The ministry's mask-wearing council disagrees with the position of PM advisor
NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry said Tuesday it is developing guidelines for homemade masks. However, his current guidelines on masks that his use should be limited depending on the risk of exposure and that healthy people do not need to wear masks are at odds with a manual published by the PM's chief scientific adviser, which suggests homemade masks such as strategy to prevent the spread of Covid-19 disease.
On the other hand, ICMR chief epidemiologist Dr. R Gangakhedkar said that India should not be compared to other Western countries where the incidence of the disease is much higher. Masks are to prevent the risk of exposure to infection. Let's not compare India with the USA. USA, where the Center for Disease Control has recommended people to wear masks. The level of disease outbreak in India is not the same as in the United States, he said.
Meanwhile, the undersecretary of the ministry of health, in the same briefing as Dr. Gangakhedkar, said that the masks were a scarce resource and that not everyone needed to use them, on Tuesday morning, K Vijay Raghavan, chief scientific adviser to the Prime Minister tweeted: Masks Decreases the chances of entering the respiratory system through drops that are still in the air of an infected person, reducing the chances of inhaling the virus. Especially useful for people in densely populated areas.
The tweet did not necessarily disagree with the risk exposure criteria, but suggested widespread use that the health ministry did not. Raghavan advocated homemade masks, noting that homemade masks are 70% effective and in combination with frequent hand cleaning with soap and water or frequent rubbing of hands with alcohol-based disinfectant.
However, the homemade masks did not immediately receive approval from the health ministry with Agarwal saying the guidelines will be issued soon. Gangakhedkar was more direct and said: “The United States today is the second country most affected by Covid after Italy. The Indian outbreak is on a very different level. The probability of exposure in India is low. So only sick people should wear masks. The best way to prevent the spread of Covid is the social estrangement that India is following. ”
Agarwal also said that people should wear masks only when necessary and when they are suffering from a cough and need to wear a mask to prevent the infection from spreading. Masks are a rare commodity that we must use wisely, Agarwal said. He said that the PSA manual is being technically reviewed by experts and that the guide will be issued on time, even when he argued that even the World Health Organization (WHO) has not specifically advised countries on the use of homemade masks.
According to the current guidance of the health ministry, healthy people should wear a mask only if they are caring for a person suspected of Covid-19 infection. Also, someone who coughs or sneezes should wear a mask. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water, says the ministry of health guide.