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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 medical mismanagement are surfacing. Delay in reports of RT-PCR results is a common grievance. On May 10, a family alleged that their kin died as 108 ambulances ran out of oxygen while it was on their way to the hospital. In another case, a woman who was referred from Kinnaur allegedly died due to a delay of five hours in admission to the DDU hospital in Shimla.

A Covid-19 patient admitted to the dedicated Covid care facility Ayurvedic Hospital, Chhota Shimla, complained that the staff was not co-operative and 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,” said Sanjay.

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“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 visited 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 24×7 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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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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