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Medicine Delivered at Door-Step to Over 950 Patients in Remote Areas of State Through Helpline: HP Govt

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government on Thursday claimed that its Helpline service started to deliver prescribed medicines during the lockdown to patients has benefited several people.

Curfew was imposed in Himachal Pradesh from 24th March 2020 in the wake of COVID-19. According to the Government, although some relaxations were given to chemists during curfew, still the general public and patients were facing difficulties in procuring the medicines. The patients are facing various problems like the timing of the opening of chemist shops is limited, medicines are not available with local chemists, some medicines are of specialized nature and lack of mode of transportation, the Government said.

On 4th April 2020, the State Government has started a helpline for Himachal with two landline numbers 0177-2626076 and 0177-2626077 and toll-free number 1070. Any person who needs medicine can place his request on these numbers and medicines would be made available at chemist shop nearer to his home where he can make payments after getting the medicines.

Till date, as many as 1059 requests have been received on this helpline and more than 90 per cent of them have been delivered and the remaining are under process.

So far, more than 948 patients have benefited. Drugs inspectors acted as a bridge between the patients and chemists and have ensured the delivery of medicines to needy patients during the curfew.  

These persons included patients with kidney transplants, heart surgeries, psychiatric patients and those in need of anti-cancer medicines in remote areas of the State. The Government claimed that these patients are now being provided medicines at their doorsteps by procuring them from Chandigarh, Dehradun and other parts of the region.

The medicines were not only made available to patients from local chemists but were also made available from outside the state and were even delivered in the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh like Kalpa, Sangla, Pooh and Nichar in Kinnaur district, Nirmand and Anni in Kullu district, Neogal Sari and Nerwa in Shimla district.

The Government claimed that despite the difficult geographical conditions of Chamba district, all the essential medicines like anticancer, antiepileptic, antipsychotic and antihypertensive have been arranged from Pathankot, Jassur, Tanda and Chandigarh etc. were successfully delivered to many needy at their home or nearest possible place in the remote areas like Tissa (Churah area), Bharmour and Pangi. Although maximum requests in Chamba were from remote areas yet medicines are being provided to them without any failure.

Citing some examples, the Government said, Mohan, a resident of village Kullah, Post Office Jarwa of Sirmour district as one of the beneficiaries who was in urgent need of medicines of the kidney transplant but wasn’t able to access them due to the curfew imposed in the State and nation-wide lockdown in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicines are delivered to patient Bimla of village Malang PO Tandi of Lahaul valley and Bij Ram of Pangi via air and road respectively.

These patients, the Government said, have expressed their gratitude for this service. 

The Government claimed that about 250 Himachali students stranded in Goa were also provided medical assistance. As many as 575 vendors have been authorized for home delivery of medicines in the State. These include 20 vendors in Bilaspur, nine in Chamba, 32 in Hamirpur, 44 in Kangra, 19 in Kullu, one in Lahaul-Spiti, 93 in Mandi, 125 in Shimla, 165 in Sirmour, 40 in Solan and 23 in Una district.     

 

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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