NEW DELHI 09 MAY 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE Standing Up For Women EXCLUSIVE VOICES The Univer-cell Alchemist Overcoming the Bystander Effect SC forms oxygen task force to fight emergency Experts to work on model of allocation across India, Centre to provide assistance K A N U SA R DA @ New Delhi TO ensure scientific allocation of medical oxygen to all states and Union Territories, the Supreme Court on Saturday constituted a national task force. This 12-member task force will formulating a methodology to achieve the goal. The order comes at a time when hospitals almost across the country have been complaining of shortage and blaming the Centre for not providing sufficient oxygen to handle the Covid-19 situation. The 24-page order by a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said this task force would be at liberty to draw upon human resources of the Union government for consultation and information. It would also be free to formulate its modalities and procedure for working. “The rationale for constituting a task force at the national level is to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised knowledge,” the order reads. The court said a consensus has been reached that there is a need to ensure necessary supply of oxygen to the states and UTs on a scientific, rational and equitable basis. It added that it must allow for flexibility to meet unforeseen demands due to emergencies. The tenure of the task force will of six months initially The . Centre has been asked to provide assistance and nominate two nodal officers, who will also be responsible for arranging logistics, including communication with members and arranging virtual meetings. “The court suggested that an expert body of renowned national experts with diverse experience in health institutions can be considered for being set up as a national task force, which will provide a public heath response to the pandemic on the basis of a scientific approach,” the order reads. It added that it’s necessary to have an effective and transparent mechanism and that the Centre has agreed to set up a national task force. The court said this 12-member team may constitute one or more sub-groups on specialised areas or regions, before finalising its recommendations. The task force may also consider it appropriate to co-opt or seek the assistance of other experts within or outside government. The Centre and state governments shall provide complete and real time data to the task force. “Private hospitals and healthcare institutions shall co-operate with the task force,” said the court, adding that it expects leading experts to associate with the task force as members and resource persons. TASK FORCE 1 Dr Bhabatosh Biswas, former VC, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata 2 Dr Devender Singh Rana, Chairperson, Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi 3 Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairperson & Executive Director, Narayana Healthcare, Bengaluru 4 Dr Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 5 Dr JV Peter, Director, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 6 Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairperson & MD, Medanta Hospital & Heart Institute, Gurugram 7 Dr Rahul Pandit, Director, Critical Care Medicine & ICU, Fortis Hospital, Mulund (Mumbai) & Kalyan (Maharashtra) 8 Dr Saumitra Rawat, Chairman & Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology & Liver Transplant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi 9 Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin, Senior Professor & HOD of Hepatology, Director, Institute of Liver & Biliary Science, Delhi 10 Dr Zarir F Udwadia, Consultant Chest Physician, Hinduja Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital & Parsee General Hospital, Mumbai of 11 Secretary, Ministry Welfare, Health and Family Government of India (ex officio member) Task 12 Convenor of Nationalbe a Force, who shall also member, will be the Cabinet Secretary to the Union Govt TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Kaleeswaram Raj Ravi Shankar @ New Delhi A DRDO lab has been successful in developing a drug, with its trial results showing faster recovery of hospitalised Covid-19 patients. The drug (2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has got the approval of Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) After the a three-phase trial. The Ministry of Defence said: “Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. Higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RTPCR negative conversion. The drug will be of immense benefit to people suffering.” THE BJP is likely to announce the name of next Assam chief minister on Sunday as both party heavyweights Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma met top functionaries J P Nadda and Amit Shah in Delhi. The decision on who becomes the next Assam chief minister is likely to be taken at a BJP legislature party meeting. Summoned by central leaders, Sonowal and Sarma left Guwahati in a chartered flight on Saturday morning. Both the leaders held a lengthy discussion with the BJP brass. Before the meeting, Nadda, Shah and BJP general secretary BL Santhosh met Sarma and Sonowal individually “The BJP Legisla. THE Centre on Saturday ruled that a positive test report will no longer be mandatory for admission into dedicated Covid care centres for patients, under the revised national policy The . policy applies to government as well as private hospitals. The move to tweak norms comes after anecdotal reports from several states that Covid centres have been turning away patients needing immediate intervention, leading to deterioration in their condition, in the absence of test reports. Some states, including Delhi, have already made it clear that hospitals should not insist on a positive result to grant admission. Doing away with this criterion, said the Centre, will make the national policy more patient-centric. Requirement of a positive test for Covid-19 virus is not mandatory for admission E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Saturday passed a slew of directions to decongest prisons and ordered forthwith release of prisoners who were granted bail or parole last year due to the pandemic. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said: “We direct that, those inmates who were granted parole, pursuant to our earlier orders, should be again granted a parole for 90 days in order to tide over the pandemic.” The court noted that the Attorney General had re- Sonowal belongs to Assam’s indigenous SonowalKachari tribe and enjoys a good image despite keeping a low profile. His rival Sarma has been a trouble shooter for the saffron party as well as the convenor of the crucial North East Democratic Alliance. Ranchi quartet quietly helps Covid-hit FOR hotelier Ranjeet Rajpal and his childhood friends, Covid is not a time to remain inside the safe confines of their homes. They are helping patients in refilling oxygen cylinders for free, besides providing free meals to them. The group has purchased over a dozen cylinders for those who cannot afford to buy one. They lend the cylinders without taking any cost or security deposit from the beneficiaries. So what spurred them to start their voluntary service? It was after Rajpal, Piyush More, Surya Prabhat and Prince Kohli, in their forties, received a distress call from one of their friends, Abhishek, whose father was facing problems in breathing due to COVID-19. “Abhishek asked us to arrange oxygen cylinder for his father. We arranged one immediately and gradually his father recovered. Next day, another person called us seeking help for his ailing family member,” said Rajpal. “Our phone numbers were circulated among the people. When people started calling us for help, we could not refuse them.” The group has bought 12 cylinders on its own. “After recovering from the virus, the patients return cylinders and we pass it to some other person.” When it comes to food, the quartet is providing free food packets to more than 500 people in the last 20 days. SADHGURU SPEAKS Southern Spunkv Health workers check Covid-19 patients under treatment in a banquet hall, which has been converted into a temporary care centre, in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI to a Covid health facility, the new norms say and add that a suspect case should be admitted to the suspect ward of the care centre, dedicated Covid healthcare centre or dedicated Covid hospitals. The policy also says that no patient will be refused services on any count. “This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city ,” the revised norms say . It has also been clarified that no patient should be refused ad- FREE PRISONERS, TOP COURT ORDERS IN VIRUS CONTROL MOVE CHARITY WORK M U K E S H R A N JA N @ Ranchi The Salt of the Earth Rukmini Gets Her Due E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi with charisma tive Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow (Sunday). Answers to all questions will come out of that meeting,” Sarma said as he left Nadda’s residence. Sources said Sarma’s get up exuded confidence on his chances to taking over the CM seat from Sonowal. The party had not announced its CM candidate ahead of the March-April polls. The party had said it would settle the issue after the election was over. With inputs from Guwahati Pushpesh Pant Anand Neelakantan Gautam Chintamani Sathya Saran A Culture of Spirituality No test report needed for hospitalisation DRDO drug gets Sarma or Sonowal? Ball set rolling on approval from Assam, chief minister pick today Drugs Controller E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E Leaders E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The Keto Curator As the second wave is taking entire families in its grip, most of them are unable to cook food. We are providing free meals, twice a day to those in need Ranjeet Rajpal, Ranchi Hoteiler quested for relaxation of handcuffing of the prisoners because there is a danger of the virus spreading to police personnel, who have to hold the hands of the accused while being escorted. “We may notice that India has more than four lakh prison inmates. It is observed that some of the prisons in India are overburdened and are housing inmates beyond optimal capacity. In this regard, we may notice that the requirement of decongestion is a matter concerning health and right to life of both the prison inmates and the police personnel working,” the bench noted in its order. The court added that all those prisoners who were allowed to go out on bail in March last year following another order, be granted the same relief. The bench added that steps should be taken for transportation of the released inmates, if necessary, in view of the curfews and lockdown in some states. “Suitable precautions shall be taken to prevent the transmission of the virus amongst the inmates of prisons,” it said. mission on the ground that they are not able to produce a valid identity card from the city or place where the hospital is located. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also said that admission must be based on need. “It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalisation. Further, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised discharge policy the Centre has said. ,” The Union government has asked chief secretaries of the states to issue necessary orders and circulars, incorporating these directions within three days, which will be enforced till replaced by an appropriate uniform policy “This patient-cen. tric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from Covid-19,” said the ministry in a statement. DELHI COVID WATCH MAY 7 MAY 8 Positive cases 19,832 17,364 Recovery 19,085 20,160 Active cases 91,035 87,907 Deaths 341 332 Containment zones 50,785 51,338 Tests 79,593 74,384 Positivity rate 24.92% 23.34% HELP SCHOOL BECOMES COVID CARE CENTRE Couple in Jodhpur plays leading role in converting part of institute to temporary shelter with oxygen and other support for patients suffering from deadly disease | P5
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