26042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/25/2021 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE RESPECTING NORMS HOLDS KEY TO CHECKING COVID SPREAD City residents say night curfew may not help much in breaking the chain, but will certainly make a dent. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MP INAUGURATES VACCINATION CAMP Jalandhar: To speed-up the pace of Covid-19 vaccination in the city, Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary launched a vaccination camp at Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology here on Sunday. A target of 200 doses of vaccine was kept for the day. Speaking on the occasion, the MP expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made for vaccinating people and appealed to everyone to get their dose of vaccination. He informed that till April 24, more than 14 per cent population of Jalandhar had received their first dose of vaccine and 35,364 persons in the district had received the second dose. He asked everyone, who has taken the first dose of vaccine, to take their second dose as per the schedule. TNS FARMERS: BOOST HEALTH INFRA Nawanshahr: The Kirti Kisan Union held a protest on Sunday in Nawanshahr and demanded that there should be a proper arrangement of health facilities amid ongoing pandemic, and the vacancies of the nurses and the doctors should be filled at the earliest. The protesters also raised the issue of non-availability of oxygen and ventilators. The union members said that the Central government had failed in protecting people of the country. “In one year, he could not even arrange enough oxygen, which is shameful,” the members said. TNS ~400 CRORE PAID TO FARMERS Jalandhar: A whopping amount of Rs 400 crore has been paid to farmers under direct benefit transfer scheme during the ongoing wheat procurement season in the district. District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC) Narinder Singh said here on Sunday that special camps to register farmers under Anaaj Kharid portal were launched in grain markets. The DFSC said that all procurement agencies were asked to ensure the payment of wheat to farmers within 48 hours. He added that more than Rs 400.52 crore was paid so far and remaining payment was being made at a fast pace. TNS PAGE 2 AKSHAY DONATES ~1 CRORE TO GAUTAM GAMBHIR FOUNDATION PAGE 3 AKASH SHETTY TO MENTOR SUPER DANCER CONTESTANT India is witnessing tough times due to the second wave of Covid as lockdowns have been announced in many parts. MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 4 Akash Shetty from Maharashtra is one of the mentors on the show and will train contestant Aneesh Tattikota. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:46 AM MONDAY | 26 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR O2 generation hit at Shakti plant 3 succumb, 648 new cases in dist 1,200 cylinders not supplied to city; DC blames it on oxygen suppliers Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 25 The city on Sunday did not receive the supply of 1,200 oxygen cylinders as the plant of Shakti Cryogenics remained shut for the day. However, as the city received 13 MT of liquid oxygen on Saturday night, the supply to hospitals remained unaffected. With the district witnessing 648 patients on Sunday, the situation is getting graver by the day. Keeping in view the oxygen crisis, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori released another set of instructions today to two oxygen suppliers in the district – Shakti Cryogenics and Indian Air Products. In a letter to them, the DC said they would solely be responsible for any untoward incident caused due to faulty spare parts in the oxygen plant. Thori instructed them to ensure the availability of spare parts used in the oxygen plant. He directed the plant owners to hire technicians and check spare parts properly to avoid an untoward incident in the future. He has also written to PEC- WHAT HAS CAUSED THE CRISIS IN DIST? ■ The district receives 2,200 to Cylinders from the Civil Hospital are being sent for refilling. ‘GLITCH IN AN AIR VALVE BEHIND BREAKDOWN’ air valves caused a breakdown ❝A glitch in one of thePre-Covid or in a leaner time, in our plant on Sunday. the plant was being shut for three to four hours per day. But at present, it is running 24 hours and all industrial supply has been shut and only medical supply is being provided. In such a scenario, it is impossible to predict how machinery will respond. All out technicians are on the job. But how can we predict machinery? Udit Bhandari, ONE OF THE PROPRIETORS OF SHAKTI CRYOGENICS THERM Pvt Ltd, Ludhiana, seeking to provide timely clearance to hospitals wanting to install oxygen plants on their premises. There are three private and ❞ two public/government hospitals in the district, which have oxygen plants. Besides, more are also applying for setting up such plants. In his letter to the firm, 2,400 cylinders per day from the two plants - Shakti Cryogenics (1,200 cylinders) and Indian Air Products (1,000 cylinders). Of them, 200 to 300 cylinders are sent to the Civil Hospitals of Phagwara and Hoshiarpur ■ The remaining 1,800 to 1,900 are distributed among district hospitals — 60 private and one Civil Hospital ■ As per experts, the city requires 3,500 to 4,000 cylinders daily, but the present rationing is forcing hospitals to make do with 25 per cent less oxygen ■ The liquid oxygen supply from Panipat to the city, which was regular earlier, has ceased to come from April 19 onwards. Last night, 13 MT of liquid oxygen was received in two trucks Thori said, “Jalandhar, which as a district caters to patients from across the Doaba and Malwa regions of Punjab, is at present also catering to patients from Delhi, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Please ensure that requests for the installation of PSA plants in Jalandhar district are done on priority.” Talking to The Tribune, the Deputy Commissioner said, “With the Shakti Cryogenics plant remaining shut today, 1,200 oxygen cylinders could not be supplied to the district. We did not receive the designated supply from the plant this morning and it has not started functioning until now. We have asked plants to get their system in order. However, since we had received two trucks (13 MT worth) of oxygen, the designated supply was carried out. In view of several hospitals applying for new plants, we have also written to PECTHERM to clear PSA oxygen plants without delay. The city would receive 300 to 400 more oxygen cylinders if three to four hospitals, which have applied, get plants soon.” Notably, at present four to six hospitals in the district have small plants on their premises but these hospitals still require liquid oxygen to tide over the Covid crisis. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 25 Jalandhar district witnessed the highest single-day Covid19 cases on Sunday. The health authorities reported as many as 648 fresh cases. With this, the tally crossed 40,000 mark. Of these, as many as 74 cases belong to other districts. The authorities reported three deaths today, thus taking the death toll to 1,048. At present, the district has 3,924 active cases and 35,085 people have recovered so far. In Kapurthala, 202 persons tested positive today. The district tally reached 11,728 cases. The health authorities reported two deaths in the district. Six lose life in Hoshiarpur The district health authorities reported six Covid-19 related deaths on Sunday. With this, the death toll has increased to 697. The authorities reported 229 new cases in the last 24 hours, thus taking the tally to 17,769. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the district has 1,704 active cases and 16,816 patients recovered. Hoshiarpur city reported 21 new cases while remaining ones were reported from other health blocks of the district. HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 648 40,057 3 1,048 403 35,085 3,924 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Dist Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Free cooked food Sunday lockdown: City wears adeserted look for Covid patients Families of bride, groom booked for inviting 100 persons at function Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 25 Taking a cue from the voluntary services being offered in the NCR and Chandigarh for Covid patients, the Rotary Club, Jalandhar, too, has offered its services for providing free home-cooked food for the ailing families in the city. Rotary Club president Prabhpal Singh Pannu said he had shared three numbers of the club members on social media asking the Covidaffected families to make a call for food to them so that meals could be delivered at their doorsteps. “We will start operating as soon as we start getting calls from tomorrow morning”, he said. Pannu said, “We have hundreds of members of the club scattered all through Jalandhar. We all will cook little extra food at our places and hundreds ❝We havethe club of members of scattered all through Jalandhar. We all will cook little extra food at our places and supply it wherever needed. ❞ Prabhpal S Pannu, CITY ROTARY CLUB CHIEF supply it wherever needed. The three members, including me, will coordinate and depute the member nearest to the affected family to supply cooked food in disposal containers to these families.” The Rotarians said it had come to their notice that many families in home isolation were facing trouble in cooking food as the women were either unwell or there were some mix of positive and negative patients who could not take food from one another. Jalandhar, April 25 Residents of the town on Sunday woke up to a partial lockdown. The otherwise crowded city roads wore a deserted look with policemen standing guards at all major intersections. Only movements related to emergency and transport services were allowed to function. Restaurants and bakeries that were open in the morning were asked to close by policemen in the Model town area and in residential areas. DCP Law and Order, Jag, mohan Singh said a large number of policemen were deployed on roads to strictly enforce the lockdown rules. A team of five-six policemen and senior officials prevented vehicular movement. Similar curbs would remain in force on the next Sunday. Prior to the lockdown, Markets wear a deserted look following stricter curbs to contain Covid spread. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Deputy Commissioner Ghanshaym Thori had ordered that all major markets, Sunday Market, Malls, hotels/restaurants, fruit and vegetable markets and grocery stores would remain close on Sunday. However, delivery of all essential items was allowed. Home deliv- ery from shops was allowed. As per the orders, ATMs, medical stores and petrol pumps were allowed to function during the lockdown. Besides, industries were allowed to operate 24 hours. Industrial workers were asked to carry their identity cards while going to their factories. Vehicular movement on highways was allowed. The police (Police Division number three) arrested a groom and his father for organising a marriage function during the lockdown and inviting nearly 100 people. The police have registered a case under Section 188 of the IPC, Section 51 of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and Section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, against the families of the bride and groom. The marriage function was being held at a temple in Kishanpura near the Damoria overbridge. 17-year-old Dasuya girl pens Inquilab 2020 Taking on virus head on FARMERS’ STIR Mentions articles from newspapers to give it authenticity Aakanksha N Bhardwaj AN ALLROUNDER Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 25 Amarveer Kaur (17) from Dasuya, Hoshiarpur, has made her presence felt everywhere, including overseas with her book ‘Inquilab 2020’. The book features various events of farmers’ protest so that future generations can read about the struggle of the farming community. This book is based on research conducted on the Indian Peasants Movement (Kisan Ekta Morcha) from September 2020 to December 2020. In the book, Amarveer has mentioned articles and edits from various newspapers to give it authenticity and more weightage. She has documented day-to-day events and remembers all dates by heart. The 17-year-old has also ■ Amarveer Kaur (in pic) studies in Class XII (non-medical stream). Since her very first step into the school, she has been taking part in debates, declamations and sporting activity ■ She secured 91.6 per cent in Class X and participated in state-level games. In 2017, she bagged gold and bronze medals in swimming competition during Punjab State Games (Khelo India School Games) ■ The momentum continued in 2018 and she was again selected for state-level games. Apart from swimming, she loves to play chess mentioned other issues, which are prevalent in Punjab. Amarveer, who initially planned to write the book in Punjabi, said, “In Punjab, we all know what is going on. This is not only for us, but for those who reside abroad as well.” An excerpt from the book reads: “Farmers are struggling since September 15 against agricultural ordinances (now laws), the fear of which shall snatch their livelihood in the c m y b coming decade. The year 2020, proved to be one of the worst years of civilisation. It did no good, but eventually gave momentum to the farmers’ revolution of 2020. Farmers have stood against the injustice for almost 73 years after Independence and before. It is one of the most revolutionary movement in which, not only men, but women participated, along with poor and rich, young and old. In my words, it’s going to be the most dramatic revolution in an independent democratic rule, where, representatives of people try to become rulers and henceforth, plan to become dictators.” She said she was trying to know and understand the world and things around both analytically and emotionally. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 25 After one year, the pandemic has become more fatal and disastrous, while those on the frontline are still doing their bit to protect people from getting affected. Senior Medical Officer (SMO) AS Duggal, who has been in the service for the last 28 years, said he has never seen such challenges and gloom in his career before. To prepare for a hectic day, Dr Duggal wakes up at 6 in the morning and goes for a long walk. “Though my duty starts at 9 am, I am always concerned about patients. The pandemic has taken over everything,” he said. He actively scrutinises WhatsApp groups on his mobile phone, makes plan related to vaccination sites and collection of samples. In Shahkot, 22 sites have been chosen for vaccination where Dr Duggal sends his teams and ensures adequate supply of vaccine. Along with this, he gets contact tracing of positive patients and follow up of those in home isolation done. “It’s very important to know if a patient is doing fine in home isolation or not. We do not want any person under home isolation to collapse. So, we randomly call and ask them about their oxygen Senior Medical Officer AS Duggal (2nd from left) says he has never seen such challenges and gloom in his 28-year-long career. TRIBUNE PHOTO levels. If someone reports any trouble, he/she is shifted to a hospital,” said Dr Duggal. Providing kits to positive patients is another important work. After 3 pm, feedback is taken from field staff on sampling and vaccination. Amid all this, the SMO also attends various zoom meetings with the administration and government officials. “Till 11 pm, we remain on our toes to check if everything is fine,” he said. Dr Duggal also lays stress on creating awareness among residents to tackle the Covid-19. He said he encourages people to get inoculated to save themselves from the virus.
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