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HP Govt. spends 550-Crore on roads, but where? Not in Himachal for sure !

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SHIMLA – Virbhadra Singh, replying to a question in the budget assembly 2015, said that Rs. 850 crore were allotted to the construction and maintenance of roads in Himachal. About Rs. 550 crore were spent out of it.

Here is what HP Govt. provided in Rs. 550 crore. That’s in the capital city Shimla (Tutikandi Bypass). You can imagine the condition in rest of the state. That’s how public tax money disappear year after year and public is left to suffocate in dirt. dirt-on-shimla-roads

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Himachal’s Covid Death Toll Crosses 2,000 Mark With 66 Casualties in 24-hours; 4,977 New Cases Reported 

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Shimla-In the last 24 hours, 66 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total death toll to 2,055. A total of 4,977 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the total Covid cases in the state to 1,45,736.

15 casualties were reported from the Kangra district while 12 deaths were reported from Hamirpur district, and 10 were reported from Solan district. Nine casualties who died in the last 24 hours were below the age of 50; while 54 out of 66 patients – over 80 %- who died had no comorbidities.

16859 people were sampled for the infection on Wednesday out of which 2900 Covid test results were awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The vaccination drive for people above the age of 45 is continuing in the state. Till Wednesday 4,03,140 people across the state have received both the Covid vaccine shots while 16,76,188 people have received their first jabs.

Himachal has placed the order for vaccines for the age group of 18 to 44. According to a report, Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal had said that the state placed an order with the Serum Institute of India for procuring 73 lakh doses of the vaccine. The procurement will take place in a phased manner over the course of the next three to four months. However, Jindal said in April that the state would have to wait for three to four weeks for the supplies to reach, following which the third phase of vaccination will start at COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) across the state where citizens from the 18-44 age group can receive their jabs.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held a virtual meeting with the Panchayati Raj Institutions and urged them to come forward to help in transportation of Covid-19 patients who are under home isolation to the hospital well in time in case their health condition deteriorates so that they could be given proper medical treatment.

Thakur also asked representatives of the PRIs to keep a strict check on people who are coming to the villages from outside the State so that they could be asked to remain in-home quarantine. PRI representatives were also asked to inform the district administration regarding people coming from outside and also about events in which large gatherings were expected.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Casualties for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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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 the mismanagement are appearing. Delay in reports of RC-PTR reports is a common grievance. On May 10, a family alleged that their kin died as 108 ambulances run out of oxygen while on the way to the hospital. Earlier, a woman who was referred from Kinnaur allegedly died due to a delay of five hours in admission to the DDU hospital. 

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

Sanjay Shah, a resident of Bihar, alleged that he had tested positive on April 24, 2021, at the Indira Gandhi Medical College. He was referred to the DDU Covid-care hospital where he remained admitted for 11 days. The doctors at the DDU discharged him after 11 days and referred him to the Ayurvedic covid-care hospital.

Through a fellow patient, he recorded a video explaining his complaint and shared it with Himachal Watcher.

He alleged that he is being asked to arrange expensive medicine from private medical stores. He said an acquaintance of his borrowed money and arranged the said medicines. He also shared a photo of the bill.

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

“They conducted a medical check-up and asked me to arrange some medicine, which cost me nearly Rs. 4000. I had no money and my acquaintances are bearing expenses of my treatment by borrowing from others. But I wasn’t told as to why these medicines were needed and what treatment he was receiving,” Sanjay said.

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

He also complained that doctors rarely visit him for checkups.

While using the washroom, he 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 from his pocket.

When inquired regarding this complaint, the Medical Superintendent, Ayurvedic hospital, told Himachal Watcher that Shah was being administered anti-biotics through IV, but now he is being given the 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 is 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 Shah was asked to arrange, the MS said that the IGMC panel sometimes prescribe medicines that are not available in our stock or the IGMC. In this condition, the patient is asked to buy these medicines from private medical stores.

When asked as to how Shah arranges medicine from outside the hospital, the MS had no clear answer.

On being asked about Shah’s complaint regarding the inconsistent visit of doctors, the MS said that all staff wears PPE kits, which makes it hard for patients to recognize who visited the ward.

On the number of patients at the facility and staff on duty, the MS informed that the recurrently are a total of 21 patients at the facilities. The staff is working 24×7 in three shifts. In each shift, at least one doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, and two Class IV employees remain available.

Regarding action on complaints, the MS said that very recently a pharmacist had created a scene as he refused entering the ward. An action was taken against him, he said.

Earlier, 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. He had to make arrangements for oxygen support at the home with the help of an NGO.

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Himachal Reports Spike in Covid Casualties with 64 Deaths in 24-hours; 4,977 Fresh Infections Reported

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported a surge in Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday as 64 people died due to the infection, while 4,977 new cases were reported within the last 24 hours. This takes the death toll to 1,989 while the total cases of coronavirus in the state till now to 1,40,759.

Out of 64 dead, only 11 patients had comorbidities. While thirteen patients were below the age of 50. This indicates the aggressive nature of the new variant of coronavirus that has been ravaging the country. The highest casualties were reported from Kangra district with 21 deaths while Solan district reported 12 deaths followed by Mandi district with 10 fatalities.

As the fatalities are increasing across the state, the sampling of infection has still not touched even the 20,000 mark. On Tuesday 14,722 people were sampled while 3,713 tests remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Out of 2,445 beds available across the state in the Covid hospitals, only 63 ICU beds are available. While 415 beds have oxygen support.

On Tuesday the state government also issued a notification announcing that health workers who have received both the Covid vaccine shots will not have to follow the quarantine protocol after rendering their services in health care facilities.

On the condition of anonymity, a health official told Himachal Watcher that Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has opposed this move as cases of infection despite vaccination continue to appear.

The spike in Covid cases across the state has highlighted the shortage of healthcare workers in the state as medical infrastructure moves toward the brink of a formidable caseload.

Further, the state needs to consider the meagre incentives the frontline workers are receiving and the overwhelming effect it will have on their mental and physical health.

Himachal is currently under a corona curfew with restrictions on interstate movement. But the government maintains that it’s not a lockdown as some exceptions have been included in the activities to be allowed.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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