Government of Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs - 2020

Uttar Pradesh Government launches “Ayush Kavach” application

On May 5, 2020, the Uttar Pradesh Government launched Ayush Kavach application to help people access prescriptions. These prescriptions will help the people to strengthen their resistance through ancient practices Ayurveda and Yoga. The application aims to boost the immunity of the people through Ayurveda medicines.

Highlights

The Ayush Kavach application is to provide health related information and also tips about using ayurvedic medicines. The application was launched by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.

Significance

The application provides information about natural resources that help boost immunity. The application was developed by the Ayush Department of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, the Ministry of Ayush had introduced several measures and ayurvedic practices to increase the immunity against COVID-19 in specific. One such government approved practices is the “Kabasura Kudineer”.

Kabasura Kudineer

The Kabasura Kudineer is usually recommended for respiratory ailments such as cold and flu. It is a well-known Siddha medicine. It consists of 15 ingredients including ginger, Clove, ajwain, etc.

The medicine became popular in online retailing sites as one of the essential commodities. This was mainly because, the Tamil Nadu Government distributed the medicine for free in public centres in ready to drink forms.

Other Recommendations

The other traditional medicines recommended by AYUSH includes Agastha Rasayanam, Kooshbandha Rasayanam, Kandha Kashayam, Dasamoola Kathurayam, Rasayana sikitcha and Viyagriyadhi Kashayam. These medicines were contributed by Ayurveda. The Unani branch of AYUSH ministry had contributed Unnab, Behidana and Sapistan medicines.

ICMR: Pooled Testing only in areas of less than 5% COVID-19 prevalence

On April 22, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research announced that pooled testing can be done only in areas where the COVID-19 prevalence is less than 5%. Also, the ICMR has instructed that not more than 5 samples shall be pooled. This is done to improve the efficacy of pooled testing

What is pooled testing?

Pooled testing is putting swab samples obtained from several people that might be exposed to COVID-19 and testing them all using one RT-PCR (Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test kit.

When the bulk samples test positive, this means at least one person is infected by COVID-19. Later, the samples are tested individually to identify the infected person.

The method is used to track asymptomatic cases and check community transmission.

India’s stand in testing

The testing in India is less as compared to other countries. Between March 21, 2020 and April 21, 2020, the following number of people were tested per 1000

  • India-0.33
  • UK-5.91
  • South Korea-11.09
  • US-12.08
  • Italy-224.52
  • Israel-28.45

This says that India lags way behind in testing as compared to other countries. Therefore, more of such pooled testing strategies should be adopted.

Current Scenario

So far in India, Pooled testing has been adopted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Though Andaman was the first Union Territory to adopt pool testing, UP was the first state to adopt the methodology.

Pooled Testing has been successful in Israel and Germany as well.