Tabassum Barnagarwala, The Indian Express

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Past articles by Tabassum:

Sero survey of 2k Mumbai kids finds 51% exposed

Kasturba Hospital and Nair Hospital in Mumbai collected samples from the 2,176 children, who were medically examined for other illnesses in public and private laboratories. → Read More

Centre’s info to states: In under 2 months, private hospitals got 2 crore Covishield jabs, 1.08 crore still left

Together, these hospitals purchased 1.97 crore doses of Covishield from May 1 to June 22 under the open market policy, which allows them to purchase up to 25 per cent of total vaccine supply available in the country. → Read More

No clarity on private vaccine procurement, Maharashtra awaits Centre’s guidelines

Mumbai news: In absence of clear guidelines, private players have said they will continue to place direct orders with manufacturers to procure doses after June 21. Between June 7 and 21, the central government has stopped vaccine supply to all states and the private sector. → Read More

15 months after first Covid case, Maharashtra death toll crosses 1 lakh

Maharashtra on Sunday added 618 deaths to its tally, taking the total death toll due to Covid to 1,00,130. Of the total deaths registered on Sunday, 167 were reported in the last 48 hours, 66 in the last week and 385 from the period before that. → Read More

Maharashtra: Amravati sees another surge, over 80% cases in rural areas

Amravati was one of the first districts in Maharashtra to report a second wave in February this year. → Read More

Maharashtra to procure own vaccine stock for 18-45 age group

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla in an interview to CNBC TV 18 said it would be impossible to handle orders of small municipal corporations and hospitals and indicated an arrangement where states procure on behalf of hospitals. → Read More

Maharashtra: Haffkine fails to find Remdesivir bidder, state to face shortage

Haffkine had floated a tender to procure 6 lakh vials of Remdesivir on April 15 but got no bidder. → Read More

Maharashtra: double mutant found in 61% samples tested

State health officials said the double variant’s role cannot be ruled out in Maharashtra’s second wave. The state is recording over 50,000 new cases every day and has 5.64 lakh active cases, half of India’s Covid burden. → Read More

From glut to shortage: story of remdesivir, the drug of hope in Covid surge

While remdesivir did not get much success against MERS and SARS, it was reported to have worked to some extent against the SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. → Read More

Maharashtra: FDA foresees oxygen shortage in coming days

As on Tuesday, more than 34,100 of the 4.5 lakh actively infected patients in Maharashtra were on oxygen support. → Read More

In second year of pandemic, resident docs on Covid duty rue academic loss

Resident doctors at T N Topiwala medical college in Mumbai went on mass leave on Tuesday to protest against the conversion of the hospital into a dedicated Covid-19 facility. → Read More

Maharashtra: Remdesivir to be available only in Covid hospitals, stores attached with hospitals

A disruption in supply chain has caused shortage of Remdesivir in a few districts. → Read More

Home treatment at stake: As demand rises, hunt for oxygen cylinder gets harder in Aurangabad

Aurangabad district, which recorded Maharashtra’s highest positivity rate at 43.8 per cent in March end, has all of its 2,124 oxygen beds occupied. → Read More

In Palghar’s rural and tribal areas, vaccination centres deserted

Coaxing and counselling push up vaccine figures marginally. → Read More

Baby dies 2 hrs after being vaccinated under regular immunisation programme in Nandurbar

An AEFI panel will meet Monday to assess the case. Meanwhile, the FDA has taken random samples for testing. → Read More

Maharashtra private labs show higher positivity rate than govt labs

Data shows high dependency on antigen testing may be responsible → Read More

Explosion in equipment likely began hospital fire in which 10 kids died

The radiant warmer burst into flames after the explosion — the first of two loud noises heard by hospital staff that night — and the seven-day-old baby inside “was found burnt like coal”, officials said. → Read More

Neonatal unit cleared without fire audit, appeal for equipment pending

Meanwhile, set up in 2015, the Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) where the babies died had had only one mock fire drill, back in 2016-17, as per a district official. → Read More

RT-PCR tests: Only 1,565 passengers tested, many slip away at Mumbai airport

Daily, thousands of passengers who are not carrying a negative RT-PCR report are slipping away without being tested at the airport. → Read More

Doctor who ‘saw death and returned’, to serve at Covid-19 ICU

This year, The Indian Express captures the work of corona warriors, women and men leading the war against Covid-19 -- risking all, so that others can be secure. This will be followed by a special show to be anchored by superstar Amitabh Bachchan and telecast on November 29 at 8.30 pm on Star Plus as well as Disney+ Hotstar. → Read More