Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], May 22: Covid-19 has come like a storm in India. Due to this pandemic, everyone is affected with a big loss. People are becoming unhelpful day by day with the increasing scenario of the Covid. New channels and online websites are giving daily updates about the number of cases of deaths and recovered patients. But this corona news has an adverse effect too. Many people are giving fake news related to the situation of Covid. The successful entrepreneur Balusingh Rajpurohit along with Junjaram Thory started a fact-checking campaign to provide the most accurate news to the people.
Balusingh Rajpurohit is a Mathematics teacher turned entrepreneur. His journey of being an entrepreneur and digital expert is an inspiration for many people. He is born and grown up in Barmer. Having knee interest in trying different things made him a successful entrepreneur at such a tender age when people only think about 9 to 5 jobs. He started his own company called Ernst Digital Media.
Junjaram Thory is popular as the youngest digital entrepreneur and news personality in his state. He is born and raised in the city of Vediya, Jalore, Rajasthan. He completed his schooling at Tagore Public school Jayal (Nagaur) and graduated as an engineer from Arya College. During college he also got interested in the field of information technology, and having a good interest in research, he tied up with a Rajasthan-based online internet company called Sangri Internet Private Limited.
In the situation of Covid-19, Balusingh Rajpurohit and Junjaram Thory have decided to start a campaign, where they will check the facts regarding the updates of Covid-19, which were given by the news channels and many more sites. Social media is the main platform for people to share news and know more about the happenings around them. But we have come across much unethical and fake news about the Covid situation, which people are taking seriously and put lots of money into the treatment.
Much news is going viral on social media about Covid-19. Balusingh and Junjaram will check this all news with the knee proofs and with the proper understanding, they will provide the right information to the public on the SangriFactCheck website. They will provide information related to Covid-19 guidelines with constant updates regarding Covid-19.
They had started the Covid-19 awareness campaign in rural areas of Rajasthan. With this, they are also giving true information regarding the wrong and fake news which was spread in the rural areas. They are also helping poor and illiterate people to get the proper understanding of Covid-19 and its precautions, which were given by the government. Balusingh and Junjaram say,” Working for the people, for their betterment is something which we consider as a good thing. We’ll give our best to help people and make sure that every news which reaches them would be perfect and accurate.”
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 12: Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, has pledged $10 million as its contribution to India’s fight against COVID-19. As COVID-19 cases continue to escalate, this support aims to offer cash and urgently needed products to help the country in bringing the health crisis under control.
As part of the commitment, the company is directing more than $1 million to non-governmental and non-profit organizations that are directly serving the people impacted by the pandemic. The remaining $9 million donations are extended in the form of COVID-19 testing products, personal protective equipment, and other critical supplies from across the businesses.
In light of the severity of the situation in India, Amit Chopra, Managing Director, India & South Asia, Thermo Fisher Scientific said, “We are deeply concerned with the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. We realize our responsibility goes beyond serving our customers and extends to the actions we take to support our communities. At Thermo Fisher, we are leveraging our partnerships to swiftly mobilize resources to respond to the escalating testing and vaccine production needs in the country. In addition to these, we are partnering with several NGOs and remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our colleagues, customers, and society in India.”
Furthermore, the company is ramping up the production of its recently launched CoviPath PT-PCR kits in its Bengaluru facility to support the ongoing testing drive in the country.
“We deeply appreciate the generous support and encouragement from Thermo Fisher Scientific during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their commitment and support of 4.6M VTM tubes will strengthen the system of collection, transportation, and storage of COVID test samples. This will greatly mitigate the pain and suffering of those most impacted”, said Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Government of India.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is at the forefront in the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company has established worldwide leadership in COVID-19 testing and is actively involved in supporting the research, development and production of vaccines and therapies. In addition, the company is also expanding its high-quality novel solutions while ensuring reliable supply chains to meet the unprecedented testing demands, to address the current and future challenges posed by the pandemic.
About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $30 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 80,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com/.
Balco Nagar Korba (Chhatisgarh) [India], May 11: Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, has been one of the first companies in India to explore the field of smart technologies in its manufacturing set up to monitor assets and processes and have real-time analytics. Currently, amid the pandemic also, the company has deployed a smart combination of high-end technology and indigenous innovations to ensure the health and safety of employees while maintaining continuity of business operations. BALCO believes in being an innovation driver.
Speaking on BALCO’s vision and manufacturing prowess Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “The safety and security of our people and assets are of paramount importance to us. BALCO has been one of the early adopters in India to explore the field of smart technologies in its operational set-up. These investments and skills further bolster the culture of safety and productivity that we have meticulously fostered across the organization. These technologies are standing us in good stead in the wake of COVID-19. We are ensuring a future-ready organization that can sustain production against all odds for a self-reliant India.”
For integrating smart automation in its plant operations and to cease any manual intervention, BALCO has set up end to end Digital Dashboards for real-time data and trend monitoring of Power Plant operations, ensuring digitalization of the entire process. The digital dashboard is a key driver which gives access to historical data & digitized reports and reduces downtime time, enables quick decision making and analysis without manual intervention. BALCO has also completed the integration of control rooms of the Coal Handling Plant of 540 MW and 1200 MW power plants and has established a Centralized Control Room to avoid hampering of operations in case of any emergency due to the pandemic.
To bolster its security system BALCO has integrated various technological advancements into its security operations which have proven to be transformational in ensuring the safety of people and asset during the pandemic. BALCO has launched an automated and highly sophisticated Centralised Security Operations Centre (CSOC) which has several cutting-edge security solutions ranging from edge-based security analytics for incident detection and response to effective management of security resources on the ground, besides enablement of intelligence collection. Deployment of CSOC enables BALCO’s Security, Traffic Safety, and Supply Chain Security functions to leverage digital intelligence and data insights for better and agile decision making.
Mr. Deepak Sharma, Safety Officer, RK Transport and Construction (RKTC), BALCO’s logistics partner for coal handling said, “With the integration of digitalization in the traffic management system, the truck movement has become safer and swifter and there are no congestions in traffic. This initiative has brought down the downtime of vehicle movement and has increased productivity.”
Also, to mitigate the risk of unauthorized entry due to the temporary stopping of Bio-metric entry to curb any transmission of COVID-19, BALCO has added a new feature in its Security application- Sentinel which passively fetches data from the ‘ID Card’ based through ‘NFC technology’. The application enables the user to check the real-time status (Active/In-Active/Blacklisted) of ID cards. An auto-generated email is triggered to CSOC on daily basis consisting of data of the number of ID card checked, a list of Officers who have physically checked the ID card, and generating exception reports.
Amid the pandemic, BALCO is ensuring proper care of employees, their families, and business partners who have been affected by COVID-19. A 24*7 helpdesk has been set up by BALCO to provide support and answer queries of the community members and provide ambulance services to the people in need. The medical team has been providing daily information to patients via teleconsultation including information about medicine intake, healthy lifestyle, and symptoms. To implement social distancing at the hospital, a home delivery service of medicines for current and retired BALCO employees is being executed.
Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh)[India], May 10: India’s health care system is close to a collapse due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 20 million infected citizens and more than 226 thousand deaths, India is going through an unimaginable crisis. Pictures of distraught families counting their dead and sick people being turned away from hospitals amidst the most significant health crisis in history worry the whole planet.
Relaxation of measures definitely did not help this horrific scenario. Despite warnings of Covid-19 risks, the people of India still enjoyed elaborate wedding parties, sports matches, and festivals. India’s health system was unprepared for the new wave that hit the country so devastatingly. The lack of health care, personnel, beds, and oxygen brought terrible consequences. On top of all that, geographical barriers pose a tremendous challenge for the health system too.
Many people in India do not have access to primary healthcare.
A significant portion of India’s population is not getting the most primary health care. The country has a doctor-to-patient ratio of 1:10.189, which is approximately lower than the 1:1,000 recommended by the WHO. The situation in the rural parts of India is devastating – the people need three times as many nurses and five times as many paramedics it has today. The coronavirus has proven the urgent need for a paradigm shift in the provision of primary care. Instead of patients coming to doctors, it should be the other way around. Medical practitioners had to find a way to reach out to society’s most vulnerable and distant parts.
Access to quality primary care has always been a massive problem in the Indian healthcare system. The country has a devastating shortage of around 600,000 doctors, and over two million nurses reported the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP). There is also a worrying shortage of radiologists; there are over 150.000 of the positions unfilled.
However, slowly but surely, things are changing for the better.
Telemedicine is a game-changer
Thanks to telemedicine which enables treating patients remotely, there is a new horizon in the public health domain of India. Telehealth plays a critical role in India’s health system and is now needed more than ever. It is a technologically and digitally advanced method of health care that has provided immense help to those required during these challenging times. Patients can now connect with doctors and seek advice no matter the distance, merely using smartphones or computers. It’s a much-needed boost to the system that has suffered from the adverse effects of poverty and geographical barriers.
Sprint Medical offers services in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, and specializes in telemedicine and cares for all of the patient’s health needs. Thanks to the high-end digital solutions, Sprint Medical provides affordable care – anytime, anyplace. Sprint Medical allows the patients to choose the best doctors from all over India and book appointments online. They offer assisted doctor consultations where a nurse will help patients in the process and uses advanced IoT-connected devices that allow doctors to have correct diagnostics virtually.
The rise of virtual healthcare
Using integrated end-to-end solutions, doctors can be virtually present to care and follow-up on their remote patients. Sprint Medical collects patient’s real-time vitals, EKG, Blood Glucose Monitoring, risk factors, red flags, and anything else that needs to be checked and monitored.
Telemedicine has throughout 2020 shown that it’s an excellent medium to provide healthcare to those who lack the chance to get help in person. The method is as efficient as it is cost-effective. Doctors are now able to manage patients and filter out those who need to be hospitalized. For others, doctors use telemedicine to check their symptoms, advise about required tests, medication and do follow-ups.
Thanks to advanced technology, patients can now be monitored at home, with doctors tracking their progress and intervening if needed. Healthcare is shifting from hospital to home, giving patients the ultimate access to care 24/7 via mobile phones.
Getting people to use these new digital platforms had its struggling moments, but today, both doctors and patients adopted telemedicine as one of the primary healthcare delivery channels. With all of the OPDs closed due to lockdown, most were still able to maintain the consultation charges identical to the OPDs on these platforms.
This unprecedented rise in teleconsultations, telepathology, teleradiology, and e-pharmacies is expected to push India’s telemedicine market to reach $5.5 billion by 2025. New telemedicine platforms are popping in India, with start-ups such as Phable, Practo, mFine, CallHealth, and Lybrate.
Every patient deserves to get at least primary care. The future has come, and it has connected the patient and the doctors. All the information is tracked on Electronic Medical Record platforms vital in creating these care ecosystems in India. Remote healthcare, telemedicine, and teleconsultation meet the unmatched needs of the healthcare resources required.
Telehealth is the future of medicine.
The pandemic has proven that all of the parties involved need to invest in developing the tool that is undoubtedly the future of home healthcare. Because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness, remote monitoring and telemedicine services boost the system significantly.
Telemedicine provides invaluable benefits. There are now devices that can monitor patient’s stats such as pulse, saturation pulse, and ECG in real-time. This data can also be stored and analyzed, enhancing the safety and security outcome of patients at home. Providing a real-time solution depending on real-time information available on the platforms is maybe one of the most significant benefits of this new technology.
For all these reasons, telemedicine poses a significant improvement in primary healthcare. No less significantly, Telehealth will help the future evolution of science immensely. A large pool of data available for future research and analysis will lead to evolutionary guidelines and breakthroughs.
Although Virtual Doctor consultation is still somewhat of a novelty in India, citizens have quickly adopted this new pillar of healthcare. This shows that while Covid-19 has impacted India in the most detrimental ways, the country now has an excellent opportunity to become a digital health leader.