Andhra govt to bear Rs 1.5 cr treatment cost for COVID positive doctor

Jun 05, 2021 22:29 IST

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], June 5 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh government will bear the cost of treatment amounting to Rs 1.5 crore of a doctor named N Bhaskar Rao who tested positive for COVID-19.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced that the government will bear the cost of treatment amounting to Rs 1.5 crore for Government Doctor N. Bhaskar Rao, who has been battling for his life at Care hospitals, Gachibowli, informed an official release on Saturday.
Dr. N. Bhaskar Rao, 38, working as a medical officer in Public Healthcare Centre (PHC), Karamchedu of Prakasam district has got tested positive for COVID and his wife Dr. Bhagya Laxmi, 38, working as Assistant professor, radio diagnosis in Guntur Medical College also tested positive for COVID. Both of them were admitted to GGH, Guntur on April 30, and both took

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They quickly arranged for her to get a novel drug that supplies virus-blocking antibodies, and “by the next day I was able to get up and move around,” she said. After two days, “I really started turning the corner. I was showering, eating, playing with my son.”

Treatments like these can help newly diagnosed patients avoid hospitalization, but they are grossly underused because they require an IV. Other medicines for sicker patients can speed recovery, but only a few improve survival.

While vaccines are helping to curb the pandemic, easier and better treatments are needed, especially as virus variants spread.

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“This is the first variant I’ve seen during the whole pandemic where I took a step back and said: ‘Whoa,’ ” he remembers.

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“This is the first variant I’ve seen where I think there is this burning question,” said Worobey, head of the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.

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