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Confused ‘Man’kind in Support of Gender Equality

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A modern-day liberal man, if asked about his thought on gender equality, would give you a tasteful account of it, caressing your feminism to go a little soft. He would never gauge your roti making skills, expect you to wrap your body and not go out in night to keep rapes at bay, or even challenge your career goals to balance familial responsibilities. He would not be bothered if you’re not a virgin, but in fact, cringe at the thought per se.

He would not make marriage sound bigoted, but paint an unconventional picture of it incorporating strokes of space, freedom of choice and place and sharing equal responsibilities. He would be okay with hypothetical role reversals and welcome chores like babysitting, cooking, washing, cleaning, tending if need be. In practice, however, this sunshiny thought can only be thought as true in a far far future.

Just try a social experiment and ask your liberal’ fiancé, giving a reasonable circumstance, would he rather move to your parents’ house after marriage? Ask your husband, if he would put his job at the back foot to sit at home and tend to your child? Ask him if he can suffix your family name as well,along with his own of course? Haven’t so many women been practicing the same lately, they are carrying two surnames, godsakes! Well, if you’re lucky enough and reasonable of course in backing your seemingly drastic demands, some of you may get an agreement.

While you can’t control your fate, you can at least decide the metrics of being reasonable. After all, patriarchy has been in our systems since the cave-men times when ‘He’ hunted and ‘She’ gathered. Although we’ve come centuries ahead of those times, have practical means to almost everything that we no more need to divide labour basis gender, you can’t just throw conjectures like these on the face of ‘man’kind. Be cautious of falling short of logic, or you could be easily tagged as a mindless feminist.

Try this one as well, if you don’t ask or demand for these so called ‘role-reversals’ or ‘role-sharings’ – in kinder words – backed with valid reasons, never assume your liberal man himself feeling the need to provide you for it. For women,however, logic and practicalities are only an option, which may or may not be given any weightage, depending on how reluctant she is about giving up on her fight for equality.

While a lot of men are open to the idea, gender equality is not their immediate concern or battle. After all, all this while they’ve been the superior sex or at least the society sees them so. They have never experienced the challenges of being someone who’s of not so superior sex. How would they know what is the pain of relinquishing your whole identity, sometimes even personality on the pretext of adjusting in a marriage. They were never raised with this conjecture. Some would chicken out if it comes in the out in the family that they have been washing, cleaning and cooking. It is not looked with respect if a man is involved in chores like these.

No one expects them to sit at home and not work if the situation or the need be so even if the woman is capable and ready to provide for the living alone. The whole conflict between the theory and practice of gender equality makes the mankind confused about its validity. They find it easier to simply pull out of the whole fad and live like ever before. So, as a woman I must empathize with men and admit that challenges are on them as well.

Only if both the genders come together with equal concern and determination to end the parochial system, ready to face the respective challenges, gender equality can be addressed. Feminism won’t be required if humanism can be acquired. Why can’t we treat a man and a woman just as two civilized humans with equal right to life and its fruits? Why restrict one and encourage the other?

Are there separate syllabi for girls and boys in schools? So, why is such discrepancy of treatment and values in the homes? I am not for feminism, and absolutely never for misogyny, no one should be, but I am definitely for fair and unprejudiced mankind. Why is it so hard to attain?

Hoping and praying for evolution!

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No Dialysis at Tanda Medical College; No Nephrologist, Machine Dysfunctional, Patients from Five Districts Left in Lurch

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Kangra: Amid regular press statements of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur led Himachal Pradesh Government over its consistent efforts to improve the state’s health infrastructure, media reports have been highlighting facts contrary to these statements.

According to a report published in Hindi daily, Covid-19 patients with kidney-related medical conditions from Hamirpur, Mandi, Una, Kangra and Chamba are left in the lurch. The report said that these patients have no nearby options as none of the hospitals in the above mentioned five districts have dialysis facility for Covid patients. These patients are either referred to IGMC, Shimla, or PGI, Chandigarh. Also, the report says, the multi-specialty Hospital Tanda Medical College does not offer dialysis to kidney patients. Dharamshala hospital is unable to offer dialysis to Covid positive kidney patients as it lacks ventilator support.

The report cited a reference of a local who alleged that his mother, who was on dialysis, was admitted to a hospital in Nurpur. She was referred to Tanda Medical College where she tested positive. He said the hospital told him that they don’t offer dialysis facility. He was told that dialysis is performed at Dharamshala. But the hospital in Dharamshala lacked ventilator support for covid patients. The mother died while the son tried to arrange dialysis outside the state. The son said his mother would have survived if she could receive timely dialysis.

Dr. Bhanu Awasthi, the principal of the College, told the daily that Tanda Medical College does not have a Nephrologist and the available dialysis machine is not functional. The hospital has been requesting the government to fill the vacant post, he said. G.D Gupta, CMO Kangra, confirmed that patients in the district have died as they could not receive dialysis treatment because the hospitals in the district don’t have dialysis facilities for COVID patients.

Another report published in an English daily highlight the plight of cancer patients who are deprived of their chemotherapy session, posing threat to their lives.

The report says that various hospitals in the state were converted into Covid-19 treatment centres, and patients suffering from other severe illnesses were not receiving treatment in the districts of the lower Himachal Pradesh. Cancer patients in Kangra have alleged that they are not receiving treatment at Tanda Medical College which they fear could be life-threatening.
The report said Tanda Medical College is the only hospital with a facility for cancer treatment in the lower Himachal which was converted into a Covid hospital. The super-speciality wing of the hospital which caters to cancer, cardio and neuro patients has remained closed since last month. This is causing a delay in the completion of chemotherapy sessions.

Dr Bhanu Awasthi told  the daily that the treatment was suspended temporarily due to a surge in Covid cases. He said that patients who require immediate chemotherapy can go to Indira Gandhi Medical College. He said the cases in Kangra district were coming down and if the situation improves, they will be able to open the super specialty wing soon.

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World’s Highest Motorable Village Achieves 100% Covid Vaccination

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Lahaul-Spiti: Komic village, known to be the world’s highest motorable village, in Lahaul-Spiti has vaccinated all of its eligible population.  The village is located at an elevation of 15,000 feet and has a population of 130 people as per 2011 census data.

According to officials, all people in the 18-44 age groups have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. People falling under 60+ and 45+ categories were vaccinated with both the doses of Covishield. Only children below the age of 18 were not vaccinated. 

“100 per cent vaccination has been achieved in Komic village with people over 45 years age group vaccinated with both doses,” SDM Gian Sagar Negi told news agency ANI.

Further, all people above 45 years in age have been administered the first dose of the Covid vaccine in Kaza, the headquarter of Spiti Valley. All people above 65-years  have received  both doses. 

“Due to the problems related to internet connectivity in the valley, the state government had allowed offline registration for vaccination. Now, 80% of the registration for vaccination is being carried out offline. Vaccination slots are being booked with help of a lottery,” Gian Sagar Negi added.

Despite tough terrain and weather conditions of  the valley, the health authorities have taken a lead in vaccination.

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Patients Suffer as IGMC – Shimla City’s Only Hospital With Ventilator Beds-Runs Out of Capacity

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Shimla-  The  Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has maxed out of beds with ventilator support, a report published in a Hindi daily said.  The IGMC is the only hospital in the city with a facility of ventilator beds. The hospital has a total of 37 ventilator beds, all of which were occupied. Patients from other COVID-19 hospitals are referred to the IGMC only after the hospital confirms the availability of ventilator beds. The report said that this shortage of ventilator beds is giving a hard time to critically ill Covid-19 patients. Pertinent to mention that critical patients from across the state are referred to the IGMC. 

Earlier, a report had said that the two major Covid hospitals of Shimla – IGMC and DDU-were packed to their full capacity and patients were denied admissions. This raises questions over the state government’s claims that it’s prepared to tackle the third wave of the pandemic. 

Since the past two days, families of Covid-19 patients had been struggling to find ventilator beds in Shimla, the report said. Hospitals like Deendyal Upadhyay have been asked not to refer any serious Covid patient to the IGMC as all the ventilator beds were already occupied. Usually, when a critical Covid-19 patient needs ventilator support, the hospital where the patient is admitted makes a call to IGMC to inquire for beds and to refer the patient.

“Ventilator beds can only be made available when the patient on ventilator support gets discharged, or when the patient succumbs to the infection. Because such patients cannot be shifted or removed from ventilator support,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, Officer-in-charge Central Store, IGMC, told the daily.

The State Government had notified the Indra Gandhi Medical College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Ayurvedic Hospital Chhota Shimla, and Walker Hospital as Covid-19 hospitals. But, out of these, only IGMC has the facility of ventilator beds. The DDU has ventilators but they are not operational since the hospital has only one anaesthetist. All the other three hospitals don’t have enough staff to to operate ventilators, the report said. Severe cases from these hospitals are referred to the IGMC only. 

Efforts to increase the ventilator bed capacity in IGMC were being made, Dr. Rahul Gupta told the daily. 

 

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