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Swine Flu:No Let Up in Himachal, Death Toll Rises to 18

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Swine flu deaths in Himachal Pradesh in 2019

Shimla- Swine Flu continues to claim lives in Himachal Pradesh as two more deaths were reported on Sunday from Mandi district. The total count of deaths in two months due to Swine Flu has now risen to 18. About 150 people were reported to have tested positive for the Flu, while about 450 persons have been sampled for testing after they displayed symptoms of the Flu.

Both deaths were reported from the home district of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.  While a female died at the PGI, Chandigarh, after being referred from the Ner Chowk Medical College, a male died at the IGMC, Shimla.      

Kangra and Mandi districts have reported the highest number of deaths with a death toll of five for each. Shimla, Hamirpur, and Una reported six deaths, two deaths in each district. Two deaths were reported from Bilaspur and Solan, one from each district.  

The panic has also gripped the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) after Rajeev Bindal, the Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, which is in the middle of the Budget Session for 2019-2020, was tested positive for Swine Flu. Panicked MLAs reportedly demanded that they all should be tested for the Flu.

Earlier, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was also said to have caught Swine Flu. However, during the budget session, he had denied having any such disease.

A highly contagious, pandemic disease, the Flu claims lives every year during winters.  However, the death toll for the last year was only two as compared to 18 in just two months of the new year. 

Considering the fact that nowadays  Swine Flu is not considered a major medical situation due to easy treatment, it is highly shocking that the State has reported 18 deaths in a period of a mere two months.  

On February 2, 2019, the Chief Minister had held a meeting to review arrangements to deal with the Flu.  Despite the assurances of the CM regarding effective preventive and curative steps to contain and curb the Flu, there seems to be no let up in the situation.

He had also assured the availability of medicines and establishment of isolation ward with 12 beds facility in IGMC Shimla and one more ICU of four beds facilities in the existing infrastructure to manage the disease. As per the CM, the Swine Flu incidents were decreasing.

  Despite a decline in the incidents of Swine Flu, the State Government has prepared itself with an advanced stock of 8000 capsules in IGMC Shimla to meet out any untoward impact of the swine flu outbreak,

the CM had stated in the meeting.

He had also assured providing immunity drugs to the family members of the affected patient to check further spread of the diseases.

The officials were directed to take curative steps including sensitizing the people about the symptoms, cause and treatment of swine flu so that immediate and timely treatment could be provided to the patient.

The Health Department, HP, was also asked to make optimum use of print and electronic media to create awareness. The CM had also assured deployment of special medical teams in areas where maximum number of cases have been reported.

However, so far, the Department is only struggling to contain the disease.

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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Himachal Gets First Fully Automated ‘Doppler Weather Radar’, Would Provide More Accurate Short Range Forecast

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Dopper Weather Radar in Himachal Pradesh's Kufari

Shimla-India Meteorological Department (IMD) January 15, 2021, celebrated its 146th Foundation Day. IMD is one of the oldest, scientific service organizations in the country, in existence well before Independence.

On the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Doppler Weather Radars at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand and Kufri, Himachal Pradesh; Multi-Mission Meteorological Data Receiving and Processing System in IMD in collaboration with ISRO (MMDRPS).

According to the IMD, these modernized Radars would give a more specific short-range weather forecast.

It’s pertinent to mention that accurate and advance weather information is of utmost importance to Himachal Pradesh – a state largely dependent on agriculture and tourism.

The one installed in Kufari, Shimla, is Indigenous dual polarised X-Band Doppler Weather Radar. Two more Radars would be installed at Mandi and Dalhousie in Chamba district of the State. A site had already been finalized at Mandi and a site for Radar at Dalhousie would be finalized soon, the State Government informed.

This specific type of Radar uses the Doppler effect to gather velocity data. The Radar transmits a signal, which gets reflected when hits a raindrop. Based on the changes in the frequency of the reflected signal, data is obtained about the motion of droplets and intensity of the precipitation. Scientists can analyze this data to determine the structure and severity of storms.

Radar installed at Kufri is on test mode for a period of two weeks. Thereafter its data would be used for forecasting purposes. This Radar has a range upto 100 kilometres in radial distance. It would observe and provide the weather data of 100 kilometres in all directions, which would be used for forecasting purpose, especially for the short-range forecast. More précised area-specific weather forecast and warning can be issued for a particular place, for the weather phenomenon like thunderstorm, lighting, hailstorm, heavy rainfall/snowfall, gusty winds etc.    

This Centre would help the horticulturists and farmers of the State by providing them with accurate weather information.

The DWR Kufri would run round the clock and it is fully automatic. It would transmit the data in various digital format and picture form.

 Forecasting monsoons is the lifeline to India’s food security and affect the economy as the nation’s GDP is dependent on agriculture. Moreover, weather prediction is critical to reducing the loss of lives from various extreme events like a cyclone, heavy rain, thunderstorm, heatwave and cold wave, monsoonal floods and droughts.

India Meteorological Department says that it is modernizing its observational network in the Central and Western Himalayas by the installation of Doppler Weather Radars in a phased manner, at different locations.

IMD said that this radar will be providing severe weather information to the weather forecasters, thus, improving the safety of the public in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. It will also provide support to the disaster managers and the pilgrims undertaking the pilgrimage to Kailash Manasarovar and Char Dham yatra. 

 

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77.50% Voter Turnout in First Phase of Himachal’s Panchayati Raj Polls: EC

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Shimla-The first phase elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was today held in 1228 Gram Panchayats, informed a spokesperson of State Election Commission.

According to the information received till 7 PM, the overall polling percentage was 77.50%. As many as 123 COVID-19 patients and isolated voters cast their votes as per the Standard Operating Procedures, he informed.

Gram Panchayat Rihada in development block Naggar of Kullu district recorded the highest voter turnout (94 %). Counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members will be completed today. Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22nd January 2021 at block headquarters.

Further, 103-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India, cast his vote at a polling booth in Kalpa of Kinnaur district.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in., the spokesperson said.

The second phase of polling for 1208 Panchayats will be held on 19th January followed by the third phase on 21st January 2021.

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