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Video: Patient at Shimla’s Covid-Care Facility Complains of Mismanagement, Spending from Pocket for Medicines

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Shimla-With visible stress on Himachal Pradesh’s health system, like the rest of the nation, complaints regarding medical mismanagement are surfacing. Delay in reports of RT-PCR results is a common grievance. However, on May 10, a family alleged that their kin died as 108 ambulance ran out of oxygen while it was on the way to the hospital. In another case, a woman referred from Kinnaur allegedly died due to delay of five hours in admission to the DDU hospital in Shimla.

A Covid-19 patient admitted to the dedicated Covid care facility in Ayurvedic Hospital, Chhota Shimla, complained that the staff was not co-operative and that doctors did not monitor him frequently.

Sanjay Shah, a resident of Bihar, alleged that he had tested positive on April 24, 2021, at the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla. He was then referred to DDU Covid-care hospital where he was admitted for 11 days after which he was discharged and referred to the Ayurvedic Covid-care hospital. With the help of a fellow patient, he recorded a video explaining his problem and shared it with Himachal Watcher.

Sanjay alleges that he was being asked to arrange for expensive medicine from private medical stores. An acquaintance of Sanjay then had to borrow money and arrange the prescribed medicines. “They conducted a medical check-up and asked me to arrange some medicine, which cost me nearly Rs. 4000,” Sanjay said.

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Bill of medicines that the patient had to buy from private medical store

“I am tired. It’s been 17 days,” he said.

Sanjay also complained that doctors rarely visit him for checkups. While using the toilet, Sanjay carries his IV stand along with him, which he said is very cumbersome. He said all he wants is that doctors visit him daily and that he should be informed properly about the treatment and the use of medicines for which he had to pay by seeking financial help from his acquaintances

When inquired regarding this complaint, the Medical Superintendent of Ayurvedic hospital, told Himachal Watcher that Shah was being administered with antibiotics through IV, but now he is on oral doses.

Regarding the complaint about the availability of doctors and regular check-ups, the MS said that this hospital is more of a step-down facility for Covid-19 patients, and consultations regarding the cases are undertaken from a panel of specialists at the IGMC Shimla through a WhatsApp group. If required, the patients are referred to DDU or IGMC, he said. On being asked about the medicines Sanjay was asked to arrange, the MS said that the IGMC panel sometimes prescribes medicines that are not available in both the hospitals. Under such circumstances, the patient is asked to buy such medicines from private medical stores.

When MS was asked how Sanjay should arrange for his medicine from outside the hospital, he had no clear answer. Responding to Sanjay’s complaint regarding the inconsistent visit of doctors, the MS said that the entire medical staff wears PPE kits, which makes it hard for patients to differentiate between doctors and other healthcare workers who visit the ward.

The MS of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital told Himachal Watcher that currently there are a total of 21 patients at their facility while the hospital staff is working around the clock in three shifts. In each shift, the hospital has appointed at least one doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, and two Class IV employees. The Medical Superintendent also said that recently a pharmacist had created a scene as he refused to enter the ward, after which the hospital did take action against him.

In another case of medical mismanagement in the state capital, a resident of Chhota Shimla had alleged that his mother was denied admission to the facility despite her condition being critical due to low oxygen saturation. The son then had to make arrangements for oxygen support at his residence with the help of an NGO.

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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