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MoU for starting free 102 ambulance services signed

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A new chapter has been added to the health services in the state with the singing of Memorandum of Understating (MoU) for starting free 102 ambulance services under Janani Shishu Surksha Yojna. The MoU was signed between Director National Health Mission, H.P, Shri Hans Raj Sharma and Director of GVK EMRI Shri K. Krishnam Raju, in the presence of Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur, here today. This service will be launched on Children’s Day on 14th November, 2014 and will be available with the toll free number 102.

Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that the State Government had decided to provide free back drop facility to all pregnant women and new born babies upto one year of age. Under this scheme, 125 such ambulances would provide facility to the pregnant women, women after delivery and sick children upto the age of one year from the date of birth.

He said that one vehicle each would be stationed at all the 116 identified delivery points in the state and additional 9 vehicles would be deployed at delivery points with heavy load, as per the need. Health minister said that this free service would promote institutional deliveries which in turn would go a long way in further reducing the Maternal and Infant Mortality rate in the State.

He said that already operational National Ambulance service 108, had been providing emergency services to the people of the State and with the introduction of 102 back drop service, a new feather had been added to the health sector in the State.

The Health Minister said that the State government was committed towards development of comprehensive medical response system in the State. He said that all efforts were being made to achieve the cent-percent institutional delivery rate.

Principal Secretary Health Shri P.C. Dhiman, Director Medical Education Dr. Jaishri Sharma, Director Health Safety Regulation Shri Rameshvar Sharma, Additional Director Health Ms Tanuja Joshi and Shri Subodh Satyawadi from GVK EMRI were present on the occasion.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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