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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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Stray Cattle Menace in Himachal: After Two Deaths, a 12-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bull Attack in Mandi

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Shimla- Stray cattle menace in Himachal Pradesh is reaching an alarming level as the population of abandoned animals continues to grow on roads. After an elderly succumbed to his injuries sustained in an attack by a bull in Mandi district on November 5, 2019, now a 12-year-old landed in hospital with critical injuries in Dran area.

In September 2019, an elderly man had died in Bilaspur district after a bull attacked him.  This makes it the third such attack during the last three months.

As per the report, a 12-year-old Kushal Kumar was on his way to school on Wednesday morning when a bull attacked him in Batheri village of Drang Vidhan Sabha constituency. Hearing the screams of the child, some people rescued him. However, the child sustained critical injuries on his face and eyes.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kautola area. After initial treatment, the boy was referred to the Zonal Hospital Mandi, from where he was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

His uncle informed that Kushal is a student of VII class in Batheri school and his parents are farmers.

His uncle has urged the district administration to send such stray cattle to shelters for the safety of the people, especially elderly and children.

While the government brags about being serious to constructing cow-shelters, the number of stray cattle doesn’t seem to have gone down in reality.

The government claims that it also established ‘Gau Seva Aayog’ on March 1, 2019. Also, the government had been collecting 15 percent of the income of temple trusts and Rs 1 Gauvansh cess on sale as per bottle of liquor, from which the amount of Rs. 7.95 crore has been collected in Aayogs account

The lackadaisical attitude of the district administrations and police towards taking effective measures to control stray cattle menace is now resulting in deaths and injuries in attacks by these animals.

Despite State High Court’s orders passed in 2014 to tag cattle to make it easier to trace back the owner who abandoned them, there is hardly any execution. Otherwise, it would have been possible to take legal action against people to deter them from simply abandoning cattle. 

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Sample of 13 More Drugs Manufactured in Himachal Fail CDSCO Test

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Drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh Fail Test

Shimla- Thirteen more drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh-based pharmaceutical companies have failed the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization test for quality and standard.

During the last 10 months, over 300 drugs in India were declared sub-standard after testing, and 90 of these were manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. It indicates that pharmaceutical companies are playing with the health of the people by consistently manufacturing sub-standard stocks.

Though the Health Minister Vipin Parmar claimed that companies manufacturing these drugs would be black-listed, it’s to be seen if any action is taken in reality or not.  

The CDSCO has tested a total of 1163 samples for October month. After the testing, CDSCO issued an alert for a total of 36 drugs in India that failed the test. Out of these 36, 13 drugs were found to be manufactured in Himachal Pradesh.

The Details of Drugs That Failed Test and Manufactures


Nine of these drugs were manufactured in India’s pharmaceutical hub Baddi in Solan district, two in Kangra, one in Una and one in Sirmaur. These drugs include medicines for heart, blood pressure, anti-biotic, allergy, calcium, diabetes etc.

As per the CDSCO’s directions, all drugs manufactured in such batches would be withdrawn from the market.

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Heavy Rain, Snow in Himachal, Yellow Alert Issued for Nov 15

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow from 14 to 16 November 2019. While rain at isolated places is predicted in middle and high hills on November 14, the Met has predicted heavy rain in low and middle hills and heavy snowfall in higher hills.

Weather prediction 2019

A yellow alert has been issued for November 15 in five districts -Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti.

The weather is predicted to be dry thereafter.  

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