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Need for Covid vaccination in HIV positive people: Study

Only 55% of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) globally have taken the Covid-19 vaccine, a new study published by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has revealed. Their finding revealed the rate of vaccination among PLHIVs in South Asia, including India, was around 49% and that the vaccination rates varied significantly by geography

The team assessed vaccination data of 6,952 PLHIVs from 12 countries, who were enrolled in another randomised trial, including 469 patients from India. Only 55% of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) globally have taken the Covid-19 vaccination.
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 07:12 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Make drugs for HIV opportunistic infections widely available: Activists

The lack of essential drugs required for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections is causing a lot of suffering among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) patients

Due to the suppressed immunity of the infected patients, they become vulnerable to catching other bacterial, viral and fungal infections. For instance, tuberculosis (TB) is the commonest opportunistic infection among HIV/AIDS patients. The lack of essential drugs required for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections is causing a lot of suffering among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) patients.
Published on Dec 01, 2021 06:18 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Dip in HIV tests, diagnosis during pandemic: Experts fear surge in advanced infections

The pandemic and the ensuing lockdown restrictions severely impacted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing in Mumbai. Data from the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) shows that the testing for the infection has dropped by 50% from 475,540 tests in 2019-2020 to 236,392 tests in 2020-2021

With the decline in Covid-19 infections and the lifting of lockdown restrictions, Mumbai’s HIV programme has shown some signs of recovery. The pandemic and the ensuing lockdown restrictions severely impacted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing in Mumbai.
Published on Nov 30, 2021 07:48 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Doctors see an increase in viral infections among children

Doctors said that parents should immediately seek medical attention for their children if symptoms start showing

A doctor said that three out of 10 children are coming in with viral ailments (HT File)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 06:14 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Reinforce Covid-appropriate behaviour, task force advises state

Covid-19 task force has advised the state to stringently screen inbound travellers, reinforce Covid-appropriate behaviour with emphasis on wearing N95 or double masks

The task force had convened an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss the concerns about the new variant (PTI)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 07:46 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

9.2 million miss second dose: Asha workers battle odds to meet target

Data from the state shows that the average daily vaccinations or second dose dropped from 760,955 in September to 525,121 in October, and further declined to 463,389 this month. Nearly 70,000 Asha workers have been on the ground throughout the pandemic, encouraging people to get tested, flagging suspected patients in the villages for quarantine and encouraging the population to take jabs

Asha workers visits a beneficiaries to remind them about their pending second dose. Maharashtra’s target population is 91.5 million. While the state is close to 80% first dose coverage, its full vaccination or second dose coverage is merely 41%.
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 12:30 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Lessons from 26/11: Triage and equitable distribution of victims is a must

From specially designated Sagari police stations to the addition of ambulances to the city’s disaster management system, the 26/11 attacks forced the government to make a number of changes. How have these panned out 13 years on? We examine three areas: civic body’s protocols, medical emergency and policing of the seas off Mumbai’s coast

Nurses pay homage to the victims at Cama Hospital, one of the places targeted by the terrorists on 26/11 terror attacks. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 12:02 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

21 districts below state’s average in full Covid vaccination coverage

As many as 21 districts in Maharashtra are lagging behind the full vaccination coverage, much below the state’s average ie. 41%, according to the data released by the public health department

As many as 21 districts in Maharashtra below the state’s average in full Covid vaccination coverage (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 09:32 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

26/11 special: ‘Survivors say they are prepared for the worst, now’

Dr Gautam Bhansali, a consultant general physician practising at the Bombay Hospital in Marine Lines, had a dinner planned at the Masala Kraft restaurant in the Taj Hotel to ring in his fourth wedding anniversary on 26/11

Hostages and guests of hotel Taj Hotel rescued from terrorists. After 13 years later, survivors share their stories. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 12:22 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

After dip in 2020, dengue cases see a six-fold rise

This six-fold rise is dengue cases is mainly due to the fact that the pandemic and ensuing lockdown led to reduced mobility and less testing in 2020

In 2019, 920 dengue cases were recorded in Mumbai (HT File)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 04:02 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Mumbai’s great rat hunt and why it matters to you

Since 2015, leptospirosis has killed 70 people in Mumbai, more than dengue and malaria. It is an uphill battle that the city’s massive rat-killing machinery has been desperately trying to win

Children look on amid a heavy downpour in Mumbai on August 31, 2021. The congested and waterlogging-prone city is home to leptospirosis, a disease that comes from Mumbai’s huge rat population. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 12:56 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Only 0.29% got Covid despite being fully vaccinated in Mumbai

Only 16,967 people in Mumbai got the Covid-19 infection despite being fully vaccinated, data collated by the civic body has shown. Infections that occur two weeks after full vaccination are known as breakthrough infections

According to the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Corporation (BMC), these Covid infections accounted for only 0.29% of the 5,809,294 people who were fully vaccinated, in Mumbai, as of November 14. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 07:43 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

District Mental Health Programme to be rolled out in Mumbai soon

The Centre-funded District Mental Health Programme (DMHP), which is already running in 34 districts of Maharashtra, is likely to be rolled out soon in Mumbai

The District Mental Health Programme is implemented by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) in all states.. (Representational image)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 12:01 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Infectious aerosols can linger in washrooms: IIT-B study

Shared washrooms spaces in public areas such as restaurants, offices, trains and aircrafts are likely to have dead zones where aerosols carrying infectious agents like Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19 – can linger up to 10 times longer than the rest of the room, a new study by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has revealed

Shared washrooms spaces in public areas such as restaurants, offices, trains and aircrafts are likely to have dead zones where aerosols carrying infectious agents can linger up to 10 times longer than the rest of the room, says IIT-B reserach. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 09:52 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Second dose certificates not updated, complain citizens; hospitals unable to backdate

As malls, trains, air travel and even offices have linked entry to fully vaccinated people, citizens who had earlier not accessed the second dose certificates are now stumbling upon such issues

The civic body had found that nearly four lakh people from the city have missed their second dose of the vaccination. Many citizens who had earlier not accessed the second dose certificates are now stumbling upon such issues and have approached the hospitals. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 11:41 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Financial, logistical support reduce paediatric cancer treatment abandonment rates: TMH analysis

A holistic cancer care approach that includes financial, logistical, nutritional and treatment support has considerably brought down the treatment abandonment rate among paediatric cancer patients at the Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH)

Analysis of 10-year patient data, carried out by Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), has revealed that the paediatric cancer treatment abandonment rate dropped from 10.4% in 2010 to 3.7% in 2020.
Published on Nov 16, 2021 11:37 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid-19 can impact the inner ear cells, affect hearing: Study

A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (a Harvard teaching hospital based in Boston) has recorded evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19 – can infect the inner ear, including hair cells that are critical for hearing and balance. Hair cells are the sensory cells of the auditory system

The study has recorded evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19 – can infect the inner ear, including hair cells that are critical for hearing and balance. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 12:59 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

100% 1st dose administered, now, Mumbai eyes full vaccination

As the city moves to increase its first dose coverage beyond 100% and achieve the second dose target, new micro strategies are being designed

Absolute coverage may therefore be a few more days away, experts said, and a small percentage of the population could still choose to remain unvaccinated due to personal choice, hesitancy or other reasons. (HT Photo/Representative use)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 11:09 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Mumbai civic body official: Initial phase and last mile are the most challenging

According to Mumbai civic body immunisation officer Dr Sheela Jagtap, the last mile coverage is the biggest challenge BMC faces now

In April, a central storage facility was opened at Kanjurmarg in Mumbai by the civic body. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 12:31 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

‘Everyone in Mumbai has not received the first vaccine dose’

An estimated 10% to 20% people who have got the Covid-19 vaccine in Mumbai are likely to be people from other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) or rest of Maharashtra

Over six million second doses have been administered in Mumbai, taking the full vaccination coverage to 65%. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 12:27 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Mumbai crosses 100% first vaccine dose coverage

As of 9.30pm on Saturday, 9,253,624 persons in Mumbai had received the first dose of the vaccine that helps guard against severe infection and death by Sars-CoV-2, the virus that has infected 253,436,774 people worldwide

Mumbai civic body field staff are making residential visits around the city to ask Mumbaiites whether they have been vaccinated or not. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 12:16 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai hits 100% first dose mark; many still not inoculated

The city’s eligible adult population is 9,236,546, and by 10pm on Friday night, 9,253,647 were inoculated with at least one dose. An estimated 10-20% people who have got the Covid-19 vaccine in Mumbai are likely to be from other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region or rest of Maharashtra

Mumbai reached the 1 million doses (both doses included) mark on March 25. The 9 million doses landmark was attained on August 24. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 11:14 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai achieves 100% first dose Covid vaccine coverage

Mumbai launched the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination for healthcare workers on January 16, along with the rest of the country, with just 10 vaccination centres

100% first dose coverage was achieved by a total of 462 public and private vaccination centres in Mumbai. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 01:46 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

As admissions dip, some Mumbai hospitals want to be fully ‘non-Covid’ facilities again

In a joint meeting of private hospitals in Mumbai held last week, though it was decided to reduce the beds meant for Covid-19 patients, the authorities agreed to have a system wherein the entire bed strength can be activated if the cases witness a sudden surge

With Covid-19 cases on a steep decline, some private hospitals in Mumbai were hopeful of going back to being fully non-Covid facilities. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 11:43 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Feeding the hungry, helping the deaf hear: Meet more Padma Shri awardees

Jagdish Lal Ahuja aka Langar Baba feeds hundreds every day in Chandigarh. He’s 86, battling cancer and often strapped for funds, but he won’t stop. Dr Sandra Desa Souza was the first Indian doctor in India to conduct a cochlear implant. She has since helped thousands more. Meet the heroes.

For 20 years, Ahuja has handed out hot meals every day, to those in need in Chandigarh. In winters, he sometimes hands out sweaters, blankets and shoes too.
Published on Nov 12, 2021 04:49 PM IST
ByTanbir Dhaliwal & Jyoti Shelar

Private hospitals urge for Covid booster shots, buyback to clear vaccine stock

With a considerable drop in the daily vaccinations being carried out at the private hospitals, the Association of Healthcare Providers, India (AHPI) has urged the Centre to allow Covid-19 booster shots for healthcare workers and people in the high-risk category, in order to avoid any wastage

Private hospitals has urged the Centre to allow Covid-19 booster shots for healthcare workers and people in the high-risk category. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 08:06 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai coastline crisis: Urban flooding is a public health issue

The coastal city of Mumbai is in crisis. There’s plastic in its ocean and its beaches. The fisher communities living along its coastline are losing access to fishing commons and livelihoods. Private vehicles and mass transit systems like buses jostle for space on narrow roads, ensuring longer hours for commuters travelling the length of the city. Urban flooding, related to as much to monsoon as to the high tide, is a leading cause of a host of health conditions. In a multi-part series, Hindustan Times asks you to take a clear, hard look at the unfolding crisis and our role in it

Every monsoon, a large part of the M East ward — home to over 800,000 residents who comprise over 40% of the city’s slum population — gets flooded. Flooding is a public health issue for Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 06:26 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar

Maharashtra continues to see decline in Covid-19 cases over the past week

On Sunday, Maharashtra recorded 892 new Covid-19 cases and 16 new deaths. The state’s tally has touched 6,617,654 infections and 140,388 deaths. Mumbai recorded 252 new cases and three new fatalities

Covid-19 vaccination underway in Mumbai, India. Maharashtra is seeing a steady fall in coronavirus cases as well as testing. (HT photo/File)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 10:00 AM IST
ByNaresh Kamath and Jyoti Shelar

Here’s why Covid cases in Maharashtra are declining

Experts cite the receding second wave, widespread infection in the population and the overall coverage of vaccination of Maharashtra

In October, Maharashtra saw an average of 1,922 new Covid cases daily, down from 3424 cases per day in September. The first four days of November averaged just 1055 new cases. (HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 09:14 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Maharashtra prepares for 1.2 million active Covid cases in third wave

Maharashtra is preparing for an active Covid-19 caseload of 1.2 million during the peak of the anticipated third wave

Experts, however, are divided over the nature of the third wave of Covid-19. Some predict that the worst is over for Maharashtra and there will be no third wave. A few others believe that the third wave will occur but it will be a mild one. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 08:16 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai
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