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Mumbai: A city under development is hard on the lungs

Mumbai seems to be perpetually under construction as exposed metal, concrete slabs and barricades confront citizens on nearly every arterial street in the city and suburbs.

Out of 14 proposed metro corridors across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), three are operational. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2022 12:45 AM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai & Jyoti Shelar

Raising a stink over Mumbai’s polluted rivers

Mumbai: In 2016, when Sagar Vira and his eight-member family moved to the plush Hiranandani Heritage apartment complex in Kandivli, they were ecstatic about the new amenities — a large, gated community, a bigger garden, a clubhouse with a swimming pool

The Poisar river originates from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and merges into the Arabian Sea via the Marve creek in Malad (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 02, 2022 12:36 AM IST

Since 2017, only six deceased organ donations carried out at city’s public hospitals

Deceased organ donations are carried out after family members of brain-dead patients give their consent to retrieve the organs

ZTCC’s president Dr SK Mathur said that government hospitals should not just have kidney transplant centres but also create facilities for heart, lungs, and liver transplantation. (Getty Images)
Published on May 20, 2022 11:49 PM IST

Advocate’s organ donation leads to Mumbai’s first small bowel transplant

Mumbai: After being declared brain dead by doctors, advocate Reena Bansode’s family decided to give a new lease of life to four critically ill patients by consenting to donate her organs

A reminder of the importance of organ donation. Male hands holding heart with a message that reads: Organ donor. (Getty Images)
Updated on May 20, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Five districts record 100% boosters coverage among eligible senior citizens

Five districts in Maharashtra- Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Jalgaon- have given booster doses to over 100% of its eligible senior citizens as of Saturday

Booster doses for healthcare workers, frontline workers and people above 60 were started on January 10. The Centre has mandated a 39-week gap between the second dose and the booster shot (Praful Gangurde)
Updated on May 14, 2022 09:31 PM IST

Uptake of boosters in 18-59 age group remains low in Maharashtra

A month after booster doses were allowed for the population in the 18-59 age bracket through the private sector, Maharashtra has not managed to find a solution in districts where none of the private centres is stocking the vaccine

A beneficiary gets inoculated against Covid-19 in Thane on Wednesday. Praful Gangurde/HT Photo
Published on May 11, 2022 06:54 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Fewer dispensaries, lack of awareness ail Mumbai’s primary health care system

The concept of the polyclinics, which will be identified as ‘Hinduhridayasamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Health Centres’, was announced in the civic budget presented in March.

The initial plan is to have 100 polyclinics and the civic body has made a provision of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>250 crore for the capital expenditure and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>150 crore for the revenue expenditure on this project that aims to boost the city’s healthcare at the primary level (AP)
Published on May 09, 2022 10:17 PM IST

500 nutrition incentive not credited for months, say TB patients

The monthly incentive under the Niskhay Poshan Yojana started by the Centre in 2018 is given in the form of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the Aadhar linked bank accounts of TB patients

As of 2021, the city had 5,861 drug-resistant TB patients on treatment (Hindustan Times)
Published on May 07, 2022 08:00 PM IST

A private ward inside Mumbai’s public hospital

Mumbai: Eight years after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) opened its first affordable private ward in public hospitals the city’s KEM hospital refurbished its 17-room private ward and opened it to the public earlier this week

Mumbai, India - April 28, 2022: A 17-bed ward will become operational on Wednesday at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital on a pilot basis for patients willing to pay for better facilities at reasonable rates for the first time in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on May 01, 2022 12:08 AM IST

Covid preparedness: State charts 11 action points

The letter issued by additional chief secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas early this week has also mandated all districts to complete the ongoing work on oxygen generation plants

According to Joshi, the ongoing heatwave calls for extra vigilance as all the previous waves have surged in hot weather conditions (Vijay Bate)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 08:21 PM IST

Fewer people used state’s free ambulance service in pandemic year of 2020

Despite an acute shortage of ambulances being reported from across Maharashtra in the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020, fewer people availed of the state government’s free ambulance service 108

The free ambulance service was started in 2014 and can be availed of by dialling the toll-free number 108. HT File Photo
Published on Apr 27, 2022 09:21 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Malaria elimination: Civic body to focus on five high-risk wards

While the city’s overall API continues to be below one, five wards namely- A, C, E, F South, and G South- have an API over one

The state capital has been in the elimination phase since 2017 when the city’s Annual Parasite Index (API) went below one (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 07:02 PM IST

In a restructure, 4,200 anganwadis notified as urban centres

Authorities said that the exercise was long-pending and crucial as the upkeep of these anganwadis was ignored due to jurisdictional confusion

Anganwadis that function in rented premises in urban areas get <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,500 for the rent, while the allotment for rural anganwadis is <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 07:22 PM IST

During pandemic, chatbot delivered recipes, bedtime stories to anganwadi beneficiaries

The chatbot initiative was activated in October 2020 under the department’s Tarang Suposhit Maharashtracha, and was envisioned to reach out to anganwadi beneficiaries with information

The chatbot has been used by 15,09,039 people across the state and the toll-free IVR number has received as many as 26,11,922 calls (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 07:30 PM IST

Third wave of Covid-19 in Maha caused higher fatalities in 71-80 age group

From January to March 2022, a majority of 28.11% of the 2,337 deaths occurred in the age group of 71-80 years

Omicron’s severe impact was thus seen only in a section of the population that was highly vulnerable due to multiple risk factors. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 11:06 PM IST

Counselling helps TB patients take medicines

TB is a serious infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, which commonly affects the lungs

Shehnaz Khan and her husband Yunus with a counsellor at the MSF clinic in Govandi. (Ht Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 05:14 PM IST

Amid concerns of waning immunity, experts push for boosters

Experts said that citizens should still follow self-precautionary measures to avoid getting infected if a possible surge is around the corner

Infectious disease specialist Dr Om Srivastava, who is also on the state’s Covid task force, said that there is little known about the vaccines even today (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 06:36 PM IST

BMC says it will continue testing, tracing and treating for Covid-19 in Mumbai

Presently, there are zero active containment zones and sealed buildings in Mumbai. In the last 24 hours, BMC has done 238 contact tracing of patients testing positive for Covid-19

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that it will continue the three basic Ts – Testing, Tracing and Treating in the city. (AP)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 06:57 PM IST
BySomita Pal and Jyoti Shelar

Keep masks on even if it’s optional, say Covid task force members

Experts say the use of masks is one of the few techniques that have effectively helped in controlling the spread of the disease

Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said the civic body will now focus on mask advisories and awareness, instead of collecting fines. (AFP)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:54 AM IST

Mumbai sees uptick in cadaver organ donations

This year, the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) hopes to cross the 2019 numbers with the help of concentrated efforts and awareness campaigns.

The organ donations came to a halt in March 2020 soon as the pandemic hit Mumbai. (Getty Images)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 11:55 PM IST

Covid patients shed virus through faeces for prolonged period: NIV study

A study conducted by Pune’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) found that many Covid patients continue to shed the virus through faeces, even as their nasal and throat swabs become negative

The study found that nearly 15.4% of the patients had gastrointestinal symptoms, however, the presence of viral RNA in the faeces was not related to the presence of such gastrointestinal symptoms or to the severity of the disease (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 08:24 PM IST

Eye donations pick up in Maharashtra after declining by 80% in 2020

Mumbai: Eye donation, one of the most prominent tissue donations, took a massive hit in Maharashtra due to Covid-19

Eye donation involves donation of cornea- the transparent tissue covering the front of the eye. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Diagnosing paediatric TB a major challenge

Although only 6% of tuberculosis (TB) cases reported to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) are children, experts say that these numbers are highly underreported

Even today, diagnosing paediatric TB continues to be a major challenge as children struggle to produce sputum- the specimen which allows simple detection of the bacterial infection (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 23, 2022 08:35 PM IST

Mumbai Covid hospitalisations at all-time low

On Friday, only one new patient was hospitalised in Mumbai, and the total number of hospitalisations stood at 74, of which seven were critical

Mumbai was the epicentre of the first and second waves in the country. The third wave, which began in the third week of December 2021, peaked in the city on January 7 this year with 20,971 cases, a day on which 1,395 Covid-positive patients were hospitalised. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 18, 2022 11:09 PM IST

As countries battle new surge of Covid: Experts believe a fourth wave seems unlikely in India

A new variant is unlikely to emerge from India at the moment as the number of infections has come down dramatically and there is a great deal of immunity in the population through prior infections and vaccines

Countries like Germany, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand are among those that are currently experiencing a surge in cases. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 06:41 PM IST

Empty beds: 300 critical Covid patients in state

Mumbai, which has dabbled with the highest caseload during the pandemic, had 28 critical patients on Sunday

Doctors said that the small number of patients who are critical include those who are seriously immunocompromised and those with incidental Covid (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Mar 13, 2022 10:32 PM IST

Two years on, Mumbai has seen a million Covid cases and more than 16k deaths

An analysis of Covid cases and deaths shows that Mumbai managed to bring down its mortality rate with every wave

As per the state’s latest data released on Thursday, Mumbai’s total Covid cases had touched 1,056,213 and deaths were 16,692. (Stock Pic)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 11:32 PM IST

WHO consolidated guidelines to allow shorter TB treatment course for children

The WHO guidelines are based on the University College London-led SHINE (Shorter Treatment for Minimal Tuberculosis in Children) trial that found a shortened regimen of 4 months was not inferior to the conventional 6-month course for children with tuberculosis.

While the findings of the SHINE trial on shorter TB treatment course for children have been approved by WHO, it will depend on India’s Central TB Division to adopt them for implementation in the country. (Representational Image)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 02:27 PM IST

Mumbai civic body BMC starts dismantling 4 of Mumbai’s 9 jumbo Covid-19 centres

Mumbai municipal body BMC has started making inventories of medicines, equipment at four Covid-19 centres set up in the city. BMC plans to shift PSA plants from the jumbo Covid to Mumbai hospitals

Mumbai civic body BMC is dismantling four jumbo Covid-19 centres set up to tackle the rising cases of Covid-19 in Mumbai (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 05:32 PM IST

Watch out for Covid in upcoming summer months, experts say

The best way to avoid a spike again in the summer would be to use masks outdoors as well as indoors in spaces such as offices, schools, colleges etc

The caution of the summer is triggered by the trends observed during the first and second waves of Covid in Mumbai (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 09:25 PM IST
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