25012019-btd-01.qxd 1/24/2019 10:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE POWER MINISTER TO PRESIDE OVER R-DAY EVENT IN CITY DC Praneet said Power Minister Gurpreet Kangar would preside over the Republic Day function on Saturday FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF BEWARE OF IDENTICAL PASSPORT SITES Malout: Passport officer Manish Kapoor of Passport Office, Amritsar, on Thursday told people to be aware of fake websites related to passport services. He said the official website is www.passportindia.gov.in. The 'mpassport seva' app can also be downloaded from play-store on mobile. He said some people had created fake websites with identical names. Therefore, before uploading passport related particulars on the website, people must go through it and check whether it is an official site or not, he added. 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As per the records of the District Health Department, more than one hundreds suspected and four confirmed cases have been reported this season. Talking to The Tribune, Dr Hari Narain Singh, Civil Surgeon, said “As many as 110 suspected cases of swine flu with B-category (milder) symptoms have surfaced so far this season. And out of the nine suspected cases of C-category (severe), four have been confirmed positive for the H1N1 virus.” “So far, one patient has died due to the virus in the district and efforts are afoot to ensure that the increased awareness and timely medical intervention helps us keep the number of patients at the lowest in the district,” Dr Singh added. Meanwhile, there has been a significant increase in the number of swine flu patients in the past 8-10 days at the OPD unit of the ■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or The swine flu ward at the civil hospital, Bathinda, lying closed for want of adequate equipment. TRIBUNE PHOTO mouth too often as this can lead to contracting the disease. ■ Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser). ■ Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. ■ Use disposable tissues instead of a handkerchief if you have a cold and throw the tissue in dustbin after use. ■ Viruses also spread by droplet infection, which might have deposited on common objects like phones, laptops, common desk and chairs. So, avoid touching too many objects and wash your hands if you do. ■ Avoid close contact with people who have flu civil hospital. District nodal officer for swine flu, Dr Manu Gupta, said “On an average, we have been witnessing three-four suspected as well as confirmed cases of swine flu on daily basis. A majority of the suspected patients are in Bcategory and therefore do not require critical care or admission. We are administering them medications and asking them to take precautions.” Dr Gupta said “The patients with symptoms of swine flu are examined at the civil hospital and those who require critical care or admission are referred to the government hospital in Faridkot.” disease could be prevented. But the ground reality is totally different. Sources said swine flu patients, those requiring critical care, need ventilation support and since ventilators were not available at the civil hospital, patients are either referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, or to a private hospital in the city. Sources said the mini ICU (housing swine flu ward) was introduced in the government hospital in 2012-13 with the motive of providing quality medical care to critical patients. But owing to shortage of staff and adequate equipment, it could The District Health Department is also providing free of cost medicines (Tamiflu tablets) and a number of private hospitals in the district have been getting the medicine from the civil hospital. Swine flu ward lying locked In the absence of ventilator facility, the swine flu ward at the government hospital is lying locked for a long time now. Notably, Dr Hari Narain Singh, on November 15, issued an advisory to all academic institutions and city residents regarding the spread of swine flu. He said by being alert and proactive, the spread of the contagious c m y b not be made fully operational. The state unit of the Health Department had been intimated about the matter on numerous occasions but they did not take any concrete steps to make the unit operational. As a result, patients are asked to seek treatment at private hospitals in the city where they are being charged exorbitantly. “Since the ventilator facility is not available in the civil hospital, we refer swine flu patients requiring critical care to other hospitals. We use the swine flu ward for proper diagnosis of patients,” Dr Manu Gupta added. Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 24 The District Electorate Officer (DEO) served notice on about 180 government employees in Faridkot district on Thursday for their absence from election duty and rehearsal in the recently held Panchayat Elections. Asking the absentee officials to explain the reason for them not performing their duty and why disciplinary proceedings should not be initiated against them, the DEO has served the notices under Section 20 of The Punjab State Election Commission Act. If the erring employees failed to give proper justification for their absence, disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against them for willfully disobeying the orders, Rajiv Prashar, Deputy Commissioner-cumDEO Faridkot, said. On December 29, a day preceding the date of voting, all polling parties were to reach the polling station so as to familiarise themselves with the polling process. However, in Jaito sub-division, the district administration came to know that there was shortage of polling staff and polling parties for 34 polling stations could not MAX ABSENT IN JAITO Most of the employees were absent from election duty in Jaito sub-division of Faridkot, besides the absenteeism among the officials in Kotkapura and Faridkot sub-divisions of the district. reach their duty stations. “As non-reporting of polling staff is a misconduct, I was upset over the things going awry and rushed to Jaito. I contacted various government employees, asking them to perform the election duty. They obliged and the staff for 34 polling stations was dispatched at 12.30 am on December 30,” said Rajiv Prashar. Meanwhile, the role of a PCS officer is also under scanner for the things going haywire as the officer could not make alternative arrangement even 12 hours before the start of polling. “We are going to take this absenteeism among the officials seriously this time, keeping in view the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Feigning illness to escape election duty is a common practice. So that the employees don’t make fake excuses, those remaining absent without any logical reason in the Panchayat elections will be dealt with strictly,” a senior officer in District Election Office said.
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