MADURAI MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION YOGA, CHYAWANPRASH IN GOVT’S POST-COVID CARE LIST The Union health ministry on Sunday issued a care protocol for those who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR MONITOR TEMPERATURE, B.P. AT HOME The ‘Post-Covid Management Protocol’ also recommends the daily practice of meditation and breathing exercises. Recovered patients may also take a teaspoon of chyawanprash along with milk or warm water daily. One must watch out for and seek immediate medical help in case of high fever, breathlessness, unexplained chest ache or focal weakness ■ The guidelines also call for regular monitoring at home of temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen levels ■ Those with persistent dry cough or sore throat have been advised to do saline gargles or steam inhalation ■ The advisory recommends a balanced and nutritious diet 37.02 lakh PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 IN INDIA CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Loads of issues in unusual session Oppn set to raise economy, unemployment, LAC in Parliament; Centre lines up 45 bills On Monday, Union Health @ New Delhi Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will make a statement on the CovSTATE of the economy tension id-19 situation in the Lok Sabha, , between India and China, GST while Parliamentary Affairs compensation to states, and the Minister Prahlad Joshi will raging Covid-19 pandemic could move an amendment on Quesdominate the monsoon session tion Hour as an exception for the of Parliament beginning Mon- current session. day. While the OpposiThe Lok Sabha will tion is gearing up to put Mandatory take up only unstarred the government on the Covid test questions for which the mat on these issues, the government’s answers All MPs have Centre has a long list of will be tabled in the been asked to House, with no provilegislative proposals to undergo Covid sion for asking any suppush through. test and only This time, Parliament plementary question. those who session will be much With the Bihar Asreceived a different because of the sembly elections close negative report on the heels, the floor restrictions mandated by the Covid-19 proto- will be allowed managers of the BJPto sit in the col, with no Question led ruling alliance are session Hour being allowed. clear that the OpposiO n S u n d ay, b o t h tion will not ease presHouses of Parliament had meet- sure on the government on the ings of their respective Busi- state of economy . ness Advisory Councils (BAC). Meanwhile, the government The Lok Sabha BAC will have bracing to push 45 legislative another meeting on Monday to proposals. Eleven Bills have finalise the agenda for the next been necessitated against Ordi18 sittings, while the Rajya Sab- nances promulgated after the ha would be allowing discus- Budget session of Parliament sions on issues raised by the was adjourned sine die due to Opposition. the pandemic. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Govt open to early shots before full Phase 3 test S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Centre is considering “emergency use authorisation” of Covid-19 vaccine, especially for senior citizens and people working in high risk settings, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan revealed on Sunday . “This shall be done after a consensus has been reached,” said Vardhan, while interacting with his social media followers through an online platform, called Sunday Samvaad. The statement indicates that the government is planning to allow vaccination of a section of people even before Phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are completed and their results analysed for safety and efficacy in a large number of volunteers. Curiously the announcement , comes close on the heels of the Shah back in AIIMS for full check-up Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had recovered from Covid-19, was admitted to the AIIMS on Saturday night for complete medical check-up before Parliament session begins OVER 1 LAKH ASPIRANTS WRITE NEET IN TN Decline in enrolment This year, there has been a 12.4% decline in NEET enrolment in TN as opposed to the 5% drop in the country. Meanwhile, the President’s nod for the Bills to scrap NEET, passed in the TN Assembly in 2017, is still awaited Trump administration in the US declaring a similar intent. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration’s office had, however, said drugmakers seeking emergency authorisation for Covid vaccine will have to meet a higher standard of efficacy than normally would be required for such a clearance. Medical aspirants arriving at a NEET exam centre in Coimbatore on Sunday | U RAKESH KUMAR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai DESPITE strong opposition from various political parties and the public at large in Tamil Nadu, the National Testing Agency on Sunday conducted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and about 1.1 lakh candidates in the State took the exam held at 238 centres. Many students found the Chemistry paper tough and Biology paper easy . In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, a host of precautions and safety measures was taken for conducting the test this year. Though the enrolments dipped this year, the number of exam centres was increased from 188 to 238. Only 12 students were allowed to sit in Back home, senior officials in the health ministry, said while the Drugs and Cosmetics Act does provide for such an emergency use authorisation, it can be done only by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation — India’s drug regulator — after analysing the limited data from early stage trials. “Also, as of now no vaccine maker or importer has approached the regulator for such an emergency use authorisation in India, which was granted in case of some drugs for Covid-19,” said a top official. each classroom. Thermal scanning was done on all students and some were reportedly sent back as their temperatures were above normal. An 18-yearold candidate from Tirupur district, who came to Karur for the exam, was denied entry as she had tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of days ago. The authorities are yet to clarify if these students would be allowed to take the test on a later date. Police were also stationed at all centres anticipating protests. Unlike earlier conduct of NEET, this time the students were not frisked. To prevent any incident like the ‘vanishing ink’ scam that was uncovered last year, the NTA on Sunday provided stationery to the students. COVID CRISIS Call of duty to paramedical students in TN SINDUJA JANE @ Chennai AMID Covid-19 infections surging past new heights every passing day the Directorate , of Medical Education has shot off a letter to the deans and heads of government medical colleges in the State, instructing them to immediately recall all paramedical students and engage them in Covid-related duties in hospitals. Citing “Covid pandemic” and “increasing cases”, the letter dated September 8, from the director of medical education, Dr R Narayana Babu, warned of action if the students failed to return to their colleges. Following the order, the head of paramedical colleges have started making calls to students, especially those pursuing the nursing courses, to rejoin courses immediately . An action-taken report may be sent to the directorate without fail, the letter further P4 asked the deans. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH
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