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CONTENTS

  1. E-SANJEEVANI
  2. AYUSH 64 AND KABASURA KUDINEER

E-SANJEEVANI

Focus: GS III- Health

Why in news?

Ex-Defence doctors will now provide online consultation on e-Sanjeevani OPD to all citizens of the country.

What is E-Sanjeevani?

  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has launched two variants of eSanjeevani namely – doctor to doctor (eSanjeevani AB-HWC) in the hub and spoke model and patient to doctor (eSanjeevani OPD).
  • E-Sanjeevani OPD (out-patient department) is a telemedicine variant for the public to seek health services remotely; it was rolled out on 13th of April 2020 during the first lockdown in the country.
  • e-Sanjeevani OPD is a Govt of India flagship telemedicine platform developed by the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Mohali under the aegis of MoHFW, Govt of India.
  •  It provides free consultations to any Indian citizen.
  • However, with covid cases surging, the demand for doctors is up while the supply has reduced due to doctors being pulled out for covid ward duties. 
  • It enables virtual meetings between the patients and doctors & specialists from geographically dispersed locations, through video conferencing that occurs in real-time.
  • At the end of these remote consultations, eSanjeevani generates electronic prescriptions which can be used for sourcing medicines.
  • Andhra Pradesh was the first state to roll out eSanjeevani AB-HWC services in November 2019.
Benefits of telemedicine
  • Transportation: Patients can avoid spending gas money or wasting time in traffic with video consultations.
  • No missing work: Today, individuals can schedule a consultation during a work break or even after work hours.
  • Childcare/Eldercare Challenges: Those who struggle to find care options can use telemedicine solutions.

AYUSH 64 AND KABASURA KUDINEER

Focus: GS II- Health

Why in news?

Ayush Ministry launches nationwide distribution campaign of AYUSH 64 & Kabasura Kudineer.

About AYUSH 64:
  • In the middle of the havoc wreaked by second wave of the pandemic, AYUSH-64 has emerged as a ray of hope for the patients of mild and moderate COVID-19 infection.
  • The scientists of reputed research institutions of the country have found that   AYUSH 64, a poly herbal formulation developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of Ayush is useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection as an adjunct to standard care.
  • It is worthwhile to mention that initially the drug was developed for Malaria in the year 1980 and now is repurposed for COVID-19.
  • The Ministry of Ayush-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) collaboration has recently completed a robust multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH 64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients.
  • In all clinical studies, AYUSH 64 was found to be well tolerated and found clinically safe.
About  Kabasura Kudineer:
  • Kaba suram [fever due to kaba disorders]. This product is  a siddha medicine used when fever is associated with Kapha Dosha.
  • Kapha Dosha usually afflict the respiratory system. Hence, it is used in the treatment of respiratory disorders associated with fever.
  • It is especially useful when fever is associated with cough, cold and difficulty in breathing. This medicine is traditionally used for treating a varieties of flu.
  • It is subjected to clinical trials for studying the efficacy in Covid-19 patients by Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) under Ministry of Ayush and is also found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate covid-19 infection.
About Sidhha Medicines
  • Siddha medicine is a system of traditional medicine originating in ancient Tamilakam (Tamil Nadu) in South India and Sri Lanka.
  • Traditionally, it is taught that the siddhars laid the foundation for this system of medication.
  • Siddhars were spiritual adepts who possessed the ashta siddhis, or the eight supernatural powers.
  • Agastyar is considered the first siddha and the guru of all siddhars; the siddha system is believed to have been handed over to him by Shiva.
  • Siddha is focused on “Ashtamahasiddhi,” the eight supernatural power. Those who attained or achieved these powers are known as Siddhars.
  • There were 18 important Siddhars in olden days and they developed this system of medicine.
  • The Siddhars wrote their knowledge in palm leaf manuscripts, fragments of which were found in parts of South India.

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