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Breaking the taboo about menstruation through propagation of scientific view point

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SHIMLA- Prof. Meenakshi Faith Paul, President of YWCA Shimla, inaugurated the workshop for blind and deaf girls on “Menstrual Hygiene and Reproductive Health” organised by Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust, with the support of YMCA in Shimla.

Speaking on the importance of menstrual hygiene, Prof. Meenakshi Faith Paul, said that menstruation is a matter of pride for girls and women, not the shame. It should be treated as a natural process of body and one should always keep her body parts clean to avoid disease.

She further added that only enlightened youth can make a livable planet where men and women enjoy equal rights. She said the discrimination based on gender is very common in our country and issues like menstruation are treated as taboo.

“You become a torch bearer and discuss the issue of menstruation openly,”

she added.

About 30 girls with blindness and deafness from local Portmore School and RKMV College and 30 girl students from H.P. University and colleges also participated in the programme.

Dr. Shama Lohumi, a known nursing expert, chaired the inaugural function. She shared her own experiences with the audience and said the myths about menstruation must be removed from the mindset and scientific view point be propagated.

Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation, claimed that the workshop is a first of its kind in northern India. It was conducted by Dr. Alok Sharma and Dr. Yogita, Gynecologists from Kamla Nehrau Hospital and DDU Hospital, respectively. Naresh Scott, general secretary of YMCA was the guest of honour.

Dr. Alok Sharma and Dr. Yogita conducted technical sessions and addressed the queries of the girls. They were of the opinion that problems related to menstruation should be reported to the doctors and high level of cleanliness of intimate parts should be maintained.

Umang Foundation has been working hard for the welfare and rights of deaf and blind students, destitute women, homeless and poverty stricken people in Himachal. It’ chairman thanked the guests and resource person for their time, and said that Umang Foundation strives to bring a positive change in the society by involving students and youth. The foundation will strengthen its humble efforts to empower the weaker sections of the society.

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Doesn’t Have Exact Number of Himachal Citizens Stuck in Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion: HP Govt

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Shimla-While pleas for rescue from the students stuck in Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion and their parents appear in various media and social media, the Himachal Pradesh Government on Friday said that it was yet to obtain the exact figure of citizens stuck in Ukraine.  

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Saturday, while answering a question raised by the leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, replied that so far information regarding 60 people had been received through CM Helpline 1100. The state government has also asked the families of those stuck in Ukraine to provide information to the government through the same helpline number.

According to a media source, hundreds of people from Himachal Pradesh, including over 200 MBBS students, were struck in various parts of Ukraine.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that started on Thursday is being condemned by most countries. Over 20,000 Indian citizens, most of which were students, were said to be stuck in Ukraine as the government closed airspaces for passenger flights.  

The Centre Government said it has already been working on safely evacuating all Indian citizens as soon as possible. Prime Minister Narender Modi has also spoken to the Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concerns over the safety of the Indian citizens.

So far, over 4,000 Indian citizens have been brought back to India. According to a report, these Indians include about 150 residents of Himachal Pradesh too.

The Centre Government also said that it is working on finding alternative routes through Ukraine’s neighbouring countries for the evacuation.

The Centre Government on Saturday informed that it has scheduled special flights to evacuate Indian citizens. One of the Air India planes, the government said, departed from Mumbai on Saturday morning. Other flights have also been scheduled for Saturday to pick the Indian citizens from Bucharest and Budapest.

As Russian forces launched an attack in Ukraine’s main cities, including the capital Kyiv, Indian citizens started to move towards the Romanian border from where they were being taken to Bucharest by Indian Government officials for evacuation.

However, the Indian Embassy on Saturday issued an advisory to Indian Citizens stuck in Ukraine to not move towards borders of any neighbouring country without prior coordination with Indian Government officials. The embassy advised that remaining in the western cities of Ukraine was safer than moving to border posts without proper awareness regarding the situation amid the Russian offensive. Those in the eastern parts were advised to remain indoors with whatever food, water and amenities were available and remain patient.   

 

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101 Leprosy Cases Detected in Himachal During the Last One Year  

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Shimla-A Spokesperson of the Himachal Pradesh Government today informed that under the National Health Mission, National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) is being implemented for the patients suffering from Leprosy. It aims to eliminate leprosy from every district of the Nation by 2030. He informed that the State of Himachal Pradesh has already eliminated leprosy by achieving the prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000 population in the year 2000.

The Government Spokesperson informed that the total number of new leprosy cases as detected from 1st April 2021 to 31st January 2022 is 101.

A maximum number of 29 cases were reported from the district Solan, followed by 18 from district Shimla, 12 from district Kangra, 9 from district Chamba, 8 from district Una. The 7 new cases of leprosy were detected in district Bilaspur, 6 in district Mandi, 5 in district Sirmaur, 4 in district Hamirpur and 3 in district Kinnaur. He added that no cases of leprosy were detected in district Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti.

The Government Spokesperson told that active case detection and regular surveillance activity is being conducted by ASHA workers in the villages where leprosy cases have been detected in the last 3 years. This is to ensure the detection of leprosy cases at an early stage to prevent any further disabilities.

He said that the ASHA workers are provided with an incentive for detecting new leprosy cases with or without disability (Rs. 250 and Rs. 200 per case). He added that the contacts of leprosy patients are also traced and provided free treatment post-exposure with a single dose of Rifampicin to prevent further transmission in the community.

The Government Spokesperson further added that the treatment of leprosy is being provided free of cost and available at all Primary Health Centres. The microcellular rubber (MCR) footwear are provided to leprosy patients twice a year. He said to ensure complete treatment of leprosy patients, ASHA workers are incentivized.

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HP Cabinet Decisions: All Educational Institutes to Open from Feb 17th, Several Covid Restrictions Lifted, Read Other Decisions  

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on February 14, 2022, held a meeting.

The State Cabinet decided to open all the educational institutions in the State from 17th February 2022. It also decided that all gyms and cinema halls would be opened and all kinds of langars would be allowed.

The Cabinet decided to grant revised pension/ family pension to about 1.73 lakh pensioners/family pensioners of the State from 1st February 2022. 

The State government said this decision would ensure the revision of pension/family pension of 1.30 lakh pensioners/family pensioners from 1st January 2016. About 43,000 employees, who have retired between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2021 would also get revised pension and gratuity.

Now minimum pension/ family pension would increase from Rs. 3500 per month to Rs. 9000 per month from 1st January 2016, the HP government said. The limit of gratuity has been increased from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh from 1st January 2016 which would also be applicable for NPS employees.

Pensioners/family pensioners of the State above 80 years would be provided due additional pension benefit on revised pension/family pension. The Cabinet also decided to provide Invalid Pension and Family Pension to NPS employees of the State Government on which Rs. 250 crores would be spent.

The Cabinet also decided to provide 31 percent dearness relief to the pensioners from 1st July 2021. An annual additional expenditure of Rs. 1785 crore would be incurred on account of the revision of pension. The State Government said it had already provided Rs. 1450.44 crore to the pensioners as interim relief.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the creation and filling up of 8 posts of Sub Fire Officers in the Himachal Pradesh Fire Services Department on a contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission.

 It also gave its approval to open three new Sub Fire Stations at Dheera in Kangra district, Bhatiyat in Chamba district and at Rewalsar in Mandi district and three new Fire Posts at Chirgaon in Shimla, Bhoranj in Hamirpur district and South Portal of Atal Tunnel Rohtang.

 It also gave its nod for creating and filling up of one post of Sub Fire Officer, 2 posts of Leading Fireman, 14 posts of Firemen, and six posts of driver-cum pump operator in each newly created Sub Fire Station and one post of leading fireman 

It also gave nod to fill up 12 posts of firemen and four posts of driver cum pump operator in each newly opened Fire Post

The Cabinet gave its nod to the draft of the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and M/s NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. for the hiring of Single Resource Consultancy to establish Project Management Unit.

The purpose, the government said, was the implementation of the new centrally sponsored scheme ‘Financing Facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’.  

The government said this scheme would help the farming community as interest subvention and credit guarantee would be given for the post-harvest infrastructure and building of community farming assets like e-market platforms, warehouses, silos, pack houses, cold chains etc

It decided to notify Sardar Patel University Mandi, Himachal Pradesh (Establishment and Regulation) Act, 2022 from 1st April 2022 to set up a new State University at Mandi.

It also decided to open Degree College Ghandalwi in Bilaspur district.

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