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BMC successfully conducts pilot trial of new 'Antibodies Cocktail Treatment' in Mumbai

The two-drug concoction was given to 212 patients above the age of 12 in Mumbai and the results were encouraging.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday stated their 'Antibodies Cocktail Treatment' has proven effective against the coronavirus infection. The concoction drug has worked wonders in the trial conducted recently for a sample group of 212 patients above the age of 12. A pilot project, the 'Antibody Cocktail Therapy' evoked a positive response in about 199 of the subject pool.

First successful trial of 'cocktail therapy' can revolutionise COVID treatment

Mumbai's civic body has created a mixture-medicine by combining two drugs - Casirivimab and Indevimab, both manufactured by the pharma giant Roche India, to provide the 'Antibodies Cocktail Therapy'. The first trials of this new drug have shown a revolutionary response in a majority of patients, roped in for the trial.

"The patients were selected carefully, with their weight above 40 kg, with mild-to-medium symptoms of Covid-19, and at least one co-morbidity condition. They were administered the 'antibodies cocktail' for an hour through saline under medical supervision," informed Severn Hills Hospital's Dean, Dr Balkrishna Adsul.

Reportedly, none of these patients has exhibited any adverse reaction or side effects to the medicine. The patients' body temperature(fever) dropped to normal within 48 hours and the death rate has fallen steeply by 70%. As yet, only one patient of this pool required oxygen supports even after drug consumption, he added.

Pilot results look promising ahead of 'third wave' rise

"Besides, their hospital stay was reduced to barely 5-6 days from the current 14-15 days and we can also give this 'antibody cocktail' to patients as OPD, without needing admission to the hospital," Adsul said. The trial procedure was implemented during the past four weeks.

"Most importantly, it can be administered to patients having diabetes, patients dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, heart diseases, asthma and other acute respiratory diseases, sickle cell, cerebral palsy among other comorbidities", the Dean added. Successive trials will be conducted for the cocktail therapy, which officials believe can alter the scope and effectiveness of COVID treatment, aiding the management of the potential third wave.

BMC asks public hospitals to administer cocktail therapy for 1-2 months

The antibody cocktail therapy is presently being used clinically for third-stage or terminal cancer treatment. And it now looks promising for the treatment of coronavirus too. The assuring conclusions of the pilot project have given authorities the confidence to direct several civic hospitals and medical colleges to administer the new treatment blend to COVID-19 patients over the next month or two.

After this, medical experts will engage in a study of the trial outcome and publish a research paper as medical proof of the treatment effectiveness. The civic and state health departments would thereafter take necessary steps in the matter. Reportedly, with the 'antibody cocktails' arsenal, BMC officials are optimistic about claiming victory in the pandemic battle.

Indore Municipal Corporation to upgrade its existing dry waste segregation system soon

With a secondary segregation unit to supplement the existing facility, Indore civic body will soon segregate dry waste into 35 different categories

Taking its cleanliness drive up by a notch, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is now planning to upgrade its existing waste segregation into 35 different categories. As of now, with the help of the automated Material Recovery Facility (MRF) set up at Devguradia trenching ground, the dry waste is segregated into 12 different categories. Reportedly, this facility was established at a cost of about ₹20 crores.

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Check out the 2nd list of speakers Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 here:

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First of its kind in Lucknow, a women-only mall to open soon in Charbagh!

A mall for the women, by the women, will set the new standards of women empowerment in Lucknow

Feel safer as you head out for a thorough retail therapy session in Lucknow, with the city's first-ever women-only mall. Lucknow Nagar Nigam has decided to lay the foundation of this exclusive mall in Charbagh. Reportedly, all shops and sellers stationed at this ₹17 crore shopping crores will also be run by women, for the women.

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Walk-in vaccination system implemented across Lucknow!

A five-day campaign aimed at boosting the existing vaccination drive has also been scheduled from November 28 to December 2

Augmenting the ongoing vaccination drive in the city, the District Magistrate of Lucknow has now scraped the mandatory registration required before taking the vaccine against COVID. With the implementation of the walk-in vaccination system, the residents of Lucknow can now directly head to the vaccination centres and take the first or second jab without having to make a prior booking. The decision to do away with this prerequisite registration was taken by the DM in a meeting on Friday.

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Passengers from South Africa to be put under quarantine at Mumbai Airport due to Omicron scare

If the arriving passengers test COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing

Amid the rising concerns of the new COVID variant Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has directed to increase testing and screening of all international travellers. In continuation to this, a special set of airport guidelines have been put in place for those arriving from South Africa, the epicentre of the said mutation. Reportedly, such passengers will have to undergo testing and quarantine at the Mumbai International Airport. If found COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing, the Mumbai Mayor informed.

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