AIIMS Current Affairs - 2020

WHO criticizes India over issues faced by Migrants during Lock Down

On March 30, 2020, the World Health Organization condemned countries including India for not taking actions to address the concerns of daily workers and migrant workers.

Highlights

The organization had also condemned certain states in India like Bihar and Rajasthan for suspending their routine immunization programmes. Also, the closure of outpatient departments in government hospitals especially in AIIMS was of great concern to the organization.

WHO on Anti-Malarial Drug

Only India and USA are currently using the Anti-Malarial Drug called Hydroxychloroquine on a larger scale. The drugs are prescribed for asymptomatic persons that are in close contact with the COVID-19 patients. India has also banned the export of the drug adopting wider usage.

However, WHO believes that the safety of the drug to use it against COVID-19 is still not confirmed. Small observation studies show that the drug shortens illness caused by the virus.

Suggestions

The WHO recommends balanced approach in dealing with the virus. The organization recommends the approach of United Kingdom of using 20,000 retired health workers. Also, it calls upon the companies to talk to the companies to increase their production.

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Corona Virus: GoI launched CoNTeC to connect Doctors in India with AIIMS

On March 28, 2020, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched CoNTec. CoNTeC is COVID-19 Telecommunication Centre. The platform aims to connect the doctors in the country with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences).

Highlights

The platform is to be active 24/7. Doctors will be available in the platform throughout to answer queries and help in real time treatment of COVID-19 patients.

About CoNTeC

CoNTeC is a telecommunication hub. The hub will act 24/7 where experts from different clinical domains will answer questions from specialists spread across the country. The initiation is to be extended widely all over the world in the future.

The guidelines of patient management advices are framed by AIIMS. Also, CoNTec is to be completely integrated with National Medical College Network.

Currently there are 6 lines that can operate simultaneously under the programme. The lines are to be extended in the future. The programme operated by AIIMS is monitored by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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