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Corona Virus…the number of quarantined patients goes up

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By Raju Vernekar

Although no case of “corona virus positive” has been reported from any part of the country as yet, number of passengers, who were quarantined on their return from China, crossed 670 with staggering 633 passengers isolated and kept under observation in Kerala alone.
The break up of the persons kept under observation was: Kerala-633, Punjab-16, Tamil Nadu-8,, Maharashtra-7,  Haryana-4, Delhi-3, Madhya Pradesh (Ujjain-son and mother)-2, Hayana-2 and Bengaluru-1=676.
Up till now 33,552 passengers who arrived in India from China in 155 flights have been screened even as, health officials began screening passengers at 21 airports across India for virus symptoms.
Three suspected patients –all men aged between 24 and 48, have been kept under observation at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Two of them are from Delhi and one hails from national capital region (NCR).
In Punjab, the patient, who is a banker, himself went to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
While up till now the samples of the patients were being tested only at National Institute of Virology in Pune, Union health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that the laboratory testing facility will be extended to four more laboratories across the country. NIV, Pune and ICMR Laboratory in Delhi will coordinate the testing of samples. A control room at the national level with phone number 011-23978046 is operational for any query, support, and assistance regarding coronavirus, he added.
In a related development, eight students studying in Wuhan University and Technology  urged Union Ministry of External affairs evacuate them as fast as possible since the stock of water and food was fast depleting in Wuhan. The students hail from Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal and J & K.Similarly Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over the medical steps and security of 100 Gujarati students stranded in China.. “Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and discussed medical steps and security of 100 Gujarati students in China,” Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Over 130 people have lost their lives due to coronavirus-related illness in China and thousands of confirmed cases have been reported from that country. Overseas confirmed cases have been reported from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The World Health Organisation in its latest report on Coronavirus’s latest situation said that there was a very high risk of the virus in China. China New Year Festival holidays have been extended till February 2 to prevent reverse migration of millions of people. Universities, schools and kindergartens across China will postpone the opening of the new semester until further notice.
In the meanwhile at the instance of Union Ministry of AYUSH, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy(CCRH) discussed the about the remedies for prevention of the disease  through Homoeopathy, ayurved and Unani in the meeting of its Scientific Advisory Board and recommend that homoeopathy medicine “Arsenicum”(album30) could be taken as prophylactic medicine against Coronavirus infections. It recommended one doze of “Arsenicu” daily in empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule if the disease prevails.
The board recommended Ayurvedic treatment which included drinking of “Shadang Paniya” (Musta, Parpat, Usheer, Chandan, Udeechya and Nagar) processed water (10 gm powder boiled in one liter water, until it reduces to half), to drink “Agastya Harityaki” 5 gm, twice a day with warm water, to consume “Samshamani Vati”- 500 mg twice a day, to consume drink a mixture of “Trikatu(Pippali, Marich & Shunthi) powder 5 gm and Tulasi 3-5 leaves (boiled in 1-litre water, until it reduces to ½ liter) and to inhale two drops of “Anu taila/Sesame oil” in each nostril daily in the morning.
The Unani treatment included: to sip a decoction of boiled “Behidana (Cydonia Oblonga) 3gm, “Unnab Zizyphus” (Jujube Linn)( 5 Nos), “Sapistan” (Cordia Myxa Linn) ( 7 Nos) in one litre water until it reduces to half.

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