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O – Blog 27 | Mumbai Mirror | July 31, 2020

‘Positives’ from the debris of Covid? | Sanjay Nagral

It’s not a landmark anyone should be proud of. India has reached 1.5 million Covid cases and Mumbai has crossed 1lakh. It’s clear from the antibody surveys that the actual numbers are much more. There are signs of waning but it’s hazardous to make premature predictions. In a recent discussion, I was asked whether there is anything ‘positive’ in all this for Mumbai. I was stunned by… more

O – Blog 24 | Mumbai Mirror | July 10, 2020

Second Opinion: The missing link | Sanjay Nagral

Who cares for hospitalised patients in India? The question seems strange. Of course, doctors, nurses, ward boys and ayahs. But anyone working in a hospital will tell you that this is part of the answer. If you have had a close family member hospitalised you will know who is missing.
That overlooked person is the family member. The muchidealised Indian family is certainly… more

O – Blog 26 | Mumbai Mirror | July 24, 2020

True endurance | Sanjay Nagral

Jamil was ten when he started chewing ‘khat’. Growing up in of Aden, it was inevitable that he would munch this plant, an intoxicant. Banned in many countries, in Yemen it is a national pastime. Jamil grew up in the 1990s. After a protracted civil war, the north and south of Yemen had just buried the hatchet to unify. Aden is Yemen’s gateway to the world. Bustling with trade, it stands guard over the Gulf of Aden as the Red Sea… more

O – Blog 23 | Mumbai Mirror | July 3, 2020

What the departed teach us | Sanjay Nagral

The deceased are gone, lost to the world. At least in a physical sense. Maybe simplistic but that’s our current understanding. But can the departed offer anything to the living? Can they help us in our battle against disease?
In the last few decades, they have benefited the living through the use of their organs for transplantation… more

O – Blog 25 | Mumbai Mirror | July 17, 2020

The Superstar Illness | Sanjay Nagral

The Superstar Illness: I walked into the hospital like any other day. As soon as I entered, I felt there was something different. An excited crowd of staff had gathered near the entrance, all with phones in their hands. Security was looking unusually animated. As I was about to ask the receptionist what was going on, suddenly he strode into the podium accompanied by an entourage of doctors, management and bodyguards… more

O – Blog 22 | Mumbai Mirror | June 26, 2020

Can Ayush cure Covid? | Sanjay Nagral

Let me begin with a disclosure. I am an allopathic doctor and hence have an inherent bias. I have not studied Ayush (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) systems. Even before Covid, many patients have asked me if ayurveda or homeopathy help This is often after I have told them that there is no cure for their condition My stock answer is, ‘I don’t know. It is your right to try any system… more

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