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Himachal first State in South East Asia to launch Electronic Health Card Scheme: Govt

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Chemotherapy facility now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for BPL families, foundation stone of the special ward block of the IGMC, Shimla laid, amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology enhanced

Shimla – Himachal Pradesh Health Department today launched six new health schemes including the Electronic Health Card Scheme. Under this scheme, free insulin will be provided to diabetic patients below 18 years of age under universal immunization program.

The Health Minister claimed Himachal has become the first state in South East Asia to launch electronic health cards. Few lakh people, not covered under any scheme, were now brought under the ambit of Universal Health Scheme, he said.

Other schemes include the HP Universal Health Protection Scheme, a health bulletin brochure, a scheme for free treatment of Hemophilic patients, screening scheme for patients of non-communicable disease and introduction to ‘Measles Rubella (MR) campaign.

The electronic card titled “The Health Card HP” is available for download on the Google Play Store. 

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of the special ward block of the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, online from Hotel Holiday Home.

I am always of the opinion that whatever is to be done should be qualitative time-bound and be done on priority

, said Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also honored Dr. J.K. Mokta for his research and contribution in formulating a scheme for free insulin for diabetic patients below 18 years of age.

The Minister said that initially dialysis facility for diabetic patients was started in Zonal hospitals (ZHs) of four districts. This facility would be extended to all the ZH’s in the state in a phase wise manner, he said.

The government is trying to provide 300 different type of lifesaving medicines to free of cost in all Community, Primary and health sub centres, he said.

The Government targets to bring the infant mortality rate down to 25/1000 per year which now was 28/1000 per year.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Shri Prabodh Saxena informed that the Chemotherapy facility was now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for Below Poverty Line families.

He said free insulin for type-1diabetic patients below 18 years of age and free treatment to hemophilic patients was also being launched.

The amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation oncology was enhanced from 30 thousand to Rs 1.75 lakh. This amount for the cancer patients is Rs. 2.25 lakh, which was far more than what was mentioned in the guidelines under universal health coverage scheme, said the Health Minister.

In the present tenure, claimed the Chief Minister, four new medical colleges were sanctioned for the state. The Dr. YS Parmar Medical College at Nahan and Jawahar Lal Nehru College at Chamba have started functioning and many students from all India medical quotas beside Non-Resident Indians have taken admission in these medical colleges.

The ESIC Medical College at Ner-Chowk in district Mandi has also become functional, said the Chief Minister

The construction work of medical college building at Hamirpur could not be taken up because the forest clearance was still awaited.

Besides these developments, many Ayurveda health institutions have been opened in far flung and rural belts of the state, he said.

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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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