Mangaluru: 'Early testing vital for containing coronavirus infection' - Dr Hansraj Alva

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Sep 18: Highlighting the importance of early testing, Dr Hanraj Alva, the general physician advised people to not step back from undergoing a test for coronavirus.

Addressing media here on Friday, September 18, Dr Hansraj Alva said, "As the number of coronavirus cases in the district is on the rise people are refraining themselves from getting tested. I advise people to test themselves so that the spread of the virus can be contained. Coronavirus is a self-limiting illness and therefore early diagnosis is vital."

"Currently, there are two types of testing that are available for detecting this disease, Rapid Antigen test and RT-PCR test. If a person tests negative in the Antigen test while being symptomatic he will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test. Lately, misinformation surrounding the test reports. All these allegations are false as a test result cannot be manipulated. One of the reasons, for a false result, can be due to incorrect sample collection technique, improper storage or handling of the sample taken and also the faulty machinery used to derive the results," said Dr Alva.

"People have qualms when they test positive for coronavirus infection. The virus is fatal for those who have underlying diseases or in cases where the blood oxygen saturation is less than 94%, such conditions need extra attention," he added.

Giving his opinion on the Plasma therapy, Dr Alva said, "Plasma therapy is not new, this form of treatment has been in existence for a long time now. The people who have low immunity can be treated by plasma in a theoretical sense, however, this is not a surety."

"Once an individual is placed on a ventilator, the chances of survival are low. My aim is that people should not reach the ventilator stage. For this reason, early detection of the disease is necessary. In recent times, many who suffered from fever consulted local doctors and consumed antibiotics believing that they have contracted coronavirus infection. The government has rolled out Ayushman Bharath Scheme, people make use of this scheme as the rates under this are fixed by the government and therefore there no scope for receiving exorbitant hospital bills. Nodal officers have been appointed and daily updates on the corona situation are being sent to DHO, DMO and the deputy commissioner. There is a need for more testing kits and better health infrastructure. Mask is the vaccine, social distancing is immunity and handwash is the medicine," said Dr Hansraj Alva.


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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    One of our relatives got admitted to a pvt hospital in Mangalore for CORONA conundrum; he was billed 13 lacs for 3 week stay; to settle the bill , he had to sell some of his assets; now tell me how many middle class people have this much money to shell for a infection which is still being researched??

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Dr. Sachi,
    Please have your facts right before doling them out, because people will believe that the AB scheme is applicable across the board & land them into trouble!them

    "The following entities are not covered under the Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme:

    Motorized 2/3/4 wheeler/fishing boat owner
    Mechanized 3 or 4 wheeler agricultural equipment owner
    Kisan credit cardholder with credit limit of over Rs. 50,000/-
    Household member of government employee
    Households with non-agricultural enterprises registered with government
    Any member of family with income more than Rs. 10,000 per month
    Paying income tax
    Paying professional tax
    3 or more rooms with pucca walls and roof
    Owns a refrigerator
    Owns landline phone
    Owns over 2.5 acres of irrigated land with 1 irrigation equipment
    5 acres or more of irrigated land for two or more crop season
    Owning at least 7.5 acres of land or more with at least one irrigation equipment
    Source: Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011"

    I wonder who gets the benefits of this scheme except beggars; any which way majority beggars are immune to COVID19

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Dear, ayushman bharath covers poor and middle class.
    Please do not mislead people. Only requirement is you need to enrol and get the card which is connected with aadhar card and ration card.
    May be hospitals covered under ayushman bharath scheme may be quite less. Please check with authorities.
    Please do not mislead people

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  • Dr Sachi, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    I have given clear information regarding ABARK Covid Care by Karnataka Govt of Karnataka. I work in one of the Medical college in Mangalore. So far we have treated more than 140 covid positive cases and all of them are approved by Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (ABARK).

    I am not discussing ABARK for other diseases.

    For Covid all are entitled for free treatment under ABARK irrespective of socioeconomic status provided they get admitted in general ward. People whi get admitted in private rooms or semiprivate wards they have to pay on their own and shell out in lakhs. All these info is available in the weblink provided.
    Only purpose of this writing is to provide clear information for people who cannot afford health care hospitalization for covid.

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  • Dr Sachi, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    B. Regarding Ayushman Bharat Covid Care

    1. ABARK (Ayushman Bharat Aarogya Karntaka ) Central Govt scheme fully Implemented by current Govt of Karnataka is providing free treatment to all Covid-19 patients requiring hospitalization irrespective of BPL or APL family socio-economic status.

    2. Condition is only general ward and required ICU care. Not a single rupee to be paid by the patient.

    3. All the Medical Colleges and other private hospitals (so far 32 hospitals of DK district) are covered under ABARK scheme. 50% of Beds are reserved for COVID and out of 50% Covid reserved beds Private hospitals are to reserve 50% beds for ABARK patients. Rates under private category and ABARK rates published in media and all details are available at Govt of Karntaka Health & Family welfare website

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Dear Dr. Sachi,

    ABARK is more BARK than reality...

    This Ayushman/Dushman scheme considers person having refrigerator as "not eligible"... only pavement dwellers / destitutes may be eligible... however, it is rarely heard about pavement dwellers/destitutes/road side vendors (chaivala/panipuri vendor)etc. etc. infected with virus...

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  • Hussain, MANGALORE

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    A Sincere Doctor I think his analysis are very correct I know him since more 20 years, he is my family doctor. May Allah Bless him good health and long life for serve the patient

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  • Dr Sachi, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    A. Testing
    1. Early testing is definitely beneficial as early diagnosis can prevent spreading to others, especially those who are vulnerable to serious infection. i.e. high risk people above 60 years, below 10 years, diabetics, high BP, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, HIV, TB, pregnant and women who delivered recently (within 6 months), people on steroids, and any other immune-compromised states.
    2. There are three types of tests i) Rapid test - result available within one hour - if symptomatic and negative the gold standard is ii) RT-PCR if once positive confirmed 100% positive and the person is infectious for 10 days if symptomatic having ILI or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI - SPO2 <94 and RR >30, Pneumonia) test negative, the test has to be repeated if no other diagnosis could be made. Result takes one day to 2 day in Mangalore. iii) GeneExpert/truenat simialr to RT-PCR in sensitivity and specificity. Helpful for emergency scenario like sudden death, emergency operation, however costly Rs4500 available in KMC Managlore, Fr. Mullers.

    3. Rapid Test available at Wenlock, and all the 10 Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHcs)of MCC and MCC is doing this through Mobile Service. Also RT-PCR swab collected through UPHCs if Rapid Test is negative free of cost to Public. All Taluk Hospitals, Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres do Rapid Test in the Public health System of GOVT if Rapid is negative Rt-PCR sample taken and sent to Wenlock lab.
    4. RT-PCR available at Wenlock free and KMC, Fr. Muller MC, A J Medical College, Yenepoya Medical College and KS Hegde Medical College. which is charged differently for BPL & APL family.
    5. My advise is if one family member is positive in case others get symptoms within 21 days consider them also positive and instead of spending on RT-PCR, buy a digital thermometer & pulse oxymeter (within RS3000) and monitor everybody in the house. If required hospital admission to undergo test.

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  • Justin Lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Dr Hansraj Alva's analysis on Coronavirus is explicitly correct.
    He is a right Doctor of advice, diagnosis and cure of many ailments.
    I pray for this Doctor's survival from any diseases because he has saved many patients with accurate findings, diagnosis and cure.

    The only thing irks the patients is waiting because the Doctor is helpless as the patients throng to him for check-up of any diseases yet he will not leave any patients go without check-up from him Even 12:00 to 2:00 am in the night.

    The patient himself may lose the patience in waiting as the doctor has much patience to cure the patient with right diagnosis. He never craved for money business but enjoys and satisfies with the cure of patients.

    Daijiworld has chosen a well-qualified, knowledgeable doctor.
    Thank you Daijiworld web portal for choosing him and publishing Dr Hansraj Alva's advice to contain the ways of Coronavirus pandemic disease.

    My Sincere prayers to my Lord God of this Universe to keep him alive healthy as long as he lives.
    May the Lord God bless Dr Hansraj Alva abundantly with good health Amen.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    "Early testing vital for containing coronavirus infection' - Dr Hansraj Alva"

    --- early testing and early recovery possible through proper treatment by good and kind doctor.

    Early testing may result in late recovery / death if hospital is money minded / unprofessional.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Good analysis...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Still this disease can be contained only through people cooperation.
    Social distancing. Avoid crowded places.
    China released this virus from wuhan lab, but they contained it through 3 months of lockdown.
    Here in this article, doctor says containment by early testing and if positive, isolation of patients. But patients himself will not turn negative by early testing . Recovery depends on his luck only.

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