The Covid-19 third wave and previous experiences made the Punjab government ready for the worst. Punjab is almost ready with pediatric intensive care units and also keeping district-based hospitals to be ready for unprecedented challenges that Covid third wave may throw at them. Punjab government is now ready with 850 ventilators in the state to fight the possible menace.
While speaking to The Daily Guardian, IAS Alok Shekhar, Principal Secretary, Health, stated, “We got an emergency Covid fund of around Rs 331 crore, from which we are in process of increasing infrastructure. Right now, 54 neonatal ICU beds and 37 pediatric ICUs are available in the state. We are expanding it further as soon as possible. As far as recruitment of manpower is concerned, we are again adopting speeding methods in recruiting candidates on merit basis.”
In May, the state suffered major mortalities due to Covid-19 and dumped ventilators have been the firing issue for the opposition to malign the government. This time, the Punjab government and health department do not wish to leave an inch of effort that may land them in trouble. For that, the state health department has ensured that all 850 ventilators shall stay in working condition. While talking to The Daily Guardian, Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, Punjab Covid head, stated, “We are updated with 850 ventilators dedicated to pediatric ICUs especially and we are also updating district hospitals for possible menace.”
Level II and Level-III ICUs facilities are getting updated.
Dr Bhaskar added, “We are almost done with adding up beds in government medical colleges for pediatric ICUs levels. For moderate patients, that is, Level II ICUs, we are adding 32 beds per government medical college and for critical patients, that is, Level III ICUs, we are adding up to 12 beds in each government medical college and hospital facility. The same would be available at district hospitals too.”
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STATE NARCOTICS CONTROL BUREAU MULLING OVER A PLAN TO OPEN 17 BRANCHES AT DISTRICT LEVEL IN HARYANA
Drug menace continues to prevail in the state, particularly in areas adjoining to neighbouring state of Punjab.
In wake of this, the state government has taken several steps to curb the drug menace and the issue has been raised by the legislators of ruling and opposite factions so many times. In continuation to this, it is worth mentioning that branches of the Narcotics Control Bureau have been established in 12 districts. These districts include Hisar, Fatehabad, Karnal, Sirsa, Kaithal, Ambala, Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Faridabad, Rohtak, Gurugram and Rewari. The State Narcotics Control Bureau has been established in Haryana on the pattern of the Centre (MHA), and is the first State Narcotics Control Bureau in the country.
In view of the ongoing scenario, the state government is mulling over a plan to open 17 branches at the district level all over Haryana. A sub-inspector level officer has been made in-charge of toll free number, who will immediately inform the units of the respective districts. Any person can give information on toll free numbers. The name of the person giving information will be kept strictly confidential.
In this series and while talking to ADGP, State Narcotics Control Bureau, Shrikant Jadhav, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has stressed the need of involving public and private universities and other educational institutions in wiping out the crime of drug trafficking from Haryana. Dattatraya said that youths will be effective in checking the use of illegal substances and preventing drug trafficking effectively. He said the officers of the Bureau should coordinate with educational institutions and make youths aware of drug prohibition in rural and urban areas.
The Governor said, “The university administrations can play a better role in preventing drug trafficking and illegal use through their own information system, social media and other means of media including street plays, rallies and other such activities. Students in the universities can create awareness against drugs in urban, village and other far-flung areas by giving effective messages through the above media tools. He also said that NCC Scouts and students associated with NSS can play an important role as well. Along with this, the cooperation of the Red Cross and other social, government and non-governmental organizations can also be taken into consideration to make people aware.”
PGIMER TO HOST 5TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOBACCO OR HEALTH
National level experts, policymakers, implementers, academia, researchers and civil society advocates will assemble at the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health hosted at PGIMER, Chandigarh. All of them are concerned on one single issue i.e. increasing tobacco addiction in this particular region. Appallingly, kids and adolescents are not even escaped from this vicious circle. PGIMER Chandigarh different departments like Cardiac, Pulmonary medicine, community medicine, psychiatry happen to see kids getting admitted with tobacco addiction.
Dr. Sonu Goel, the Organizing Secretary and Professor at PGIMER exhorted, “Its not about the numbers of kids suffering from tobacco addiction, its about why anyone; be it a kid, adolescent or adult shall suffer from this poison. Appallingly, Adolescents are suffering from such addiction due to easy availability of tobacco in many forms”.
A 3-day virtual 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) scheduled from 25th – 27th September 2021 shall be hosted by the Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
HC GIVES NOD TO DELHI GOVERNMENT’S HPC FOR COMPENSATION OF DEATH DUE TO OXYGEN SHORTAGE
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday gave a nod to the functioning of the High Power Committee (HPC) to look into the matter of providing compensation to people who died due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hearing the case, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said, “We see no difficulty in the High Power Committee (HPC) constituted by Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) in discharging its assigned role.” The court’s remark came after the Delhi government took the stand that the committee would not fix any liability on the hospitals and the government would pay the amount of the compensation.
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi had earlier put the committee, constituted by the Delhi government in abeyance.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Riti Singh Verma, whose husband died on May 14, 2021, due to COVID-19 in a hospital in Delhi’s Nehru Nagar.
The petitioner has sought direction from the Delhi government to operationalise the High-Power Committee it constituted and commence its functioning forthwith.
The petitioner told the Court that her husband died at the young age of 34, and he was the
only earning member of the family. She said that she has two small children to look after along with her parents.
“The untimely death of her husband due to COVID-19 has caused great financial hardship. That the deceased was working in a private company and his annual income was approx. 8 Lakh rupees,” read the petition filed by advocates Yogesh Aggarwal and Kamal Jindal.
The petitioner said that her husband was admitted in a normal and not very severe condition and was a healthy 34-year-old with no other co-morbidities and died due to cardiac arrest as per the discharge summary.
“The discharge summary appears to be copy paste job on the part of the hospital as the deceased was a male and referred to as a lady. The manner in which the petitioner’s husband case was handled casts doubt on the hospital dealing with the COVID-19 patients and also the death summary does not mention if the Oxygen was administered at any point in time when his condition started deteriorating,” the plea said.
SHIV SENA’S ANANT GEETE SAYS ‘BACKSTABBER’ SHARAD PAWAR CAN’T BE OUR LEADER
Former union minister and Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete on Monday called Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar a “backstabber” and referred to the formation of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government an “adjustment”.
Addressing a public rally at Raigad, Geete said, “Sharad Pawar cannot ever be our leader as this government (MVA) is mere an adjustment. Let people use as many accolades for Pawar but our ‘guru’ is only (late) Balasaheb Thackeray.” “The NCP was formed by backstabbing Congress. When 2 Congress parties cannot become a single party, how can Shiv Sena become Congress? Even if the MVA government comes at Centre and State, we can’t be Aghadi Sainiks. We will remain Shiv Sainiks,” he added.
Speaking further, the former union minister said, “What is Shiv Sena? What is the responsibility of Shiv Sainiks today? While we have a Chief Minister [from Shiv Sena], we [Shiv Sainiks] cannot regard the rest of the government in which the Congress and the NCP are part of as ours.”
After the fallout between Shiv Sena and BJP in the 2019 Assembly elections over the chief ministerial post, Uddhav Thackeray’s party joined hands with Congress and the NCP to form the government in the state.
Himachal CM Thakur reviews preparations for launch of third and fourth phases of PMGKAY
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held virtual meetings with the MLAs and Deputy Commissioners of the state to take stock of the preparations for launch of the third and fourth phases of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in the state on 25 September, 2021.
The Chief Minister said that the state level function would be organised at Shimla on this occasion to have interaction with the beneficiaries of this scheme, which would be presided over by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal. Similarly, functions would also be organised at district headquarters, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level, in which few beneficiaries would also be provided ration bags.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to preside over this function but due to committed engagements, he would not be able to join this event.
The Chief Minister said that the MLA’s would also participate in the function from one of the place in their respective Assembly constituency. However, the functions would not be organised in the blocks where model code of conduct has been enforced due to by-elections to the PRI’s. As many as 140 LED screens would be set up at prominent locations across the state to enable people to participate and see the live telecast of the State level function which would also be telecast at district, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level through virtual mode.
Jai Ram Thakur said the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was a major initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the challenging Covid-19 times to provide food security to the poor, migrant labourers and unemployed. He said that Himachal Pradesh had more than 7.18 lakh ration card holders being covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) covering a population of above 29 lakh, who would be provided free ration bag by the end of October, 2021.
He said the main objective of orgavnising function was to ensure maximum participation of the beneficiaries in it so that they could be made aware about this special scheme launched by the Centre last year to give relief to the NFSA families of the state. He added that 25 September was also birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay, who gave the concept of Antodaya and it was a relevant day to carry forward his message.
The Chief Minister also directed the DC’s to take effective steps for checking spread of the Covid pandemic, especially focusing on contact tracing so that the appropriate Covid behaviour could be followed. He asked them to monitor the progress of second phase of vaccination against Covid so that the cent-percent target could be achieved by the end of November, 2021 adding that till now, 23.10 lakh people had been administered second dose of the vaccine.
CONGRESS DESTROYED MADHYA PRADESH DURING 15-MONTH TENURE, SAYS SHIVRAJ SINGH CHAUHAN
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan slammed the previous Congress government in the state, alleging that the state witnessed destruction during its tenure.
“Kamal Nath was the Chief Minister for 15 months. His government destroyed the state for those 15 months. Development works and schemes were halted. Kamal Nath could not provide water and money to farmers. But after 15 months, I was back into power during the Covid crisis. Everything had stopped. There was also a challenge of upgrading healthcare infrastructure,” Chauhan said. As a part of the programme, Chauhan launched 103 Angandwadis in 32 districts of the state. 10,000 nutrition gardens were also launched in 52 districts of the state.
Speaking on the success of his government, the Chief Minister added, “We tried to work for farmers in spite of facing a financial crunch. We purchased paddy and wheat. We also purchased Moong dal from farmers so that they would not have to face losses. I provided Rs 8,000 crores to farmers under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojna.”
“The Prime Minister provided an amount of Rs 6,000 per year and I provided Rs 4,000 from my side as well. This government works for farmers. But the previous government could not even provide water to farmers,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state last year in March with Shivraj Singh Chouhan assuming the chief ministerial post. This came after the Kamal Nath-led Congress government collapsed following the resignation of then party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who went on to join the BJP along with 21 MLAs.
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