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.
The way India is shifting from developing to developed nation, various culture came in society. Likewise, the fast-food demand and presence in every day life also increased which impacted the balanced diet, increases the percentage of obesity cases in people. A lot of people are getting affected due to several diseases. On June 7th, ‘World Food Safety Day’ is observed to promote awareness about food-borne dangers such as illnesses and to aid in the prevention, detection, and management of such diseases, with the goal of contributing to long-term human development through effective food security measures. ‘Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow’ is the theme of World Food Safety Day 2021. The World Health Organization wants to emphasize how safe food production and consumption benefit people, the environment, and the economy in the short and long term. Food safety is described as the process of handling, preparing, and storing food or beverages in such a manner that the danger of food consumers falling ill from a food-borne disease is minimized. Food safety precautions are in place to keep food from getting contaminated and causing food poisoning. These food safety precautions are implemented from farm to fork, meaning from the fields where the food is grown to our plates. Food safety and sanitation keep pathogens from proliferating and reaching harmful levels in foods. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory organization within the Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006, which is a consolidating act pertaining to food safety and regulation in India, formed the FSSAI. The FSSAI is in charge of safeguarding and promoting public health. To enhance the safety and quality of food supplied, the FSSAI initiated a pilot initiative in 2009 called “Safe Food, Tasty Food.”
Governments, producers, and consumers all have responsibilities for food safety. From the farm to the table, everyone has a part to play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe and nutritious. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the government’s or the FSSAI’s. In this pandemic the health is the top priority so its important to improve our health habits and concern about the following diseases. A healthy diet can give a healthy future. So, we can focus on that.
The police are in charge of ensuring public order and safety, as well as upholding the law and preventing, detecting, and investigating illegal activity. However, during this epidemic, reports of police brutality have surfaced in several parts of India, which is a terrible scenario. On May 22, a 17-year-old teenager was allegedly beaten to death by police in Uttar Pradesh for “violating” the continuing curfew. Following his family’s allegations of police violence, a constable was punished and a house guard jawan was fired. The incident occurred in Bhatpuri, Bangarmau, while the child was selling vegetables outside his home, according to The Tribune. According to the police, an FIR will be filed against the officers involved, and the situation will be investigated. His relatives said that the youngster was apprehended by a constable and beat with a stick for allegedly breaking the curfew. A Dalit young boy from Punneth in Karnataka has claimed that he was forced to drink urine during interrogation inside a police station in a similar case of police abuse. He further claims that on May 10, the local police detained him when people complained that he was chatting to a woman over the phone. He further said that while at the police station, the officer assaulted his community and that he was denied access to drinking water. Punneth has written to Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood to demand justice for his torture by the Karnataka police. According to India Today, the event occurred in the Chikkamagaluru district earlier this month.
Three men from tribal groups were murdered in a conflict with security officers in Silger, Chhattisgarh, on May 17, and the collector of Sukma district ordered a magisterial probe into the event on Sunday. For the past ten days, approximately 5,000 people from over 30 villages have been opposing the decision to build a security camp in Silger, Sukma. According to a police statement released earlier this week, three individuals were killed in a firefight on May 17 when a throng of over 3,000 people unexpectedly attacked the camp after the local demonstrators had departed, demolishing the camp’s fencing and attacking police officers. “Amid the tribals, Maoists opened fire indiscriminately, resulting in a stampede-like situation. Officials’ warnings were ignored by the Maoists; thus, our officers were forced to shoot back…” the police had claimed. The three men were likewise recognized as Maoist agents by the police, even though their family and neighbors said they were innocent. While imposing the lockdown, the Patna High Court took notice of accusations of police violence and excesses and asked officials to keep a close eye on the situation. The court also emphasized the police’s alleged illegality and harshness in imposing the lockdown and urged authorities to keep an eye on it. Last week, there were claims that Kishanganj police were shown in a viral video forcing individuals, allegedly lockdown violators, to crawl on their elbows and knees and hop like frogs in the Centre of Dey Market. The subject will be discussed again on June 2. These cases are heinous and terrible. However, while steps are being taken against culprits, there are still numerous examples of police misconduct that have gone unnoticed and have left victims unable to seek justice.
A second hike in the number of Covid-19 cases has taken us back to square one. All the fields were getting back on track then the second wave hit the country and again everything stopped. Same happened with the film industry. Bollywood were back on track with releases scheduled, even many of the sets were started shooting. But now, Filmmakers are no longer able to adhere to their plans that contained post-sunset scenes due to a night curfew that has been in effect for the past week. And now that the state is on the verge of another lockdown, the date calendars could be even more jumbled. At least three films have been delayed at the last minute: Rana Daggubati’s “Haathi Mere Saathi” was pulled from theatres just days before its scheduled release, followed by Yash Raj Films’ announcement of the postponement of “Bunty Aur Babli 2,” and Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi’s “Chehre.” The fact that theatrical release dates have been pushed back indicates that things aren’t going smoothly, and distributors aren’t optimistic that audiences will return to the theatres anytime soon. “The situation is again rather stressful for Bollywood,” trade analyst Atul Mohan says, providing insight into the industry’s predicament. We had assumed that business had returned to normal, but we were mistaken. Covid’s second surge has slammed into us once more. Three films have now confirmed that they will be delayed, with a couple more expected to do so in the coming days. Weekend closures, night curfews in many cities and states, obtaining a negative Covid report before accessing malls that house cinema halls, and 50% occupancy in major markets such as Mumbai and Maharashtra are all having an effect on the industry”. Though producers are delaying the release of their films to avoid the second surge’s effects, cinema owners are suffering the brunt of the night curfew. “I am not sure if the night curfew and limitation will help in any way,” says exhibitor Akshaye Rathi. The only thing that needs to be kept under check is people’s discipline and honesty in following protocols. Instead of penalising businesses that have already lost over the past year, the onus should be shifted back to residents. Unemployment is a real challenge. There are businesses that are currently operating on a shoestring budget. And to punish them any more without any sort of government assistance, welfare, or financial aid is absolutely unjust. The government must strike a balance between protecting livelihoods and saving lives, and these types of interventions and regulations will not help.” The producers of ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ held off on releasing the Hindi version of the film in theatres, but went ahead and released the Telugu and Tamil versions, which trade pundits believe was a poor decision. “The shelf life of our items is limited. If you choose to release a film in some states but not others, it is unlikely that the film will do well afterwards. Piracy would have suffocated it by then. And there are a lot of filmmakers who are still waiting for their films to be released, despite the rising costs. It could be difficult for them to hang on any longer. The government must remember that the livelihoods of millions of people in the state are at risk.Let’s concentrate on the right steps, such as speeding up the vaccine campaign and penalising people who do not obey Covid protocols,” he adds. “Our industry operates on the basis of Maharashtra, and if that state is under a curfew, we are expected to struggle in our market,” says Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Cinemas New Delhi. After a year of no business, the month of March brought some relief with ‘Roohi,’ ‘Mumbai Saga,’ and ‘Godzilla,’ taking in some good business for exhibitors. The news that ‘Chehre’ will be pushed has frustrated exhibitors; now we’ll have to fill theatres with old films and dubbed South films, which is not a viable option
Following the government’s problem allowing 50% occupancy, Nitin Datar of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association reports that most cinema halls will close down, with some already having done so. Due to night curfews, the last two single-screen displays have been ruled out. “The government is not providing us with the benefits that we are entitled to,” Nitin claims. When the country is affected by a natural disaster, the property tax is waived, according to the constitution. Furthermore, according to the Madras High Court order, if energy is not used, the minimum and demand charges could not be imposed on us, but the government has ignored all of the association’s requests. We reopened after hearing that the Covid crisis had been resolved, and within three weeks, our numbers had increased. It is clearly not our responsibility if you are unable to manage the surge; as it stands, we have had no company over the past year, and just as things were beginning to look up, this split occurred. Multiplexes are essentially on sale, but we, the single-screen tenants, own the property—multiplexes aren’t sacrificing much; as it stands, they’ve ejected a large number of citizens. But here, we’ve been asked to pay all of the fees, and the government has provided us no relief.” “With the night curfew, the road to recovery for the film industry has been moved forward by 4-5 months,” publicity whiz Deepesh Shah says of the setback that films are suffering as a result of the Maharashtra night curfew. Returning viewers will be difficult, but strong content will undoubtedly attract visitors. The total box office collection, on the other hand, would plummet. It would be difficult to reach the Rs 100 crore mark. Currently, any film that is released is a failure. ‘Mumbai Saga’ should have made at least Rs 50 crore, and ‘Roohi’ should have made Rs 60 crore, but none of the films are going to make that much to achieve these projected numbers.” Though Bollywood rescheduled its release dates as soon as theatres opened, the current situation could cause filmmakers to reconsider their plans. The Rohit Shetty-directed ‘Sooryavanshi,’ which was set to release on April 30, is also rumoured to be delayed. “It’s difficult to tell if moving the films and then arriving in the midst of chaos is a smart decision. Perhaps we will work out a deal to narrow the gap between the theatre and the other networks. This will allow the producer to gain more money from other channels, such as satellite or over-the-top (OTT). We can plan a scenario in which producers spread out the release of all the tent pole films a week or two apart in order for each film to maximise revenue; we can plan a scenario in which we can all coexist without harming each other,” says exhibitor Akshaye Rathi. Aashish Singh, the CEO of Lyca Films, believes that safety is paramount. “Mumbai, Maharashtra, is a major market, and we’re facing a problem there,” he says. The cases are increasing in number, and it could be a few months before things improve marginally on the exhibition side. But it is still about people’s welfare, so let us not just focus on the business aspect. We are hoping that the vaccine campaign will have a significant positive effect a few months from now.” And it’s not just the moviegoing experience that’s being harmed; with a spike in the number of incidents, obtaining permits for night shoots is now becoming more challenging. Hansal Mehta, who produced one of the most famous OTT series during the lockdown, ‘Scam 1992,’ is now concerned about filming his upcoming projects. “Even when we say we’ll be in a bubble, fire in one place, and adhere to all SOPs,” he laments, “permissions are difficult to come by.” I’m not going to buy a package until I know what the permission condition is. If the sector wants to thrive, we cannot afford to get shootings halted. Regardless of whether the content is released theatrically or by OTT, it will be consumed, so the content production business must be kept alive, or it will become tragic. Theatres should have material to display once they start. The industry will go from being in the ICU to being brain dead if we are not able to shoot.” BMC is not considering permits for outdoor areas, according to BN Tiwari (FWICE president). When approached, FWICE president BN Tiwari said that obtaining shoot permits is bound to be a problem. “We just got word that choreographer Ganesh Acharya will be shooting a song for Dharma Productions in Hyderabad. Many filmmakers are currently filming in Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad, and other towns, avoiding Maharashtra. Permissions for outdoor areas are not being considered by BMC. People are coming to us with verbal complaints, but there has been no formal lawsuit filed with us.”
Several films were released on OTT platforms last year, ranging from a commercial masala entertainer like “Coolie No 1” to a friendly biopic like “Shakuntala Devi.” Aashish Singh believes that while streaming platforms have harmed theatrical releases, cinemas will continue to dominate hearts in the long run. “OTT is beneficial to the company as a whole. Producers who are in a financial bind have a way out. Both would complement each other in the long run. Since OTT cannot afford big-budget movies, theatrical films would be needed to supplement the platforms. In the short term, it is reducing the number of theatrical releases, but there are so many films scheduled for release that I don’t think it would make a difference. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, directed by Om Raut, was one of the last major films to be released in theatres before the lockout. When working on yet another extravagant period drama, Om explains how important it is to consider all factors. “If there are no cinema halls, movies will go to OTT, so they will coexist,” the director says, adding that OTT and theatres will coexist. Rohit (Shetty) has chosen to release his film (‘Sooryavanshi’) in theatres, which is fantastic. He’s putting in so much time to keep the film alive; it’s a huge commitment and a costly endeavor. Around the same time, there are films that really cannot be put back, and they have gone on for good cause. Around the same time, certain films just cannot be left back, and for good cause, they have turned to OTT, which was maybe not their first preference. This is true that OTT Platform didn’t gave that much profit. But as an entertainment industry, the Producer, Directors and the Stars responsibility is to must come out with films. Ignoring their profit.
India faces a big loss, Sunderlal Bahuguna, a Gandhian who was the main force behind the famed Chipko anti-deforestation movement, died of Covid at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh at 12:05 p.m. on Friday. He was 94 years old at the time. On May 8, Bahuguna was brought to the hospital and placed on life support. According to a statement from AIIMS-Rishikesh, he had comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as Covid pneumonia. Bahuguna’s death was characterised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “monumental loss” for the country. “He embodied our centuries-old ethos of coexistence with nature. He will be remembered for his humility and compassionate spirit,” he wrote on Twitter. Bahuguna was characterised by President Ram Nath Kovind as a “legend in his own right” who “made conservation a people’s movement.” Bahuguna was born on January 9, 1927, in Maroda village in Tehri, Uttarakhand, which is now a district. His life was devoted to social causes, politics, and poetry. He was a member of Vinoba Bhave’s Sarvodaya movement since participating in the Independence movement. From the 1980s to 2004, his name became synonymous with environmental concerns, especially the Chipko movement and protests against the construction of the Tehri dam. For more than two decades, Bahuguna’s Gandhian tactics of agitation and hunger strikes against the dam established the Tehri movement. “After the Chipko revolution in the 1970s, he spread the idea that biodiversity and the environment became more important around the world. He believed that ecology and economics could be combined. He was also a follower of Gandhian ideals in terms of diet, clothing, and behaviour, and he observed Gandhian festivals on January 26 and August 15. Anil Prakash Joshi, a Dehradun-based environmentalist, said he witnessed a fast on Shaheed Diwas. Joshi, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan, worked closely with Bahuguna in his final years. In 2009, Bahuguna received the Padma Vibhushan award. Despite his objections, the government declined to cancel the Tehri dam scheme, and he refused to recognise the Padma Shri in 1981.
Dr Shekhar Pathak, a member of the People’s Association for Himalaya Area Research and author of the recently published The Chipko Movement — a People’s History, met Bahuguna for the first time in 1974. A flood along the Alakananda river had sparked talks of mass tree-felling four years before, and the Chipko movement had begun to expand through the province. “At the time, Sunderlalji had begun a four-month padayatra that would take him via Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, and Almora. I was an MA student in Almora at the time. He arrived in Chamoli in the winter of 1974. He went out of his way to find us, a group of young students and activists. Pathak said, “He told us he hoped we must strive for the betterment of people.” Hundreds of others, including journalists, students, teachers, musicians, and residents, entered Pathak on the padayatra. “He had one major message for us: it was difficult to fully understand a region from reading books alone. Though we read extensively as teenagers, it was during our journeys through the most isolated areas that we started to appreciate community issues,” he added. “His second message was about the interdependence between human communities and nature, and how human lives were intricately interconnected with trees, rivers, and the wild. From Nepal to the Himachal Pradesh border, we trekked. For those who took part in the 1974 padayatra, it was a life-changing experience that influenced our future endeavours,” Pathak said. Though Bahuguna was working on environmental issues at the time, his primary focus was on the threat of alcoholism in the hills and Dalit empowerment. Bahuguna’s efforts resulted in Dalits being allowed to enter temples in the Tehri district. He then went on to found an ashram for Dalits, particularly women. According to veteran environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt, who was one of the leaders of the Chamoli Chipko movement, the anti-liquor movement began in 1968 and culminated in the state government banning the selling of alcohol in 1971. During the Emergency, the Chipko movement came to a halt, but when it resurfaced in 1977, Bahuguna emerged as one of its most powerful figures. “The Chipko revolution was a series of peasant uprisings centred on livelihoods that were inextricably linked to forests. Sunderlalji recognised this and insisted that our movements must be precisely matched with our requirements. He was a powerful communicator, and the powerful responded to him. He took the environmental, forest, and ecology discourse to the rest of the world and put it on the international stage,” he said. Dr Ravi Chopra, director of Dehradun’s People’s Science Institute, said The Chipko movement began as a protest against forest contractors felling trees, according to historian and environmentalist Lokesh Ohri. The demonstrators believed that the trees and their riches belonged to them and that they should share in the profits. “Under his leadership, the campaign took a new direction (Bahuguna). He emphasised that tree conservation should not be seen in monetary terms,” Ohri said.
In this COVID-19 outbreak, the situation is already difficult and the ‘Black Fungus’ cases are also found. But now another disease has come into existence, several cases of “white fungus,” also known as “candidiasis,” have been reported in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. At the government-run Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Bihar, at least four patients have been diagnosed with a white fungus infection. The white fungus outbreak, according to health authorities, is more harmful than mucormycosis. COVID-19-like signs were present in four patients with white fungus. However, after being tested, they were not found to be positive. The white fungi, on the other hand, were discovered. SN Singh, the head of PMCH’s microbiology department, was quoted by Down to Earth as saying. “The patients were treated with antifungal antibiotics after the white fungus was discovered, and their health has since improved,” he added. In Uttar Pradesh’s Mau, a case of white fungus was discovered in a 70-year-old man who had previously been treated for Covid-19. This is most likely the first instance of white fungus infection found in a Covid-recovered patient in India. Dr. Kshitij Aditya, a Vitreo-Retina expert, told India Today TV that the 70-year-old was regularly on steroids after his recovery from Covid-19. He created eye floaters (a jelly-like fluid between the eyes) and eventually lost his vision. “After his discharge, the patient was put on steroids regularly, and a week later, he experienced eye floaters and progressive deterioration of vision. When I first saw the outbreak, it seemed to be endogenous fungal endophthalmitis [a blood-borne eye infection] “Dr. Kshitij Aditya expressed his thoughts. The white fungus infection was confirmed after a vitreous biopsy. “Anyone with these symptoms who has recently been treated for Covid-19, including those who have taken steroids or have diabetes, should see an eye specialist, preferably a retina specialist,” said Dr. Kshitij Aditya. Experts say diabetic patients with weakened immunity, such as those who have been on steroids for a long-time during coronavirus therapy, are more likely to get infected with white fungus. Since it affects the lungs as well as other parts of the body such as the nails, skin, liver, kidney, brain, private parts, and teeth, the white fungus infection is known to be more harmful than mucormycosis.
As the number of cases of ‘black fungus’ among COVID-19 patients in the country approaches 7,000, the central government urged all states and union territories on Thursday to declare it a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, ensuring mandatory surveillance to combat the “latest threat.” Mucormycosis organisms, which may invade the body by breathing or skin injuries, induce black fungi. These are found naturally in soil and rotting organic matter, but once within the body, they can infect air pockets behind the eyes, nose, cheekbones, and teeth.
Elections in pandemic hit the number of cases but these elections also impacted the people living who were engaged in conducting elections. In Uttar Pradesh, Over 1,600 Basic Education Department teachers and staff have died due to COVID-19 since the first week of April, according to a teachers’ body, with 90 percent of them on panchayat polls service. “Since the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in early April and before May 16, 1,621 teachers and staff in the Basic Education Department have died. More than 90% of the 1,621 teachers who died were on panchayat elections “n service,” Uttar Pradesh Praathmik Shishak Sangh president Dr. Dinesh Chandra Sharma told PTI. He added that while 8-10 people died from heart attacks, COVID-19 was to blame for the majority of deaths. Though expressing sorrow over the deaths of students, Satish Chandra Dwivedi, the UP minister of state (independent charge) for basic education, said that any of these deaths could not be traced to the elections and that only three teachers died as a result of COVID, according to government reports. Sharma said in a statement released here, “The number of deceased Basic Education Department teachers/workers had reached 706 by the third phase of the panchayat polls. In less than a fortnight, the number had risen to over 1,600 by the fourth and final process, as well as the counting day.” They were told that teachers and staff who were sick would be exempted from voting and counting duties for the panchayat elections during a meeting with the chief secretary on May 1. However, any who became sick and did not attend voting and counting duties had their pay suspended or reduced, according to the statement. Teachers in the Basic Education Department were also permitted to operate from home, but teachers in Lucknow, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Bantam, Basti, Hardoi, and other districts were still assigned to the COVID Control Room, according to the study, and these teachers died from COVID-19. Even though these teachers had given 76 crores to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund during the first coronavirus wave, no official from the Basic Education Department, the UP government, or any public representative expressed sorrow over their deaths, according to the release. The teachers’ union requested that a financial assistance payment of Rs 1 crore be made to the kin of deceased teachers and staff.
Satish Chandra Dwivedi, responding to the teachers’ remark, told PTI that the Election Commission of India has strict instructions about the death of poll workers while on duty. “A death that occurs before the voting party’s departure after receiving the polling kit and the deposition of the objects is called a death while on election duty.” The polling bodies of the states often obey the same rules. The State Election Commission collects data on polling staff deaths by district magistrates,” he said. According to the minister, three teachers died while on election duties, depending on the instructions and information collected. “We are not arguing that the rest of the deaths occurred, but they may have been doctors, police officers, fishermen, or businessmen.” COVID-19 has killed thousands of civilians. There are also teachers among them. They were a member of our family, and we are heartbroken over their passing “he said “I have instructed officials that the department immediately clear the dues of teachers who died as a result of COVID-19, and those applications are sought from their dependents and forwarded to the administration,” Dwivedi said. He questioned the teachers’ union’s arguments, saying, “We don’t have any fixed conditions, because all of these deaths can’t be due to elections. Is it possible for an infected person to pinpoint when he became infected? Assume there is an infectious personality that is symptomless. He dies whilst on election service. What would you do if he dies while you’re on election duty? “ Will it be called a death during election duty if a person comes into contact with a COVID-19 patient in his house, village, or among relatives on the same day after returning from poll duty and then dies? “We do not have any such credible numbers,” Dwivedi said of the 1,621 teachers and staff killed by the Basic Education Department. “They have gathered the information through their organization.” Is there a department-by-department analysis of COVID-19 deaths? There is no such auditing scheme. We should only convey our grief when deaths occur in the usual course of events, as well as during the pandemic.” On May 1, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra blasted the Uttar Pradesh government for holding panchayat elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the state’s actions an “attack against humanity” and the State Election Commission is ” playing along” she said that 700 teachers had died in the state, including one who was pregnant and forced to vote. The defending and blaming game is easy for the leader but nobody ready to accept that this all thing is happened because of their irresponsibility and due to not following the covid guidelines.
India supplied almost 663.69 lakh doses in which from COVAX the number of supplies is 198.62 lakh doses and commercially 357.92 lakh doses were distributed, according to the current data of Ministry of External Affairs. Indian company Serum Institute of India (SII) is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Along with that Bharat Biotech is also producing vaccines on a large scale. But still, only 3% of the population in India has been fully vaccinated and 9.2% of people received the first dose. The second wave reached almost at its peak in India, and the vaccine shortage is a big issue. That’s why the Indian government restrict the export of vaccine for a couple of months. The second wave emerging in other countries also, the poor nation need help. Because of India’s ongoing Covid crisis, the multinational scheme to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines is 140 million doses low. Since exports were halted in March, the Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest single supplier to the COVAX system, has made none of its intended shipments. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) purchases and distributes COVAX vaccines. It is encouraging G7 and European Union (EU) representatives to exchange their doses of the drug. According to data commissioned by UNICEF, this community of countries could donate about 153 million doses while also fulfilling their vaccination obligations for their populations. The SII was supposed to deliver about half of COVAX’s two billion vaccines this year, but no shipments were scheduled for March, April or May. By the end of June, the shortage expects to reach 190 million doses. “Unfortunately, we’re in a position where we have no idea when the next batch of doses will arrive,” said Gian Gandhi, the COVAX supply coordinator for UNICEF. We expect that things will improve, but the situation in India is unclear… and a major source of concern.” UNICEF is urging the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the EU, to donate their excess stocks as soon as possible. According to UNICEF, the G7 countries contributing 20% of their stocks in June, July, and August, releasing about 153 million doses for the COVAX program. By mid-June, France has committed to providing half a million doses, while Belgium has committed to providing 100,000 doses from its domestic supply in the coming weeks. countries that have already pledged to exchange their supplies. There are grave fears that what is happening in India would have ramifications in other nations, both near and far from the country. In countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives as well as Argentina and Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates are among the few where cases are exploding and health services are failing “Henrietta Fore, the director of UNICEF, said this. “Children and families would pay an incalculable price. Africa is one of the most dependent on doses obtained through the COVAX program. However, as in many other parts of the country, some communities have expressed reservations about obtaining the vaccine. Another big obstacle is physically delivering the doses into people’s arms, which necessitates specially qualified health personnel and the transportation of vials to remote areas of countries with few facilities. “We are deeply concerned about the situation in India,” said Dr. Richard Mihigo, who oversees the WHO’s immunization and vaccine production program in Africa. “India has given the majority of our [18 million] COVAX doses so far.” I believe it is important to keep the global pledge of cooperation for those countries that have enough vaccinations – to deliver and exchange them – but once we avoid the transmission anywhere, including in areas where people have been completely vaccinated, ending the pandemic would be extremely difficult.
“New agreements with various vaccine providers and producers are being negotiated in an attempt to bring the COVAX system back on track, but none of them can help cover the shortage from India in the coming weeks. For now, the only way for wealthy nations to help developing countries is for them to donate some of their stocks. “We have repeatedly warned about the dangers of letting our guard down and denying low- and middle-income countries equal access to medicines, diagnostics, and therapeutics,” Ms. Fore said. “We are afraid that the recent deadly increase in India is a foreshadowing of what will occur if those alerts are ignored. The more the virus spreads unregulated, the greater the chance that more lethal or infectious forms emerge.” Because of India’s ongoing Covid crisis, the multinational scheme to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines is 140 million doses low. Since exports were halted in March, the Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest single supplier to the COVAX system, has made none of its intended shipments. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) purchases and distributes COVAX vaccines. We expect that things will improve, but the situation in India is unclear… and a major source of concern.” UNICEF is urging the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union, to donate their excess stocks as soon as possible. Many countries come forward for help. But this will affect the pharmaceutical business, also the current situation stopped the export but the time needs to vaccinate all the Indians is around 3 years. So, the question is for how many days or months or years the other organizations have to wait for the export. And SII has to export that order, so it’s a burden for the Country.
Around 40 nation has offered aid to India during the second wave outrage. But according to an Economic Times report, the Industrial body that represents Private hospitals has said there are not enough vaccine doses to meet the demand for at least the next three months. That doesn’t mean, our pharmaceutical company would not try to push their vaccine manufacturing quantity. In a letter written to the Health Ministry, industry body NATHEALTH has said that based on data it has collected, the best estimate of production is about 70 million doses a month from Serum Institute of India, which may be ramped up to 100 million a month by July-August, and 20 million doses a month from Bharat Biotech, which could increase to 30 million a month by July.
At present, the demand for vaccine is 3.5 million dosages per day, and supplies only add up to 75% to 80% of the demand. Now government added a new pool of 500 million people in the 18-45 age bracket who will expect their first dose of vaccines from May 1. Right now, when the government is vaccinating people above the age of 45, many states are yelling about vaccine shortage, many people have to return from hospital due to the unavailability of the vaccine. What happens when people in the 18-45 age group will go for vaccination. There will be arise a massive shortage of vaccines which may turn into black marketing. It will help black marketers to become more rich and poor people will not afford to being vaccinated.
Whatever the situation will arrive, we can’t ignore the fact that “In second wave the patient of Covid-19 is more from 18-45 age group”. According to Quartz India report “In Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, those below the age of 40 accounted for 48% of cases between January and March this year, more or less comparable to the age data reported till November 2020. In Karnataka, 47% of those who tested positive for the coronavirus between March 5 to April 5 were between 15 to 45 years, which appears to be similar to last year. On April 13, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said 65% of Covid-19 patients in the city-state are below the age of 45 years. In other states as well, doctors expressed similar concerns”.
This shows that the approval for vaccination of people of the 18-45 age group is highly required. But the government have to think about increasing the production of vaccine. After all, the government has raised a huge amount of PM CARE FUND and it’s time to invest that fund and save our people rather than focusing on election campaigning.
Since few weeks, the number of covid patients are increasing rapidly. It seems like a nightmare has come true, the visuals in newspapers, television make everyone feels shattered and disturbed. Covid-19 patients are forced to wait outside the hospitals in a long queue as their are scarcity of beds in ICUs. They are gasping due to shortage of oxygen supply and crematoriums are working in full-day shift and still, a long chain of queues are outside the gate.
India has been logging global daily records of over 300,000 cases for the last five days. The country saw 352,991 daily new infections and 2,812 COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours. The three of the biggest Covid-19 hotspots are showing signs of plateauing – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. In these states, people are dying due to lack of oxygen and medical assistance. The situation is vulnerable, people are losing their loved ones every day but they can’t do their last rituals easily, there is also a huge line that is disturbing people. In some crematoriums, there is a shortage of woods as well. It shows how pity the situation has arrived that people don’t have proper number medical assistance, don’t have proper oxygen supply, and even don’t have a place in crematoria.
This fatality and soreness situation, where people are running from one hospital to another for vacant beds, available oxygen, and ends up dying in an ambulance. Covid-19 patient’s relative are now tired of to visit one crematorium to another for the last rituals, even the bodies are burning outside the crematoriums.
There are some state also which are not able to release the actual data due to poor registration of deaths. Surging cases lead to delayed results due to this delay patients get serious and spread the virus too. Also, lack of medical assistance led to the death of the patient who had been survived if they got medical assistance like in case of cardiac arrest, asthma, tuberculosis, accidents, diabetes. These all situations led India is turning into a pyre’ situation.