The unorganised sector cannot carry on because they have very low income, low savings. They are living in crowded conditions so they cannot practise physical distancing, they don’t have clean water. The imperative of the lockdown was they should have been provided with food wherever they were, allowed to migrate if they wanted to, those left behind should have been decongested to school buildings, tents etc. Unorganised businesses should have been supported so they don’t collapse because of lack of working capital. This is what I call a survival package. Because if half the population - if 200 million lost jobs, that means 800 million people are below the poverty line with zero income. You are in a situation where you have to support the consumption of essentials for 800 million people, decongest them, boost capacity for testing, boost the capacity of hospitals, and prevent businesses from collapsing. As long as you don’t do this, lifting the lockdown would be … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?
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“The administrator has desired that regular health programmes of vaccination, tuberculosis and dengue should be continued in all dispensaries, and adequate stock of blood should be kept by holding blood donation camps regularly,” the official spokesperson said. … [Read more...] about 91-year-old Chandigarh woman tests negative within 24 hours of testing positive for Covid-19
Think like a communityAnother way in which the farming community is being helped is with seed packs. Sankar, who also runs the Kalap Trust and its community health centre in the Tons Valley, recently raised money for 1,000 seed kits. Each kit (₹150 each) contained seeds of pumpkin, spinach, cabbage, brinjal, okra, chillies and coriander, and would go on to sustain families with a steady stream of vegetables, some of which could be stored for winter and also leave them with extra for sale. The Trust has also put together a veterinary kit (₹1,472) to help shepherds in the Valley grow their flock. Each kit can treat at least 100 sheep, and those interested could pay as less as ₹368 to part-pay for one. … [Read more...] about When every order is a seed: How to buy produce in advance and aid farmer rescue projects
By Trishneet AroraThe world-wide lockdown caused by Covid-19 is the result of grave public health concerns. While people’s safety and health is central to all business decisions being made during the time of pandemic, it is ironic to note how the measures which the companies have to resort to, pose another health threat to what is keeping the world going and connected, during this crisis. Covid-19 has made everyone dependent on the internet as a desperate measure. This dependency is the primary factor which leads to vulnerabilities in the cyber space. Cyber criminals are always on the lookout for such vulnerabilities and weak networks for their malicious attempts to exploit these opportunities. Cyber criminals have been reported to be selling fake Covid-19 cures faking as governmental organizations in phishing e-mails, apart from sending malware into networks.The rising cases of cyber threats remind us of the warnings the cyber world experts would issue in the past years … [Read more...] about Covid-19 is unleashing a series of cyber threats. Here’s how to deal with them
Shahid Akhter, Editor, ETHealthworld, spoke to Dr. V Mohan, Chairman & Managing Director, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, Director and Chief of Diabetes Research, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, to know more about the challenges and impact of COVID-19 on the care of diabetes in India. What are the challenges you are facing as a doctor in treating non-communicable diseases in this COVID-19 scenario?Many studies have now opined that co-existing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disorders pose a greater risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good control of these non-communicable diseases, especially in elderly above 60 years of age. As the healthcare system is mainly focusing on control of COVID-19, focus and resources for good metabolic health in people with non-communicable diseases should not take a back seat. Studies have shown that poor metabolic control have a strong association … [Read more...] about The risk of a fatal outcome from COVID-19 is up to 50% higher in people with diabetes : Dr. V Mohan