YK MYK TOTAL LOCKDOWN SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED EARLIER OPINION KOLKATA SUNDAY, 9 MAY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 7, ISSUE— 350 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MAX 31 C MIN 22 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE COVID+VE REPORT NOT MANDATORY FOR ADMISSION TO FACILITIES NEW DELHI: Requirement of a positive coronavirus disease (Covid-19) report is now no longer mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility, Union health ministry said on Saturday. The ministry's revised national policy for admission of Covid patients to various categories of Covid facilities mentioned that a "suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of CCC, DCHC or DHC as the case may be". INDIA’S DAILY DOMESTIC OXYGEN PRODUCTION INCREASED TO 9,400 MT NEW DELHI: The production of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) has been maximized to meet the present demand of Covid19 patients and the domestic production currently exceeded 9,400 Metric Tonne per day, the government said on Saturday. Giridhar Aramane, Secretary, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways informed while presenting the current scenario of LMO production, allocation and supply during the 25th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid19 through video-conference. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired the meeting that was also virtually attended by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, and Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,19,24,328 TOTAL DEATH: 2,38,696 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 157,639,653 TOTAL DEATH: 3,286,534 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 WEATHER TODAY BRISBANE CONFIDENT OF GETTING 2032 OLYMPIC GAMES DCGI approves DRDO’s anti-COVID drug for emergency use NEW DELHI: The Drugs Controller General of India has approved an anti-COVID19 drug developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) for emergency use, the Defence Ministry has said. An anti-Covid-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by INMAS, a lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad. Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. A higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RT-PCR negative conversion in Covid patients. The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from Covid-19. "Pursuing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for preparedness against the pandemic, DRDO took the initiative of developing anti-COVID therapeutic application of 2DG," the ministry said in a statement on Friday. In April 2020, during the Mamata accuses Election Commission of directly helping BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Bengal Assembly on Saturday. MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Speaking on the first day of the Assembly after returning to power for the third time in a row, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday stoked a major controversy by accusing the Election Commission of India of directly helping the BJP during the recently-concluded Assembly polls in the State, in which the Trinamool Congress cruised to a landslide victory. She also alleged that unable to accept the mandate of the people, the saffron brigade was inciting violence in the State. "I can challenge that had the Election Commission not helped them (BJP) directly, they would not have won even 30 seats. In this election, rigging took place in some places under the watch of the poll panel. There should be electoral reforms made immediately, else the democratic fabric of the country will be jeopardised," Banerjee said during her speech on the floor of the Assembly, where Biman Banerjee was elected the Speaker for the third straight term. Warning stern action against the BJP for 'inciting' violence in the State, the Chief Minister said, "For the last six months, they have not done anything but pushing the country to the brink of destruction. They had only one target and that was to capture Bengal and now they (BJP) cannot accept the mandate of the common man. So they are trying to incite violence in the State and are posting fake videos." The Chief Minister also directed the administration to take stern action against anyone trying to fan communal tension in the State. "Do not compromise, take stern action against people talking on communal lines as per the law, be it me or anyone else," she said. Banerjee also attacked the Centre and said that in the last six months, it did no work and only tried to capture Bengal and travelled to the State every day, thus pushing the country to the threshold of a health crisis. "To set up a doubleengine, they pushed India to the threshold of Covid-19 destruction. In the last six months, the Central Government did no work, but came to Bengal everyday to capture it," she said, adding that the Central forces are roaming around in the State without undergoing any RTPCR tests, thus spreading the infection. A host of Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of BJPruled States, besides the party's top leadership, were seen canvassing in Bengal in the run-up to the high-octane Assembly elections. Banerjee also reiterated the demand for universal vaccination, stating that it should have been the priority of the Centre, but instead the Government is spending Rs 50,000 crore on the new Parliament building, PM's residence and statues, among other things. An anti-Covid-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by INMAS, a lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL). Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence. A higher proportion of patients treated with 2-DG showed RT-PCR negative conversion in Covid patients. The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from Covid-19. first wave of the pandemic, INMAS-DRDO scientists conducted laboratory experiments with the help of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and found that this molecule works effectively against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and inhibits the viral growth. Based on these results, the Drugs Controller General of India's (DCGI) Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) permitted the Phase-II clinical trial of 2-DG in COVID-19 patients in May 2020. The DRDO, along with its industry partner DRL, Hyderabad, started the clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the drug in COVID19 patients. In Phase-II trials (including dose ranging) conducted during May to October 2020, the drug was found to be safe in Covid-19 patients and showed significant improvement in their recovery. Phase-IIa was conducted in six hospitals and Phase IIb (dose ranging) clinical trial was conducted at 11 hospitals all over the country. The Phase-II trial was conducted on 110 patients. INSIDE NO NEW COVID-19 CASE REPORTED IN 180 DISTRICTS IN LAST 7 DAYS: HARSH VARDHAN PAGE 5 MORE ON PG 5, 7 Harsh Vardhan assures Didi of all help to fight Covid MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday assured Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of all help to fight Covid in the State. In a letter to Banerjee, who has just taken over for her third stint in power, he said that since the very onset of the pandemic, the Centre has been supporting each and every State across the country not just financially, but also through requisite diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, vaccines and other essential material and services. Earlier, Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue instructions for immediate allocation of at least 550 metric tonne of Medical Oxygen to the State. Posting his four-page let- ter to Banerjee, Harsh Vardhan tweeted: "Diagnostics, therapeutics, medicines, oxygen, or augmenting health infra. Rest assured Mamata Didi, whatever Bengal needs, Narendra Modi Ji's Government stands resolute to provide, in order to help it effectively fight Covid-19 pandemic." Referring to her letter to the Prime Minister, he said: "First of all, I would like to point out the high test positivity rates in many districts of the State, which is over 40 per cent in some districts. As you have been the Health Minister yourself, you will appreciate that this means testing needs to be significantly ramped up. We wish the State of West Bengal is ahead of the curve when it comes to tracking infection, by testing more." On the need to augment the health infrastructure in the State, he suggested that Bengal may look at various innovations being done across the country to increase availability of beds and healthcare facilities. Listing the Centre's support, he wrote that as on date, Bengal has already been provided a total of 1,18,83,340 vaccine doses and further 2,00,000 doses are in the pipeline for immediate supply. "Government of India has so far provided Bengal with 18.38 lakh N95 masks, 4.84 lakh PPE kits, 1,245 ventilators and 43.5 lakh Hydroxychloroquine tablets for management of Covid-19 pandemic," he noted. On Centre's help to meet the State's oxygen requirement, he wrote: "As many as five Pressure Swing Absorption SC forms National Task Force to streamline oxygen allocation NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to facilitate public health response to Covid19, including streamlining of oxygen distribution in the country, based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge, . A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "A consensus has emerged that there is a need to ensure that the allotments of medical oxygen to the states and UTs are made on a scientific, rational and equitable basis. At the same time, it must allow for flexibility to meet unforeseen demands due to emergencies which may arise within the allocated territories." The top court said: "It is necessary that an effective and transparent mechanism is set up within the Union Government for the purpose of allocating medical oxygen THE TOP COURT SAID: "IT IS NECESSARY THAT AN EFFECTIVE AND TRANSPARENT MECHANISM IS SET UP WITHIN THE UNION GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOCATING MEDICAL OXYGEN TO ALL STATES AND UTS FOR BEING USED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. to all states and UTs for being used during the Covid-19 pandemic. "The Union Government has agreed to set up a National Task Force to streamline the process. This Task Force would be tasked inter alia with formulating a methodology for the scientific allocation of oxygen to the states and UTs." The SC bench said the establishment of this task force will enable the decision makers to have inputs which go beyond finding ad-hoc solutions to the present problems. "The likely future course of the pandemic must be taken into contemplation at the present time. This will ensure that projected future requirements can be scientifically mapped in the present and may be modulated in the light of experiences gained," (PSA) plants have been sanctioned for Bengal, out of which two have already been installed and made functional. Similarly, 849 D-Type and 1,504 B-Type oxygen cylinders have been allocated to Bengal. Out of this, 700 will be delivered on or before May 21. This entire support has been provided free of cost." "In view of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, demand for drugs like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab has increased substantially. As many as 94,400 vials of Remdesivir have, accordingly, been allocated to Bengal for the period April 21, 2021 to May 9, 2021. On the Tocilizumab front, the Central Government is making all efforts for equitable availability across the country, based on the active caseload. BENGAL REGISTERS 127 COVID DEATHS MI NEWS SERVICE said the bench. "The rationale for constituting a task force at a national level is to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised domain knowledge. We expect that the leading experts in the country shall associate with the work of the task force both as members and resource persons," the top court noted in its order. The bench added: "The Union Government has made its suggestions on the possible names for inclusion in the composition of the task force, while leaving its final composition to the court. The National Task Force which is being constituted in pursuance of the above suggestion shall consist of the following members... "(i) Dr Bhabatosh Biswas, Former Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata. KOLKATA: Bengal on Saturday registered its highest single-day deaths of 127 COVID19 patients taking the toll to 12,203, the Health Department said. The State also recorded its highest spike of 19,436 fresh cases on a day, pushing the Coronavirus caseload to 9,73,718, it said. In the last 24 hours, 18,243 people have recuperated from the infection taking the total number of recoveries to 8,36,351. The discharge rate has improved slightly to 85.89 per cent. Currently, there are 1,25,164 active COVID-19 cases in the State. Since Friday, 63,377 samples have been tested for Coronavirus, the bulletin said. Dietary add-ons to boost mothers’ daily nutrition and health NEW DELHI: Mothers are the pivot of a family's health and nutrition, often acting as caregivers to their partners, children and ageing parents. Their own health, however, often takes a backseat while prioritising others. A new survey on women's health from MDVIP and Ipsos reveals that the Covid-19 crisis has been especially trying on women's physical and mental health. Over 2 in 5 admit they've developed unhealthy habits such as overeating and drinking (44 per cent), and over half say they have felt more stressed, anxious or depressed during the pandemic (53 per cent). Many have delayed seeking medical care due to the pandemic. While lifestyle changes and healthy habits are essential for long-term and sustained wellbeing, mothers can start with changing what's on their plate. After all, we are what we eat! Leading nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar shares her top magic foods to include in one's diet and live healthier, in her new audiobook "Secrets of Good Health" on Audible. As per Rujuta, while Gondh laddoos are traditionally a lactation food, they are beneficial to all women even as part of their daily diets. She says, "Gondh makes our bones stronger and thus makes us look lean. Therefore all women should MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL eat them during winters in the form of a laddoo as they also make for a good mid-meal snack." Additionally for all the women who suffer from the issue of unpredictable periods, should definitely include gondh in their daily diet to help manage the problem. "Whenever I feel a desire to eat something sweet, I eat dry coconut with jaggery," says Rujuta. Coconut is filled with essential fatty acids that can reduce wrinkles. Not just this, including coconut in the daily diet promotes hair growth. Madhuri Ruia, nutrition specialist and pilates expert, suggest adding nutrient-rich almonds as well. "The first food I recommend mothers should definitely add to their daily diet is almonds. Almonds can be eaten during any time of the day, as they are healthy and are also known to be a nutrient dense snack enriched with Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, protein etc. -- each of which are important for maintaining a healthy life. Besides that, almonds are also a rich source of protein. They contain healthy fats and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) which have been shown to impart anti-aging properties," shares Madhuri. For Madhuri, next comes probiotic-charged yoghurt. "Yogurt is rich in probiotics, which are microorganisms that are known to be good for a person's gut and help strengthen the immune system. Eating yogurt every day can increase the level of good bacteria in a person's gut and can improve the first line of defense against pathogens. Additionally, yoghurt is high in calcium, minerals, and vital vitamins that are important for the body, and help protect one from seasonal flu," adds Madhuri. Healthy diets can also keep mums' bodies in balance, fight fatigue and slow down ageing. Raghav Gupta, Founder Of Oateo Oats names oats, and nuts and berries as quick hacks for optimum nutrition for moms. Self-care and better nutrition can sometimes come simply in the form of a bowl of overnight oats. There have been multiple studies that have proven how diets rich in wholegrains can lower risk of disease, boost immunity and also contribute to overall physical fitness. Oats is one such grain that is packed with essential nutrients. "Nutritionally, 100 grams of oats have as much protein as two whole eggs, a high concentration of Beta Glucan which is a unique dietary fibre and also micronutrients like Iron, Magnesium. Oats can specially be beneficial for breastfeeding mothers," he says. Finally, for a sweet delight on your plates, add berries such as strawberries, raspberries and local variants like jamun, karwanda -- packed with antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C, manganese, folate and copper.