Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, recently highlighted the benefits of ayurveda and urged people to "have a look" at Ayush Ministry's protocol to stay fit, saying "good health is the harbinger of happiness".
With a rise in number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has directed the health department to identify private hospitals which can be taken over by the government, official sources said on Sunday.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly across the world, both private and public hospitals are working round-the-clock to cure the infected. With public hospitals remaining full because of the growing numbers, the cost of private medication becomes important to understand.
The Centre has already placed an order for 3,500 ventilators and the assembling of the units will start from April 15, according to the Andhra Special Chief Secretary (Industries and Commerce) Rajat Bhargava.
India, which in recent weeks already banned the export of certain drugs, along with ventilators, masks and other protective gear needed by both patients and medical staff, issued the latest directive on Saturday.
Though the 21-day lockdown imposed by the government has put "further pressure on the manpower situation" but the company is taking all possible measures to step up manufacturing activities, RB said.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday issued the advisory to start rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19 in areas reporting clusters and in large migration gatherings or evacuee centres.
Of the 1509 beds, Coal India arm Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has set up the maximum 664 beds at its hospitals in places like Bhubaneswar, Angul, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Sundargarh in the state of Odisha. Besides, Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL) has come up with 200 isolation beds in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The ventilator, developed by a private company, was tested at a medical lab of the Ahmedabad civil hospital and given an approval on Friday night, an official said. The locally developed ventilator is being used for patients from Saturday, he said, adding that the machine is working fine.
"We are talking to medical equipment companies like GE and some other companies, which already have established and approved designs. If they can tell us, then we can start manufacturing based on their design in our plant," MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba said.
India will now start rapid antibody based blood tests in clusters or evacuee centres.
Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI) has urged the government to ensure maintaining of liquidity in the healthcare sector in light of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
"In response to COVID-19, face mask production has been initiated by self help groups (SHGs) members in 24 states covering 399 districts of the country under the Ministry of Rural Development’s National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)," it said in a statement.
Before wearing the handmade face cover it is recommended to clean it properly
As India witnesses a spike in coronavirus cases, the Central government on Saturday issued an advisory asking people to wear "homemade face covers" particularly when they step out of their houses in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The move would help in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis as these kits are required for testing of patients.
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