Estd. 2010

Month: December 2020

Covid-19 case rates nearly doubled in London over the past week, with almost 60% of these infections attributed to the new strain, according to government officials.

In response, Johnson announced a new top tier of pandemic curbs for hot-spot regions around the capital. All non-essential shops will close and 16.4 million people — 31% of England’s population — were ordered to stay at home. ( Read More(The Print) )

Nursing staff has been at the forefront, quite literally, of combating the lethal virus. The year, however, has been punctuated with confusing protocols on Covid treatment initially, lapses in healthcare infrastructure, and no work-life balance, not to mention the unbearable PPE suits. Read more (The Print)

AIIMS, New Delhi: Prof. Balram Bhargava, aged 59 years, Chief of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been after he tested positive for COVID-19.ICMR was recently embroiled in a controversy after announcing August 15th deadline for the vaccine. While ICMR, MOHFW, AIIMS, New Delhi have been subject to criticism as their heads havebeen blaming the people for not following COVID protocols, many of their staff have tested positive for COVID.

AIIMS Nurses Union Announces Indefinite Strike

The indefinite strike has been called for by AIIMS Nurses Union in response to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s decision to recruit nurses on a contractual basis as retaliation to our strike.
The indefinite strike was supposed to start on16th of this month. And we had given the strike notice with one month period for taking appropriate measures to fulfil our genuine demands. But the government not only showed any receptivity to our demands but also started recruiting nurses on a contractual basis to undermine the strike.
In response to this arrogant undemocratic attitude towards the nurses who have been struggling with Covid pandemic, the aggrieved nurses of AIIMS have decided to go on strike immediately. The emergency executive meeting has unanimously decided to go with the gathered nurses’ opinion.
However, we will be 24×7 available for any kind of communication from the government as to our genuine demands.” said the post by an executive member of the AIIMS Nurses Union.

ஒருங்கிணைந்த மருத்துவத் துறையை ஏற்படுத்த ஆயுஷ் அமைச்சகமும் எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனையும் திட்டம்

ஆயுஷ் அமைச்சகமும், எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனையும் இணைந்து, எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனையில் ஒருங்கிணைந்த மருத்துவத் துறையை ஏற்டுத்தத் திட்டமிட்டுள்ளன.

எய்ம்ஸ் மருத்துவமனையில், ஆயுஷ் அமைச்சகச் செயலாளர் திரு வைத்திய ராஜேஷ் கொடேச்சா, மருத்துவமனையின் ஒருங்கிணைந்த மருத்துவ  ஆராய்ச்சி மையத்தின் இயக்குநர் டாக்டர் ரண்தீப் குலேரியா ஆகியோர் தலைமையில் நடைபெற்ற ஆய்வுக் கூட்டத்தில் இந்த முடிவு எடுக்கப்பட்டது.

பிரத்தியேகமான துறை உருவாக்கப்படும் வரை ஆயுஷ் அமைச்சகம், ஒருங்கிணைந்த மருத்துவ  ஆராய்ச்சி மையத்திற்குத் தொடர்நது ஆதரவு அளிக்கும் என்று அமைச்சகத்தின் செயலாளர் உறுதியளித்தார்.

கொவிட் தொற்றிலிருந்து குணமடைந்தோருக்கு சிகிச்சை வழங்குவதற்காக ஆயுர்வேதம், யோகா சார்ந்த ஒருங்கிணைத்த நெறிமுறைகளை வகுப்பது குறித்தும் இந்த ஆய்வுக் கூட்டத்தில் முடிவு செய்யப்பட்டது.

மேலும் விவரங்களுக்கு இந்த செய்திக் குறிப்பை ஆங்கிலத்தில் இங்கே காணவும்:

Ministry of AYUSH and AIIMS decides to work together to set up a Department of Integrative Medicine

Ministry of AYUSH and AIIMS have decided to initiate work on setting up a Department of Integrative Medicine at AIIMS. This was decided in a joint visit and review by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, AYUSH and Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS of the Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) at AIIMS, New Delhi. The CIMR receives notable support through the Centre of Excellence Scheme of the Ministry of AYUSH.

Dr. Gautam Sharma, Head, CIMR and senior officers of AYUSH Ministry were also present during the visit. The cutting edge research activities being held by CIMR in the Yoga and Ayurveda disciplines were reviewed and the research outcomes were seen to be impressive. Ministry of AYUSH and AIIMS decided to extend the duration of the research collaboration at CIMR and also to extend the scope of collaborative activities.

Considering the research work, other activities and accomplishments of CIMR, it was felt that setting up a dedicated OPD and IPD beds for CIMR could be the next steps in the growth and development of CIMR. Both Secretary AYUSH and Director AIIMS agreed that considering the increased interest of patients at AIIMS in the CIMR and the growing body of research work of the Centre it could be feasible to further develop it into a standalone Department for Integrative Medicine at AIIMS in the short-term future. This may be developed with dedicated faculty and staff to make it into a permanent Department at AIIMS.

Secretary AYUSH assured that the Ministry of AYUSH will strive to continue its support to CIMR till the dedicated Department is developed. The notable research outcomes of CIMR and the encouraging results of the new initiatives in COVID 19 research through integrative research point towards an integrative approach being the need of the hour and towards the significant public health benefits it can lead to.

It was decided that CIMR, AIIMS may develop an integrated protocol with Ayurveda and Yoga for study on Post COVID treatment. The Ministry of AYUSH could collaborate in the same through the Extra Mural Research Scheme.

The progress in establishing the Integrated AYUSH cancer care facilities at the National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar, Haryana was also reviewed. It was decided to follow it up and expedite the process for early establishment and functioning of the center.

The team of senior functionaries visited CIMR and also attended a presentation on COVID 19 research works at the CIMR. Secretary AYUSH and Director AIIMS complemented the CIMR staff for developing it as a state of the art research unit and producing high quality treatment and research outcomes.

The Subversive Power of a Pinhole

The Subversive Power of a Pinhole

Dr.Vikas Bajpai 

Dear Friends,

Sometimes there can be a strange confluence of thoughts. While participating in a demonstration in support of the agitating farmers today morning at Jantar-Mantar, I was suddenly reminded of the story of ‘Birbal ki Kichdi’ (Birbal’s porridge). I cannot be blaming if you are intrigued by the connection between Birbal, his kichdi, and the ongoing peasant struggle. The subject of the mail – ‘the subversive power of a pinhole’ only adds to the intrigue of this incantation.

Towards resolution let us first be reminded briefly of ‘Birbal ki kichdi’ story. A poor washer man happened to take on Emperor Akbar’s challenge to stand neck deep in the river through the night in an exceptionally freezing winter, all to win the hefty prize money on the offer. Impressed by the daunting feat of the washer man, Akbar sought to know what gave the man hope to last the ordeal. The flickering lamp on the roof of emperor’s palace was the source of his supplication, the man submitted humbly. For reason of mischievously deliberate stupidity perhaps, the emperor concluded that it was the warmth of the lamp that enabled the man’s feat rather than his stoic endurance. He was thus disqualified from receiving the prize money.

As is characteristic of Akbar-Birbal tales, it took the witty gravitas of Akbar’s trusted court noble and friend Birbal to have justice delivered to the poor washer man. It was communicated to the emperor that Birbal is unable to attend the royal court until his ‘kichdi’ is cooked. Piqued as Akbar was with the reason for Birbal’s absence, he landed at his friend’s house to investigate things first hand.

There sat Birbal in his courtyard, with a pitcher hanging from the top of a bamboo pole as a dainty fire lit on the ground. Apprehending the obvious query from Jahanpana’s countenance Birbal assured the emperor of his method’s validity in much the same way as the warmth of the lamp could comfort the washer man. Akbar broke into an irreverent laugh at this, and the washer man soon became nouveau riche.

Things acquire their meaning from the context in which they play out. Hindustan then was perhaps the world’s richest empire, and Akbar its genial emperor who loved and cared for his people, and sought their emancipatory cultural amalgamation. The significance of the flickering flame of the lamp could be dismissed under the circumstances extant then.

We live in a different Hindustan now, where the rulers feast on hatred and thrive by drawing the divisions between their ‘subjects’ deeper. For our times, when the rulers seek to engulf us in an ever deepening darkness I substitute the metaphor of the ‘lamp’ with a ‘pinhole’. The more menacing the darkness the greater is the subversive power of a pinhole.

In times of darkness opening of doors and windows to let in the brightness of hope ushered in by the fragrant breeze of peoples’ struggles becomes possible only when there are people willing to drive pinholes in the walls of darkness when these appear most daunting. The problem is that the ruling classes seem to grasp the subversive prowess of pinholes much better than many of us who despair the moment struggles ebb and the silence becomes deafening.

Despair can hardly lend us to our salvation, and none seem to know this better than the peasants who have come knocking at the door steps of Delhi in their tens of thousands. I was happy to be part of a crowd of little over two hundred at Jantar-Mantar who had gathered to lend their support to the agitating peasants. They had come determined to drive their drills into the walls of darkness erected by this regime.

It is time that we all grasp the subversive prowess of a pinhole.

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