Wednesday, November 25
Mandatory CT-Chest Pre-Hospitalisation. Are Mumbai Hospitals Flouting Norms?
medical, Second Opinion

Mandatory CT-Chest Pre-Hospitalisation. Are Mumbai Hospitals Flouting Norms?

Mrs. Niranjana, a seventy-nine-year-old lady, was lying on the stretcher, outside a private hospital in Mumbai, waiting for admission. She was a case of urinary tract infection and does not exhibit any signs and symptoms suggestive of a chest infection. The hospital wouldn't admit her until the relatives allow the patient to undergo a CT-Chest along with the COVID 19 RT-PCR to screen for possible asymptomatic COVID infection. The story doesn't end here, the hospital forces them to sign a high-risk consent form with a clause that anything may happen during the procedure. In a state of panic, the relatives call me for advice to know if there is a rule like this exists. Of Course, it was more to allay their fears than anything else, sitting a thousand kilometers away, I couldn't be expecte...
The Covaxin Promise…Is it Possible
medical

The Covaxin Promise…Is it Possible

Since there is no cure for the disease to date and prevention seems to be the only saviour, the world is waiting with bated breath for a vaccine against the virus. It’s been more than six months since the dreaded coronavirus hit the world. Over eleven million people, the world over, had been infected with the deadly disease so far and about 5.25 lakh people have lost their lives. In India alone, the figures are huge and are growing leaps and bound every day. Amidst this scare, Bharat biotech shot the headlines yesterday when ICMR’s Balram Bhargava said in a letter to Bharat Biotech, “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials.” What is Covaxin? Covaxin Is India’s first COVID 19 vaccine candida...
Battle Against Corona…Utter Confusion
a small voice...

Battle Against Corona…Utter Confusion

The Indian healthcare system is very uniquely designed, by default and not by willful customisation of course, uniquely designed to excel and succumb both. Okay, I understand, having made such a bold opening statement I am under a moral obligation to elaborate and I won't dodge it. Designed to succumb does not need much of deciphering it is almost self-evident. ...
Government Apathy towards Small Medical Centres in the Battle Against Corona…A strategic Mistake.
a small voice...

Government Apathy towards Small Medical Centres in the Battle Against Corona…A strategic Mistake.

"The war has begun, the bodybags have started pouring in but I see none of them wrapped in the tricolour, no one honouring them with 21 gun salute."A war is won not by the political and bureaucartic hail of befuddiment but by the corage and valour of the frontline soldiers. The Problem The problem with the Indian healthcare system had been that its political masters have not only failed to recognise the valour of its outreach cadre but also have served them a recipe of confusion. In the absence of a clear and guiding strategy to motivate and recruit private healthcare professionals in the war against COVID 19, Indian healthcare is heading towards a catastrophe. Who are these private healthcare professionals and why blatant neglect of their issues will be blunder we ought not to indu...
ये समर विशेष है
Poems

ये समर विशेष है

(२)ये समर विशेष है समय वस्तुतः बड़ा विचित्र है।  पुष्प लहलहा रहे बाग़ में,  पंछी चहकते नील गगन में,  वातावरण सिंचित है प्राण वायु से  किंतु प्राण संशित है वातावरण से,  मनुज बँधा भय की लक्ष्मण रेखा में,   पशु स्व्क्छंद विचारते शहर शहर में।  विचित्र ये नहीं कि समर फिर सज़ा है  प्रलय और विलय के काल कुरुछेत्र में,  अपितु ये कि दुराचारी दुर्योधन आज  अनंत है, विलुप्त है छिपा है शून्य में,  अद्रश्य शस्त्र  संजोये अपने तरकश में,  अर्जुन आच्छादित है अज्ञानता के तीरों से  सैकड़ों दुशसशासन विष धर रहे मरकज़ में।    समर विचित्र में प्राणजायी करों ने कमर कसी है, कमान सम्भाली है,  देवदूतों ने देवदत्त को फूँकारा है,  अर्जुन ने दुर्योधन को ललकारा है, जनमानस की वेदना को  मिटाना है, चक्रव्यूह  काल का बेधना है,   तबलीगी  क्रूरों को धूल चटाना है,  ज़हरीले मंसूबों का तमर  वि...
Why Am I A Doctor?
Stories

Why Am I A Doctor?

In this stir-crazy moment when every one of us is confined (or should I say must be confined) inside the boundaries of our homes, I thought, why not to turn some pages of my doctor's diary and share them with you. No, these aren't ben-Trovato. Hypermnesia? Yes, you may call it that. This page is from September 2017. This was a routine day. I went to my private medical centre as usual. (Oh sorry, just to tell you, in case you are a new reader, that I am a paediatrician and my wife is a gynaecologist and we have our own medical centre at Ghaziabad.) Besides the routine OPD, there was only one operative case for the day, cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder Removal). Well again, I am a paediatrician alright but for my own set-up, I function as a resident doctor as well. Coordinating with o...
The Corona Expose
Second Opinion

The Corona Expose

I know this is a crisis time probably the worst mankind has witnessed over past several decades and even centuries but this will pass as many of our other nefarious pasts. I sincerely hope it does but at what cost I can't foretell, nobody can but, that's not what I am going to talk today. I am going to take you on a tangential line of thinking. My point is when it is gone when the leftover human population would be standing on the ruins of this pandemic that should be a time for retrospection for all, as it is for me today. There are two very important revelations striking out of this retrospection for me today which I am going to share with you. 1. We need to restructure our social system. The way our society is designed today, I think we have got it all wrong. Look at who is th...
माशाया के मरासिम
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माशाया के मरासिम

मैं वहीं हूँ मैं जहां हूँ, या, मैं वहाँ भी नहीं हूँ मैं जहां हूँ। मैं ख़यालों में हूँ, मैं सवालों में हूँ ,बदलों से ऊँची उड़ानो में हूँ ,क़िस्से में हूँ, कहानियों में हूँ ,चर्च के पीछे और ,साड़ी की दुकानो में हूँ ।तस्वीर में, मुस्कुराहट में, गीत में, और ग़ज़ल में, तेरी हर आहट में, मैं कहाँ नहीं हूँ ,तुम जहां हो मैं वहां हूँ । गुलाब चाहे उन्नीस का हो अट्ठाईस का हो या छत्तीस का हो ,दिल के मशाया में मोहब्बत के मरासिम एक ही हैं ।। As a candid confession, I must say I was oblivious to the meaning of this word 'Mashaya' till now and I still am to a great extent. this word probably means 'Thanks' or a 'Pub' or 'Bar'...whatever, who cares? Overnight, my frantic search through the oblivion of sanctum santorum of heart has not been to find the meaning of just one word but to find an emot...
MEDICON 2020
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MEDICON 2020

After two hugely successful workshop days when this academic event reached its culmination on the final conference day, I was a little shilly-shally about its performance with less than the countable number of attendees in the morning. I thought let's keep twenty-twenty hindsight- it's not easy to ensemble the entire orchestra of such discordant instruments, not easy to bring so many different specialities onto a single platform and yet keep the morale high. But this academic fiesta was set to prove me wrong as it went a magnificent peripetia both in terms of attendance and performance with delegates and faculty rushing in from all corners. The conference definitely had a new dimension with very well organised workshops and mobile OT, great participation and discussions and deft ...
Magiquest
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Magiquest

नीलम नीलम चंदिनी में डूबे ,पूनम पूनम के चाँद से चेहरे ,कर्मठ, कार्यकुशल और कुलीन ,अचंभित ,मैं बैठा भाव विलीन कोमल कोमल कर कमलों के, विमल विमल मोहक मोहरे ,नीलम नीलम चाँदनी में डूबे ,पूनम  पूनम के चाँद से चेहरे.The hall was dazzling with blue clad glamour divas when I walked in, of course, the mood was academic but it surely had festal toppings on it.Imagine the state of superlative addition my already  elated mood felt when after chairing an academic session ( at MEDICON 2020, I was shuttling between the two conferences), I was greeted by a very a humble, caring and honourable host standing at the entrance near a rainbow coloured RANGOLI.  The graceful voice of our elegant anchor echoed in the auditorium steering the sessions wit...