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CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

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CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

Another feather has been added in the cap of State Government’s achievements in Health Sector as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh flagged off 102 Ambulance Services and launched ‘Janani Express-102’ under Mother Child Safety Programme (Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram) from historic Ridge here today.

In the first phase a total number of 45 Ambulances were flagged off to provide free transport/drop back facility to the pregnant women, women after delivery and sick children up to the age of one year in the State, which includes the remotest Dodra-Kwar and other far-flung areas.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that under this Scheme 125 ambulances would be stationed at major delivery health centres including the regional and district hospitals. As of today, the infant mortality rate of the State was 36 as compared to the National average of 42 and similarly the fertility rate in the State is 1.7 as compared to 2.4 at National level.

This is another milestone achieved in the Health Sector after the successful launching of 108 Ambulances and would play a pivotal role in strengthening the health infrastructure, he said, adding that the ambulance would prove beneficial to drop home free the new born child and mother from hospitals.

He said that this free service would promote institutional deliveries which in turn will be go a long way in further reducing the Maternal and Infant Mortality rate in the State.

The Chief Minister said that health indicators of the State was far better from the National health indicators as per the latest survey. He said that under National Rural Health Mission the State Government was successful in getting the finances of Rs. 261 crore from the Centre and he hoped that the Union Government would provide assistance to further strengthen the Health Sector as the Union Minister of Health J. P. Nadda represents the State.

Listing the achievements of the State in Health Sector the Chief Minister said that a provision of Rs. 30 crore has been made for necessary drugs numbering 352 for the poor. He said that Central Research Laboratory costing Rs. six crore was being established in IGMC College and a sum of Rs. five crore was being incurred for Nursing College besides Rs. 56 crore was being spent on constructing new OPD Block in IGMC and a sum of Rs. seven crore was being spent for strengthening a Cardiac Unit of Cath Lab and Rs. 3.5 crore each has been sanctioned for setting up Trauma Centre and Renal Unit in IGMC.

“ I am thankful to the previous Union Government and especially the then Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for sanctioning three Medical Colleges in a single fiscal for the State with adequate budgetary provision of Rs. 190 crore for each College”, said he. There won’t be any constraints of finances for the priority sectors like Health and Education, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that a sum of Rs. 6.15 crore was being spent under 102 Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram in the State. He said that this free 102 Ambulance drop back services would reduce the pressure on 108 Ambulance services which were also performing the same services. He said that 100 bedded Mother Child Hospitals each in Kamla Nehru Hospital and in RPMGC Tanda was being constructed by spending Rs. 20 crore each. He thanked the Chief Minister for strengthening the Health infrastructure and said that as many as 71 Specialist Doctors and 457 Doctors has been appointed besides about 700 Para Medical staff in the State.

The Minister said that Rs. one lakh per month was being spent on 108 Ambulance Services and Rs. 41 thousand per month would be spent on 102 Ambulance Services.

He said that the services would be available through a toll free No.102.

Earlier, Hans Raj Sharma, Mission Director, NRHM welcomed the Chief Minister and other distinguished persons on the occasion.

Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Forest Minister, Chet Ram, Chairman, Milk Federation, Vineet Chaudhary, Additional Chief Secretary, Ms. Nandita Gupta, Special Secretary, Health Services, R.K. Sharma, Director, Health Services, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, other senior officers of State Government and prominent persons of the town were also present on the occasion.

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Video: Fire Wreaks Havoc at Solan Mall Road

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Solan Fire Break out 2021

Solan-A fire broke out at the congested Solan Mall Road today evening, which engulfed about three shops including a medical store and garment and shoe shops. According to the initial report received from the district administration, the fire reportedly started from a medical store, which was closed.

People first noticed smoke rising from inside the building and informed the owner of the shop and fire services. By the time, fire tenders reached the spot, the fire had spread considerably to a large part of the multi-story building. Sounds of explosions from inside the medical store caused a panic among the adjoining shopping mall and people present on the scene. These sounds of explosions reportedly came from bottles of sanitisers and other flammables products kept inside the medical store.

No loss of life was reported.

According to a report, two fire hydrants installed at the Solan Mall Road for such emergency situation did not work, which led to delay in extinguishing the fire. Meanwhile, property worth lakhs in three to four shops turned to ash. It took over two hours to extinguish the fire with the help of locals. 

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Ajay Kumar, had arrived at the spot. The exact losses were yet to be assessed. It’s pertinent to mention that the Solan Mall is a congested place with a large number of shops and the fire could have easily turned into a bigger disaster if it were not controlled. 

The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit. But it would be possible to cite the exact cause only after an inquiry, if conducted. More information was awaited.

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Himachal First State to Complete Assessment of Snow Leopard and its Wild Prey

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Snow Leopard Population Assessment in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-The assessment of snow leopard population in Himachal Pradesh has been completed by the state wildlife wing in collaboration with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) Bangalore following the protocol aligning with the SPAI (Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India) protocols of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Himachal Pradesh has become the first state to complete assessment of snow leopard and its wild prey.

The state has an estimated population of up to 73 snow leopards.

It is the first scientifically robust estimate of snow leopards and its prey for the State. Since snow leopard is the state animal, the study assumes great significance for Himachal Pradesh.
The exercise revealed that snow leopard density ranged from 0.08 to 0.37 individuals per 100 sq.km., with the trans-Himalayan regions of Spiti, Pin valley and upper Kinnaur recording the highest densities, both of the predator and its prey, mainly ibex and blue sheep.

This study covered the entire potential snow leopard habitat of Himachal Pradesh: an area of 26,112 sq.km., utilising a stratified sampling design. Camera trapping surveys were conducted at 10 sites to representatively sample all the strata i.e. high, low and unknown. The camera trap deployment over the mountainous terrains was led by a team of eight local youth of Kibber village and more than 70 frontline staff of HPFD were trained in this technique as part of the project. Snow leopards were detected at all the 10 sites (Bhaga, Chandra, Bharmour, Kullu, Miyar, Pin, Baspa, Tabo, Hangrang & Spiti) suggesting that snow leopards are found in the entire snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh either as resident individuals of a population or as dispersing individuals navigating through these connecting habitats.

Another revelation from the study is that a bulk of snow leopard occurrence is outside protected areas, reiterating the fact that local communities are the strongest allies for conservation in snow leopard landscapes.

The NCF and wildlife wing collaborated in the effort and it took three years to complete the assessment. MoEFCC had launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day. You can read the complete protocol here.

Snow leopard is the icon of high mountains of Asia. In India, they inhabit the higher Himalayan and TransHimalayan landscape in an altitudinal range between approximately 3,000 m to 5,400 m above MSL, spanning c. 100,000 km2 in the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This area contributes to about 5% of the global snow leopard range.

Snow leopards occur over a vast, relatively remote and difficult to access mountainous area. Together with their elusive nature, this makes a complete population census of snow leopards an unfeasible goal. Even their distribution remains unclear. For example, recent surveys show that they do not occur in 25 % of the area that was thought to be their range in the state of Himachal Pradesh Their density is expected to be variable in space, dependent on several factors such as habitat suitability, prey availability, disturbance and connectivity. Variation in density across space also poses the risk of biased sampling, and, indeed, most of the snow leopard population assessments conducted so far across the world are biased towards the best habitats.

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Makes a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

Parwanoo Counciloor Nisha sharma

Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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