Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh today said 'awareness' and not 'anxiety' is the key to fighting COVID-19. Launching COVID BEEP, India’s first indigenous, cost effective, wireless physiological parameters monitoring system for COVID-19 patients, Dr Singh said COVID BEEP is to emerge as an antidote to the original COVID.
COVID BEEP (Continuous Oxygenation & Vital Information Detection Biomed ECIL ESIC Pod) is India’s first indigenous, cost effective, wireless physiological parameters monitoring system for COVID-19 patients, developed by ESIC Medical College Hyderabad in collaboration with IIT Hyderabad and Department Of Atomic Energy. Dr Singh stressed on the importance of prevention and awareness in dealing with this pandemic effectively, now that the process of unlock has started in a phased manner after an effective and timely lockdown for close to two months.
Dr Singh Lauded the efforts of ESIC Medical College Hyderabad, which has come up with yet another innovation in collaboration with eminent institutes like IIT Hyderabad, ECIL, Hyderabad and TIFR, Hyderabad. Dr Singh said that the COVID BEEP is a perfect example of how synergy amongst the reputed institutes of India can offer solutions to most of the challenges faced by the country with minimum cost and thereby make the country Atmanirbhar in true sense.
Dr Singh also said that COVID BEEP would emerge as an effective antidote to the original COVID; the pandemic which the entire world is currently grappling with.
Incidentally, the latest version of COVID BEEP has also been incorporated in the ECG monitoring. COVID BEEP will greatly reduce the transmission risk as well as help save resources like PPEs.
Dr Singh appreciated the work of Department of Atomic Energy, under which ECIL falls, in developing solutions to many health related issues.
Meanwhile during another announcement ,Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has said that North Eastern Region has emerged as a role model in Corona management after emerging as a successful model for development in the last six years. Dr Singh said that this has become possible due to the priority and patronage the North Eastern Region received by NDA government in the last six years.
He was addressing the gathering while launching a Booklet and its e-version on achievements of the Ministry of Department of Development of North Eastern Region on completion of 1 year of the government.
The Minister congratulated his team for achieving 100 percent expenditure during 2019-20 and said that there has been a significant development in terms of Road, Rail and Air connectivity in the region.
Nationally, during the last 24 hours, a total of 5,220 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the country. So far, a total of 1,19,293 patients have been cured taking the recovery rate to 48.37 per cent.
There are 1,20,406 active COVID cases across the country and all are under active medical supervision.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has further ramped up the testing capacity for detecting the novel Coronavirus. A total of 759 testing facilities exist in the country as on date with 531 government and 228 private labs.