ICMR to keep track of hospitalized patients of COVID-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) with a joint effort of the health ministry and the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) is planning to set up the National Clinical Registry (NCR) which will help country’s researchers and policymakers understand the efficacy of investigational therapies, adverse effects taking place and generate evidence for improving the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

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The whole world is badly affected by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 and the illness it is causing has so many unknown variable parameters that work as a blockade to the proper understanding and management of the disease. We are in the very urgent need of a systematically collected, comprehensive database which not only covers different regions of the country but also the neighbouring regions enabling both researchers and policymakers to generate an appropriate-hypotheses, to inform vital and crucial understanding of COVID 19. Further, this effort will lead to detect trends in the progression of the pandemic and to accordingly calibrate the response to the pandemic.

Efforts taken

The main idea behind this establishment is to generate and collect a piece of logical evidence for improving the treatment of COVID-19 patients. To make this work possible in-total fifteen top medical institutions of the country holding very fine repute including the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru and Armed Force Medical College in Pune etc. will connect with the other hospitals and medical colleges which are involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients or in the sample checking of those affected.

Process involved

The main work of these top 15 medical institutions who would be the registry sites is to help 100 major COVID-19 hospitals get on board. They would be mentoring around 100 Covid-19 hospitals across the country and these hundred hospitals would be called satellite centres from where the data would be collected as part of the exercise.

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