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BMC is not equipped to handle Health Crises in Mumbai

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Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 1st July 2021:

It is clear from the responses across the world that no country was ready to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. India was no different, Mumbai clearly was not. While the city and its officials did manage the situation better than their fellow metropolitan counterparts, there are still jarring issues in the healthcare system of the city that range from vacancies in essential jobs and spending of expenditure allotted for the management of health.

According to Praja , a non-partisan organisation , the overall vacancies in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai ( MCGM) for medical personnel (Medical, Paramedical, Labour, Nursing etc) increased from 27% in 2015 to 47% in 2019. This shortage of staff invariably led to the fatigue of existing medical professionals and not adequate care of those afflicted with diseases. Approximately 58% of MCGM health expenditure has not been utilised in the last three years. If only it had been used accordingly, the health infrastructure of the city would have been in a better state.

It has to be noted that even though the glaring mismanagement has become visible after the pandemic, other health issues also overwhelm the system as many people die from other diseases, the number being more than those dying from the Coronavirus. Cause of death as a domain has not been explored by the health officials. This data would help in understanding morbidity and effectiveness of any public health policy on the ground. If these are rectified, it becomes clear where the city needs to work on its health policies and priorities and create a better health infrastructure for its citizens.  

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China enrolls 1st human fatality due to Monkey B infection

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Manasa Maddila, Mumbai Uncensored, 27th July 2021:

A Beijing-based vet, who was declared as China’s first human contamination case with Monkey B Virus (BV), has kicked the bucket from the infection. However, his nearby contacts are protected from it, for the present, Global Times announced. 

The 53-year-old male worked for an organisation exploring non-human primates. He started showing side effects of queasiness and heaving, a month after he examined two dead monkeys in the beginning of March. The vet looked for treatments in several hospitals, but eventually died on May 27.  Reports conducted by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said that there were no deadly or even clinically obvious BV contaminations in China earlier. Experts had gathered the cerebrospinal liquid of the veterinarian in April and distinguished him as positive for BV, yet tests of his nearby contacts came out negative.

The virus first broke out in 1932, is an alphaherpesvirus enzootic in macaques of the genus Macaca. It very well may be sent through direct contact and trade of real discharges; it also has a casualty pace of 70-80 percent.  Studies suggested that BV in monkeys may represent a possible danger to Laboratory workers and veterinarians since they are exposed to monkeys occasionally; it is important to wipe out BV during the advancement of explicit microorganism free rhesus settlements and to fortify observation in research centers that work with macaques in China.

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How one sector is the biggest cause of air pollution in Mumbai?

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Aashwin Shanker, Mumbai Uncensored, 19th July 2021:

Small, lethal particles in Mumbai’s air from the transport sector have almost multiplied
over the recent years making it now the greatest cause of the city’s now crumbling air
quality.
A 2019-20 source assessment examination for PM2.5 toxin by the System of Air Quality Weather Determining And Research (SAFAR), under the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (lITM) Pune, has uncovered that the portion of PM2.5 emanations coming from the transportation sector was 30.5% in 2019-20 when contrasted with 16% in 2016- 17.

According to SAFAR, the contribution to PM2.5 discharge from various areas between 2019-20 was 30.5% from the transportation sector, 18% from industries and power sector, and 15% from residential areas. Air has suspended particulate matter (PM) of various sizes. A considerable lot of these are a complex combination of residue, dust, sediment and smoke and they are risky. Of this, PM 2.5 is the more modest kind, with a width, not more than 2.5 micrometers (fine particles). PM2.5 is considered to have an extremely huge wellbeing sway as it can remain noticeable all around for quite a long time or weeks, also, is sufficiently little to attack the lungs.

According to SAFAR, the contribution to PM2.5 discharge from various areas between 2019- 20 was 30.5% from the transportation sector, 18% .This is a blend of both an increment in the quantity of vehicles in Mumbai and more stagnation at traffic intersections prompting blockage.” Significant urban communities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and so forth are seeing a huge ascent in the quantity of vehicles over the previous decade, said Beig.

“In any case, while in Delhi there is more appropriation of compacted gaseous petrol (CNG) among public transport vehicles and surprisingly private ones, the same has been extremely less across Mumbai. A larger part of the vehicles keep on being petroleum and diesel, he added.

What do specialists need to say?
In Mumbai, new ventures or force plants are not being set up, however the source which is developing keeps on being vehicles, said Anumita Roy Chowdhury, leader chief exploration and promotion, Central for Science and Environment. “Despite the fact that we need to see the specific numbers, the most recent source distribution examination appears intelligent that the vehicle area is the quickly developing source” she said.


Indeed, even as right on time as 1982, an extensive report Level of Air Pollution in Bombay – distributed in the Indian Journal of Environmental Protection had recommended that vehicles were the major guilty party prompting air contamination. “The pressing assignment is to diminish the quantity of vehicles and their development in the city. It ought not be hard to give an effective public vehicle framework,” the study had noted. Mumbai has 40 lakh vehicles starting today.

As per the Maharashtra transport division, Mumbai outperformed the milestone figure of 40 lakh vehicles recently with 11.6 lakh private vehicles and around 24 lakh two-wheelers. In 2016-17, the absolute number of vehicles remained at 30.69 lakh while the number was 20.28 lakh in 2011-12. The Economy Survey report 2020-21 Maharashtra noticed that Mumbai represented 10.3% of the state’s vehicle enlistments. Also, Mumbai’s vehicle thickness is presently more than 2,000 vehicles for each km, which implies more gridlock and more air contamination can be expected in the years to come.


Harmful gases, for example, NO2 are framed by consuming coal, oil, and emanations from vehicles that Deteriorate respiratory conditions.


How Mumbai should address rising vehicle discharges.
• Mumbai as a city forcefully requires an Electric Vehicles Policy past one for the state that has a designated order for fragment insightful (bike, three-wheeler, four-wheeler and so forth) zap rapidly additional time.
•Solid on-street emanation observing framework with far off detecting innovation (which is effectively a command under the National Clean Air Activity Plan)
• Mobility procedures under the city board plan – increase the public vehicle framework, multimodular joining upheld by strolling and cycling foundation, devoted stopping strategy with an attention on air quality, low discharge zones, furthermore, expanded pedestrianization.

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Delta variant spreading rapidly around the world, detected in 104 countries, says WHO chief

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Pal Pariawala, Mumbai Uncensored, 13th July 2021:

The deadly Delta variant which was first identified in India, has been detected in a number of countries across the globe, but especially in countries with a small vaccinated population. There was a sudden sharp in Covid-19 cases during the months of April and May in India, when the vaccinated population was negligible. This might have resulted to the variant gaining dominance and being less effective to the vaccines. Although, studies show that the vaccines are highly efficient in preventing serious complications, hospitalization and deaths.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, the director-general of WHO warned of the “devastating outbreaks” triggered by the Delta variant. “Last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of Covid-19 globally” he said at a virtual press conference from Geneva. He also added, “after ten weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again.”

While some countries around the globe have put an ease on covid restrictions, the after math could be critical, considering the shortage of vaccines. Tedros reminded the governments to share vaccines, he said, “the world should battle together to put out this pandemic inferno everywhere”.

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