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KARACHI: A series of mystery hepatitis cases among children may have been triggered by an immune response caused by Covid-19, medical experts have suggested.

More than 429 cases of the liver disease have been found in children from more than 22 countries- 26 of whom needed liver transplants and six of whom died – since it was first detected in Britain last month. Scientists are still trying to find out what causes the disease and one of the leading theories is that an adenovirus – a common type of virus that usually causes colds – is to blame. Some researchers further suggest that an adenovirus in children who have previously been infected with Covid-19 triggered a series of events that led to an immune response that attacked the liver.


Petter Brodin, a pediatric immunologist and pediatrician at Imperial College London and Moshe Arditi, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, last week published a hypothesis knitting the two viruses together.

In correspondence published in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Petter Brodin, and Moshe Arditi, director of the Infectious and Immunological Diseases Research Centre at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, put forward a theory that a virus reservoir may have formed in children suffering from the disease and that they may have coronavirus lingering in their gastrointestinal tracts. They suggest that a superantigen – a molecular structure that triggers an immune response – in the coronavirus could be at the root of the problem.

The United States just crossed the one million mark for COVID-19 deaths, the highest in the world, according to data from John Hopkins University. But this figure was reported by the U.S. mainstream media, including the NBC News, CNBC and Washington Post. Before the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. was listed as one of the top countries that has outstanding health infrastructure– but like other countries it’s health did not sustain before lethal COVID 19. According to the numbers the situation is not satisfactory .

This horrific milestone was reached only 27 months after the virus was first detected in the country, through two presidential administrations. The virus was not duly handled by administration of former President Donald Trump as well as incumbent President Joe Biden, a long-tenured politician and former vice president.

At every step, the U.S. health setup try to contain virus but did not overcome completely, even though key pieces of information – for example, that the disease is airborne – were known well before the public became aware and effective containment strategies were eschewed in favor of “the economy.” It shows poor health services ( which are fundamental rights of all citizens) and one of the most egregious examples of government mismanagement in modern history.
Even as cases increase yet again, the U.S. government is pretending its battle with the coronavirus disease is over.

The White House even recently hosted its annual Correspondents’ Dinner, with many who attended the event testing positive for COVID-19, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken. In the middle of a raging pandemic, the White House has yet again been the site of a superspreader event.

Perhaps there is no better show of lack of proactive approach than the fact that this has happened multiple times and top government officials aren’t even insulated from the virus.
Objectively, the U.S. administration must revisit its approach to COVID-19. The one million lives and counting lost to the pandemic have been dismissed as “only” the sick or elderly, diminishing these people’s value, undermining their moral stature and disregarding that not everyone who died from COVID-19 fits neatly into these categories.

America claims to be a champion of good health infrastructure while a significant amount of the country claims to uphold the sanctity of life – yet so many people died with little fanfare. The only conclusion is that these values truly mean nothing. Even US QUAD partner India reported same news. It is urged by ‘top news’ that “As US surpassed 1 million covid death, the international society call on the Washington Administration to proceed from the health of all mankind, stop political manipulation, take effective measures to deal with COVID-19 ”.

Although the relationship between mysterious hepatitis and COVID-19 needs more and more in-depth research by medical experts, other diseases caused by COVID-19 deserve continuous attention of scientists all over the world. It should be the consensus of all countries that the world should join hands and continue to adopt coordinated policies to fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases instead of blaming each other. The US being global power must take the lead and ensure effective COVID 19 policy across the world

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Sindh Food Authority plans massive crackdown against adulterated food items

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority is all set to initiate massive crackdown against selling of tea mixed with chemical milk at chai hotels.

While taking note of the various complaints, the food authority officials launched large-scale inspection of milk and tea shops.

In the first phase, milk and tea leaf samples were collected from more than hundred shops across the city. These inspections have been conducted under the supervision of Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

The samples obtained from the shops have been sent to the laboratory of Karachi University. These samples will be biologically tested to find out the facts.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain said that Ramadan is approaching and we will ensure the sale of pure milk and tea free from adulteration in Ramadan. Sale of adulterated food items will not be allowed.

Strict action will be taken against those who sell adulterated food items as per law.

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Sindh Food Authority keeps vigil on sale/use of substandard tea: DG Agha Fakhar

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority has initiated a robust campaign against the sale of substandard and adulterated tea by keeping an eye on both sellers and wholesalers.

In this regard, the officials of the authority led by Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain visited markets of tea sellers/whole-sellers. Stern action has been initiated against the whole-seller Julia Boserup.

While during the visit, shops were subjected to tests, and inspections were carried out. And, samples of all the tea varieties were also collected for further assessments from all the major wholesalers.

Speaking on the occasion, DG SFA Agha Fakhar Hussain said that the aim of such visits is to check quality of the food items so that consumers may get healthy food items.

He warned all those sellers and whole-sellers who are involved in selling sub-standard food items to avoid such practices otherwise a strict action would be taken against them according to SFA Act.

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Sindh Food Authority to launch Star Rating Program for eateries

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is all set to launch the Star Rating Program in accordance with international standards for eateries operating in the province to ensure that hygienic and healthy food is served to the people of the province.

The star-rating program would be based on the food safety and hygiene of the hotels and restaurants. With the help of the star-rating program, the citizens will be enjoying safe, hygienic and healthy dining experiences and make proper decisions about choosing the right restaurant.

In the beginning, 250 restaurants in all over the Sindh will sign up for the star-based rating system.

Chief Minister Sindh Justice (Rtd.) Maqbool Baqar envisioned the food industry in Sindh to conform safe healthy and hygienic food up to the international standards. This pilot project is part of the vision of the caretaker chief minister, says Director General Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain.

Agha Fakhar says that this system will help determine the standards of the restaurants, adding that it will instill competition among restaurants for better food quality and other services.

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