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Erratic monsoon rains in Himachal kill 20, cause Rs. 380 crores loss so far

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Manali National Highway landslide

Shimla – Triggered by heavy monsoon rains, landslides and flash-floods on the National and State Highways of Himachal Pradesh continue. On Wednesday morning, a huge boulder rolled-down the hill due to a landslide and hit a loaded poultry truck on Manali-Chandigarh National Highway (NH)-21.

Three passengers, who were transporting the supply to Manali, were injured. No causality was reported. However, the collision was so powerful that it had almost pushed the truck off the road but was prevented by another boulder on the edge of the road. Heavy rains continue to lash most parts of Himachal, leading to loss of lives and damage of property worth hundreds of crores.

The rain fall data from August 1 to 7 have received 55 per cent more rain than the common pattern. As per the government assessment, the overall rainfall is deficient by minus 6 per cent but the pattern is very erratic and disastrous which has led to the loss of lives and property in the state.

Damage Assessment

During this monsoon season, so far, landslides, cloudbursts, flash floods etc. have killed over 20 persons including children. In terms of the livestock losses, so far, 124 animals including sheep, goats, cows, buffalos, and horses etc. have died.

Damage to road network including state roads, district roads and rural roads, besides bridges and culverts has been assessed to Rs. 291 crore. Water and irrigation schemes has also sustained a Rs. 80 crore loss. Similarly, three crore loss was reported to the electricity infrastructure. As per the government report, the total loss was assessed to be over Rs. 380 crores.

By August 8, more than 280 roads were damaged and blocked during last week, out of which 200 would be opened. About 740 schemes of IPH were also damaged. By August 8, 540 of these schemes were restored, claimed the government.

As per the Director Horticulture, the apple transportation is smooth and more than 19 lakh apple boxes were already sent to various markets from the state.

Rs. 64 crore had been released to Deputy Commissioners and stakeholders departments such as PWD, IPH, Electricity etc. for immediate restoration work and more funds would be provided on the need basis, said the government.

The losses could cross the current statistics as the Meteorological Department has warned of possible heavy rainfall in next five days with very heavy rains in isolated places.

The Health department has been directed to conduct a special drive for prevention of epidemics and water borne diseases and keep on reviewing any such incidence and take corrective measures immediately.

Directions were given to make response teams (QRT) operational in all the districts.

All hydel power project authorities have been asked to strictly ensure no release of water from reservoirs without prior warning. They have been asked to ensure proper dissemination of warning and alerts at least 24 hours before releasing of water from dams and reservoirs.

It is expected that the government departments will prepare and update the memorandum of losses and sent timely to the Central Government.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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HP Govt Jan Manch Programme

Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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Himachal’s Dr Vivek Bindal performs India’s first robotic surgery on 14-year-old

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India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s, Dr Vivek Bindal, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, performed robotic surgery on a 14-year-old child and removed a large tumor from his left adrenal gland thus saving his life.

Dr Vivek Bindal hails from Solan and is the son of the five-time legislator and current Deputy Speaker of the HP Legislative Assembly. He is currently serving as a consultant and coordinator (Robotic Surgery), Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric, The information was also released through an official press note issued from the Speaker’s Office.

Dr. Vivek Bindal son of Rajiv Bindal

According to doctors, the procedure lasted for two hours and the child was kept in hospital for four days and discharged thereafter, without any blood pressure medication. Before surgery, he was taking three different tablets for blood pressure in high doses. It is believed that he is the most experienced Robotic and Bariatric Surgeon in South East Asia. He has published many research papers and book chapters in this field in reputed journals.

During this uphill task, Prof. Satish Aggarwal was also present. Experts claim that the surgery is first of its kind in India. Robotic surgery is rarely used on children because of the small size of the abdomen, especially for adrenal tumors, which are deep-seated and adjacent to big blood vessels.

The adrenal gland is a deep-seated gland in the human abdominal cavity above the kidney, adjacent to biggest blood vessels and important organs of our body.

India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

“Pheochromocytoma” is a rare functional tumor of the adrenal gland which leads to very high blood pressure and other medical problems. It is usually removed by open surgery, which entails a big cut and long recovery,  the doctors said.

The child had symptoms like sweating, palpitations, breathlessness and high blood pressure. On investigations, he was found to have a large 8 cm tumor in the left adrenal gland, along with high catecholamine (hormone) levels, suggestive of pheochromocytoma,

said Prof. Satish Aggarwal, department of pediatric surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The child was planned for excision of the tumor by robotic surgery, rather than open surgery.

The location and size of the tumor, its proximity to vital organs like pancreas and major blood vessels, coupled with a small abdominal cavity in a child made it a very challenging and robotic platform was chosen to overcome these problems. The additional benefits of small incisions, minimal blood loss and faster recovery in a child made us proceed with robotics,

said Dr Vivek Bindal.

Experts said the challenge was to maintain blood pressure before, during and after the surgery. According to doctors even minimal manipulation of the adrenal tumor during surgery can shoot the blood pressure to alarming levels, while it falls precipitously immediately after removal of the tumor.

The child underwent a successful removal of the left adrenal tumor, which turned out to be 8 cm tumor, stuck to kidney, pancreas, spleen and large intestine, Keyhole robotic surgery was performed and the structures were dissected one by one safely.

The tumor was very vascular and had multiple bold vessels supplying it, arising from renal vessels and aorta. They were isolated and divided in between clips. The tumor was removed in totality without any significant blood loss,

said Dr Bindal.

More About Dr Vivek Bindal

Dr Vivek Bindal is working as Consultant Robotic, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He has a keen interest in Robotic Bariatric (Weight loss) Surgery and has worked and published extensively in this field. He is among the pioneer surgeons in South East Asia to bring Robotic Surgery in the field of Obesity surgery.

Dr Bindal completed his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Thereafter, he did 2-year super speciality Fellowship of National Board (FNB) in Minimal Access Surgery from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Following this degree, Dr Bindal did an advanced fellowship in Robotic Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He also worked as a faculty member in Division of Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, USA.

He has also been trained in Robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery at centres of excellence around the world including IRCAD (Strasburg, France), International Robotic Training School (Grosseto, Italy), Celebration Health Florida Hospital (Florida, USA) etc.

He has been invited to speak on Laparoscopic, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery in various international and national conferences. He is actively involved in research in Bariatric surgery and is co-PI of many projects involving basic science research.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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