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Antibody cocktail for Covid showing positive response, say Delhi’s private hospitals

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This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose.

Private hospitals in the city which have introduced monoclonal antibody therapy to high-risk patients are reporting positive responses from those who received it.

This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose. It is meant for treatment of mild to moderate cases in high-risk patients at an early stage of Covid. Because of its high price, it is only being administered at a handful of private hospitals, and no government hospitals.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which had introduced the treatment last week, has reported that two patients who received it showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

Similarly, BLK-Max Super Specialty Hospital has also reported positive results in two patients.

“We are happy to report that we conducted RT-PCR test on two Covid positive patients 8 days after developing symptoms and it turned out to be a definite negative. They were administered antibodies cocktail therapy within three days of getting their Covid positive reports. This is the fastest ever recovery reported in patients here, particularly senior citizens suffering from comorbidities,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HoD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases at the hospital.

Source : IndianExpress.com

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Delhi: Najafgarh section on Grey Line opens on Saturday

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The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

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The Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section on the Grey Line of the Delhi Metro will be inaugurated Saturday. Passenger services on the section will commence at 5 pm on the same day. The Grey Line connects Dwarka to Najafgarh. The 891-metre-long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand section will take the Metro further into the interior areas of Najafgarh.

The section will be inaugurated via a video conference at 12.30 pm, by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, will also be present at the inauguration.

Source : Indian Express

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Delhi Cabinet Rejects the list of police for the farmer’s protest violence.

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Delhi Cabinet, last Friday refused to approve Delhi Police’s list of special public prosecutors for appearing within the lawsuits associated with violence during the January 26 farmers’ protest.

It observed that the method won’t be fair and impartial if the lawyers of Delhi Police which is investigating the cases, were appointed. It had been decided that a panel of prosecutors appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party government will do the work.

In a separate decision, the Cabinet of New Delhi had also refused to offer its nod to a different panel of three lawyers recommended by Delhi Police for the northeast Delhi riot cases.

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SBI reduces its home loan interest rates to 6.7%

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State Bank of India (SBI), has launched a wreath of festive offers for home equity credit customers where offers are aimed to form home loans cheaper within the festive season. during an unparalleled initiative, SBI offers a credit score that is linked to home loans at just 6.70%, regardless of the loan amount.

Earlier a borrower availing of a loan greater than ?75 lakh, had to pay a rate of interest of 15%. With these new festive offers, a borrower can now avail of home equity credit for any amount at a low rate of 6.70%. The offer leads to a saving of 45 bps which translates to an enormous interest saving of quite Rs. 8 lakh, for a ?75 lakh loan with a 30-year tenure.

Earlier, the speed of interest applicable for a non-salaried borrower was 15 bps above the rate of interest applicable to a salaried borrower, in this festive offer SBI has removed its dissimilarity between a salaried and a non-salaried employee.

Now, there’s no occupation-linked interest premium being charged to prospective home equity credit borrowers. this is able to cause an extra interest saving of 15 bps to non-salaried borrowers.

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