21042021-LT-01.qxd 4/21/2021 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TEACHERS IN A FIX SANS CLEAR RULES IN CONTAINMENT ZONES PAGE 2 Teachers, research scholars and others are finding it difficult in the absence of clear guidelines by the authorities. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Man nabbed for murder MAX 30°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:58 PM Youth booked for raping minor Ludhiana, April 20 As many as 778 persons tested positive for Covid, while five persons lost their lives today. Total positive cases from the district till now have reached 44,599, while death toll has reached 1,258. Active cases in the district today reached to 5,029. After Urban Estate, Phase I, and Phase II, Dugri, were declared containment zones on Sunday, 80 more persons have tested positive there. Today 1,103 samples were collected and 65 have tested positive, while yesterday 528 samples were collected, out of which 15 persons were tested positive. On Sunday both Urban Estate Phase I and Phase II were declared containment zones and the areas were sealed after 70 cases were reported from here. Residents of the areas were counselled for mandatory testing. People usually go for test only when they come in contact with a Covid positive person or have any symptoms. But people should understand that they have to come forward to give samples regardless of their symptoms or contact. The testing facility by the Health Department is com- Ajay Devgn’s first-ever crime-drama series Rudra — The Edge of Darkness, is coming soon on Disney+ Hotstar. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:51 AM WEDNESDAY | 21 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA surge in state, says CMC study Experts stress need to focus on prevention, restriction of public movement Nitin Jain Tribune News Service COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,01,276 44,599 5,029 325 1,258 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 pletely free, Dr Avinash Jindal, SMO, ESI Hospital, Ludhiana, who is taking care of the sampling in Urban Estate, said. Those who tested positive today include three healthcare workers and an undertrial. As many as 174 persons have not been traced so far. Four men and a woman, Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district belonging to Shimlapuri, Payal, Ram Nagar and Aluna Miana, lost their lives today. Today 23 persons were on ventilator support, out of which 16 are from Ludhiana district and remaining from other districts. As many as 7,282 samples were collected from the district and report of 475 is yet awaited. Ludhiana, April 20 Ludhiana is among five districts that have emerged as drivers of Covid surge in the state, a recent study has revealed. The other districts are Mohali, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala. The study, a copy of which is with The Tribune, was conducted by the Department of Community Medicine at Christian Medical College (CMC) in Ludhiana. In the advice sent to the state government, CMC experts have stressed the need to focus on prevention and restriction of public movement. They also suggested that the vaccination campaign should be regulated as there were large gatherings of people with doubtful measures witnessed outside most of the vaccination centres. According to the experts, the virus surge has changed to an exponential curve from April 14. “There will be a large number of positive cases and the state will report 6,000 cases per day by May 5 if urgent measures are not A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK May be due to the new variant, 300 samples were sent for genome sequencing to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) last week. The recent surge could be attributed to people coming back from large gatherings outside the state. The strict enforcement and additional restrictions were recommended to contain the situation. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY ❝ ❞ implemented in the driver districts,” they warned. The projection as on April 18 showed that the number of daily positive cases would continue to rise unabated till May 5 with Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 Four day gone and Covishield vaccine stock has still not reached private hospitals in the city. Things are further going to become difficult because the district has yet not received any intimation from the state govt regarding vaccine supply and if sources are to be believed it will take a few more days for the supply to be restored in the district. Beneficiaries who had their first dose from private hospitals have been left in lurch as they are making rounds of the hospitals but unable to get the second jab. Today also Covishield was administered at only four government centres in urban areas. Karanjit Singh, who got his father vaccinated from a nearby private hospital, is reluctant to take his aged father to government hospital. “I am waiting for the private hospital to get the stock,” he said. Another beneficiary said she was not ready to go to the government hospital. “I will get my second dose from the same hospital from where I got the first. I don’t feel comfortable going to a government hospital,” she said. Dr GS Grewal, former president of the Punjab Medical Council, said the private hospitals were made Covid centres but when it came to vaccination they were not provided the stock. “We are ready to run the vaccination free of cost because we do not want the people to suffer. The department should provide us the required stock as people are making rounds of the hospitals,” said Dr Grewal. District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said they had yet not received any intimation from the state about vaccine stock. “The moment we are informed we will go and get the supply of Covishield. Covishield is being administered at only four government vaccination centres in urban areas,” he said. Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, Covid nodal officer of Punjab, said there was no shortage of Covishield. When questioned why private hospitals were not given the supply, the nodal officer said they were making the supply in a phased manner. “We are hopeful that more stock will be given to the district in a day,” he said. Visitors are not following Covid-19 safety guidelines amid surge in cases Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 Amid the surging Covid graph, the ESIC Hospital here is witnessing a huge rush of patients who are generally seen giving Covid safety protocols a miss. With the OPD and the Emergency of the Civil Hospital also shifted here after a rise in cases in the second wave, the footfall of the patients at the ESIC Hospital has increased. All non-Covid cases are attended at the hospital. Choked, overflowing sewers lead to health issues CIVIC MESS SEWERS BEING CLEANED, SAYS MC OFFICIAL Harshraj Singh ■ Superintending Engineer, MC, Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 After the death of two children suspected to be suffering from dengue, a team of the Health Department in October 2019 conducted a survey at New Durga Colony in Ward 28. The street, leading to the houses of both children, was badly flooded with sewage due to overflowing sewers. After the survey, the Health Department team, however, did not confirm any dengue death. But, they had confirmed to have found a huge amount of larvae of culex mosquitoes, which can spread Japanese encephalitis (an infection of the brain), in stagnant sewer water on roads and vacant plots of New Durga Colony and nearby areas. Even after the passing of more than two years, the MC failed to resolve the daily figures projected to touch new high every day. The status as on April 14 revealed that the peak in the surge of fresh infections was recorded on April 3. “As of February 10, the curve shows the peak will stop at 1.5 lakh cases in the end of June after cumulative start from February.” Meanwhile, the state has ramped up the contact tracing to test and treat the patients. Touching an alltime high, the contact tracing mounted to 17.2 per case ratio between April 12 and 18. Since January, the contact tracing was ramped up gradually and it started from 12.3 between January 3 and 9; 11.8 between January 10 and 16; 12 between January 17 and 23; 11.6 between January 23 and 30; 13.1 between February 1 and 7; 10.4 between February 8 and 14; 16.6 between February 15 and 21; 11.6 between February 22 and 28; 12.9 between March 1 and 7; 15.6 between March 8 and 14; 14.4 between March 15 and 21; 13.8 between March 22 and 28; 13.1 between March 29 and April 4; and touched 15 per case ratio between April 5 and 11. Level-3 bed occupancy more The cumulative capacity and occupancy comparison as on continued on page 2 Day 4: Hospitals await Covishield supply ESIC Hospital sees high footfall Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped at Chand Colony and a case was registered at the PAU police station. The accused has been identified as Sunny, resident of Rishi Nagar. The victim’s mother complained to the police that Sunny had been raping her daughter for the past over two years. He had promised her daughter that he would marry her but now he refused to marry her. A few days ago her daughter revealed that Sunny had been sexually harassing her for the past two years. PAGE 4 778 test positive Dist emerges as driver of Covid Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 The Ludhiana police claimed to have solved the blind murder case in which a body was found near the Sidhwan canal on April 16. The arrested accused has been identified as Mohammad Abitab of Dhuri Lines, native of Bihar. Joint CP Deepak Pareek, Additional DCP Sameer Verma, ACP Jatinder Singh addressed a press conference regarding the matter. On April 16, Mohammad Firoz was found dead and his body had severe injury marks. The police had then registered a murder case against unknown persons. During preliminary questioning, the accused revealed that he had killed Firoz under the influence of liquor after he had scuffle with him over some issue on the intervening night of April 15-16. The police said during investigation the police found the role of the accused in the murder and when he was rounded up he confessed to the crime. AJAY DEVGN SET TO MAKE GRAND ENTRY INTO THE DIGITAL SPACE The popular Marathi actress is all set to join Sony TV’s show, Mere Sai. She talks about her role & more. Five succumb; three health workers among infected Tribune News Service PAGE 3 LITERATURE HELPS US GROW, SAYS BHARGAVI CHIRMULEY Rajinder Singh claimed that the problem of overflowing sewers was resolved in many areas. “There are many ‘vehras’ in New Durga Colony and nearby areas in Ward 28. The dwellers dump solid waste in the sewer due to which sewers get choked there.” ■ He said the super suction machines were being used to clean the sewers in affected areas of Ludhiana North, South and East constituencies. Sewage accumulates on a road at New Durga Colony in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN problem as the sewers are still overflowing in New Durga Colony, Ishwar Colony and some nearby areas, giving an open invitation to diseases. The residents blamed the MC and its ‘poor’ sewer system for such ‘hell-like’ conditions. Surinder Singh of New Durga Colony, said, “Thou- sands of residents are forced to live under unsanitary conditions. Nothing has been done to provide us with any relief. The people are forced to pass through accumulated sewage in the streets and they generally suffer from health problems, including skin infections.” Sukhwinder Singh of the Guru Ravidas Ji Youth Sports and Welfare Club said, “In the morning, the sewers commonly overflow on Dharmashala Road at Dhandari Khurd.” The residents also accused the MC of failing to pay attention to the accumulation of dirty water in a park outside Metro Tyres at Dhandari Khurd. c m y b Disposal issue at Ward 2, 3 The overflowing sewage is getting accumulated in several vacant plots and roads in the Ward 2 and 3 areas. Congress councillor from Ward 3 Pallavi Vinayak said, “A sewerage disposal unit was set up in a wrong manner during the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government. Whenever the disposal is run, the sewers overflow in a few areas, including Inder Vihar and Basant Vihar Extension. Thus, we have requested the officials to run the disposal unit at night to avoid water accumulation in these areas at daytime.” Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor from Ward 2 Gurmail Singh Jajji blamed the MC for keeping the disposal unit off due to which the sewers overflow at Saryansh Nagar, Deep Colony and a few other colonies in Ward 2. He claimed the disposal unit was functioning well during the tenure of the previous government. When contacted, MLA from Ludhiana East Sanjay Talwar said, “There are sewer-related issues in Ward 2, 3, 12, 15 and 21. A work to clean the Bhattian sewer line is already underway. We are hopeful that once the work is completed, the problem of overflowing sewers will get resolved. For a permanent continued on page 2 In April 2020 also, the OPD and the Emergency of the Civil Hospital were shifted to the ESIC Hospital but after decline in cases in November, these were shifted to the Civil Hospital. Today also, a huge rush of people was witnessed at the hospital, especially outside Room No. 60 where check-up and prescription for fitness certificate or injury or illness are verified for issuing certificates to ESIC card holders. Rachpal Singh Gabria, a visitor at the hospital who had come to get his certificate, said people start gathering here at around 9 am while doctors come late. “Nobody is following the Covid guidelines. People are jostling with each other and there is no social distancing. Some were not wearing face masks,” he said. He said some time ago, the card holders used to apply online for certificates but now they have to visit the hospital for the same. Another visitor at the hospital said the second wave of Covid was deadly and amid such a situation it was dangerous that a large number of people are gathering at a place without following any safety guidelines. “It is the duty of people to follow the safety norms, but they are ignoring the same. Besides, security arrangements should be made by the hospital to manage the rush,” he said. continued on page 2 Strengthen online desks to deal with plaints, SHOs told Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 After the Ludhiana police suspended public dealing due to the rise of Covid cases in the district, police station heads have been told to strengthen their online desks to deal with complaints. The SHOs have also told their staff to avoid public dealing and attend only those persons who have some emergency and needs immediate help. The police personnel have also been told to postpone routine inquiries (cases), which are not of urgent nature. During a visit to some of the police stations, it was observed that police officials have started putting notices outside the stations which state that public dealing have been stopped at police stations and routine complaints should be sent either on police station email or the email of the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana. Kotwali police station SHO Harjit Singh said since routine public dealing at police stations have been suspended till April 30, police station staff have been told to take due precautions and attend only urgent cases. “We have deployed police personnel at the main gate of the station to prevent the entry of visitors and the person at the gate will attend the visitor. If the visitor has any urgency, the police will let him/her enter the station. Otherwise, the person will be asked to send complaint via email or they can also take the complaint at the gate for further action, SHO Harjit said. The SHO said after receiving a complaint via email, the same will be assigned to the investigating officer who would contact the complainant and start the investigation. “Our team at the police station will continue to clear continued on page 2
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