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Union Minister launches Innovation and Voice portal at Shimla

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Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said all possible help would be extended to Himachal Pradesh in health sector and there would be no paucity of funds to the state under the National Health Mission (NHM).

Nadda was speaking after inaugurating three day long national summit on ‘Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems’ here today which is has been organized Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh.

He asked the state to send proposals under various schemes of NHM and the union government would provide full support for funding of these projects. He informed the union government had sanctioned to release Rs.102 crore to the state under NHM.

Nadda along-with Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur launched ‘Innovation Portal’ under NHM and ‘Voice Portal’ based on health services. Under the voice portal any person would be able to get any information pertaining to health issues by dialing toll free number 1800-180-1104. The facility would be available in Hindi and English along-with other regional languages.

They also released booklet based on Rogi Kalyan Samities, mobile medical units free medicine and treatment services besides a coffee table book.

The Union Minister said the immunization programme had been launched in the country for prevention of various diseases which had turned out to be the biggest campaign in the world adding that previous governments had also played important role in making this campaign a big success. Now, the target had been fixed to increase the immunization programme from 65 to 90 percent under Inderdhanush Mission.

He said health sector was vital part of Swaach Bharat Abhiyan and the union government had taken initiative for assessment of sanitation in health institutes and hospitals under ‘Kayakalp’ programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaul Singh Thakur said the state government was endeavouring to provide best health services to the people of the state. It was due to the efforts of the state government that today Himachal Pradesh had best health parameters as compared to other states of the country.

He said tele-medicine services had been started in Lahaul-Spiti district of the state so as to provide best health care services in the tribal areas. He added these services would soon be started in 25 more health institutes of the state.

He said dialysis units had been made functional in Dharamashala and Mandi hospitals and soon Solan hospital too would get this facility.

Kaul Singh said the state government had opened 11 new civil hospitals, 11 community health centres, 39 primary health centers and six sub-health center’s during last two and a half years. Efforts were being made to strengthen the health infrastructure in the state and posts of doctors, paramedics and other staff were being filled up on priority. He informed 595 posts of medical officers, 58 specialist doctors, 378 nurses, 112 pharmacists, 97 operation theatre assistants and 19 posts of paramedical staff had been filled up during this period and approval had been granted to fill up 100 more posts each of doctors and nurses and 200 posts of paramedical staff.

He urged the union government to maintain the special category status for Himachal Pradesh and providing liberal financial assistance.

Director, MHM C.K Mishra, Joint Secretary (Planning) Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary (RCH) Dr, Rakesh Kumar also expressed their views on the occasion.

The Mission Director of NHM for Himachal Pradesh Dr. H.R Sharma welcomed the participants while Executive Director (NHSRC) Dr. Sanjeev Kumar presented vote of thanks.

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Himachal PRadesh Jairam Thakur

Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

Shimla-covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Himachal IPS Officer Ashwani Kumar found deat in shimla

Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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