Are the government report reliable?

“The states and union territories have not reported any deaths owing to a lack of oxygen,” Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Rajya Sabha.
“Detailed instructions for reporting of fatalities have been given by the Union Health Ministry to all states/UTs,” Pawar stated in a written response. As a result, all states and territories are required to report cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis. The states/UTs, on the other hand, have not expressly recorded any deaths owing to a shortage of oxygen.” During the second wave of Covid-19, however, the government claims there was a “extraordinary spike” in demand for medical oxygen. “In light of the rapid spike throughout Covid-19 trajectory in the nation during April-May 2021, the Government of India has backed the states and taken a range of steps, including supplying medical oxygen and other consumables to guarantee clinical treatment of Covid-19 patients,” the minister added.
“However, the federal government had to step in to assist equal distribution to the states due to an extraordinary increase in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave — demand across the country peaked at almost 9,000 MT as opposed to 3,095 MT during the first wave,” Pawar added.
But is this true that in reality no death happened?
Batra Facility in Delhi notified the Delhi High Court on May 1 that 11 patients and a doctor died owing to an oxygen deficit at the hospital. The hospital’s Executive Director, Sudhanshu Bankata, told the court that the facility ran out of oxygen, causing the patients to die.
The Delhi High Court was also informed on April 24 that 25 persons had died owing to an oxygen shortage at the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi.
On April 27, at least seven COVID patients died in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, according to reports from Anand Hospital and KMC Hospital. Three of them passed away in Anand Hospital, while the others perished at KMC Hospital. The fatalities were verified by hospital officials, but Meerut’s Chief Medical Officer Akhilesh Mohan allegedly stated that the hospitals had not supplied any reports on individuals dying owing to a lack of oxygen.
Six critical patients died in Amritsar’s Neelkanth Multispecialty Hospital after medical oxygen supplies ran out, according to the Hindustan Times on April 25. On the instructions of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the hospital authorities held the district administration accountable for the event, and a two-member inquiry panel was formed.
This list is way too long but the government claims about deaths is not found true in ground reality.

PC- The Quint

Covid 19 affecting other vaccination number

A “perfect storm” is forming, according to the United Nations, with a raging pandemic interrupting access to normal vaccines, putting millions of children at danger of measles and other fatal illnesses. Last year, a total of 23 million children were denied essential childhood vaccinations due to global restrictions intended at controlling Covid-19, and many parents avoided the clinics that were open for fear of being exposed to the virus.
According to figures by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), this is the greatest number in almost a decade and 3.7 million higher than in 2019. And, despite the fact that the epidemic is far from ending, several governments are easing limits on regular vaccines.
This has the potential to not only increase Covid transmission, but also to allow illnesses that are ordinarily vaccine-preventable to spread. This is because, in many countries, regulations have served as a barrier against unvaccinated children becoming exposed to childhood illnesses.
According to data, an increasing number of youngsters in all areas missed their first crucial vaccination shots last year, while millions more missed following doses. According to the statistics, 3.5 million more children missed their first doses of the three-dose diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) vaccination, and three million more children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine.
Even more alarming, an estimated 17 million children, mostly in conflict-affected areas, underserved rural locations, or informal slum settings, are unlikely to receive a single vaccination in 2020.
In the case of measles, which is extremely infectious and requires at least 95% vaccine uptake to prevent transmission, the first-dose vaccination rate fell from 86 to 84 percent last year, with just 71 percent receiving a second shot. In the meanwhile, the situation varies significantly, with Southeast Asia exhibiting a particularly step decline in immunization rates.
In India, where a deadly second Covid wave has wreaked havoc, the number of children who missed their first DTP dosage more than quadrupled from 1.4 million in 2019 to over three million last year. Meanwhile, coverage for all three DTP doses in the country decreased from 91 to 85 percent, according to the statistics.
The number of unprotected children has also increased considerably in Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. According to the statistics, Mexico is one of the nations where the number of children missing their first DTP dosage is increasing the quickest, going from 348,000 in 2019 to 454,000 in 2020.
The United Nations has advised against rushing to use Covid vaccinations at the expense of regular children’s immunizations.
“As countries rush to get Covid-19 vaccines, we have regressed on other vaccinations, putting children at danger of deadly but preventable illnesses like measles, polio, and meningitis,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “Multiple disease outbreaks would be disastrous for communities and health systems currently dealing with Covid-19, making it more important than ever to invest in childhood immunization and ensure that every kid is reached,” says the report.

PC- ANI

Indians are inviting third wave

After surviving the second wave, can we expect with Indian that they are serious about this pandemic. The answer is given by the pictures of tourists flocking to Mussoorie, Nainital, and other parts of Uttarakhand while flouting Covid-19 safety norms going viral on social media, raising concerns among authorities amid a third wave scare, the state government issued an order on Saturday limiting hotel occupancy to only 50% of their capacity.
Hotels in Dehradun, Nainital, and other tourist destinations will henceforth operate with a 50% occupancy limitation, according to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. He stated, “We are making measures and will follow rules to restrict the virus’s spread.” Later, officials from the Dehradun and Nainital district administrations tightened the screws, requiring visitors from outside the state to submit a negative RT-PCR test report. “The restrictions are set out to guarantee that Covid-19 safety requirements are not violated,” Preeti Priyadarshini, senior superintendent of police, Nainital district, said. We encourage everyone to obey the rules and guidelines.”
Thousands of visitors are coming to the slopes, threatening to infect others, prompting the tight regulations. Tourist photos and videos from Nainital’s Mall Road and Mussoorie’s Kempty Falls went popular on Twitter and Facebook. Authorities had to turn away at least 5,000 tourists from Nainital last week owing to a lack of parking places and the failure to submit Covid-19 negative reports. Last weekend, more than 10,000 tourists visited Nainital and Mussoorie, the state’s two most famous hill towns, according to estimates from the state tourism agency and police.
Here the question is after the second wave massive destruction don’t the people realize the fact that third wave will put us in a big trouble. The peoples forget the panic situation which happened before two months. Government is equally responsible for not tighten the COVID guidelines. But here the question is at which time we will coverup our mistakes on the name of Government and in this pandemic, we are responsible when it gets spread and we will suffer also.

PC- Hindustan Times

Physical punishment can effect their development

While the ancient adage of “spare the rod, spoil the child” has already lost favor with most modern parenting and education systems, a new study has revealed more evidence that physical punishment is ineffective for children. Physical punishment has no good effect on children, according to a thorough research published in The Lancet journal on Monday, and instead worsens behavioral issues over time.
A multinational panel of experts looked at research that used physical punishment, such as spanking, but eliminated any behavior that might be considered child abuse. The study included 69 research, the majority of which came from the United States. Physical punishment is employed by parents and guardians in many regions of the world as a response to children’s perceived misbehavior, according to the research. According to the study, 63 percent of youngsters between the ages of 2 and 4 — almost 250 million children — are exposed to physical punishment on a daily basis by their caretakers.
The findings back up a 2006 UN statement by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which urged those nations stop using all forms of physical punishment on children. Sixty-two nations have outlawed the practice, which is increasingly viewed as a form of assault in countries like Italy and Japan.
While corporal punishment is prohibited in schools (by Section 17 of the RTE Act, 2009), there are currently no laws prohibiting parents from physically abusing their children, however there are laws against assault and cruelty to minors.
“Physical punishment is not proven to be beneficial to children. Physical punishment is damaging to children’s development and well-being, according to all evidence,” said Elizabeth Gershoff, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin and the study’s senior author.
Physical punishment was shown to be connected with no beneficial effects for children and increased the likelihood of children experiencing severe violence or neglect, according to the researchers.
Negative consequences of physical punishment, including as behavioral difficulties, happened independently of the child’s gender, race, or ethnicity, or the caregivers’ general parenting approaches. The severity of negative consequences for children rose as physical punishment became more common. “Parents beat their children in the hopes of improving their behavior,” Gershoff explained. “Unfortunately for parents who strike their children, our research revealed strong and convincing evidence that physical punishment does not help, but rather worsens, their behavior,” she continued.
Gershoff had previously published a seminal meta-analysis of dozens of researches in 2016 that concluded that physical punishment was not related with any beneficial results for children and was strongly linked to a range of bad outcomes.
It clearly showing the practice of teaching or explain children on the verge of stick are totally not good for children mentally. Its high time that parents and teacher should change their attitude towards handling children by spare the rod

PC- University of Utah Health Science

Arsenic in drinking water killed million of People in India

Arsenic poisoning is becoming more of an issue in India. Arsenic is found naturally in soil and rocks, and it can be discharged into nearby aquifers through the weathering process. A closer examination of the data may assist us in comprehending the seriousness of the issue. According to Saurabh Singh, founder of the Inner Voice Foundation, an organization that works to solve arsenic water poisoning in India, over a million people have died as a result of arsenic in drinking water in the previous 30 years.
According to a research by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, arsenic levels in groundwater are hazardous in about 20% of India’s total land area, exposing more than 250 million people across the country to the harmful element. According to another research, the problem currently affects 20 states and four union territories across the country. Punjab (92%) is the state with the most elevated groundwater arsenic zones, followed by Bihar (70%), West Bengal (69%), Assam (48%), Haryana (43%), Uttar Pradesh (28%), and Gujarat (24%). The majority of these high arsenic regions are found throughout the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra River basin, as well as in isolated pockets throughout Peninsular India.
The suggested limit is ten tenths of a gramme per litre. According to a research published by The Guardian, arsenic pollution in Indian communities has grown by 145% in the last five years. It is causing havoc on people’s life in rural areas of the country. In the 1990s, arsenic pollution was common in West Bengal, followed by Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Manipur. In a research conducted in Bihar, significant amounts of arsenic were discovered in water samples taken from hand pumps used to obtain groundwater for drinking. In fact, a study revealed that arsenic levels were over the state’s permitted limits in 22 of the state’s 38 districts.
Contamination of groundwater with arsenic has been linked to neurological and cardiovascular illness, as well as other significant health issues like lung cancer, diabetes, and stillbirths. During pregnancy, exposure to high levels of arsenic is linked to a six-fold higher risk of miscarriages, stillbirths, preterm deliveries, low birth weight, and neonatal mortality.
Talking about government action on this problem, The Indian Human Rights Commission ordered West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh to address the issue in 2019. The state government of Bihar has announced the formation of a taskforce to prevent, identify, and manage arsenic poisoning. They also started the har ghar nal ka jal (every house has tap water) initiative, which aims to supply clean and safe piped water. In West Bengal, a water quality database is being established and awareness programmes are being implemented utilizing geographic information systems to assess areas polluted by arsenic. The Indian government launched the Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, with the goal of providing clean drinking water to rural families through taps by 2024.
People may avoid this by installing arsenic removal systems in their houses, testing neighboring water sources for signs of arsenic, and so on. Arsenic poisoning may be avoided in high-rainfall locations by ensuring that the collection procedure does not expose the water to infection or make it a breeding ground for mosquitos, and by considering the depth of wells, the deeper the well, the less arsenic its water is likely to contain.

PC- The Logical Indian

Peoples carelessness may invite third wave of covid

After struggling from this massive outbreak of second wave, normally we can say that people understand about the covid guidelines and the consequences. But actually, it doesn’t seem like people actually understand the seriousness of this situation. When there were strict rules are implemented by the government then the roads are vacant people and not roaming without any reason, always wear masks as well. But when the Covid cases are seems like decreasing the whole scenario is changing people are became careless about wearing masking they started roaming without any important work. Overall, we can say that instead of following the covid guidelines they are doing every possible way to unfollow these guidelines
Here a important question arise, is covid 19 pandemic came to an end that people became careless by each passing day. The answer is no the Covid 19 is still here with us with a new Delta variant. Also, we can’t ignore the fact that third wave is already predicted. That means the threat of this virus didn’t gone but from the mindset of people it had gone.
After losing many loved once, struggling for oxygen and hospital beds. People are not think twice before doing these things like gathering and not following guideline. I think the forgot that India economy is struggling and this action will show us worst day for mankind as well as for the economy.
If people don’t change their attitude toward this pandemic, then we will must see a massive outbreak of third wave in India. Like earlier we have the scarcity of all medical product and emergency use products. then again people start blaming the government for this. But they are the actual reason behind that. Their attitude is a problem whose consequence must be seen by every Indian. It is the time to wake up if they don’t wave up now then we must be ready for surviving the worst situation in India.

PC- The Standard

Vaccine effectiveness against Delta varient decreased

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a new alert on Monday on the rapidly spreading highly infectious Delta form of Covid-19, stating that certain evidence of decreased vaccine effectiveness against the variant have been seen.
The epidemiologist also cautioned that a “constellation of mutations” might occur in the future, implying that vaccinations could lose their effectiveness against the coronavirus. The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified the Delta Covid variation as a ‘variant of concern.’
“We’re seeing some diminished efficiency of vaccinations against delta coronavirus variants,” a WHO epidemiologist said, “but they’re still effective at avoiding severe illness and death.”
The WHO expert went on to say that there might be a “constellation of mutations” in the future, which would mean that vaccinations would lose their effectiveness against the coronavirus.
The Delta plus variation is caused by a mutation in the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant, which was originally found in India and is thought to be one of the causes of the second wave in that nation and others, including the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that South Africa’s Biovac Institute will produce mRNA Covid-19 vaccines as part of the development of an mRNA technology transfer centre.
Tedros spoke at a news conference on Monday, stating that his organisation is in talks with a group of firms to build the hub.
The third wave of coronavirus is at the doorstep and this news has raised the alarm. Government has to think about this because in the second wave India had struggled a lot. We are suffering the threat of losing bLife and economy from the past year and if again done the same mistakes, the third wave will show really worst time. Common people also have to be concern about it.

PC- Firstpost

Yoga gives peace to life

Yoga is an art, performed by our ancestors and a secret for healthy life. Physical fitness is not only a benefit of Yoga. “The goal of yoga is to develop mental and physical strength, awareness, and harmony”. While there are over 100 distinct forms of yoga (or schools), most sessions incorporate breathing exercises, meditation, and taking postures (also known as asana or poses) that stretch and flex different muscle groups. Aside from the physical advantages, one of the most beneficial aspects of yoga is how it aids in the management of stress, which has been shown to have negative effects on the body and mind. Back and neck discomfort, sleeping troubles, migraines, substance addiction, and an inability to focus are all symptoms of stress. Yoga incorporates meditation and breathing, which can benefit a person’s mental health. “Yoga practice enhances bodily awareness, reduces chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, concentrates attention, and sharpens concentration. There are many diseases whose cures are not found by the doctors yet but there is some yoga asana which help these patients in recovering.
International Yoga Day is an annual event that originated in India and is observed every year on June 21, 2021. This year we are recognizing 7th International Yoga Day. The event’s theme this year is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family,” in response to global worries over the Covid-19 epidemic, emphasizing the need of maintaining good health while working within societal restrictions. This may also be viewed as a way to inspire people to seek out creative activities during times of boredom. Using social media platforms such as Instagram to promote awareness and interact with people on this topic is one of the activities that may be done on this Yoga Day.
International Yoga Day is a wonderful initiative to spread our culture and skills.

PC- India Tv News

A man died after getting jab

A government commission looking into the adverse effects of the COVID-19 vaccine has verified the first fatality from anaphylaxis after receiving the vaccine on Tuesday. A 68-year-old man died of anaphylaxis (severe allergic response) after getting vaccinated on March 8, according to a report submitted by the national Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Committee. According to the study, the fatality was caused by a “vaccine product related response.” Covishield had been taken by the deceased.
The panel conducted a causality evaluation of 31 reported adverse effects following immunisation (AEFI) instances.
“It is the first fatality connected to COVID-19 immunisation owing to anaphylaxis,” N.K. Arora, adviser, National AEFI committee, said. However, when compared to the overall statistics, only a tiny percentage of people experienced a serious response. Most anaphylactic responses occur within this time, and quick treatment avoids deaths.” Those receiving vaccinations should wait 30 minutes at the inoculation centre following immunisation.
“This event should not generate dread in the minds of people, and there should be no worry about the safety of the vaccinations licenced for the Indian population,” V.K. Paul, member, NITI Aayog, stated in response to the news. When it comes to public health choices, we weigh the advantages and dangers, and in this situation, the risk is negligible compared to the advantages.”
Meanwhile, the report stated that 18 of the 31 cases evaluated had an inconsistent causal association to vaccination (coincidental – not linked to vaccination), 7 were classified as indeterminate, 3 cases were found to be vaccine product related, one was an anxiety-related reaction, and two cases were unclassifiable. It went on to say that just reporting fatalities and hospitalizations as significant adverse events does not mean they were caused by vaccinations.
According to the study, following comprehensive study and debate, the results of the causality assessment of 31 instances approved by the national AEFI Committee on February 5 (five instances), March 9 (eight instances), and March 31 (18 instances) have been disclosed.

“Only carefully conducted investigations and causality assessments can help in understanding if there is any causative link between the incident and the vaccine,” the study stated, adding that death cases had been given priority in causality assessments.
According to the panel, the advantages of vaccination outweigh the tiny chance of damage, and any new signs of damage are continually watched and assessed on a regular basis as a precaution.
According to the Health Ministry, the number of fatalities recorded in the country as a result of COVID-19 immunisation is just 0.0002 percent of the 23.5 crore doses delivered, which is within the predicted death rates in a population. It’s also worth noting that people who test positive for COVID-19 illness have a mortality rate of more than 1%, and COVID-19 immunisation can prevent these fatalities.
As a result, the risk of death from immunisation is minimal when compared to the known risk of death from COVID-19 illness, according to the study.
According to the Ministry of Health, an adverse event following vaccination is defined as “any undesirable medical incident that does not necessarily have a causal link with the use of the vaccine.”
“Any unfavourable or unexpected sign, aberrant test finding, symptom, or disease” is an example. “Healthcare professionals, doctors, and vaccine recipients have always been urged to report all fatalities, hospitalizations, and events resulting in disability, as well as any mild and adverse reactions following immunisation at any time after vaccination,” stated the statement.
COVID vaccinations should not cause dread or concern, according to Charu Goyal Sachdeva, HOD, Internal Medicine, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals. “Vaccination is recommended even for those who have experienced COVID-19 infection. Following COVID, vaccination should be done within the government-mandated window time. The efficacy of antibodies generated by a natural infection differs from person to person in terms of reliability and durability. According to studies, 9% of people may not have detectable antibodies after a natural infection, and 7% of people may not have T-cells in their systems to recognise the virus.”
She went on to say that a vaccination would be a more dependable, long-lasting, and protective source of protection. “As a result, it is recommended that they take the injection. Apart from that, there is a lot of worry regarding variations, such as how effective the infection’s natural defence is against the variation and how much it can protect us against new strains. As a result, the vaccination provides dependable protection since it elicits a strong response,” she noted.

PC- India Tv News