27042021-CT-01.qxd 4/27/2021 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 27 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH NEW LANDFILL SITE TO COME UP IN UT BY FEBRUARY 2022 MC to spend ~3.8 crore annually on operation and management; House to decide on expenditure tomorrow. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 3,89,827 2,66,639 2,90,687 39,513 19,539 42,611 33,498 16,721 33,904 821 434 749 5,575 2,633 8,151 339 8 153 440 185 556 5 2 11 MAX 40°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38.5°C | MIN 17.4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6.57 PM 81 PANCHKULA 37 MOHALI 105 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO PAROLE JUMPERS NABBED Mohali: The police have nabbed two parole jumpers in Kharar. Identified as Ganpat and Jagtar, residents of Adarsh Nagar, the duo was supposed to report back on April 18. A case has been registered against the two under Section 8 and 9 of the Good Conduct Prisoner Temporary Release Act at the Kharar city police station. The duo was nabbed while sleeping in a neighbour’s house. TNS MAN BOOKED IN DOWRY CASE Mohali: The police booked a Sector 55 resident, Jasjot, in a dowry case after his wife, now residing in Sector 78, alleged that her husband indulged in domestic violence and started demanding dowry after their marriage on February 24, 2019. The victim registered a complaint with the Mohali women cell on August 28, 2020. A case was registered at the Phase 8 police station after getting the DA’s legal opinion. TNS FREE COVID TEST AT SECTOR 47 Chandigarh: In a major relief to residents, free Covid testing started on Monday at the Sector 47 dispensary. According to area councillor Davesh Moudgil, 31 persons got tested on the first day. Both Rapid Antigen and RTPCR tests are being conducted here. Vaccination is already underway here. As many as 80 persons were vaccinated on Monday. He said public awareness programmes were being organised in the ward to generate awareness regarding vaccination and testing. TNS SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.43 AM Calls all-party meeting to discuss Covid-19 situation today 5 DEATHS, 821 +VE IN UT Chandigarh: The city recorded 821 Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the number of active cases to 5,575. With five more deaths, the toll has reached 440. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 39,513. A total of 477 patients were cured.TNS VIRUS CLAIMS 11 MORE LIVES IN MOHALI DIST Mohali: Eleven persons succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 556. A total of 749 fresh cases were reported, while 585 patients were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 218 were reported from Mohali (urban), five from Banur, seven from Boothgarh, 14 from Kurali, 16 from Lalru, 27 from Gharuan, 84 from Kharar, 87 from Dera Bassi and 291 from Dhakoli in Zirakpur. There are now 8,151 active cases in the district. TNS A health worker collects a swab sample of a child for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital in Panchkula on Monday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR the party was ready for allround help at this hour of need. “In government hospitals, Covid patients are asked to go to their houses on their own. Once a person is found positive, he/she should not be asked to go back on his/her own and be provided with an ambulance facility,” he suggested. Except gynaecology and children wards, all government hospitals and dispensaries should be converted into Covid care centres, he said. Only emergency surgeries should be performed, he said. He said a 50-bed government hospital in Palsora, which had not been utilised so far, could now be dedicated to Covid patients. Similarly, a hospital in the Police Lines in Sector 26 could be upgraded to a Covid hospital, he added. 434 FRESH CASES, TWO DEATHS IN PANCHKULA Panchkula: The district on Monday reported 434 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 19,539. It also witnessed two Covid deaths. One of the deceased had no known comorbidities. The active caseload stands at 2,633. As many as 16,721 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far. TNS Long wait for sample collection from home Chandigarh, April 26 Several RT-PCR test results are getting delayed in the tricity due to a long waiting list for home collection of samples. “Some private lab chains are dependent on their NCR setup for Covid testing and hence, people are made to wait for six to seven days for the test results,” said Siddharth, a resident. Parul, a city resident, said: “I just booked my slot with Dr Lal Pathlabs today. No slots are available till Thursday for sample collection from home. Such delays will further lead to the spread of the disease.” “My neighbour got tested on April 23 and didn’t get the result even today. The sample has been sent to a private lab by the GMCH-32,” said Atul, a resident. Kriti, a resident of Sector 20, Panchkula, said: People wait for their turn to get tested for Covid at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN NO NEED TO COME TO GMCH, DOWNLOAD REPORTS Those who got themselves tested (RT-PCR) for Covid at the GMCH-32 or by its mobile testing units need not come all the way to collect their reports. The GMCH has started a facility on its website — www.gmch.gov.in — where people can download their test reports. “To be sure, I went for an RT-PCR test instead of Rapid Antigen. Unlike government facilities, I received the report the next day, but I was charged ~1,200 for it by a private laboratory.” — TNS Naina Mishra ❝ The Civil Hospital will cater to Covid patients requiring medical oxygen. Those requiring L3 care will be shifted to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. There is a provision for eight ventilators, but we need staff and other infrastructure for putting them to use. Mohali, April 26 In view of a surge in the number of Covid patients requiring medical oxygen, the district health authorities have shifted the OPD and emergency services from the Phase 6 Civil Hospital to ESI Hospital in Mohali. The Civil Hospital will now be dedicated to Covid patients and the L2 bed capacity will be increased from 60 to 100. Dr Manjit Kaur, SMO, ESI Hospital, Industrial Area, Phase 7, said they had received orders from the higher authorities in this ❞ Dr HS Cheema, SMO, CIVIL HOSPITAL << Patients wait at ESI Hospital at Phase 7, Industrial Area, in Mohali on Monday. PHOTO: VICKY c m y b FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE HOW HOSPITALS ARE PLACED Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 26 With a persistent need for increasing the capacity of Covid ICU beds in government hospitals, the authorities are hard-pressed. The hospitals and the Administration echo a similar sentiment — “we are overstretched.” The PGI has added 10 ICU beds with ventilators. Despite this, only 19 ICU beds were vacant on Sunday. Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said the institute had stretched its limit of ICU beds for Covid patients and it would be difficult to accommodate more patients requiring ventilator support if cases keep on increasing like this. “We have already scaled up the capacity of ventilator beds to 70 and we may not be able to increase it beyond this point till the time we receive 20 ventilators from the Centre. There are 200 ventilators for non-Covid patients, but using them will mean risking the lives of non-Covid patients.” Dr Jagat Ram said there were 40 Covid patients waiting to be shifted to the PGI Covid hospital. “Every third patient in the emergency is Covid positive,” he said. Arun Gupta, Principal Health Secretary, UT, said: “We are trying to scale up our bed capacity, but manpower remains a challenge. All hospitals are overstretched and INSTITUTION PGI GMCH South Campus,48 GMSH COVID BEDS ICU BEDS (INCLUDING VENTILATORS) Total Occupancy Vacant Total Occupancy Vacant 337 286 51 72 64 8 155 79 76 31 22 9 100 48 52 17 16 1 200 182 18 6 5 1 NEED VENTILATORS MANPOWER AN ISSUE ❝We have scaled up the up our bed capacity, scale ❝We are trying to but capacity of ventilator beds to 70 and may not be able to increase it till the time we receive 20 ventilators from the Centre. Using ventilators for other patients will mean risking their lives. Dr Jagat Ram, ❞ DIRECTOR, PGI trying their best to deal with the second wave. The ICUs are filled in no time as more patients now require these.” Oxygen for pvt hospitals Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said: “Today, we have provided liquid oxygen to a supplier, AGPL, so that cylinders of all private hospitals can be filled. AGPL is the main supplier of cylinders to the GMCH, Sector 32, and most private hospitals. We have asked it to charge private hospitals at the rates fixed for the GMCH.” manpower remains a challenge. All hospitals are overstretched and trying their best to deal with the second wave. The ICUs are filled in no time as more patients now require these. Arun Gupta, ❞ PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY, UT Adviser’s appeal Manoj Parida, UT Adviser, appealed to residents: “To reduce the pressure on government infrastructure, groups like those of advocates, architects, CAs, traders and PSUs should set up small Covid care centres with 10 or more beds for their members under the supervision of available health workers from private or government sources. Our community centres are available. Philanthropists can fund a few of these for the poor.” 17 found infected at residential school in Tangori Mohali, April 26 After receiving a complaint about students of a residential school suffering from moderate to high grade fever, the district administration dispatched a team to conduct their Covid test. Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the report of the samples collected from Career Point Gurukul near Tangori village on Banur Road, Mohali, revealed that 17, including students and staff members, tested positive of the 100 tested. More results were expected on Tuesday, he said. Dayalan said those infected had been isolated at a Covid care centre, Gharuan. The DC termed it “callousness” on the part of the school authorities. — TNS 40 L2 beds to be added |OPD, emergency services shifted to ESI Hospital, four specialist doctors join Tribune News Service TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD We are overstretched, say hospitals as cases mount Now, Mohali Civil Hospital a dedicated facility for Covid patients Sanjay Bumbroo PAGE 3 Getting oxygen as per the allocation by the government and all demands have been met till now, says the ADC. Open to lockdown, but only if Mohali, P’kula agree: UT Chandigarh, April 26 Given the number of Covid cases, the UT Administration is open to imposing a lockdown, but only if Mohali and Panchkula agree to a simultaneous lockdown in the tricity. An official said the Administration was in touch with the authorities of the neighbouring cities as they would not achieve the desired results if a complete lockdown was not imposed in the tricity. The Centre has advised a 14-day lockdown in districts, cities and municipal areas reporting over 10 per cent positivity rate or operating at 60 per cent ICU or oxygen bed occupancy. UT Adviser Manoj Parida had recently asked the governments of Punjab and Haryana to impose a simultaneous lockdown in the tricity to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. However, only the UT and Mohali imposed the lockdown and the proposal was turned down by the Haryana Government. Meanwhile, the UT Administration has called an all-party meeting tomorrow to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the city. The meeting will be chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Chander Mukhi said DEPUTY COMMISSIONER: NO OXYGEN SHORTAGE IN PATIALA Newly constituted oxygen audit teams will work 24X7 to ensure daily audit of all Covid hospitals in the district: DC Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 15 TEAMS IN MOHALI TO CHECK OXYGEN USE IN HOSPITALS Dushyant Singh Pundir AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 regard on Sunday evening. She said they had sought services of four specialists — an ENT doctor, a psychiatrist, a skin specialist and a physician. She said the specialist doctors joined their duty today. Dr HS Cheema, SMO, Civil Hospital, said Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu had ordered shifting of the OPD and emergency services in the hospital to ESI Hospital through video-conferencing last evening. He said the step had been taken to save thousands of patients visiting the hospital daily for getting treatment for various ailments continued on page 2 Residents pay no heed to social distancing as they rush to get the jab at Sector 12-A in Panchkula on Monday. RAVI KUMAR Chaos at only jab site in urban Panchkula No social distancing |Limited vaccine Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 26 Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Sector 12-A community centre, the only site in urban Panchkula where vaccination was conducted today. No social distancing was practised at the centre, spreading fears of Covid transmission. Many people, including senior citizens, were turned away due to a limited supply of the vaccine. Preference being given to those taking second dose There is limited stock of the vaccine in the district and preference is being given to those who are to take the second dose. An elderly beneficiary, who did not wish to be named, said the health authorities should think of alternative measures to address the shortage. He said, “The vaccination centres may become superspreader venues where one infected person can transmit the virus to several other A notice about no vaccination at the Civil Hospital. RAVI KUMAR people.” It has been decided not to conduct a vaccination session at the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 due to a surge in the Covid cases. Dr Meenu Sasan, District Immunisation Officer, said, “As many as 1,097 people were vaccinated today. In urban Panchkula, vaccination will only take place at the community centre in Sector 12-A until further decision.” So far, 1.35 lakh doses of the vaccine have been administered in the district.
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