Remdesivir Only For Those On Oxygen: Government
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There is a shortage of antiviral Remdesivir being reported from several parts of the country. The Centre flagged irrational use of the drug. It urged physicians to judiciously use it only on Covid patients on oxygen support. There is no question of the use of Remdesvir in home settings, said Dr V K Paul, head of India’s Covid-19 task force.

“There have been reports of shortage but there have been improvements. It can only be supplied to a hospital, not a chemist shop to be procured by a patient. The lines for procurement [of Remdesivir] are a distortion. We request rationale and judicious use of Remdesivir,” he said.

On April 13, the Centre also said there was no shortage of vaccine supply and called for better planning at the cold chain points. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Centre has given 13,10,90,370 doses to the states, out which 11,43,69,677 were utilised. He said 1,67,20,693 doses are available with states, and 2,01,22,960 doses are in the supply pipeline.

“Kerala has reported zero wastage. But in some states vaccine wastage is up to 10 percent. It is very clear that the problem is related to better planning. It is not about availability of doses. We are providing doses every four days to the large states. The state administration has to every day review unutilised doses at cold chain points; and should re-appropriate the doses from one cold chain point to another based on consumption pattern,” Bhushan said.

On the growing Covid cases, the Centre said Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala are the states of concern. It said 53 central teams are camping in as many surge districts, helping district authorities to contain the spread of the virus. “Test per million is growing but not keeping pace with the growth of average daily cases,” Bhushan said.

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