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Shimla NGO Rubbishes Its Allegations of Fraud Against Cancer Aid Society

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Cancer Aid Society Lucknow

Shimla- Cancer Aid Society, an NGO based in Lucknow, recently raised objections to the serious allegations labelled by a Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation, against it.

In May 2017, the Chairman of Umang Foundation, Ajai Shrivastava, had written a letter to then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which he had labelled serious allegations against the Cancer Aid Society and the district administration of Shimla. He had alleged that the Society, in convince with government schools, was using children to collect donations from localities. He had challenged the authenticity of the Society and had demanded an investigation.

However, on March 28, 2019, Mr. Shrivastva issued a clarification in which he has rubbished his own allegations against the Society.

In May 2019, I had written a letter to the Chief Minister of HP demanding action against the NGOs collecting funds through the government school students as I had a personal experience in this regard. This news item was published in media,

he informed.

The students who came to my house to collect donation in the name of cancer patients mislead me and misquoted the said Cancer Aid Society,

Mr. Shrivastva clarified.

He said recently Dr Piyush Gupta of the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow contacted him and clarified the position of his organisation.

I am fully convinced of his version. I have come to know the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow is doing exemplary work in the field of Cancer Awareness in the country. I had no mala fide intention to defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

He said he wanted action against only those NGOs which brings bad name to the NGO sector and good organisations like Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

Since I never intended to harm or defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow, I deeply regret the inconvenience caused,

he added.

The Society also wrote to Himachal Watcher and brought the matter to our attention.

Dr Piyush Gupta briefed us that Cancer Aid Society is an ISO 9001 NGO, having special consultative status with United Nation’s Economic and Social Council.

It’s also a registered participant of the World Health Organisation’s Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases. The NGO has represented the Country in several international and national conferences including the meeting for the control of NCDs in 2011 and 2014 review meeting at United Nations Headquarters New York as well as World Health Organisation Headquarters Geneva in 2015 etc, Dr Piyush Gupta told HW.

It is duly registered as a Society since 1987 and is working across the country legitimately under Section 12A and 80G of Income Tax Act, which is mandatory for receiving donations within India as well as under FCRA for receiving foreign donations, he informed.   

We are fulfilling all statutory compliances legally and have received several National and International Awards as well as over 20 International Scholarships including the prestigious US Government’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship by National Cancer Institute,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

He added that the Cancer Aid Society has demonstrated community level model across the globe, and this model has been replicated and scaled up successfully for awareness on Tobacco, Cancer and other NCD’s – causes of 71% of all deaths globally.

He explained that to keep the upcoming generation free from NCDs, the Society organizes Cancer and NCD Awareness Programs free of cost in Institutions. It distributes free awareness literature to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases as well as for early detection of cancer by identifying the symptoms.

These efforts can save precious lives as 80% of cancers are detected in advance stages when they become untreatable and require Palliative Care. This care is lacking. In absence of any Government support, the Society depends solely on small voluntary donations from the community,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

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Himachal: 10 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day Take Tally to 145, DDU MS Replaced Following Patient Suicide

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 10 COVID-19 deaths on September 24, 2020, which took the state’s death tally to 145. This is the biggest single-day-spike in the fatalities – a matter of huge worry amid community spread. Kangra district reported the highest six deaths while Shimla, Chamba,  Sirmaur, and Kullu reported one death each. The deceased including eight males and two females were aged between 55-78 years. At least five of these deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.So far,

So far,  Kangra district has reported the highest 37 deaths, followed by Shimla (24), Solan (23), Mandi (20), Una (10), Sirmaur (10), Chamba (8), Hamirpur (6), Kullu (5), Bilaspur (1), and Kinnaur (1).

Go through the reasons of deaths given by the state Health Department below:Himachal pradesh corona deaths Sept 24

According to the official update, 337 new positive cases were registered yesterday. The total for the state has now reached 13,386. (Scroll down to view statistics for all districts)

DDU MS Replaced After COVID-19 Patient Suicide 

As part of the damage control, the Medical Superintendent of Shimla’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital, Lokender Sharma, was replaced after a COVID-19 patient committed suicide inside the hospital premises. Dr Ramesh Chauhan has been appointed as the new MS.  The case has led to protests against poor facilities and mismanagement in COVID-19 hospitals in the state. The opposition even staged a protest on September 5.

Reacting to his removal, Dr Lokender denied any negligence on his part and said he had been working with insufficient staff and limited facilities. He also alleged that the administration did not consider his repeated complaint regarding the same. Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has also pointed out that the state government has not done anything to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the pandemic. They also pointed out the lack of trained staff.

These developments, including a sudden spurt in the fatality rate among COVID-19 patients, are now exposing the poor preparedness of the state government. The government doesn’t seem to have any clue about controlling the spread. There is no data on the projected number of actual cases as it is not possible to trace all infected amid a community spread.

While there is a dire need to make more efforts to save lives, the government and the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur appear to be busy in preparing for the visit of the Prime Minister Narender Modi for the opening of the Rohtang Tunnel.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 24, 2020 (9 PM)

DDU COVID Patient suicide in himachal pradesh

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Five More COVID-19 Deaths, Three Suicides, Shimla’s Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed

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Shimla– Five more COVID-19 casualties were reported in Himachal Pradesh on September 23, 2020. According to the official update from the Health Department, a total of 280 cases were reported till 9:00 pm today . The COVID-19 death tally is rising at an alarming rate with the onset of a community spread. Currently, a total of 135 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19.(Scroll down for district-wise statistics)

These deaths were reported from Solan (1), Kangra (2), and Mandi (2). The deceased aged between 58 years to 77. Read the reasons for deaths below:

Shimla- kotkhai nagar panchayat sealed

Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed for Four Days

Kotkhai Nagar panchayat of Shimal district was sealed today after four persons tested positive at the CHC, Kotkhai. However, there is one case which has increased worries for both the people and the administration.

According to the BMO, Kotkhai, one of these persons, identified as Kavinder Kanwar, runs a car parking at the Kotkhai Bazaar. He also runs a newspaper distribution agency in the same area and deals in mobile recharge business. He frequently handles keys of cars parked in the parking as part of his routine task, it was informed.

“It is quite possible that the concerned positive person has also surely visited several shops and public places in Kotkhai bazaar during the last four days. In this situation, it is difficult to find out the exact contact tracing history due to which there is a high risk of surface transmission and risk of a direct contact person to person,”

informed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Theog, in a notification issued today.   

Therefore, the administration has declared the entire Kotkhai Nagar panchayat as containment zone and sealed it except for essential services for four days (till September 27th).

The local police have been directed to restrict any entry to or exit from the area. The BMO has been asked to undertake contact tracing and the Secretary of the Nagar panchayat area has been directed to sanitize the entire area.   

COVID-19 Positive Woman Ends Life at DDU, Shimla

A woman, who was tested positive for COVID-19, and was admitted to the DDU hospital, Shimla, ended her life on the intervening night of September 22-23. The exact reason for the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Further, two suicides in Kangra district have been associated with the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the deceased worked at a fuel station.  The second person was a cab driver. According to the English daily, The Tribune, he had recently received a notice from the bank over non-payment of his loan that he had taken to buy a cab. These suicides are indicators that the people are in dire need of relief from the state government. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 23, 2020 (9 PM)

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13 More COVID-19 Deaths in 2 Days, Total Mounts to 130

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 update for september 22, 2020

The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is on the rise as the death tally reaches 130 with 13 new deaths in the last two days. According to the Health Department’s official COVID-19 Bulletins, State reported seven deaths on September 21 and six on September 22. 

Today, the state registered 331 new confirmed cases with which the COVID-19 tally for the state rose to 12769. Of this total, 4124 are active cases, 8491 have recovered, and 20 migrated to outside the state. The infected also include Nachan MLA Vinod Kumar.

Details of COVID-19 Casualties on Sept 21-22

details of COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh

Today, the highest cases were reported from Sirmaur district (79), followed by Mandi (66), Shimla 48, and Solan 38, and Kullu (25). (Scroll down to view more district-wise statistics.)
However, the actual number of cases could be higher as the state is in the community spread phase. No projection regarding the actual number of cases and deaths has been issued by the state government.

So far, the state government has tested only 271449 persons for COVID-19. Considering the community spread, the state government is supposed to increase the number of tests.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that people should refrain from going to crowded places and take all precautions. However, tourists thronging the state are hardly following any rules. After lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement, the state government is now preparing to open the inter-state bus services, which would fuel the community spread.  The people are already expressing their resentment with the decision to suddenly lift all restrictions on movement of tourists. Amid these uncertain circumstances, rising fatality rate is the main concern. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 12, 2020 (9 PM)

  

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