No vital SARS CoV-2 mutation in India; ICMR exploring saliva-based COVID-19 take a look at: Vardhan

New Delhi, September 20

The ICMR is actively exploring saliva-based take a look at for detection of COVID-19, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan mentioned on Sunday and asserted that no vital or drastic mutation in strains of SARS-CoV-2 has been present in India until now.

During an interplay together with his social media followers, Vardhan knowledgeable them the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been conducting large-scale sequencing of nationally consultant strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus collected for a number of months over completely different time-points.

Detailed outcomes on mutations and evolution of the virus shall be out there in early October, he mentioned.

Replying to queries through the ‘Sunday Samvad’ platform, Vardhan additional mentioned sufficient oxygen is being produced within the nation and the well being ministry is intently monitoring the state of affairs.

According to a well being ministry assertion, he reminded everybody that the ministry had dispatched oxygen concentrators to rural components of the nation, to avert the logistic points which have come to mild.

About saliva-based take a look at for COVID-19, Vardhan famous that the ICMR has validated just a few exams, however no dependable take a look at has been discovered and corporations with exams accepted by US-FDA have nonetheless not approached the Government of India.

He added that the nation’s apex well being analysis physique is actively exploring this take a look at technique and can inform as quickly as dependable choices can be found.

Regarding the Centre’s achievement of engineering polio eradication in India, he reminded the viewers that coronavirus is a novel pathogen and in contrast to polio, literature for it’s absent.

India’s dealing with of illness outbreaks prior to now similar to SARS, Ebola and plague will play a significant function in containing coronavirus, Vardhan mentioned.

“The minister assured another (social media) follower that no significant or drastic mutations have been found in strains of SARS-CoV-2 in India (available in GISAID, global database), till now,” in accordance with the well being ministry assertion.

Vardhan mentioned 155 households of COVID Warriors have claimed reduction beneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19. These embrace 64 medical doctors, 32 auxiliary nurse midwives and multipurpose healthcare employees, 14 ASHA employees and 45 different frontline employees who misplaced their lives.

He additionally famous that it will take a substantive period of time for creating herd immunity to have the ability to cowl about 70 per cent of the inhabitants. Hence the main target of the federal government is primarily in direction of placing collectively a method that mixes containment and hospital administration, the minister mentioned.

Being a health care provider himself, Vardhan answered questions on the scientific administration of COVID-19 in nice element dispelling myths surrounding the usage of hydroxychloroquine and plasma remedy in treating coronavirus sufferers. He additionally defined to his viewers how coronavirus turns into deadly for the aged and people with comorbidity.

He additionally sought to dispel fears attributable to the suspension of trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, saying vaccine growth is a posh course of and trials have restarted solely after an impartial investigative skilled committee permitted them to proceed.

“He defined the distinction between numerous vaccines beneath scientific trial in India and that since formulations, doses, route of administration are completely different for the vaccines, their mechanisms of motion are additionally completely different.

“However, the desirable outcome of each vaccine is much the same, that is ensuring healthy individuals with immunity against the novel coronavirus,” the assertion mentioned.

During the ‘Sunday Samvad’, he shared a number of suggestions for the psychological wellbeing of senior residents.

About concrete measures deliberate to deal with public well being emergencies sooner or later, Vardhan mentioned, the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ will strengthen the nation to an extent the place “we will be able to overcome any eventuality including another pandemic”.

The well being minister mentioned ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ underlines the federal government’s dedication in direction of elevated investments in public well being and different well being reforms to organize India for future pandemics.

A significant proposal into account on the Expenditure Finance Committee degree contains strengthening surveillance of infectious ailments and outbreak response together with that for factors of entry, the institution of devoted infectious illness administration hospital blocks in district hospitals and Integrated Public Health Laboratories, he added.

Vardhan additionally spoke on the function of conventional drugs within the current context and knowledgeable those that attended the ‘Samvad’ occasion that the AYUSH Ministry has developed analysis protocols for validating claims of assorted Ayush practitioners for COVID-19 options though no formulation has been validated as a particular drug.

Vardhan additionally answered queries concerning India’s plan to divert human sources to science and the function of presidency coverage in reaching a clear surroundings witnessed through the coronavirus-induced lockdown. — PTI

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