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Eye-Banking Facility in Himachal Runs Sans District Collection Centres, Only 255 Transplants Performed in 9 Years

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Eye banking facility in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla– The eye banking facility in Himachal Pradesh is completely unorganized and requires immediate attention of the state government. The government has failed to arrange adequate collection centres for the donated eyes. As a result, the number of donated eyes is trivial and needy are not able to receive eyes for transplant. It was informed by Shimla-based Non-Profit Organization, Umang Foundation, on Sunday.

On the conclusion of the Eye Donation Fortnight, the advisor to the HP Advisory Board on Disability and Chairman of the Umang Foundation, Ajai Shrivastava, held a press conference. He also wrote a letter to the Health Minister Vipin Singh with a demand to upgrade the eye collection facility in the state.

He said the team of doctors at the eye bank in Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, is working with full commitment. Still, the number of eye transplants remain very low due to serious flaws in the eye banking facility in the state. The eye bank established two and a half years ago at the Tanda Medical College, Kangra, is in a stalled condition.

In 2010, first eye bank was established during the tenure of Dr Prem Kumar Dhumal as Chief Minister and Rajiv Bindal as the Health Minister. However, no attention was given to strengthening the basic banking infrastructure and network, Shrivastava said.

Only 255 eye transplants have been performed in the last nine years. The main reason for such a low number of transplants is unavailability of donated eyes, he said.

He also added that it was necessary that with the opening of eye bank in Shimla, collection centres in other districts should have been opened. The geographical conditions of the state make it difficult to carry donated eyes to a bank within six hours, he said. To preserve the eyes for transplant, it’s necessary that removal is carried out within six hours of death of the donor.  

Shrivastava blamed the previous Congress-led government and the bureaucracy of neglecting the issue. Though training was imparted to eye specialists and technicians in 10 districts for the purpose of opening eye collection centres, no basic infrastructure was provided in eight districts, he said.

Only those eyes are available for transplants which are donated after someone’s death at IGMC, Shimla, or in nearby areas. So far, only 320 eyes donated by 160 donors have reached the eye bank, and only 255 transplants have been conducted.

Currently, over 150 visually impaired persons are in the waiting list of the bank. The number is much higher if hundreds of others suffering from cornea dysfunction are to be considered.

Further, the collection centres in Dharamshala and Nahan have not become operational despite arrangement of all facilities, Shrivastava informed.

The need of the hours is that the government should open eye collection centres in every district so that donated eyes could be carried to the eye banks in Tanda or Shimla within 24 hours. In case, it’s not feasible to carry the eyes to banks within 24 hours, then they can be sent to the banks within four days after completing the necessary process at the local collection centres.

It would help hundreds of visually impaired persons to get back their eyesight.

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Season’s First Spell of Snow in Shimla, Manali, Cold Wave Intensifies Across State

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Snowfall in Shimla and Manali 2019

Shimla-Manali and Shimla received the first spell of snow in this season on Thursday. Tourist destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kharapather, Kotkhai etc were covered in snow.

The Rampur-Shimla Highway was closed to traffic after snow piled up. The traffic on this route was re-routed through Basantpur. About 20 routes in the upper Shimla region, including Chaupal and Rohru, are also hit by snow. 

After some minor accidents were reported, Shimla Police has requested drivers to be careful while driving in snowy conditions.

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Another popular tourist destination of the state, Manali, also received the first spell of snow in this season, cheering the hospitality industry. Solang Nala and Gulaba received about one foot of snow, while Marhi received two feet. Rohtang Pass has received over three feet of snow. All traffic on Rohtang Pass and Solang Nala routes was stopped near Nehrukund. Snow has hit traffic movement and electricity supply in some parts of Manali.

Other than these destinations, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi, and Kinnaur were also disconnected from the rest of the state due to snow. Over 75 routes across Himachal were hit by snow.

Some parts of Sirmaur including Churdhar and higher reaches of Mandi district, including Shikari Devi and Kamarunag, also received a spell of snow. 
Shimla city and plains witnessed rain since morning.

The cold wave has intensified in the state with the ongoing spell of snow and rain. The Himachal Pradesh met department has predicted more snowfall on December 13. The Met on Wednesday had issued a yellow weather warning for 12th and 13th December with a prediction of rain and snow in most places across the state.

The Met has predicted that the state could receive more snow and rain till December 15, which would further intensify cold wave.

Weather Prediction for Himachal Pradesh 2019

Source: HP Met

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Missing Youth Case: Friend to Face Polygraph Test, Family Questions Police Investigation

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Missing Shimla Youth Shubham

Shimla-In the case related to the disappearance of Shubham, a local of Shimla’s Rohru, his arrested friend, Puneet, will go through a polygraph test. It was informed by an official of the Shimla Police on Tuesday.

After local police remained clueless in the case, a plea was submitted to a court seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on the suspect. The court has granted permission, the official informed.

The family of the missing youth is now raising questions over the investigation. They expressed a possibility that police could be working under some kind of pressure.

After 11 days of Shubham’s disappearance, the district police has revealed new details, which are obtained by questioning the suspect. Following the dissatisfaction expressed by the family, the SP has announced formation of a Special Investigation Team to investigate the case. The district police has already announced reward for anyone who would provide information related to Shubham.

As per the statement by the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, search operations are being conducted under the supervision of the DSP, Theog.  Daily 25-40 police personnel have been searching the area from where Shubham had gone missing. He also said that dog squad and drones were being used in the search operation.

Shubham had left with his friends to attend a car rally. His friend, Puneet had asked Shubham to photograph him during the rally. They were returning to Jubbal from Deha when Subham went missing.

“According to the version given by Puneet (to the police), along with 15 other youth, they had stayed at some house and had consumed liquor. After they left the house, Puneet stopped the vehicle (Gypsy) somewhere in Deha as Subham said he wanted to vomit. Subham got out of the car,”

SP Jamwal told media.

“Puneet said he fell asleep, and when he woke up, Shubham had not returned,”

Jamwal said. However, Jamwal said this information is based only on initial investigation and claims of the suspect were yet to be confirmed.

Father of Shubham, Krishan Chand, has expressed suspicion on Puneet. On Monday, the disheartened father of the missing youth held a press conference in Shimla where he burst into tears.

“I am sure that Puneet is behind all this, and he knows about my son,”

the father told media.

“The entire area is a jungle. For the last 10 days, over 100 people along with 60-70 locals from Deha village have been searching the area. We did not find anything. Still, the police is only searching the same area every day,”

the father said.

“I request the government to find my son. No matter in what condition, but find him soon,”

he said.

The SP hoped that a polygraph test would help crack the case. The test could be conducted within this week.

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Snowfall, Rain Predicted in Himachal, Yellow Warning Issued for 12, 13 Dec

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Snowfall in shimla and kullu manali in december 2019

Shimla– At least seven districts of Himachal Pradesh are likely to witnesses snowfall and rain till 16 December 2019.  The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow-coded weather warning for 12 and 13 December. The warning is issued for Mandi, Shimla, Kullu, Sirmaur, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

Rain and thundershowers are predicted at most places in the plains and rain/snow in Middle Hills on 12 December. For Higher Hills, the Met predicts rain/snow in most places.

On 13 December, widespread rain/snowfall is predicted in Middle and Higher Hills. Plains are likely to receive widespread rain.

snowfall in shimla and kullu in december 2019

Source: HP Met

Further, Met dept. predicts rain/snow in Middle and Higher Hills at isolated places from 14-16 December. The weather is likely to remain dry on 15 and 16 December in the plains.

Following the prediction of the Met Department, District Administration, Shimla, has issued an advisory requesting trekkers and locals to avoid going to higher reaches of the district on 12 and 13 December. The administration said Narkanda, Kharapathar, Kufri could receive snow on the said dates.

The district administration said it is prepared to keep roads open in case of snow.

The temperature is likely to drop, intensifying the cold condition across the state.

It is important to note that Rohtang Pass remains closed to traffic and locals are left to cross the pass on foot. The locals complained that the only link between Lahaul-Spiti and Kullu in winters is the Rohtang Tunnel, which is non-functional, and no helicopter flights are being provided.

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