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05th May 2020

International Midwives’ Day

  • Each year since 1992, International confederation of Midwives ICM leads global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives, on the 5th of May.
  • The theme for ICM 2020 is Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilise, unite – our time is NOW!
  • Inform everyone with an interest in both justice and health that midwives are critical in lowering neonatal and maternal mortality and maternal mortality and morbidity.

DRDO DEVELOPS UV DISINFECTION TOWER TO FIGHT COVID-19

  • In its latest contribution to the fight against coronavirus disease Covid-19, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has pitched in with an ultra-violet disinfection tower that can be used for sanitising places such as airports, shopping malls, metro stations, hotels, factories and offices, two officials said on Monday.
  • The tower can be used for rapid and chemical-free disinfection of high-risk areas where the flow of people is heavy, said the first official cited above.
  • The UV disinfection tower (named UV Blaster) has been developed by Laser Science and Technology Centre (Lastec) with the help of New Age Instruments and Materials Private Limited,Gurugram.
  • Lastec is a Delhi-based DRDO laboratory.

SARAS COLLECTION ON GEM PORTAL

  • Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomarhas launched the Saras collection on Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal in New Delhi.
  • The Saras collection showcases daily utility products made by rural self-help It aims to provide market in rural areas with access to Central and State Government buyers.
  • GeM is a short form of one stop Government e- Market Place hosted by DGS&D where common user goods and services can be procured. GeM is dynamic, self sustaining and user friendly portal for making procurement by Government officers.

AROGYA SETU MITR LAUNCHED

  • In partnership with the Tech Mahindra, Tata Group and Swasth the Arogya Setu Mitr was launched.
  • It will offer free online consultation to COVID- 19 with the data provided by the three private sector firms and government entities

BHARATPE LAUNCHES TWO NEW FEATURES IN ITS APP

  • Merchant payment and lending service provider BharatPe
  • BharatPe on Monday also announced two additional features on its app for the merchants — Paisa Bolega and BharatPe Balance.
  • With Paisa Bolega – voice alerts of transactions – shopkeepers will be able to hear aloud instant confirmation of all payments received through their BharatPe QR, without touching the phone
  • BharatPe Balance will give information about the total money available to the shopkeeper across deposits, loans and daily collections through quick response (QR).

NIAB DEVELOPS DEVICE TO DETECT COVID IN 30 SECONDS

  • The rapid testing device awaits validation from a Centre-approved institution;
  • Researchers from Hyderabad- based National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) reported the development of a non-invasive biosensor testing device, named ‘eCovSens’, for rapid detection of Covid-19.
  • They claim that the device can help detect the novel Coronavirus within 10-30 seconds of testing, using a person’s saliva as sample.

RUSSIA TO LAUNCH FIRST SATELLITE FOR MONITORING ARCTIC CLIMATE

  • Russia will launch its first Arktika-M satellite for monitoring the Arctic climate and environment at the end of the year
  • Russia’s Arktika-M remote-sensing and emergency communications satellites will gather meteorological data in the polar regions of the Earth, which will allow to improve weather forecasts and will enable scientists to better study climate change.

INDIA IS WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST PRODUCER OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

  • The other countries which made it to the top 10 list are Germany (1,04,396), Japan (98,793), UK (97,681), Russia (81,579), Italy (71,240), South Korea (66,376) and France (66,352).
  • over 35 lakh scientific papers published, India has become the world’s third largest publisher of science and engineering articles, according to a US government agency data, topped by China.
  • As per the statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the number of scientific papers published worldwide increased from 17,55,850 in 2008 to 25,55,959 in 2018.
  • China produced five per cent of the global output in 2000 and grew to 21 per cent in 2018; India’s share rose from two per cent to five per cent during this period.

IDEATHON ON ‘THE FUTURE OF RIVER MANAGEMENT’

  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the Ministry of Jal Shakti and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized an IDEAthon on “The future of River Management’ to explore how the COVID-19 crisis can shape River Management strategies for the future..
  • One of these is the visible improvement in the natural environment. Rivers have become cleaner.
  • Purely from a river management point of view, in India there has been a noticeable improvement in the water quality of the Ganga and Yamuna in the last few weeks

DECENTRALISED PLANNING TEACHES US TO CURB PANDEMICS

  • Urban planning processes and systems need to strengthen themselves and build resilience to minimise the spread of disease outbreaks and address other grappling issues related to equitable resource management, quality of life and environmental sustainability.
  • A decentralised approach is critical in times of a public health emergency. Such a model is based on an equitable distribution of land and resources in This model limits mobility and provides space for healthy interaction in smaller scales.
  • A decentralised planning approach also provides opportunities and benefits of distributing health and water infrastructure across the city.

SHARP RISE PROJECTED IN HIV, TB, MALARIA DEATHS DUE TO OVERWHELMED SYSTEMS

  • The pressure on healthcare systems due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may raise fatalities from other ailments, predicted the Imperial College,London.
  • Deaths over five years may increase up to 10 per cent related to human immunodeficiency viruses, 20 per cent to tuberculosis and 36 per cent to malaria.
  • The HIV patients would be affected as the Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) services would be affected due to non-availability of drugs.
  • The more severe the COVID-19 pandemic, the more difficult it would become to reach ART centres and the supply of drugs would also be constrained.

Dr Thomas Mathew, Kerala’s new medical education joint director

The Government of Kerala, on Monday, appointed Dr Thomas Mathew as the Joint Director of the Department of Medical Education. The decision was announced by K K Shailaja teacher, the Minister of Health and Social Justice.

Kerala’s robo-warriors battling Covid-19

Nightingale – 19 -Made by: Students of Vimal Jyothi Engineering College, Kannur –Purpose: Assisting health workers to distribute food, medicines and aiding patient-staff interaction

Karmi-BOT – Made by: Asimov Robotics of Maker Village -Purpose: Dispensing food, medicine, collecting trash disposed by patients etc

Hand sanitising robot – Made by: Ten-year-old Alok Dev, Kendriya Vidyalaya student from Kozhikode –Purpose: Hand sanitising without human contact

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