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No ‘definitive’ treatment for COVID-19: Dr Naveed Nazir



(Asian News Hub) – Valley’s renowned influenza expert and HoD Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah on Friday claimed that there is no ‘definitive’ treatment available for the deadly COVID-19.

Dr Naveed said that no one knows whether the antiviral drugs are advantageous as same are being administered to the people on an experimental and compassionate basis.

He said the only treatment available at the moment is oxygen which helps the patents as antiviral drugs used in severe to moderate cases have shown that they cannot prevent death but could reduce the virus.

“There is no definitive cure for COVID-19; we are either not sure that any medicine could be its definitive treatment in future as well. All antiviral drugs are being administered to the people on an experimental and compassionate basis,” Dr Naveed told the media here.

He said antiviral could help COVID-19 positive patients to recover quickly and go back to home, but there is no definitive remedy available at the moment for treating the deadly virus.

“Antiviral drugs could reduce the virus but could not prevent mortality; one can be quickly discharged from the hospital with the help of antiviral as the same helps COVID-19 positive patients to recover quickly,” he added.

Dr Naveed who was also tested positive for Corona-Virus last year said there is a war like situation in the world where nobody knows as t what could be the definitive treatment for COVID-19.


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Doctors’ body urges people to get influenza vaccine ahead of possible severe flu season



DAK President

Srinagar, Sept 19: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday urged people to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) ahead of possible severe flu season.

“We are expecting a bad flu season, making this year’s flu shot all the more critical,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued here.

Dr Hassan said the past two flu seasons have been milder than usual, with low numbers of cases and very few hospitalizations.

The decline was because of Covid precautions such as face masking and social distancing. People were also traveling less during the height of the pandemic.

“Now that people are out without masks, travelling extensively, business has resumed and children are back to schools, there are more opportunities for the virus to circulate and flu could make a comeback,” he said.

The DAK President said in typical years, a good percentage of the population gets infected with influenza and builds immunity against the infection.

“What we are seeing are a couple of years where we didn’t see infection. So more people may be susceptible to influenza in this season that could lead to higher rates of infection and also more severe cases,” he said.

“Moreover, the southern hemisphere witnessed the worst flu season in five years which is an indication that this could be a bad flu season in the northern hemisphere as well,” he added.

“That makes this season’s flu vaccine vitally important,” said Dr Nisar.

He said everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last late into May. Since it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine now. However vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season.

This season’s flu vaccine has been updated to better match currently circulating viruses.

“While the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with medical conditions,” he said.

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Blood donation camps being organised to ensure nobody dies due to unavailability of blood: Advisor Bhatnagar



Says health, medical infrastructure being enhanced in J&K as per requirement

Srinagar, Sept 17: Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, RR Bhatnagar on Saturday said that blood donation camps under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are being organised across the Union Territory so as to ensure no body dies due to unavailability of blood.

While talking to reporters after inaugurating a blood donation camp at SMHS Srinagar, Bhatnagar, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said the under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, blood donation camps are being organised till October 02 across the country.

He said that the aim behind organising these camps is also to overcome shortage of blood in all blood banks so that no one can face problem in getting blood whenever required.

On being asked why DRDO hospital is being dismantled, he said that health and medical infrastructure is being enhanced in Jammu and Kashmir as per the requirement.

He added that seven new medical colleges, two AIIMS, two cancer institutions are coming up in J&K and paediatric hospital is being made functional.

“Whatever is required in the UT as far as health services and medical education are concerned, decisions are being taken accordingly keeping in view requirement of the people,” he said.

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Frequency of depression on rise in J&K like rest parts of world: Dr Sushil Razdan



Stresses of modern life, education, loneliness, nuclear family, drugs, violence around main reasons behind depression

Srinagar, Sep 12: Like rest parts of the world, the frequency of depression in Jammu and Kashmir are on the rise and there are many reasons behind it, Dr Sushil Razdan said on Monday.

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Dr Razdan, a renowned neurologist while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that frequency of depression is on the rise like rest parts of the country and many people are suffering because of depression. “The main reason behind it include stresses of modern life, stresses in education,  stresses at home, nuclear families, loneliness, presence of drugs in society and violence around,” he said.

He said that depression is in all age groups and behaviour disorders are more besides that due to Covid-19, the number suffering from depression has increased and there are many reasons behind it. “There is a need to catch up depression cases at initial stage which starts from irritability, very less sleeping and there is need to pick up it at initial stage and don’t allow it to grow in symptoms,” Dr Razdan said.

He said that pick up is must besides that appropriate mental health care at primary, tertiary level and family support is must.

“There are many reasons behind neurological issues in babies and it can happen while when baby is in womb of mother, at birth and after day as well and they may be because of genetic, congenital defects, birth trauma, hypoxia, infections, small injuries etc,” the noted doctor said. “If you will visit any hospital, around 25 percent admissions are of neurology and in children it may be above 25 percent as well.”

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