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Sufficient health staff in rural Himachal, but doctors unwilling to serve in remote regions: CM Virbhadra

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Nowadays this profession has become a source of minting money, he said. Doctors are found busy adjusting their transfers and framing reasons for not going to rural and far-flung areas.

SHIMLA- To counter the regular complaints regarding lack of doctors in Himachal Pradesh’s remote rural regions, the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while addressing a public meeting in Junga Tehsil, Shimla, blamed unwillingness of the doctors to serve. He also took the command of transfer and posting of doctors in his own hands. He directed the department to take his approval first before making any transfer or posting. He said that the government had appointed adequate number of doctors and para medical staff, opened Primary Health Centres ( PHCs) Community Health Centres (CHCs) in remote areas, but it had been observed that these institutions still lack staff and doctors.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Junga where he also laid foundation stone of Rs.1.66 crore bridge over Ashwani Khud and Rs.4.80 crore Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Junga.

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Laying Foundation Stone

Wherever he goes he receives complaints from people about vacancies in health institutions, the CM remarked. The HP Health Department will have to ponder on this issue seriously and should strictly adhere to his instructions, said the CM.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the medical profession. Nowadays this profession has become a source of minting money, he said. Doctors are found busy adjusting their transfers and framing reasons for not going to rural and far-flung areas. He directed the health department to take approval of Chief Minister before transferring or posting any doctor.  Priority should be given to post doctors in rural and far-flung areas, he said.

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Foundation stone laid for construction of new bridge over Ashwani Rivulet near Junga

He warned that the para medical staff or doctors, if found absent in his/her place of posting, strict action would be taken.

We have to be strict and frame a policy that doctors posted in rural areas should complete their tenure and work with dedication, in service of people and not just adopt the profession for earnings,

he said.

The Chief Minster also directed to fill all vacant posts of doctors and para medical staff in the hospital at Junga within a day.

Contrary to this statement, the doctors in remote regions had been creating hue and cry over lack of even basic amenities including poor condition of residential quarters.  

The Health Minister, Kaul Singh Thakur, in July 2016, had admitted that inspite of the recruitment of 516 doctors, the back log of vacancies was huge and there were about 650 vacant posts of doctors in government hospitals. In an effort to deal with this backlog of shortage of staff, the department had increased the sanctioned strength of MBBS doctors from 1597 to 2091. The department had even announced walk-in interviews to fill the posts.

Moreover, the retirement age of General Duty Doctors (GDO) was raised from 58 to 60 years. The retirement age of Medical Teachers, deployed in four under-construction medical colleges, was raised to 65. The government had hinted that the age could be further raised to 70 years.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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