VA-SenaSeptember 11, 2020


According to Delhi government’s health bulletin, the tally of cases touched 2,05,482 while the death count rose to 4,666 with 28 fresh fatalities.


New Delhi: Delhi recorded 4,308 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest single-day spike so far, while a record 58,340 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, authorities said.

According to Delhi government’s health bulletin, the tally of cases touched 2,05,482 while the death count rose to 4,666 with 28 fresh fatalities.

The positivity rate in the last 24 hours stands at 7.38 per cent. The number of containment zones stands at 1,272, it said.



VA-SenaJuly 1, 2020


Monitoring COVID-19 from hospital to home: First wearable device continuously tracks key symptoms

From vitals-tracking rings to Bluetooth-enabled tokens, here are a few wearable devices that can detect COVID-19 early

These wearable devices use an electronic sensor to collect health information such as one’s vitals lie heart rate, pulse rate, sleeping pattern of the wearer.

Due to the huge population in some areas and the highly infectious nature of the disease, it is starting to become impossible to trace the source of COVID-19 in some cases. In order to contain the spread of the infection, governments around the world have tried various measures such as maintaining a safe distance of two metres in public and the mandatory wearing of masks. However, tracing and tracking of people with COVID-19 infection is still a challenge.

This is where technology comes in — some wearable devices can help in early detection of the disease and also help in tracing the people with coronavirus infection. These wearable devices use an electronic sensor to collect health information such as one’s vitals (heart rate, pulse rate, sleeping pattern) of the wearer. This helps in detecting any early signs of COVID-19 infection, even before the person shows any symptoms.



Devices for early detection of COVID-19

1. Watches or bands: Commercially available smartwatches and smart bands are already being used by many people. These watches help in detecting the daily vitals of the body. Some of the latest models also have SPO2 monitor in them, which measures the oxygen levels in the blood.

2. Rings: Smart rings are being used by the players of the National Basketball Association (US) to detect the infection in early stages. A study conducted by the West Virginia Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute concluded that the Oura Ring has the ability to predict COVID-19 infection up to three days in advance with 90 percent accuracy. Oura ring tracks the sleeping ability and also detects heart rate and body temperature.

3. Bracelets: Smart bracelets, such as ‘Ava’, supplied by a Swiss fertility start-up, are being examined in Germany for early detection of COVID-19 infection. These bracelets are worn at night where they record the movements, body temperature, blood flow, breath, and pulse rate of the wearer. The researchers believe that this biometric data could help in detecting the symptoms such as increased temperature and shortness of breath even before patients notice these themselves.

Some other bracelets have sensors in them which vibrate immediately when a person breaches the 3-metre distance and comes close to the wearer, thus helping maintain social distance in public.


4. Sensors: Researchers at Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago have developed a wearable device in the form of a sensor which is exactly the size of a postage stamp, is wireless and is placed at the base of the throat. This device helps in monitoring the coughing intensity and patterns, movements of the chest wall, irregular breathing, respiratory sounds, heart rate and body temperature.

Devices for coronavirus tracing 

Some of the devices that are being used to detect the infection are:

1. Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing devices: The government of Singapore is using TraceTogether tokens to trace the contacts of a COVID-19 patient. This is given to the vulnerable elderly people who do not own a smartphone and have little or no family support. These tokens have unique QR codes which help in tracking the people and do not need charging as they have a battery life of up to nine months.

2. btwTAG: Manufactured in Illinois, btwTAG is a workplace contact tracer and social distancing alert system. The TAG is a small ID badge which alerts the holder when social distancing protocols are being breached. The TAG records all contacts made with other TAGs and gives detailed information about the duration and location of the contact.

VA-SenaJune 6, 2020


Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: A personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) was among the new cases of coronavirus in Chhattisgarh on Fridayy, PTI reported. “On Thursday, the state had reported 93 COVID-19 cases. The state’s COVID-19 count is now 863, though active cases are 630 as 231 people have been discharged and two patients have died, he said,” The Indian Express reported.


Maharashtra recorded 139 deaths on Friday, the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day.

2,436 persons tested positive for coronavirus in the state. Total cases in the state are now at 80229, including 2849 deaths. 35156 patients recovered, the state health department said.

Kerala reported its highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases with 111 new patients recorded, reports said. Reportedly, 50 new patients came to the state from abroad, and 48 are from other states.

Uttar Pradesh medical education minister Suresh Khanna will undergo a COVID-19 test after he visited a hospital in Meerut where positive patients are under treatment, PTI reported.

Khanna had on Monday paid a visit to Government Medical College in Meerut to inquire about the well being of the patients there and get their feedback about the treatment, Information Officer of the minister Jayendra Singh said.

On the advice of doctors, Khanna will give his sample for coronavirus testing on Saturday, he said.

Khanna, who also holds the portfolios of Finance and Parliamentary Affairs ministries, is currently under home quarantine.

The Supreme Court reserved its order for Tuesday on registration of migrant workers in their home state and about their future job arrangements, according to Bar and Bench.

Raising the issue of the plight of migrant workers, senior advocate Indira Jaising on Friday requested the Supreme Court to dismiss all FIRs against the labourers for violating lockdown conditions by stepping out of houses, proceeding on foot or by cycles.

The apex court has said that it will consider the request.

The Supreme Court on Friday said the state governments will get 15 days’ time to transport all stranded migrant labourers to their respective native states. The apex court was hearing on suo case case on plight of migrant workers.

The court said, “What we intend to do is we will give you and the states 15 days’ time to transport all migrants. All states will bring on record how they will provide employment and other kind of relief. There should be registration of the migrants.”

In the past 24 hours, a total of 5,355 COVID-19 patients have been cured of the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of recoveries over 1 lakh, according to the latest data released by the health ministry on Friday. This takes India’s COVID-19 recovery rate to 48.27 percent.

“Presently, there are 1,10,960 active cases and all are under active medical supervision,” the health ministry further said.

More than 4,200 Shramik Special trains have run till 3 June to send over 1 crore migrant labourers their home states, Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday. The apex court was hearing on suo motu case on plights of migrant workers.

In a meeting chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mumbai civic chief IS Chahal on Wednesday had said that the doubling rate of cases in Mumbai has reached 19 days. Till last week, it was around 11-12 days.

According to the data released by the civic body, on 27 April, the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the financial capital was 10 days.

According to the BMC, over 2.08 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Mumbai till 2 June, of those only 20.18 percent people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Even the COVID-19 case doubling rate has gone up to 19 days,” said the official.

Another senior BMC official said, the daily number of cases are seeing a declining trend with the count remaining below 1,500 on most of the days since 22 May.

With a trend of steady decline in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the average daily growth rate of infections has gone down, claimed officials of the city civic body, spearheading the metropolis’s response to the pandemic.

According to a top Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official, as per the data till 2 June, the average daily growth of COVID-19 cases went down from more than 8 percent a a few days ago to 3.64 percent.

Rajasthan reported 68 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 9,930 on Friday, said the state health department. The COVID-19 toll in the state stood at 213.

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on fixing a price cap for treatment of COVID-19 patients after it agreed to consider a PIL for fixing an upper limit for bills by private hospitals. The case will be heard after a week.

Petitioner Avishek Goenka told the apex court that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees from COVID-19 patients, making it inaccessible to most of them.

Another COVID-19 related death took place in Odisha, taking the coronavirus toll to eight on Friday, according to the state health department.

The person who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Odisha was a 63-year-old male from Khordha district who had tested positive for the disease, according to local reports.

The report further said that the patient was diabetic and had other underlying comorbidities.

The Gujarat government on Thursday announced a relief package of Rs 14,000 crore to help revive the economy battered by the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, a measure that includes tax rebates to consumers and loan subsidy for business and shop owners.

The package seeks to cover a vast section of people and businesses in Gujarat, one of the most industrialised states which has reported more than 18,500 COVID-19 cases so far.

In the past 24 hours, India registered 9,851 new COVID-19 cases taking the total number of infections across the country to 2,26,770 as of Friday. The figure also includes 1,10,960 active cases.

At least lives of 273 people were claimed by the infectious disease taking the COVID-19 toll to 6,348.

Barring Kamakhya Devalaya, all other devalayas and temples in Guwahati are set to reopen for devotees from 8 June as per the Unlock-I guidelines announced by the government.

According to the guidelines issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, all religious places can reopen from 8 June subject to gathering of maximum 20 people per hour, reported The Sentinel.

In case of religious places with smaller available space, the management committees of such religious institutions can downsize the number of devotees per hour.

Twenty officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far. The DMRC officials clarified that these cases were not reported from a single office and said all precautionary measures were taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Even though the Metro operations are shut, a few employees came to work on rotational shifts from 18 May, when the fourth phase of the lockdown kicked in and certain modes of transportation were allowed to function in Delhi-NCR, senior Delhi Metro officials said.

India will have to build a large number of makeshift COVID-19 hospitals in the near future to contain the rise of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the Supreme Court as it released SOPs to be followed at malls, offices and religious places as the country registered over 9,000 new cases on Thursday.

According to the health ministry’s 8 am update, 9,304 new patients have tested positive in 24 hours across the country, taking the nationwide tally to 2,16,919, while the toll from the deadly virus increased to 6,075 with 260 more fatalities in this period.



Based on the government data, India is now the seventh worst-hit nation after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain, and Italy, whereas it is ranked 12th at present in terms of fatalities. India is among the top five countries in terms of active cases, as also for the number of tests conducted so far.

The number of active COVID-19 cases, in the meantime, now stands at 1,06,737, while the count of recoveries has risen to 1,04,107 with 3,804 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. India is placed eighth in terms of recoveries.

The COVID-19 figures, however, have risen since the 8 am update. A PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.50 pm, showed a higher number of confirmed cases across the country at 2,17,389 and the death toll at 6,233. It also showed more than 1.07 lakh COVID-19 patients having recovered so far.

Maharashtra cases cross 77,000; Tami Nadu reports 1,384 infections

As per figures released by states, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state in India with 2,933 COVID-19 new cases on Thursday, taking its tally of confirmed infections to 77,793, while its toll rose to 2,710 after 123 fresh fatalities.

The number of discharged patients in the state also rose to 33,681. Of the 123 deaths, 68 were reported in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

In West Bengal, the COVID-19 death toll rose to 283 with 10 more fatalities, while the state’s case count rose by 368 to 6,876.

Tamil Nadu also reported its highest single-day spike of 1,384 cases to take its tally to 27,256, while its death toll rose to 220.

In Andhra Pradesh, the state government secretariat appeared turning into a hotspot for the novel coronavirus infection with one more employee there testing positive. The state reported 141 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 4,112. The death toll has risen to 71 there.

Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, among other parts of the country, also reported new cases.

Low testing levels in Delhi worrisome, says Harsh Vardhan


Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the rising number of COVID cases, a high positivity rate, and low testing level in parts of Delhi was worrisome.

He stressed on a need for ramping up testing, coupled with aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control measures.

Chairing a high-level meeting through video-conference to review the preparedness for prevention and control of the novel coronavirus infection in Delhi, Vardhan expressed concern over all districts of the National Capital being affected by COVID-19, and high positivity rates and low testing levels in many districts.

Delhi, which figures among the worst-hit states and Union Territories, recorded 1,359 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, which took the city’s COVID-19 tally to 25,004, and the toll due to the disease mounted to 650, authorities said.

On Wednesday, the National Capital had recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,513 cases.

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said his government’s entire focus is on saving people’s lives and ensuring adequate facilities for COVID-19 patients who need hospital care, without getting entangled in data or any competition with other states.

He said COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Delhi and the government has started focusing on ensuring that those who need hospitalisation get beds and proper treatment facilities.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government also warned that private hospitals which do not comply with its direction to reserve 20 percent beds for coronavirus patients by Friday will be converted into dedicated COVID-19 facilities.


Centre issues SOPs for malls, religious places

Amid the rising cases in the country, the Centre on Thursday released standard operating procedures for reopening offices, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and religious places.

Some of them have already re-opened in parts of the country and few others are scheduled to re-start in the next phase of unlocking from next Monday.

According to the SOPs for commercial establishments, the ministry said that hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions should be in place mandatorily at the entrance and only asymptomatic customers and visitors will be allowed.

Face cover or mask will be mandatory, it said.

Visitor entry to shopping malls should be allowed in a staggered manner and adequate manpower be deployed by mall management for ensuring social distancing norms, the SOPs mentioned.

Gaming arcades, children play areas and cinema halls inside shopping malls shall remain closed.

The ministry sought contactless mode of ordering and digital mode of payment (using e-wallets) to be encouraged.

The ministry said that religious places inside containment zones shall remain closed for the public while those outside will be allowed to open.

“No physical offerings like prasad/distribution or sprinkling of holy water, etc, should be allowed inside the religious place,” the ministry said, underlining that community kitchens, langars, ‘ann-daan‘ etc at religious places should follow physical distancing norms while preparing and distributing food.

According to the SOPs, all religious places should ensure hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and make thermal screening provisions at the entrance mandatorily.

They should allow only asymptomatic persons in the premises and allowing those using face cover or masks.

Experts raise concerns over fiscal deficit, state of economy

A nationwide lockdown came into effect on 25 March, which was initially announced for 21 days, but was extended thrice and the last fourth phase ended on 31 May.

A graded exit from the lockdown began on 1 June and the next phase, beginning 8 June, would see the reopening of malls, hotels, and restaurants, among other places, followed by further easing of the lockdown curbs through the remaining weeks of June and then in July.

But even as some business activities are set to resume from 8 June, experts expressed concerns over the fiscal deficit and the impact of the lockdown on the economy.

Leading industry body CII, cautioned against increasing fiscal deficit to spur the coronavirus-hit economy, while rating agency ICRA said that banks’ gross non-performing assets may worsen due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Industrialist Rajiv Bajaj said a “draconian” but porous lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19 has ended up “flattening the wrong curve” by decimating India’s economy and leaving it with the “worst of both worlds”.

During a video interaction with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Bajaj also said that opening up the economy would be a Herculean task and asserted that none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi should purge the people’s mind of fear through a “very clear and aligned narrative”.

The BJP, however, downplayed Bajaj’s remarks, saying Gandhi used the businessman as a “bouncing wall” for his ideas during the conversation in which the opposition leader did “most” of the talking. The party also said Bajaj was not an expert on COVID-19 and how to deal with it.

Opposition to ending 14-day quarantine for doctors ‘presumptuous’

The health ministry’s remark that India may soon have to build makeshift hospitals had come while the Centre filed an affidavit in response to a petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging its 15 May order ending a mandatory 14-day quarantine for healthcare workers on COVID-19 duty after a seven/14-day roster.

The pandemic has seen a large number of health workers, including doctors and nurses, also contracting the dreaded virus infection, due to which the 15-May order of the health ministry has faced a lot of criticism from the healthcare workers.

While responding to the PIL, the Centre said that mandatory quarantine for 14 days after rostering duty of health care workers of 7/14 days is not justified and warranted.

The affidavit was filed before a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah which was hearing the plea.

The ministry also told the Supreme Court that hospitals are mainly responsible for implementing the infection prevention and control activities, but the final responsibility lies with the health care workers themselves to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the apex court that it is the responsibility of health care workers to adequately train themselves and take all possible measures for preventing the infection.





VA-SenaMay 19, 2020


लॉकडाउन के समय घर से  ही इम्यूनिटी को कैसे मजबूत करें ?

कोई व्यक्ति कोरोना वायरस से कितने दिनों तक लड़ सकता है यह उसकी इम्यूनिटी पर निर्भर करता है


कोरोना वायरस का संकट जब से उभरा है, तब से एक बात हर स्वास्थ्य विशेषज्ञ कहता आ रहा है कि लोगों के अपने रोग प्रतिरोधी तंत्र यानी इम्यून सिस्टम को बेहतर करने पर ध्यान देना चाहिये. कोई व्यक्ति किसी बीमारी या वायरस से कितने दिनों तक लड़ सकता है, यह उसकी इम्यूनिटी पर ही निर्भर करता है. कोरोना वायरस के मामले में यह देखने में आया है कि जिन लोगों की इम्यूनटी कमजोर थी, उनमें वायरस के लक्षण तेजी से गंभीर स्थिति में पहुंच गए. ज्यादा मौतें भी उस आयुवर्ग के लोगों की हुई हैं जिनकी इम्यूनिटी आमतौर पर कमजोर मानी जाती है.

यानी कोरोना वायरस से बचाव के लिए इम्यूनिटी मजबूत होना बेहद जरूरी है. इसके लिए लोग विटामिन की गोलियां और तमाम तरह के सप्लीमेंट लेते हैं. लेकिन इस बात का कोई पुख्ता प्रमाण नहीं है कि ऐसे उत्पाद इम्यून सिस्टम को बेहतर बनाने में कारगर हैं. स्वास्थ्य विशेषज्ञ विटामिन की गोलियां और सप्लीमेंट लेने के बजाय लोगों को उन तरीकों को अपनाने की सलाह देते हैं, जिनसे इम्यूनिटी मजबूत होने के ठोस प्रमाण मिले हैं. ख़ास बात यह है कि लॉकडाउन के समय में इन तरीकों के जरिये घर बैठे ही इम्यूनिटी को मजबूत किया जा सकता है.

जानकार सबसे पहले लोगों को अपने आहार में बदलाव की सलाह देते हैं. उनके मुताबिक खाने में रोज हरी-पत्तेदार सब्जियां और रसदार फल शामिल करने से शरीर को विटामिन और जिंक की पर्याप्त मात्रा मिल जाती है. साथ ही अंकुरित अनाज (जैसे मूंग, मोठ, चना आदि) और भीगी हुई दालों के रोज सेवन से विटामिन और खनिज की कमी को पूरा किया जा सकता है. जानकारों के मुताबिक चीनी, अल्ट्रा-कार्बोहाइड्रेट और वसा युक्त आहार के ज्यादा सेवन से बचना चाहिए.

बीते सालों में हुए कुछ शोध में यह भी सामने आया है कि रोजाना दही खाने से भी इम्यून सिस्टम मजबूत होता है. दही में प्रोबायोटिक्स यानी सूक्ष्म जीव होते हैं जो हमारे शरीर में मौजूद ‘अच्छे बैक्टीरिया’ के संतुलन को बेहतर बनाते हैं. ये अच्छे बैक्टीरिया इम्यून सिस्टम का ही हिस्सा होते हैं, जो ‘ख़राब बैक्टीरिया’ और वायरस का डटकर मुकाबला करते हैं. दही के अलावा लहसुन, प्याज, अदरक भी ऐसे खाद्य पदार्थ हैं जो ‘ख़राब बैक्टीरिया’ को मारने की क्षमता बढ़ाते हैं. कुछ जानकार इस समय लोगों को एंटीबायोटिक दवाओं से बचने का सुझाव देते हैं, क्योंकि ये अच्छे बैक्टीरिया को काफी हद तक ख़त्म कर देते हैं.

अमेरिका के जॉन्स हॉपकिन्स विश्वविद्यालय में संक्रामक रोगों के सहायक प्रोफेसर मॉर्गन काटज़ एक समाचार पत्र को दिए साक्षात्कार में बताते हैं कि कोरोना वायरस के प्रकोप के चलते दुनिया भर में लोग डरे हुए हैं. वे काफी ज्यादा तनाव में हैं जबकि तनाव इम्यून सिस्टम को सीधे-सीधे प्रभावित करता है. अधिक तनाव के चलते शरीर में कॉर्टिसॉल हार्मोन या स्ट्रेस हार्मोन का स्तर बढ़ जाता है जिससे इम्यूनिटी कमजोर होती है. ऐसे में प्रोफेसर काटज़ लोगों को ऐसी गतिविधियां अपनाने की सलाह देते हैं, जिनसे तनाव कम करने में मदद मिले. वे आगे कहते हैं कि तनाव कम करने के लिए लोगों को आराम करने और पर्याप्त मात्रा में सोने के साथ-साथ योग को तरजीह देने की जरूरत है.

इस मामले में कुछ जानकार कम और हल्का व्यायाम करने की सलाह भी देते हैं. उनके मुताबिक अगर रोज करीब आधा घंटे व्यायाम किया जाए तो इससे कॉर्टिसॉल हार्मोन का स्तर घट जाता है और इम्यून सिस्टम बेहतर काम करने लगता है. हल्के व्यायाम का मतलब केवल यह नहीं है कि जिम में ही पसीना बहाया जाए, तेजी से टहलना और दौड़ना भी कॉर्टिसॉल हार्मोन का स्तर घटाने में सहायक है.

यहां पर कुछ जानकार एक चेतावनी भी देते हैं. ये लोग कहते हैं कि ध्यान रहे, हल्का व्यायाम ही करना है ज्यादा नहीं, क्योंकि ज्यादा व्यायाम करने वालों के जल्दी संक्रमित होने का खतरा बना रहता है. अमेरिका स्थित क्लीवलैंड क्लिनिक सेंटर फॉर फंक्शनल मेडिसिन की निदेशक एलिजाबेथ ब्रैडले एक साक्षात्कार में बताती हैं, ‘व्यायाम इम्यूनिटी को बढ़ावा देने में मदद करता है, लेकिन हमें सावधानी बरतने की ज़रूरत है क्योंकि ज्यादा और कठोर व्यायाम आपकी इम्यूनिटी को कमजोर कर सकता है.’ हाल में एक अध्ययन में भी इस बात की पुष्टि हुई है.

VA-SenaMay 18, 2020


Delhi – Noting that currently, the regulations do not allow for clinical trials of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy drugs whose efficacy need to be determined in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, the Ministry of AYUSH has given its nod to conduction of research in this domain. The confirmation to the same was given by the Ministry of AYUSH through a recently issued gazette notification.

In the notification, the ministry stated that in the wake of COVID-19 caused by SARS CoV 2, there has been a surge in proposals received by the Ministry of AYUSH for claiming possible treatment of COVID19. At present, there is no approved treatment for COVID 19 infection. ” Indian Traditional Medicines have the wide potential for usage in such conditions owing to their longstanding use in the community, huge number of ancient references and large number of publications in scientific journals on their phyto-chemical constituents, mode of action, clinical efficacy etc.At the same time, it is also essential to have scientific evidence on use of any Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha or Homeopathy formulation on prevention/ management of COVID 19.Therefore, it is felt necessary to make serious efforts for the development of drugs based on any of the AYUSH systems recognized under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940,” the notification said


The ministry noted currently there are no specific regulatory provisions in the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules 1945, for the conduct of clinical trials of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy drugs. At the same time it is also necessary that the clinical data generated is scientifically valid and credible. In this context, the Ministry has undertaken consultation with DCGI, CDSCO as well as other research experts.


” In the above background and based on the consultation of CDSCO, the Ministry of AYUSH with the approval of Minister of State Independent Charge for AYUSH notifies that scientists, researchers, clinicians of any of recognized systems of medicine under IMCC Act, 1970, HCC Act 1973 and NMC Act 2019 (formerly IMC Act 1956) can undertake research on COVID19 through Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems including prophylactic measures, intervention during the quarantine, asymptomatic and symptomatic cases of COVID -19, public health research, survey, lab-based research etc. to generate evidence,” the gazette stated

While undertaking research, it is mandatory for organizations to comply with the following conditions:

(i) The proposals should be approved by their scientific advisory bodies and Institutional Ethics Committees.

(ii) If it is clinical trial, the project should be registered with CTRI.

(iii) The sample size should be based on statistical justification.

(iv) Clinical research should be conducted as per AYUSH guidelines for Clinical Research or ICMR guidelines.

(v) Compliance with relevant regulations for Bio-medical and Health Research.

(vi) Compliance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.

(vii) Compliance to National Ethical Guidelines for Bio-medical and Health Research on Human Participation published by ICMR.

(viii) Compliance with any other relevant regulations in force.

(ix) AYUSH registered practitioner/expert should be part of the study team at each site. “It would be mandatory to the institution/organization to appraise the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India about the research developments as per the research timeline and the outcome, ” it further added

VA-SenaMay 18, 2020


KGMU Vice-Chancellor Dr MLB Bhatt said that according to the guidelines of Ministry of AYUSH, Ayurvedic medicines will be used during the treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19 on the advice of Ayurveda experts.


Lucknow – After the approval is granted by the Ethical Committee to the guidelines sent from the Department of AYUSH, treatment with Ayurvedic medicines will be started in King George’s Medical University (KGMU).

Ayurvedic medicines will mostly consist of immunity-enhancing drugs.


In a national webinar organized by Arogya Bharti, doctors of various medical systems across the country gave their views on the treatment of COVID-19.

During this webinar, KGMU Vice-Chancellor Dr MLB Bhatt said that according to the guidelines of Ministry of AYUSH, Ayurvedic medicines will be used during the treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19 on the advice of Ayurveda experts. VC Prof MLB Bhatt further said that in view of the proliferation of COVID-19, efforts are being made to bring all the systems of medicine together. Allopathy specialists are busy treating patients but alternative medicine is also being considered.