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Mumbai: One week on, civic body probe into Apex Hospital fire yet to begin
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

The fire broke out in a generator set at Apex Hospital on October 12 evening, the day Mumbai faced a massive power outage. Two patients had died within hours of being transferred from the Apex Hospital.

Maharashtra: Blood collection dips by half, thalassaemia patients forced to find their own donors
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, stock at blood banks have depleted and, unlike in the past, these banks, which are mandated to provide free blood to patients, are now asking thalassaemia patients to get their own donors in an attempt to replenish their stock.

Maharashtra: Price capping for masks yet to get govt nod
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Sources in the public health department said the proposal was “promptly signed” on October 7 and put up before Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. But with mask manufacturers strongly opposing price capping, the approval has been delayed, said officials.

Relatives of patients ask Apex hospital to settle hospitalisation bills they received in last 2 days
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

At least 11 patients were admitted in Fortis hospital. Apart from Madhumati Gawde, Virendra Singh, who succumbed on Tuesday morning, was billed Rs 1.60 lakh for 12 hours of treatment. His family refused to make the payment and asked Apex hospital to pay.

Mumbai: Day after 38 patients were shifted to other hospitals, another Covid patient dies
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

The BMC has formed a committee to inquire into the incident and to inspect whether transfer procedure had any lapses that may have led to two deaths. The four-member committee has to submit its report in a week.

Payal Tadvi suicide: Kin ask why no action taken on recommendations of college anti-ragging panel
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

This comes after the Supreme Court last week permitted the three doctors booked in the alleged harassment and abetment of suicide case to continue with their postgraduate studies.

Mumbai: Hospital violates govt guidelines, charges Rs 5,000 per day for oxygen
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Zohra Shaikh, aged 72, was admitted on October 7 following a heart attack and breathlessness.

In short supply, relatives of Covid patients scramble for plasma amid strict hospital norms
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

Data from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until September 30 shows that blood banks have sold 9,194 plasma units across Maharashtra and 1,216 units remain in stock.

Maharashtra has adequate Remdesivir stock, shortage as patients want cheapest drug, say FDA officials
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

Pune and Thane have the maximum burden of active Covid-19 infections, together accounting for 23.6 per cent of the state’s active virus load of 2.41 lakh patients.

Under Covid shadow, medical tourism begins a slow recovery
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the country got 6.97 lakh foreign patients on medical visa in 2019, accounting for 6.9 per cent of foreign tourist arrivals.

Maharashtra: Govt set to implement cap on prices of masks from today, says minister
Thu, Oct 08, 2020

In its report, the panel has advised the state government to cap rates of N-95 masks between Rs 19 and Rs 45, depending on the categories, to bring down their rates to one-tenth the current market price

Maharashtra panel proposes ceiling prices for masks well below Centre’s rate
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

The committee has proposed a ceiling price for an N-95 mask at Rs 19, down from Rs 135; for 3-ply meltblown mask at Rs 4, down from Rs 16; and for 2-ply mask at Rs 3, down from Rs 10.

Second sero survey: 41-60 age group in Mumbai most exposed to Covid
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

The overall Covid-19 sero-prevalence found in the second survey conducted jointly by the BMC, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Niti Aayog is 33.4 per cent, a fall from 40 per cent in the first survey.

Maharashtra women commission to seek directions to media houses to refrain from insulting Rhea
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

In a letter written in Marathi, the commission observed that charges against Chakraborty have not been proven but the “media has already declared her an accused” and “outraged modesty of a woman by using abusive language against her”.

Maharashtra: 44 new manufacturers register for licence with FDA to supply oxygen in past 2 months
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

FDA officials said they have sped up the process of issuing license to increase the number of re-fillers across the state. Re-fillers, who provided oxygen to the industrial sector, have also been given permission to supply to hospitals.

Maharashtra: As adoptions pick up pace, agencies take measures against Covid-19
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Amid the Covid-19 scare, some adoption centres in the state have prohibited couples from touching babies, some allow them to hold the child after disinfection of their hands, while others permit meetings only after a couple confirms to adopt a child.

Maharashtra: Fine collected since May for spitting in public – just Rs 4,860
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

The notification was announced by state Health Minister Rajesh Tope to clamp down on the possible coronavirus spread through spitting. However, a lack of personnel has made it difficult for health officials to regulate and fine offenders in both urban and rural districts.

Over 10 million patients, India’s 10-year Hepatitis C elimination deadline seems far
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

An estimated 0.5-1 per cent of the country's population (or 10-13 million people) suffers from Hepatitis C, according to scientists.

52-year-old mother of ASHA worker dies of post-Covid complications in Kolhapur
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

Jyoti, the ASHA worker, said when their savings ran out, she started selling her jewellery. "We reached out to Kaneri primary health centre, then to my supervisor and block facilitator for help. But we did not get admission to any government hospital," she said

Explained: Production and current clinical trials of Remdesivir, the drug used in coronavirus treatment
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

What is Remdesivir? Where is the drug being produced and the various clinical trials it is under currently? We explain.

Mumbai restaurants, bars get ready to open but face manpower and space constraints
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

Apart from dearth of staffers, for a space-starved city like Mumbai, restaurants face the difficulty of churning out profit while ensuring physical distancing amid fewer tables.

Explained: Why, despite India producing enough oxygen, Covid-19 hospitals are gasping
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

The delay in transportation of oxygen to dealers, conversion into cylinders and supply to hospitals can get long if even a tiny link in the supply chain falters.  

Explained: Understanding an abundant, highly transmissible mutation of the coronavirus
Thu, Oct 08, 2020

Covid-19 mutations: Until now, 12,000 mutations have been documented in over 3.2 crore cases globally. One mutation has been found the most widespread. It was first noticed in China and Germany.

Vidarbha sees 400-600% rise in Covid cases in 1 month
Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Though Vidarbha is recording the highest spike in terms of percentage, in absolute numbers Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Nagpur continue to record the maximum new active cases

Quarantine period cut to one day for doctors in BMC hospitals, infections on the rise
Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Civic officials said as hospitals attempt to restart non-Covid routine procedures, they will need more doctors on call to handle the increased load. Currently BMC-run hospitals are catering to monsoon related ailment patients, Covid patients and routine OPD cases.

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