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No respite from Dengue outbreak in Bilaspur, SAI hostel closed after 8 players tested positive



Bilaspur town dengue outbreak

Bilaspur: The home district of the Union Health Minister, Jai Prakash Nadda, Bilaspur, is in a spate of a dengue outbreak since May.

The Health Department of Himachal Pradesh and the District Administration have failed in containing the outbreak. The number of cases tested positive has crossed a mark of 210 by Monday.

Other than Bilaspur, the number of dengue cases in Solan district is now over 135.

The outbreak in Bilaspur has intensified to such an extent that the training centre of the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) was forced to close its hostels as about eight of its players were tested positive for dengue.

Eight of our players including national players were tested positive for dengue. We had to take a special permission from the headquarters to close the hostel and send the affected players to their respective homes for treatment,

the Incharge of the training centre told Himachal Watcher.

The centre was recently fogged and special attention was being paid on maintaining sanitation. Moreover, the centre has its own sanitation service. Still, the players fell victim to the outbreak

, the incharge said when asked about the possible reason.

We have been running campaigns to aware the people about preventive measures like ensuring cleanliness in their surrounding, check accumulation of water, wear protective clothing, using mosquito repellents, keep their doors and windows closed etc.,

an official of the district administration said.

We have been regularly monitoring and inspecting the houses/buildings in the affected areas and even carrying out fogging multiple times, he said.

The first case was reported during the last week of May. By the end of the June, this number had crossed a mark of 100. Maximum cases were reported from the Diara Sector of the town.

By July 23, this number only doubled.

As per the Additional Chief Secretary, Health, BK Aggarwal, a special task force of pathologists from the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hosptial, Shimla, was formed in the first week of the July.

However, the number of cases rapidly rose by the second week. Following this failure of the State Health Department and District Administration, a team of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had reached Bilaspur to assess the situation.

The Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatiya said the administration was dealing strictly with those who are not co-operating in maintaining cleanliness. A large number of storage tanks and coolers in hundreds of homes in the most effects sectors (2,3, and 4) were being inspected every day, and the residents were made to empty and clean their storage tanks and to change the water in the coolers.

As per the administration, the majority of patients were already treated and are doing well now. Currently, about 55 cases are receiving treatment.

No death due to dengue was reported so far.

With the closing of SAI hostel, it is apparent that there is no respite from the outbreak.

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HP Govt Issues Clarification on Opening of Temples and Restaurants in State



Himachal Pradesh Opening Temples and Restaurants from June 8, 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has issued a clarification on a notification issued by the State Government on May 31, 2020, regarding re- opening of temples and restaurants in the State. The Government said the notification has been misinterpreted in a section of press, particularly in the social media.

A Spokesman of the State Government clarified today that temples and restaurants would open in Himachal from June 8, 2020, after SOP/guidelines are issued by MoH and FW Government of India and thereafter by the Department  of Language Art and Culture and  Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been relaxed from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, informed the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the video conferencing in the wake of coronavirus with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla on 31.

Also Read: All Guidelines for Passengers, Staff, Management Regarding Public Transport

Further, the transport services would be allowed only between 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The buses are allowed to ply with a maximum of 60 per cent seating capacity to maintain social distancing. The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police are supposed to provide adequate police force for crowd management and law and order maintenance at all the bus stands.

The buses would be allowed to ply with not more than 60 percent occupancy and the drivers, conductors and passengers would have to follow all the safety protocols of the Health Department.

Also Read: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

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Himachal: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements



Himachal PRadesh New Quarantine Guidelines issued on may 31, 2020

Shimla– The State Department of Revenue-Diaster Management Cell on May 31, 2020, issued new guidelines regarding quarantine rules and requirements.  According to the notification, all persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. All asymptomatic persons coming from States/cities will be home-quarantined as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family, GoI.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for Himachal, What’s Re-Opening/Permitted and What’s Not

Other Guidelines

  1. All person coming from abroad will be quarantined as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.
  2. All symptomatic and persons with ILI symptoms may be kept in institutional quarantine facilities.
  3. All persons who jump home-quarantine will be taken to institutional quarantine.
  4. Educational institutions may not be used as quarantine centres. Preference may be given to community buildings, hotels, guest houses etc.
  5. Those asking for better facilities other than identified by the District Administration may be quarantined in paid facilities pre-identified and notified by the district administration.
  6. The orchardists/agriculturalist/Contractors/Project proponents shall arrange for quarantine facility of all labour brought to the State from outside.
  7. Adequate IEC and monitoring may be done to ensure compliance of guidelines of home quarantine by the persons concerned.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for HP Govt Employees and Offices

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HP Govt Reshuffles 20 IAS Official, RN Batta Appointed as Advisor to CM, JC Sharma as Principal Secretary



Himachal PRadesh IAS officers transferred on may 31, 2020

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh has reshuffled 20 IAS officials, and notification regarding their transfer was issued on May 31, 2020. Dr Ravinder Nath Batta has been appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister with immediate effect. He will also hold additional charge of the post of Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister. The transfers came following the appointment of Sanjay Kundu as the new Director General of Police.

IAS Jagdish Chande Sharmar, who was the Principal Secretary (PWD, Transport & Information Technology), has been appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. He has been given additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary (PWD, Excise&Taxation and Information& Public Relation).

Other than IAS Officers, Vinay Singh, HPAS has been given charge as Special Secretary to Chief Minister and Special Secretary to (PWD) to Government of Himachal Pradesh.

List of All IAS Officials Transferred on May 31

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