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Fear of Himachal’s Health Workers Comes True as a Corona Warrior Succumbs to Infection

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh lost a corona warrior as a nurse serving at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, lost the battle against Covid-19 after contracting the infection during her duty. She had tested positive on April 29 and succumbed to the infection on Monday. No details of the the deceased were released.  

For the health workers, who are left more vulnerable after the Himachal Pradesh Government ended the condition of the quarantine period for doctors on Covid-19 duty, their fear has come true with the demise of this corona warrior. 

The HP Government recently issued a notification that the health staff on Covid-19 duty would not have to go through the quarantine period after discharging duties in an environment with a heavy virus load. That implied that the doctor could go straight to duties in OPDs and to their families after their Covid-19 duties. The logic given was that the health staff has received both doses of vaccine so they don’t need to quarantine.

However, the sad demise of the nurse contradicts this assumption of the state government that health workers would not get infected after receiving both doses.

“This is what we were talking about. If our corona warriors are not safe then how can we say that we can save our people? So to save our people, we have to take care of our corona warrior’s and this is the need of the hour,” Pushpinder Verma, General Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association, told Himachal Watcher.

Doctors in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday worked sporting black ribbons as a protest against the state government’s notification regarding ending the quarantine period for health staff.

“Wearing a black ribbon, all doctors discharged their duties as usual. The association of residents doctors in medical colleges of the state also supported the protest,” he said

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Doctors Wearing Black Ribbons As Protest Against State Govt’s Decision

The HMOA on last Thursday had condemned the state government’s decision terming it insensitive as it not only put the lives of corona warriors at risk, but also of their families, colleagues, and people around them.

The Association had argued that this decision was mindlessly adopted from AIIMs, which is far more advanced and resourceful compared to the entire Himachal’s health system. The Association also said that besides resourcefulness, the institute offers several facilities to its staff including residence within the premises of the institute.

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Health Staff Wearing Black Ribbons

The Himachal Pradesh Nurses Association has also condemned this contentious decision of state government.

Nurses across the state are serving day and night across the state hospitals, regardless of the risk posed to their lives while working in an environment with a heavy virus load, the State Nurses Association said.

After a duty of 10 days in a row, the nurses should be isolated for 7 days to prevent the possible spread of the virus to their family and others around them, the Association demanded.

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Health Staff Wearing Black Ribbons

The association also informed that despite receiving both the doses of Covid-19, many nurses have contracted the infection after rendering their services in the covid-19 wards.

The President of the Association, Aruna Luthra, General Secretary, Sita Thakur, Vice President, Veena Rana, Sushma Thakur, Indu Kashyap and others demanded a quarantine period of seven days for the nurses.

The Association had asked the government to roll back the order. It warned of more aggressive resistance if the demand was not accepted.

Further, the Jairam Thakur-led state government is again facing criticism for the lack of vision and imposing orders passed from the Union Government without considering the ground realities of the state. The medical fraternity has also criticized government’s approach to preparing policies, which they say are formed based on consultation of a few blue-eyed officials in a closed room. 

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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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