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COVID-19: Union Health Ministry issues guidelines for dental professionals and patients

Keeping in mind the fact that dental professionals & patients are at increased risk of infection for COVID-19, Union Health Ministry has issued guidelines.
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It’s no secret that dentists as well as patients undergoing dental procedures are at high risk of cross-infection of coronavirus as most dental procedures require a close contact between the doctor and the patientss oral cavity, saliva, blood and respiratory tract secretions.

Keeping this in mind, the Union Health Ministry has advised that all patients must be treated with due precautions. The health ministry issued guidelines for the same.

The Health Ministry said, “Saliva is rich in COVID-19 viral load. Many patients who are asymptomatic may be carriers. For this reason, it is suggested that all patients visiting a dental office must be treated with due precautions.”

Also read: May 19: Complete COVID-19 report, analysis and statistics for Maharashtra

Here are some of the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry:

» Doctors should wear N95 face masks, protective eyewear/face shields and gloves along with coverall for high-risk and very-high-risk procedures. To increase the shelf life of N95 masks, doctors may cover them with a surgical mask and discard only the surgical mask after use

» When examining patients with moderate risks, the doctor should wear PPE except that the coveralls can be substituted with surgical gowns

» Dental professionals should ensure availability of sufficient three-layer masks, sanitisers and paper tissue at the registration desk, as well as nearby hand hygiene stations. There should be a distance of one metre between the waiting chairs

» Patients should not wear wristwatch, hand and body jewellery and should carry additional accessories and bags. Patients should use their own washrooms at home to avoid the need of using toilets at the dental facility. Patients should also wear a mask while visiting a dental clinic.

» Healthcare workers who are asymptomatic and do not fall under the category of being exposed to COVID-19 are not required to undergo a test before resuming to work in the clinics

» All asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are advised to take HCQ prophylaxis after medical consultation

» Dental clinics in the COVID-19 containment zones will remain closed. However, dental professionals working at such clinics can provide tele-consultation to patients

» Emergency dental procedures can be performed in the dental facilities falling under red zones

» The dental clinics in the orange and green zones can provide consultancy but such operations should be restricted to emergency and urgent treatment procedures only

» All routine and elective dental procedures should be deferred for a later review until new policy/guidelines are issued

» Due to the high risk associated with the examination of the oral cavity, oral cancer screening under the National Cancer Screening programme should be deferred until new policy or guidelines are issued

» The clinical conditions of dental origin, which require priority care but do not increase the patient’s death risk, are categorised as ?urgent? and those increasing the patient’s death risk are categorised as ?emergency?

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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