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Today is world malaria day, recommitted to eliminating malaria from the world. In last one year, we witnessed and responded to a major outbreak of malaria across two tribal communities. These communities live in the catchment areas of our AMRIT Clinics, that aim to provide high quality and low cost primary healthcare in remote rural areas of South Rajasthan. Within a month, progressively, we were swamped by patients of all age groups, men and women, coming to the clinics with high grade fever, pallor (haemoglobin as low as 2 and 3 grams) and big spleens on palpation. Many pregnant women and many infants came too. We detected and managed 2496 patients of malaria between the months of August and January. Many walked tens of kilometers to reach us. Most of them were malnourished.
Reducing the delay in time to primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute coronary syndrome patients in the non-urban emergency department (ED) is of critical importance. To reduce ED delay time, this study developed a direct connection between the local ED and the cardiac catheterisation laboratory in the tertiary university hospital.
At least 36,000 more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month than the official Covid-19 death counts report, a review of mortality data in 12 countries shows — providing a clearer, if still incomplete, picture of the toll of the crisis. In the last month, far more people died in these countries than in previous years, The New York Times found. The totals include deaths from Covid-19 as well as those from other causes, likely including people who could not be treated as hospitals became overwhelmed.

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