What is Convalescent Plasma Therapy?
•It also known as passive antibody therapy, provides a person with already developed antibodies to fight a virus.
•Under the Plasma Therapy, the COVID-19 patients will be infused with an antibody-rich blood plasma of the people who have recovered from the novel Coronavirus
▪️How it Works?
•The person who recovers from a virus has developed antibodies that stay in blood to fight the same virus, if it returns. And if these antibodies are infused into other person infected with the same virus, they recognise the virus and attack it.
(However, these antibodies stay for short period in other person’s blood)
•Recently, Kerala has got the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approval for the clinical protocol exploring the feasibility of convalescent plasma transfusion which may be administered to severe Covid-19 patients
Webinar for Virtual training of TRIFED Trainers on COVID-19
•The webinar was organised for Virtual training of TRIFED Trainers and Self Help Groups (SHGs) on basic orientation on Covid-19 response and key preventive measures to ensure that tribal gatherers carry on their work safely
▪️ Main Objectives
•To create awareness among the community about social distancing and steps to be followed.
•Do’s and Don’ts Advisories during collection of Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).
•To provide suggestive practices for maintaining personal hygiene, adopting cashless practices, etc.
•To reach more than 18,000 participants and cover tribal regions across all the 27 States
【The collaboration helped in developing a digital communication strategy for promoting a digital campaign and highlighting the importance of Social Distancing】
BCPL didn’t get Orders for extra production of Hydroxychloroquine(HCQ)
•The Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL) is the only Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) that produces the anti-malarial drug in the country [Hydroxychloroquine(HCQ)]
•Bengal Chemical & Pharmaceutical Works Ltd., precursor of the Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, was formed by Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray on April 12, 1901.
•The company became the first Indian Company to manufacture quality Chemicals, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Home Products, employing indigenous technology, skill and raw materials.
Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020
•The Odisha government has promulgated an ordinance to deal with COVID 19 spread by amending Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
▪️Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897
•It was introduced by the British to tackle the epidemic of bubonic plague that broke out in the then state of Bombay.
•This law aims to provide for the better prevention of the spread of dangerous epidemic diseases. Under the act, temporary provisions or regulations can be made to be observed by the public to tackle or prevent the outbreak of a disease.
•Section 2A of the Act empowers the central government to take steps to prevent the spread of an epidemic.
▪️Overview of Ordinance, 2020
•Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under the 1897 Act was deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under Section 3 of the Act.
•Anyone who disobeys any regulation or order made under the Act, is liable for imprisonment up to two years or with a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or with both
•Not wearing a mask in public place shall be considered as an offence. etc.
State of the World’s Nursing : by WHO & ICN
•WHO, along with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Nursing Now campaign, has released a report titled, “State of the World’s Nursing”.
1. Globally, there are roughly 36.9 nurses per 10,000 people, with variations within and across regions.
2. There are almost 10 times more nurses in the Americas than in the African region.
3. By 2030, there will be a shortage of over 5.7 million nurses worldwide.
4. The largest shortfall in absolute numbers is in the South-East Asian region
Nurses in India
•As of 2018, there were over 1.56 million nurses in India and (772,575 nursing associates)
•There is an overwhelming majority of the nurses are women in India (88% )
SAFE PLUS Scheme
•Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI) has launched the SIDBI Assistance to Facilitate Emergency response against Coronavirus (SAFE PLUS) Scheme.
•It aims to provide financial assistance of up to Rs 1 crore to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs) that are involved in making essential items to combat COVID-19 pandemic.