar Mohol raised the issue of allegedly high number of deaths not registered due to Covid-19. Murlidhar Mohol had claimed that there were approximately 4-500 Covid-related deaths, but which were not registered as such.

Pune: Senior doctors back in Covid-19 wards after battling viral disease
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

63-year-old Dr Shirish Chavan, from Miraj in Sangli district, required high-flow nasal oxygen for a week at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Bharati hospital in Pune.

40 pc of dementia cases can be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors: Lancet
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Across the world, 50 million people live with dementia, and the number is projected to increase to 152 million by 2050, rising particularly in low and middle-income countries where around two-thirds of people with dementia live, according to the Lancet Commission report.

Sex ratio at birth low, but not as much as some estimates indicate: new study
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

In India, the sex ratio at birth has been fluctuating in the range of 900 to 930 female births per 1000 male births since 2000, with no clear trend

Pune: KEM Hospital to conduct sero surveillance to monitor Covid transmission at Vadu
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The study is being funded by the RESPIRE unit of the University of Edinburgh along with Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI). The RESPIRE unit is a global health research unit focusing on respiratory health in Asia.

Maharashtra govt gives Sassoon Rs 31.14 crore for recruiting intensivists, physicians
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

An order issued on July 28 has given the approval to outsource personnel appointment for six months. Work is underway to step up the bed strength, sources said. The capacity in the 11- storey building is 530 beds and the district administration is hoping to increase it to 850.

Maharashtra: State govt to start largest plasma therapy trial across 21 medical colleges
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

With the Union Health Ministry releasing guidelines on clinical management protocol for Covid-19, where certain therapies were indicated for use as investigational therapies, the state has also used convalescent plasma by plasmapheresis.

Pune: Shortage in private hospitals as nurses leave for Middle East countries, govt jobs, home
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Hospital authorities said some nurses had quit either for better opportunities in Middle East countries or left to join short three-month contract jobs at government medical facilities.

Demanding better pay, 200 nurses boycott work at Pune hospital
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

About 200 nurses at the Jehangir Hospital have not been attending work since Sunday, complaining of low salaries and excessive workload. However, critical care and emergency cases are being attended to.

Hope cases in Pune will come down by mid-August: Divisional commissioner
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Meanwhile, ramping up bed strength has enabled the administration to add 1,107 oxygenated beds and, as against 2,216 10 days ago, there are a total of 3,323 oxygenated beds, and 171 more ICU beds with ventilators.

Vertical transmission of Covid from mother to child: BJMC researchers document first reported case in India
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

So far, it is unclear whether and how SARS-COV-2 can be transmitted from the mother to the foetus and worldwide, a few cases have been documented in international journals.

Departmental beds at medical colleges underutilised: Pune MP
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Highly placed officials at Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) told The Indian Express that MCI recognition was important and an entire compendia has been compiled on how to set up a Covid-19 hospital so that there is no transfer of air from Covid to non-Covid areas.