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    Bihar to give 2.5 million HCQ tablets

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    The ICMR has been pushing for the use of HCQ to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection among frontline workers and, last month, it expanded the scope of the antimalarial medicine’s use.

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    NEW DELHI:The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has ordered distribution of more than 2.5 million hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets among nearly 240,000 frontline workers in the state while Uttar Pradesh has decided to run mobile medical units in villages to test migrant workers for Covid-19.

    Both these states have seen a sharp increase in cases following the return of migrants. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been pushing for the use of HCQ to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection among frontline workers and, last month, it expanded the scope of the antimalarial medicine’s use.

    In this backdrop, the Bihar government issued an order on May 29 saying an additional 108,000 paramilitary and police personnel posted in various districts of the state will be given more than 600,000 HCQ tablets. This will be in addition to 1.8 million HCQ tablets being distributed in Bihar to nearly 130,000 paramedical staff and accredited social health activists (ASHAs), as per the letter accessed by ET. The highest distribution of HCQ will be in East Champaran, Gaya, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Madhubani, Vaishali, Darbhanga and West Champaran districts.

    UP is also stepping up testing in the wake of nearly 2.5 million migrants returning to the state, by deciding to run mobile medical units in vehicles in villages where migrants have returned in large numbers, in cities where a high number of cases have been reported and in containment zones. These mobile medical units will offer testing for Covid-19 and will be stationed in the identified areas daily from 8 am to 5 pm, as per the order issued by the state government on May 29.

    These mobile medical units will also offer medicines to people suffering from influenza-like symptoms and check oxygen levels of such patients with oxymeters, the government has ordered. The medical personnel posted in such mobile medical units will be given proper personal protection equipment or PPE to carry out the tasks.
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