A 29-week premature born 1.3kg baby defies all odds to emerge victorious

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December 1, 2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 1: The rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic has caused particular concern for pregnant women and newborns. The phase is challenging, but for parents there might be a small positive ray of hope. There are many factors, which influence premature births, and getting a new life by fighting against all odds is a miracle.

Baby Aadhya was born on 12 August 2020 at Manipal Hospitals Whitefield. Delivered by caesarian section in view of preterm labor, she was as a 29-week-old infant at birth. Owing due to a low heart rate and her inability to breathe properly, Baby Aadhya was intubated in the operating theatre itself. Dr. Gururaj Biradar, Consultant - Pediatrics, PICU, And Neonatology, Manipal Hospitals Whitefield, recalls the fight baby Aadhya had put up against all odds.

The Fight against All Odds

Most preterm infants have a very low weight at birth. Similarly, Aadhya weighed only about 1.3 Kg when she was born. Coupled with low immunity, Aadhya suffered from numerous preterm respiratory complications like respiratory distress syndrome, hyperbilirubinemia, necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis, feed intolerance and prolonged oxygen requirement.

Baby Aadhya was further put-on respiratory support and transported to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU in a transport incubator. Once she was stabilized, she was given surfactant (medicines to open up the lungs) and ventilated for 2 days, during which time; the doctors noticed improvement in her condition.

Talking about Baby Aadhya's recovery, Dr. Gururaj Biradar remarks, "The infant put up quite a fight against all her conditions. Aadhya was transferred to the ward after 7 weeks of new stay. After a total of 50 days of hospital stay, including a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Aadhya was able to go back home."

Home-bound and stronger

Aadhya could return home to her parents COVID-free, even though her parents visited her daily at the NICU. Despite their initial apprehensions about admitting Baby Aadhya owing to her low immunity in a high-risk situation such as the ongoing pandemic, the team of doctors at Manipal Hospitals Whitefield was determined to ensure that she does not contract the virus.

It is important to note that Manipal Hospitals traditionally takes great precautions to ensure that the hospital is safe and sanitized for its patients. Keeping in view the present pandemic concerns, the hospital has taken steps towards maximum care and safety of the patients. For instance, the hospital ensures hand sanitizers are available at multiple points. Additionally, staff, doctors and parents entering the NICU use separate lifts, which do not permit common patients to enter.

The hospital staff and doctors heartily celebrate Baby Aadhya's recovery. Additionally, they commend her parents for having embraced their faith in the hospital and the hospital's safety protocols despite the numerous myths surrounding hospital admissions amidst a pandemic.

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January 9,2021

New Delhi, Jan 9: The government on Friday issued guidelines for the packaging and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines by air, directing the airport authorities and airlines to use dry ice as the refrigerant material during the transportation in order to maintain the low temperatures between -8° C to -70° C.

"The temperature maintenance requirement for COVID-I9 vaccines is reported to be varying from -8° C to -70° C and hence, the use of refrigerant material during the transportation becomes essential," noted Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the guideline.

"Though there may be different refrigerant options, use of dry ice (Carbon Dioxide Solid) is the most commonly used, affordable and readily available refrigerant material available in the country for transportation of perishables by air," it stated further,
The DGCA said the vaccines packed in dry ice should ideally be transported in the lower deck of the aircraft, but if the airline wishes to transport them in the passenger cabin, then the flight crew must be properly trained on the hazards and risks of its transportation.

"The operator should take all necessary steps to ensure that the flight crew is not harmed by carbon dioxide incapacitation or intoxication. Flight crew should be properly trained on the hazards and risks of transporting dry ice and on the procedures related to the operation. Any other occupants on-board should only be allowed if required under demonstrated urgent operational needs (for example, additional flight crew for the return flight or additional persons needed for the cargo handling)," it stated.

The guidelines noted that dry ice transforms into carbon dioxide gas at temperatures higher than -78 degrees Celsius under normal atmospheric pressure and, therefore, it is classified as "dangerous goods" by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), therefore, "adequate number of carbon dioxide detectors should be available in the cabin."

"Such detectors should be located at locations for timely and reliable detection of a dangerous concentration of carbon dioxide," it added.

It further directed the operators, while engaging in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, "to establish the maximum quantity of dry ice that can be loaded in a given cargo hold or in the main deck (passenger cabin) when a passenger version is deployed for all cargo operations."

Government sources on Thursday said the government has allowed passenger aircraft to transport vaccines.

"Pune will be the central hub from where vaccine distribution will take place. 41 destinations across the country finalised for delivery of vaccines," they stated.

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January 12,2021

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New Delhi, Jan 12: Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed.

The Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action.

The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha.

"We welcome the court's order to stay the implementation of the farm laws, but we want a complete repeal of these laws, which is our main demand," Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior leader of the Morcha, told PTI.

Another farmer leader, Harinder Lokhwal, said the protest will continue until the contentious farm laws are repealed.

"We do not have faith in the idea of a committee and we have been saying this since the very beginning, when the government had suggested the formation of a committee. But this time, it is the Supreme Court and we will see the functioning of this committee," All India Kisan Sabha (Punjab) vice-president Lakhbir Singh said.

The Morcha issued a statement on Monday, saying the unions are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by the top court.

The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders on Tuesday and set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmers' unions protesting at Delhi's borders over the legislations.

The committee will look into the farmers' grievances against the three laws.

"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision, but it is still a stay and not a repeal of the three laws. So we will not move from here until the laws are repealed.

"The agitation will continue. We are against the idea of a committee, but there is a difference between a committee formed by the government and a committee formed by the Supreme Court," Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab) senior vice-president Manjeet Singh said.

The four members of the committee set up by the apex court are BKU president Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkeri Sangathana, Maharashtra president Anil Ghanwat, Pramod Kumar Joshi, director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.

The top court has sought the cooperation of the protesting farmers and made it clear that no power can prevent it from setting up a panel to resolve the impasse over the controversial farm laws.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab, have been protesting at several border points of Delhi since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) system for their crops.

Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the "mandi" (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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January 14,2021

Bhartiya Kisan Union president recuses himself from SC committee on farm  laws | farmers protest| SC committee on farm laws

New Delhi, Jan 14: Bharatiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann, who was one of the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, on Thursday said that he is recusing himself from the panel.

Mann added that he is thankful to the apex court for nominating him on the committee but would sacrifice any position offered to him so as not to compromise the interests of farmers. 

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