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Class 12 girl in Himachal’s Mandi allegedly ends life over poor performance in first board exam

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The performance in the first exam means a good or bad start for the students.   The current case supports these findings as it was the first board exam of Class 2 for the victim.

Mandi: On Tuesday, a Class 12 student of Senior Secondary School, Nabaahi, in Sarkaghat of Mandi district allegedly ended her life after she felt disappointed with her performance in English exam of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE).  

The police did not recover any suicide note from the spot and considered the examination stress as the possible cause that led her to take this grieve step.

As per the initial investigation, it was found that the girl was a bright student. On Tuesday, she took the exam and visited the tailoring shop where her mother works.  She met her mother and told her that the exam didn’t go well and expressed disappointment with her performance.

The mother consoled her and told to go home and prepare hard for the next exam.  On reaching home, as per the report, the girl went into a room and closed the door, however, she did not bolt the door from the inside.

Thereafter, the girl allegedly hanged herself from the ceiling by using her dupatta (scarf worn with school dress) as a rope.

Initial reports said her abnormal screams alerted her uncle who lives right next to the girl’s house. The uncle rushed to the room and cut her loose. The girl was rushed to the Sarkaghat Civil Hospital where the doctor declared her as dead.

The victim’s parents, classmates, and school staff are in shock after receiving this tragic news. As per the school staff, the deceased girl had taken her exam normally like other students.

The police has initiated an investigation into the case after registering a case. The body of the deceased girl was handed over to the parents after the post-mortem.

In a country like India with limited job opportunities and rampant corruption, the board exams, especially for the Class 12, had become an inevitable battle for their career. The middle class and lower-middle-class families have been reported to exert relatively higher pressure on their children.     

The Education Ministry is in slumber despite the fact that the 2012 Lancet report had made a shocking revelation that India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29.

If we look at the data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the year 2015, every hour, one student commits suicide in India.  

In 2015, the number of student suicides stood at 8,934. Between 2011-15, around 39,775 student suicides were reported. The number of attempted suicides was claimed to be much higher but hardly reported as it is an offence in India to attempt suicide.

Further, researchers show that the students of Class 12 experience huge stress during the first exam. The performance in the first exam means a good or bad start for the students.   The current case supports these findings as it was the first board exam of Class 2 for the victim.

Despite having strong statistical proofs of increasing academic stress taking a toll on the mental health of teenagers, the government is least interested in providing students at schools with professional counselling facilities.

A large number of lives could be saved if they receive timely help, but India is still not interested in allocating required funds for the mental health services. At present, a negligible percentage of the budged is allocated towards the mental health.

The staff shortage of mental health professionals is over 80 percent, which needs to be attended urgently.

A government with a vision cannot ignore the dire need of recruiting trained counsellors at all educational institutes on a mandatory basis. If it still ignores it, then the government lack a vision beyond any reasonable doubt.     

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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