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Himachal needs extensive awareness campaigns about health schemes and generic drugs: Justice Karol

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Workshop on generic medicins in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: The HP Health Department and National Health Mission today organized a workshop on free generic medicines, their availability, procurement, and quality. Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Sanjay Karol was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Justice Trilok Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goyal and Justice Sandeep Sharma of HP High Court were also present on the occasion. 

Justice Karol said that regulatory agencies had an important role to play in manufacturing and distribution of drugs and, therefore, they need to be honest in delivering them.

He stressed that people needed to be made aware about the generic medicines and all stakeholders should work actively in this direction.

Justice Karol said poor and needy patients should get the facility of complete medical treatment at Primary Health Centre level, however, it was a matter of concern that in most of the cases patients were referred to other hospitals

 He said essential life-saving drugs should be made available in rural hospitals to facilitate the common man.

He said that there is a need for further improvement in 108 National Ambulance Service and extensive awareness campaigns to make people aware about various health programmes and schemes.

Currently, there are as many as 2083 operational health institutes in the state. The health indicators of the state are best in the country and the infant mortality rate has come down to 25 from 68, claimed Principal Secretary, Health Prabodh Saxena.

 The state government is spending 44.3 percent on health expenditure of per person. He said six dialysis units have been established in the state and 10 cancer treatment units have also been made operational, he further informed.

Advocate General, HP High Court Ashok Sharma and former Advocate General Shrawan Dogra also gave their valuable suggestions on this occasion.

 

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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