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Mumbai jabbed 99% of target but how many beneficiaries were from city?

A large number of beneficiaries from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and other parts of the state have taken the jabs in the city

As on Tuesday, the city had administered 9.1 million first doses, taking the vaccination coverage of Mumbai to 99% (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 10:07 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Organ donations programme shows signs of recovery in Mumbai

Last year, owing to the pandemic, only 30 organ donations had taken place Mumbai. This year, 30 donations have been recorded till October 19

Non-Covid patients did not visit hospitals either due to the lockdown or amid the fear of the contracting the infection. Mumbai doctors said that a large number of deaths happened at home, which also reduced the possibility of organ donations. (I-Stock Photo for representation)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 09:15 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

First wave of Covid-19 claimed nearly 11,000 lives in Mumbai, May 2020 was most lethal

While the number of Covid-19 cases saw a huge spurt during the second wave in Mumbai, the city’s death toll was around 5,000, comparatively lower than the first wave, according to the civic body data

The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic claimed nearly 11,000 lives in Mumbai, with May 2020 recording the highest number of deaths (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 12:55 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Pune tops Maharashtra in Covid-19 statistics

While the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is receding from Maharashtra, Pune has emerged as the top contributor in cases as well as deaths

Citizens crowd Dadar market for Diwali shopping, on Saturday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 12:35 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

AY.4.2 not detected in Maharashtra samples: state health officials

The new descendant of the Delta variant of novel coronavirus – AY.4.2 – that is closely being monitored in the United Kingdom has not been found in Maharashtra, state health officials said on Wednesday.

This Delta variant sub-lineage was labelled as a Variant Under Investigation (VUI) by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on October 20 and is said to have “modestly increased growth rate compared to Delta”. (AFP)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 09:59 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Rajasthan man becomes 3rd recipient in Mumbai to undergo hand transplant

Jagdev Singh, 22, the recipient, underwent a bilateral hand transplant procedure on October 15 and is now slowly recovering

Monika More, a train accident victim, is Mumbai’s first hand transplant recipient. The city’s second such procedure was conducted at the civic-run King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital. (Photo for representation)
Updated on Oct 26, 2021 07:33 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Why are mental health practitioners pushing for resilience building?

More and more mental health practitioners have started emphasising the importance of resilience building in recent years. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed, mental health resilience helps each individual to cope and bounce back

The term resilience is not new. In a recent mental health event, practitioners spoke of resilience and how it plays a crucial role when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 12:04 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

100-fold rise in viral load expelled by Covid patients during the second wave: study

There was a 100-fold increase in the viral load of the respiratory particles expelled by Covid-19 patients during the second wave dominated by the Delta variant. These findings are a part of an ongoing study by the Foundation of Medical Research (FMR) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The study has been selected for poster presentation at the ongoing 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health being held virtually.

The preliminary findings of the study shared in the poster also highlight a two-fold rise in the proportion of people expelling the virus from their breath during the second wave. Though the study is being conducted on Mumbai respondents, study authors said that it explains the higher transmission and increased number of Covid-19 cases in the second wave. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 20, 2021 10:13 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Think of children as a reservoir of Covid-19 virus: Expert

The senior medical expert emphasised prioritising the Covid-19 vaccine for children between 12 to 18 years in order to minimise the virus transmission and risk of emergence of new variants by mutations

Children can be potential reservoirs of the Sars-CoV-2 and vaccinating them becomes a public health imperative, according to Indian virologist Dr T Jacob John. The senior medical expert emphasised prioritising the Covid-19 vaccine for children between 12 to 18 years in order to minimise the virus transmission and risk of emergence of new variants by mutations. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 10:07 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

With largest oxygen backup, Mumbai’s Kanjurmarg Covid jumbo centre ready for 3rd wave

The Kanjurmarg Covid jumbo centre has 2 medical oxygen tanks of 40 and 13 kilolitres each and 7 oxygen generation plants that will use PSA technology to produce 1,500 litres of oxygen per minute

Located near Kanjurmarg railway station, the jumbo Covid centre has a capacity of 1,692 beds, including 1,112 oxygen beds and 200 intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Mumbai civic body will activate the facility only if the need arises. (HT FILE PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 06:59 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai’s 3rd hand transplant patient stable, family seeks financial help

Twenty-two-year-old Jagdev Singh who underwent a bilateral hand transplant procedure at the Global Hospital in Mumbai is in stable condition. The 12-hour long surgery concluded early on Saturday. Doctors said that Singh was still unconscious and that the procedure went well without any complications.

Twenty-two-year-old Jagdev Singh who underwent a bilateral hand transplant procedure at the Global Hospital in Mumbai is in stable condition. The 12-hour long surgery concluded early on Saturday. Doctors said that Singh was still unconscious and that the procedure went well without any complications.
Published on Oct 16, 2021 09:08 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Hopes hinged on pretomanid, new anti-TB drug in over four decades

Pretomanid is prescribed as a part of the BPaL regimen, which includes two other drugs- bedaquiline and linezolid. Doctors and TB patients both have their hopes hinged on this new drug and the BPaL regimen

Pretomanid is prescribed as a part of the BPaL regimen, which includes two other drugs- bedaquiline and linezolid. Doctors and TB patients both have their hopes hinged on this new drug and the BPaL regimen (Representational picture.)
Published on Oct 16, 2021 08:27 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Hands donated from Ahmedabad, transplant on at Mumbai hospital

The recipient is a 22-year-old man from Ajmer who had lost both his upper limbs and lower limbs after suffering from severe electrical burns while working on the farm

The hands were donated by the kin of a 52-year-old man who was declared brain dead at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. (Representational picture)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 10:58 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

What do medical experts from Mumbai say on ‘long-Covid’ definition given by WHO?

About 5% of Covid-19 patients suffer from the severe form of infection requiring a longer hospital stay, oxygen support and ICU admissions

Patients who have moderate to severe forms of infection are more likely to have residual health issues say doctors. However, some patients with mild Covid-19 have long term lingering after-effects too. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 11:37 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid killed more senior citizens in Mumbai than any other age group: Study

In Mumbai, over half the Covid-19 deaths have been reported in senior citizens. According to data provided by the civic body, 51% of all deaths recorded from the start of the pandemic till October 10, 2021, have been in the age group of 61 to 80 years

In Mumbai, over half the Covid-19 deaths have been reported in senior citizens. According to data provided by the civic body 51% of all deaths recorded from the start of the pandemic till October 10, 2021, have been in the age group of 61 to 80 years (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 09:54 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid deaths: Diabetes, hypertension top co-morbidities in Mumbai

Sixty per cent patients who succumbed due to Covid-19 in Mumbai had diabetes and hypertension as underlying co-morbid conditions.

Data obtained from the civic body on 16,149 deaths recorded till October 10 also showed that 36% patients did not have any underlying disease, while the remaining 4% deceased had conditions like tuberculosis, chronic kidney disease, ischemic heart disease, among others. (VIJAY BATE/HT)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 08:41 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid: Has Mumbai reached the endemicity stage?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the term endemic as “the constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area”

Healthcare workers inoculate beneficiaries against Covid-19 during a free vaccination camp at Shahaji Raje Sport Complex, Andheri West, in Mumbai) (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 09:50 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

77% cancer patients hesitant to take Covid vaccine: Study

Nearly 77% of cancer patients are hesitant to take the Covid-19 vaccine due to fears about the side effects, vaccine interfering in chemotherapy and radiation therapy, lack of information and misinformation, a questionnaire-based study, carried out by a team of doctors from the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), has found

Nearly 77% of cancer patients are hesitant to take the Covid-19 vaccine due to fears about the side effects, vaccine interfering in chemotherapy and radiation therapy, lack of information and misinformation, a study found. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 06:42 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

‘Rise in depressive and anxiety disorders during pandemic': Study

Globally, the burden of these disorders had increased by 28% and 26% respectively.

A first such global estimate on mental health, the study was carried out using a disease modelling meta-analysis tool.(Representative image)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 02:15 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

One in seven patients missed cancer surgery during lockdowns: Lancet study

One in seven patients missed planned cancer surgery during the lockdown, a new study published in The Lancet Oncology has found. While immediate and short-term outcomes were not compromised, there could be a reduction in long-term survival among patients, who had delayed or cancelled surgeries, the study said

A cohort of 20,006 patients, including 1,566 from India, with 15 types of cancers was followed up for the study. These patients were under treatment in 466 hospitals across 61 countries and had a decision for curative surgery during the pandemic. They were followed up until the point of surgery or till they stopped the follow-up up to August 31, 2020. (REPRESENTATIONAL PIC)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 09:48 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Resident doctors in Maharashtra call off strike

The doctors were assured a special incentive for their contribution during the pandemic, better upkeep of hostels, but their other primary demands were put forward for deliberations

The state-wide strike began on Friday after a series of meetings between Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors representatives and state government officials.
Published on Oct 04, 2021 11:41 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Covid may accelerate the loss of kidney function in some patients

Doctors said kidneys have borne the most impact during the pandemic –patients with chronic kidney diseases suffered as dialysis units shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, patients with existing kidney diseases were at higher risk of getting the Covid-19 infection.

Patients with kidney diseases are staged according to their eGFR. When patients reach stage 5, they are put on dialysis and are recommended transplants. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 03, 2021 01:31 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

75% Covid patients overcharged by private hospitals in Maharashtra despite price cap: Survey

Of the 2,579 Covid patients and their families that were surveyed across 34 districts in Maharashtra, a majority of 95.4% of patients had taken treatment in the private hospitals while 4.6% were treated in the public sector

Nearly 75% of Covid-19 patients who were treated at private hospitals in the state were overcharged despite a price cap set by the Maharashtra government, a new survey has found (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 07:17 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai doctors see a spurt in chikungunya cases

Mumbai’s doctors are seeing a spurt in cases of chikungunya – a viral infection spread by an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito, with people coming to the medical clinics with acute joint pain and other symptoms such as fever and rashes.

Chikungunya is caused by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). In addition to excruciating joint pain, fever and rashes, the infection also causes joint swelling, headache, nausea and fatigue. Its pain-related symptoms are similar to rheumatoid arthritis. (HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 08:25 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Monsoon diseases: Leptospirosis has killed more people than malaria and dengue in six years in Mumbai

Leptospirosis — a bacterial disease that spreads through the urine of infected animals such as rats and cattle — has emerged as the biggest killer among monsoon diseases, such as dengue and malaria

Leptospirosis has killed 70 people over the past six years. In comparison, dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, has killed 55 people and malaria has killed 38 people during the same period. The cases of leptospirosis are typically during monsoon and after flooding events, when people are forced to wade through water (Picture for representation)
Published on Sep 25, 2021 04:17 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai sees 360 cases of dengue, up from 129 last year

Mumbai has recorded 360 cases of dengue this year, a rise from 129 cases recorded last year. The city’s dengue death toll stands at three. Doctors across the city are also seeing an acute surge in cases, with many patients requiring hospitalisation.

Dengue is spread by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito that breeds in clean water and is known to be a day-biter. Often known as breakbone fever, dengue leads to fever, sometimes in two phases, joint pain, severe body ache, rashes, persistent vomiting, nasal bleeding, among other symptoms
Published on Sep 22, 2021 09:18 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai’s first genome sequencing lab aims to break Covid code

The work being done at Mumbai’s first genome sequencing lab is crucial: it will help address the gaps in our understanding of the Covid pandemic.

Mumbai’s first genome sequencing lab, which was inaugurated on August 4, is not part of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) — a network of 28 laboratories across the country tasked with studying the genomes of the various variants that emerge through the course of the pandemic — but its work contributes to the larger knowledge base being created about the coronavirus and its variants. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 21, 2021 01:43 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Mumbai needs 9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to fully vaccinate its adult population

As of Monday, Mumbai had already administered 11.2 million Covid vaccine doses, leaving a gap of 7 million more doses to cover the estimated adult population entirely. The civic body is also counting an additional 2 million doses as many individuals who have taken the vaccine in Mumbai were from outside the city.

A beneficiary gets a Covid-19 vaccine dose at CR Wadia Hospital Vaccination Centre, in Thane, Mumbai on Saturday. (Praful Gangurde / HT)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 12:11 AM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

Target festival returnees for Covid tests, BMC tells field staff

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fears that the number of Covid cases may increase with the inflow of festival returnees and this targeted testing strategy aims at combatting the spread

Devotees at Ganesha idol immersion site at Girgaon Chowpatty. Healthcare workers are going door-to-door asking people who have returned after travelling for festival to come and get tested. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 08:06 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai

610 Covid patients in Mumbai given antibody cocktail, get speedy relief: Doctors

The cocktail drug used at SevenHills Hospital includes two monoclonal antibodies — Casirivimab and Imdevimab. One pack of the drug, containing the two monoclonal antibodies can be used on two patients

Monoclonal antibodies are artificial antibodies injected into a patient to mimic the action of the natural antibodies (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2021 09:22 PM IST
ByJyoti Shelar, Mumbai
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