ICMR recommends Hydroxychloroquine to treat Corona Virus

The Indian Council of Medical Research had constituted a National Task Force to fight against COVID-19. The task force has recommended the use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat Corona Virus.


According to the task force, the Hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat asymptomatic health care workers. It shall be used to treat health care workers and household contacts of the patients who are asymptomatic.


The drug shall be provided to patients only through prescriptions. GoI recommends the use of Pharmacovigilance Programme of India app or helpline. The app allows self-reporting of the drug reactions. Also, while taking the drug, the asymptomatic contacts should maintain a self-quarantine.

Why Hydroxychloroquine?

The drug is usually prescribed to malaria patients. However, it is currently being used as an experimental treatment of COVID-19. Both South Korea and Italy have been using the drug to contain the spread of COVID-19. The US has also confirmed the efficiency of the in curing the disease in its early stages.

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March 23: Shaheed Diwas

Every year, March 23rd is celebrated as Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day. The Day is observed to commemorate the courage and heroism of three great young leaders Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.


The Day is also celebrated as Martyr’s Day in the country. Several Schools and Colleges pay tribute and express their gratitude on this day.

Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was born in 1907. He popularised the phase “Inquilab Zindabad”. This means Long Live Revolution.

Other Martyr’s Day Observed in India

On January 30, India observes Martyrs Day to mark the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. On May 19, Language Martyr’s Day is marked in the memory of 15 Bengalis who sacrificed their lives in Bengali Language Movement

On October 21, Police Martyr Day is marked. It is also called Police Martyr’s Day. On October 21, the CRPF at the Indo-Tibetan Border were ambushed by the Chinese forces.

On November 17, Odisha Government marks Martyr’s Day to commemorate the death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai.

On November 19, Maharashtra observes Martyr’s Day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmi Bhai.

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