IMA alerts on impending Covid outbreak

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Imphal: In view of the sudden surge of Covid cases in different countries, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has alerted people on Thursday and appeals the public to follow Covid appropriate behaviour with immediate effect.

As per the available reports, nearly 5.37 lakhs new cases have been reported in last 24 hours from major countries like USA, Japan, South Korea, France and Brazil. India has reported 145 new cases in last 24 hours out of which four cases are the new China variant —BF. 7, said Ima in a statement.

With the robust infrastructure in public as well as in private sector, dedicated medical manpower, pro-active leadership support from the govemment and availability of sufficient medicines and vaccines, India will be able to manage any eventualities as done in the past, 8t added.

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Indian Medical Association appeals to the govemment to upscale the preparedness for any such situation as seen in 2021 by issuing necessary instructions to the concerned ministries and departments to make available the emergency medicines, oxygen supply and ambulance services, the apex medical association said.

Indian Medical Association has issued advisory to its state and local branches to take necessary preparatory steps in case of Covid outbreak in their areas. IMA also appeals all its member to work proactively as done in the past to combat the outbreak.

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As of now, the situation is not alarming and therefore there is no need to panic. Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, all are advised to take necessary steps to overcome the impending Covid outbreak.

Face masks are to be used In all public places. Social distancing is to be maintained. Regular hand washing with soap and water or sanitizers. Public gatherings like marriages, political or social meetings etc. to be avoided. Avoid International travel. Consult the doctor in case of any symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough, loose motions etc. Get Covid vaccination including precautionary dose at the earliest. Follow the government advisory issued from time to time, IMA said.

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The Indian Medical Association with more than 3.5 lakh medical practitioners across the county is committed to fight the dreaded disease and assures the govemment its full cooperation and participation in all activities of preventive and curative measures, it added.

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