04042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/3/2021 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE THREE PEDDLERS HELD WITH ~20 LAKH, 5-KG POPPY HUSK The police have busted an inter-state drug smuggling gang who used to smuggle poppy husk from J&K. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN THRASHES ASI, BOOKED Jalandhar: An Assistant SubInspector (ASI) of the rural police was allegedly thrashed by a local during the curfew hours on Friday. The victim has been identified as ASI Manjit Singh, working as munshi at the Kartarpur police station. He was reportedly going to work around 10 pm from his village in Talhan when he saw the accused standing on the road with his friend. He honked his car to cross the road, which was blocked by the accused. After a minor argument, the accused not only thrashed the cop, but also plugged his stars from uniform. The accused has been identified as Jogi, a resident of the same village. The police have registered a case against the accused. TNS RAPE-SUICIDE: ACCUSED HELD Hoshiarpur: The police have arrested prime accused in the rape-suicide case, in which a minor girl of a village under Bullowal police station jurisdiction had consumed poisonous substance a few days ago. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said special teams were formed to conduct raids at 17 separate locations based on mobile forensic leads and arrested the accused. He said his accomplice would be arrested soon. He said the victim’s mother in her complaint said her daughter went to her friend’s house for school work around 10.30 am on March 28. The two accused abducted her and she somehow managed to escape and reache home. Mahal said the condition of her daughter deteriorated following consumption of some poisonous substance and the family took her to the Civil Hospital and later shifted her to a private hospital where she died. A case under Sections 306, 365,366-A, 506,34 and 376 of the IPC, Section 4 of the POCSO Act and 3 of the SC/ST Act has been registered against the accused. OC FATIMA SANA SHAIKH SHARES HER COVID HEALTH UPDATE PAGE 3 I WANT TO EXPERIMENT, SAYS ACTOR AARVIKA GUPTA Fatima is Covid-positive and she took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of herself in quarantine. MAX 33°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:49 PM PAGE 4 Aarvika of Tera Kya Hoga Alia fame talks about the break she took and what is she looking forward to next. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:11 AM SUNDAY | 4 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR New strain impacting lungs more quickly, say experts 22 deaths reported in Aprilalready, Marchsaw 195 fatalities, Feb30 &Jan32 Aparna Banerji HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 With the rise in Covid cases every day, another worry which haunts the doctors is the increased and relatively quicker pace at which corona is impacting lungs of the Covid patients being reported. While 32 of the 56 hospital beds at the ICU of the Civil Hospital here are currently taken up by Covid patients, doctors say compared to the strain seen last year – the frequency of the Covid patients requiring non-invasive ventilation has seen a very dramatic rise this year. Until today, the district has seen 31,031 Covid cases and 937 deaths. While January and February saw 32 and 30 deaths, respectively; in March a whopping 195 deaths took place. In the first three days of April – 22 deaths have already been reported in the district. Nine deaths (each) were reported on April 1 and April 2 and four deaths were reported today. Doctors advised vaccination as the most effective solution to escape the severity of the new strain. While the Civil Hospital even saw days when 40 to 42 beds of the 56bedded ICU were housing Covid patients, doctors suggested that getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent the Covid infection. Anaesthetist Dr Paramjit Singh, who has been at the frontlines of the Covid pandemic ever since it hit the district last year, said, “In the strain seen last year, a patient was getting severely sick only after 5 to 8 days. But in the new strain the lungs are getting involved very soon. This e-rickshaws to ensure no one takes Covid for a ride come forward to play a pivotal role to ensure its success.” Hoshiarpur, April 3 Dispelling various misconIn the larger interest of the ceptions and rumours about public, Industries and Com- the Covid vaccine, Sunder merce Minister Sunder Sham Sham Arora mentioned that Arora on Saturday unveiled CM Captain Amarinder ‘Every Ward, Every Village Singh, Deputy Commissioner Awareness Drive’ to make Apneet Riyait and he himself, masses more vigamong Sunder Sham Arora were lakhs of ilant in the wake the of rising Covid kickstarts ‘Every Ward, people who got cases. The minis- Every Village Awareness themselves ter said the Drive’, dispels rumours vaccinated. He awareness messaid nearly one over the vaccine sages would be lakh beneficispread at all prominent places aries had been inoculated so of the city and rural areas by far in the district with 10,000 15 e-rickshaws duly fitted doses were being adminiswith public addressal system. tered daily by as many as 100 Arora, said, “It was high teams. Apart from health time that we became more workers, frontline workers, sensible to contain the spread banking sector, schools, colof Covid. Under the aware- leges and other department ness drive, teams of 20 per- are being covered under the sons in every ward and every inoculation drive. Now, around village would make people 73,000 ex-servicemen and aware of the ill-effects of their families would also be Covid-19, besides encourag- covered in the coming days. ing them not to be complaIn a fervent appeal to all cent while adhering to Covid political parties, the minister protocol. The awareness drive said support and cooperation has been commenced in the of the public, all political parwards of Hoshiarpur from ties is essential to contain the Sunday. It will take place in Covid-19 spread. He urged all villages too, said the minister, political parties to stand in adding that the elected repre- unison to keep the virus at sentatives, social and reli- bay by adhering to all safety gious bodies should also protocols in letter and spirit. Our Correspondent PAGE 2 ■ Helpline number of Ambu- lance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL DISCHARGED ACTIVE 469 31,031 4 937 354 26,691 3,403 or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ District Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ 4 DEATHS, 469 NEW CASES LOGGED IN DIST 6 DIE, 195 POSITIVE IN HOSHIARPUR DISTRICT Jalandhar: With a single day rise of 469 new cases reported in Jalandhar, the district tally reached 31,031 on Saturday. Of these 469 cases, as many as 28 belong to other districts. Four persons also died of Covid in Jalandhar on Saturday, taking the death toll to 937. While 26,691 persons have so far been discharged, there are 3,403 active cases in the district. In Kapurthala today, 128 persons tested positive for Covid. Three deaths were also reported here on Saturday. The deceased include a 70-year-old woman resident of Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; a 62-year-old male resident of Noorpur Lubana Dhilwan village who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar and a 65-year-old male resident of Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. TNS Hoshiarpur: Out of 2,496 reports received in the district on Saturday, 195 persons tested positive for Covid-19 taking the tally to 14,154 in the district. With the death of six more patients, the toll also rose to 568. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said the samples of 2,016 persons were taken in Hoshiarpur district on Saturday. As many as 12,990 persons have recovered and there were 1,645 active cases. Of the new positive cases, 16 cases were related to Hoshiarpur city, while the remaining were from different health blocks of the district. Two deaths due to Covid-19 were reported from Amritsar and Jalandhar hospitals, two at Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, and two more at Civil Hospital, Dasuya. OC can clearly be seen. Patient who reports after considerable delay now has much more greater chance of having serious lung damage. Earlier, preliminary symptoms like lack of taste, sore throat or cold were signs which people could act on timely to prevent damage. But with the newer strain the effect to the lungs is quicker and often without warning.” He added, “Among level 2 patients, earlier of 60 to 70 patients only 10 required hiflow oxygen but now out of about a 50 patients about 35 are being seen to require high flow oxygen. While we have 18 to 20 ventilators, non-invasive venti- strain getting ❝In thesick onlyseen lasttoyear, a patientinwas new strain severely after 5 8 days. But the the lungs are getting involved very soon. This can clearly be seen. Patient who reports after considerable delay now has much more greater chance of having serious lung damage. Earlier, preliminary symptoms like lack of taste, sore throat or cold were signs which people could act on timely to prevent damage. Dr Paramjit Singh, ANAESTHETIST ❞ lation is still the best way to aid breathing in a Covid patient. But the frequency of patients requiring non-invasive ventilation has clearly seen a marked rise in the new strain. Also, last year we primarily received senior citizens or those with comorbidities as patients. But this time, there are a considerable number of young patients requiring non-invasive ventilation or one or the other kind.” Dr Vijay Mahajan, MD, Tagore Hospital, said, “The present wave of Covid-19 infection has some special features. A majority of the infected people have infection due to UK variant strain. This strain is highly infectious and is involving mostly all members of the family whether young or old. Even small children are getting infected. The most important feature of this virus is that it directly infects the lungs rather than infecting through nose and throat. So symptoms related to nose and throat are minimal. In view of the direct involvement of the lungs, the chances of patient having a severe lung infection are very high. This is one of main cause of increase in death rate during the current wave of Covid infection. Hence, people need to be more conscious and get themselves vaccinated as per norms and strictly observe Covid protocols.” Nearly 5,000 women travel in 185 govt buses in two days To avoid wastage, docs advise people to come between 9 am & 1 pm Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 Amid massive Covid vaccination drive under way in the district, people who could not be inoculated complained about disorderliness at the government vaccination centres. Particularly patients who are turning up at the Civil Hospital in the afternoon are complaining about not being entertained. However, despite considering the grievances, the doctors are forced to ask beneficiaries to return without being vaccinated in order to avoid wastage of the vaccine. “A vial of Covid-19 vaccine once opened for inoculation needs to be completely administered within four hours else the remaining doses go waste and need to destroyed,” said District Immunisation Officer (DIO) Rakesh Chopra. While a 5 ml Covishield vial contains maximum 10 doses, a 10 ml vial of Covaxin contains 20 doses. Each dose administered to any individual carries 0.5 ml vaccine. Chopra said, for all vaccination centres, including the private ones, the district only has Covishield. “Therefore, in the absence of required number or beneficiaries, the vaccine can’t be administered to one or two persons. Most of the people are administered the vaccine by 1pm, leaving only a few people by the closing time arrives. Hence, at least eight people need to be present on the spot before opening a Covishield vile to ensure that it does not get wasted,” Doctor Indu at the Civil Hospital vaccination centre said. As the inoculation time has been kept between 9am and 3pm on all seven days in a continued on page 2 A genius in making Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 3 After the announcement of free travel for women in the state roadways buses, nearly 5,000 women have travelled free of cost from the Jalandhar Roadways Depot in the last two days so far. While quoting the figures Punjab Roadways General Managers Tejinder Sharma and Navraj Batish said that a total of 4,949 women passengers have availed the facility through the fleet of 185 government buses of both the depots in two days. On the launch day, as many as 1,529 women travelled free of cost whereas 3,462 beneficiaries availed the facility on the following day. They said the government has spent a whopping amount on the scheme so far. The GMs further stated that adequate arrangements had already been made in the buses before the official launch of this scheme. They mentioned that various software updates were inculcated in the ticketing machines besides the introduction of 6-year-old Devadyuman Krishan Kapila, a resident of Hoshiarpur, who made it to the prestigious India Book Of Records. TRIBUNE PHOTO 6-YEAR-OLD IN INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS After the announcement of free travel for women in the state roadways buses, nearly 5,000 women have availed the facility from the Jalandhar Roadways Depot in the last two days. TRIBUNE PHOTO panic buttons and GPS tracking systems in all the buses to ensure the utmost safety of women travellers. Sarabjit Kaur, a daily passenger, while sharing her experience lauded the state government’s decision. She said that apart from c m y b free bus services to women, the panic button and GPS tracking of buses would accord top priority for their safety besides infusing a sense of confidence and security among them. Another passenger, Baljeet Kaur, said the decision would make a long-term impact from the standpoint of socioeconomic welfare of women as it would encourage girls of distant areas to rush to major cities to pursue their dreams of getting a higher education and better employment opportunities. Jalandhar: Devadyuman Krishan Kapila, a resident of Hoshiarpur, has made it to the prestigious India Book of Records at a tender age of six. The little boy won accolades for recitation of capitals of all countries of the world in a record time of 2 min and 19 seconds. It also includes all 195 countries of the world recognised by the United Nations. The record title of Devadyuman was confirmed by the India Book of Records on February 18, and the appreciation certificate for the same was issued on March 12. The India Book of Records is affiliated to the Asia Book of Records and follows Asia Protocol of Records for recognition of records and achievements. Devadyuman is six years of age and has just completed his UKG examination. Devadyuman’s father Dr Manmohan Kapila is a doctor (peadiatrician) by profession and his mother Rashmi Sharma is an Additional District and Sessions Judge. TNS
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