29042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/28/2021 11:02 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE NCC AS ELECTIVE SUBJECT WILL BENEFIT CADETS: BRIG MADAN PAGE 2 Brig Advitya Madan, Commander, NCC Group, Jalandhar, held a meeting with DAV University VC Dr Jasbir Rishi. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MEERA CHOPRA OPENS UP ON HER STRUGGLE IN BOLLYWOOD PAGE 3 DIVYA KUMAR GETS EMOTIONAL ON MTV’S FORBIDDEN ANGELS Cousin of Priyanka Chopra, Meera says her relationship with PeeCee hasn’t helped her journey in showbiz world. MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:06 PM PAGE 4 The show that gives a platform to girls from a common background to prove their mettle will see her as a guest. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:43 AM THURSDAY | 29 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR youth comes up with No plan in place for 3rd phase City are vaccinated’ drive ‘We VACCINATION FOR 18+ Residents complain of tech glitch during registration gave in. Surely, there were millions like me trying to log in at the same time.” Vibhuti, a teacher by profession, said, “The CoWIN portal had too many glitches. It was not working properly. It was late in the evening that I got to know that the error had been rectified. I may try late night or tomorrow again.” Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 28 Even as just two days are left for the third phase of vaccination to start, it seems that there is still no plan in place with the authorities for carrying out the drive for the largest section of population in the 18+ age group. The civic authorities, doctors at the government and private hospitals are still groping in dark as they are not aware as to how much stock of vaccination would be made available to them and at what price. The officials said they were expecting some instructions from the state government in the next two days and would go forward accordingly. Since the government made it mandatory for 18-45 year of age residents to register for Covid vaccination starting from May 1, several residents complained that they faced technical glitches while trying to get themselves registered through CoWIN portal at 4 pm today. While some youth said the server had crashed, others said Demand on day-to-day basis 95-year-old Shankri receives the Covid jab in Nawanshahr. INOCULATION DRIVE Total sites Government sites Private hospitals Vaccinated 302 251 51 8,837 District 1st dose Jalandhar 325114 Hoshiarpur 215063 Kapurthala 85256 Nawanshahr 89223 2nd dose 40512 20055 7609 7176 they kept waiting for the OTP for hours to continue with the registration process. Sahil Sharma, a resident, said, “As the registration was to start at Eightmoredeaths,570 fresh cases in district Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 28 The District Health Department on Wednesday reported 570 fresh Covid -19 cases. Besides, eight more people succumbed to the virus in the city. With more casualties due to the deadly virus, the death toll has also reached 1,068. The fresh addition of cases has also pushed the Covid tally to 41,894 cases. While there are 4,278 active cases in the district, test reports of as many as 2,566 people are still awaited. 146 test positive, no death in Kapurthala district Nearly 146 cases were reported in Kapurthala, while no death was reported across the district today. In the past 27 days, 3,213 people got infected and 73 lost their lives. The death toll in the district is 329 with the death rate standing at 2.71 per cent. Nearly 2,100 persons were tested for the virus today. Under the ongoing vaccination drive, 2,326 persons were inoculated, said District Immunologisation Officer Dr Randeep Singh. Total District % population population vaccinated 365626 2193590 16.67 235118 15866625 14.82 92865 815168 11.39 96399 612310 15.74 4 pm, I was perhaps among the first ones to log in. But as I was still in the process, the site crashed. I kept trying but nothing worked out and I finally The doctors at the government hospitals said they were getting vaccination supplies on day-to-day basis depending on the stock that the state government was allocating to the district after every twothree days. The doctors said the supply varied between 15,000 to 30,000 injections and hence the allocation was made to all hospitals. Yesterday, they said some people had to be turned back in government hospitals too as the stock had got exhausted by afternoon but it got replenished later in the evening. Dr BS Johal, who runs a private hospital, said, “We did not get vaccine supply yesterday. The usual demand at our hospital is 80-100 persons as many people prefer to get vaccinated at government hospitals.” District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “We always prefer to complete the demand coming from the government hospitals. We are giving doses to the private hospitals only when we have them in surplus.” About the preparations for more rush expected on May 1, he said, “All depends on the supplies that the state gets from the Centre and further the state allocates to the districts. As of date, we cannot guess as to how much could be the turn out and how much stock we will get. As of now, we have no specific instructions.” No instructions yet on pricing Dr Navjot Dahiya, National Vice President, IMA, said, “Everything is still uncertain for the new phase of vaccination for 18+ starting from May 1. We have no idea of how the vaccination will be priced then. The government has not issued us any instructions yet.” Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 28 Ahead of the third phase of Covid vaccination drive, set to be launched on May 1 for all persons above 18 years of age, a city-based youth has come forward with a “We are vaccinated” campaign. Having already started the campaign, Vish Karam Pal Singh Dhiman says that the purpose behind launching the campaign was to motivate people to get vaccinated. He said amid the alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, getting inoculated was the only effective measure to keep the virus at bay. Also, adhering to Covid preventive measures should not be avoided. He said through this campaign, I also appeal to the beneficiaries to be a part of the campaign by putting up stickers saying: “We are vaccinated. Are you?” He said he had also sought the cooperation of senior officers of the district administration, social welfare officer, police and the Health Department to make the campaign a Vish Karam Pal Singh Dhiman (left) with the Civil Surgeon. success at a large scale. He put a sticker outside Civil Surgeon Balwant Singh’s residence and also distributed some of them at the Civil Hospital. He said he had visited a Community Health Centre too, where he gave some stickers to the ASHA workers there. “The countries where the citizens wholeheartedly participated in the vaccination drive and received the shots are witnessing lower number of cases. Learning from them, we too should act responsibly and get ourselves inoculated to strengthen our fight against the Covid pandemic,” said Dhiman, who also runs a social service group called Vish Foundation. Earlier, he had also made several initiatives to add to the green cover in the city and had also extended his helping hand to farmers protesting against the three laws. Private ambulance operators One held for selling O2 cylinders in black take Covid patients for a ride Tribune News Service Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS RESULTS AWAITED TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 570 41,894 8 1,068 2,566 36,548 4,278 249 new Covid cases in Hoshiarpur, 5 more die The district reported five more Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 716, while 249 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 18,388. The number of active cases stood at 1,827, while 17,335 patients recovered. Of the five deaths reported due to the virus on Wednesday, three patients died at private hospitals in Jalandhar, one died at Nawanshahr and one more died on the way to hospital from Hariana town in the district. Jalandhar, April 28 Private ambulance operators have been charging exorbitantly to transport patients to hospitals or carrying bodies to the crematorium. While the 108 emergency service is for free, it is not readily available to patients owing to the rise in the number of patients. Anil Kumar, an 108 ambulance operator said there were around 22 such ambulances in the district and for the past 45 days, each ambulance was ferrying 6-8 patients every day. The private operators have been minting money out of the miserable situation due to the pandemic. Ranging from Rs 1,500-Rs 3,000, the ambulance service operators are charging exorbitant rates in the town. Extra hundreds are added if the ambulances are carrying patients across the city borders. Unreasonable rates are also sought from people for carrying the bodies of Covid19 patients to crematoriums. Gagandeep Singh, a driver Where is virus? Kin of a Covid patient carry his body in an ambulance in Jalandhar. of the Oxford Hospital emergency services, says, the rates have multiplied after the surge in the patients. “Earlier, the one way rates for ferrying any kind of patient were between Rs 600-Rs 800. However, after the surge in Covid cases, the rates have gone up to Rs 2,500. We increased the rates in the first week of March, but the current rates are fixed considering the shortage of oxygen cylinders,” added Gagandeep Singh Jalandhar, April 28 An owner of Fairdeal Agency was arrested today for allegedly hoarding and black marketing of oxygen cylinders in the city. Amid heightened demand for the cylinder due to surging cases, he was found charging Rs 18,600 for one cylinder, which is actually sold for Rs 600. The accused has been identified as Ashwini Goyal. He was running his agency near Nehru Garden School. The fresh incident related to black-marketing of O2 gas came to the fore after a citybased Human Rights Activist, Shashi Sharma, intimated about the same to the district administration and the police commissioner. DCP Gurmeet Singh said, the police initiated the action following the information and along with the health department team a raid was conducted at the agency and the accused was apprehend- ‘EXPOSE THOSE SELLING CYLINDERS ILLEGALLY’ ■ In a late evening appeal to residents, DC Ghanshyam Thori requested them to go in for maximum sting operations against anyone indulging in black marketing of oxygen cylinders, Remdesvir, Tocilizumab, RTPCR/RAT test overcharging and any such other activity which impacts Covid patients ■ “Kindly pass on the information directly to me on WhatsApp at (9888981881, 9501799068) and we will lodge FIR immediately. Together we can save Jalandhar,” he said sharing his contacts publicly ed with 11 oxygen cylinders. To avoid any police action, the accused used to issue payment slips of Rs 600 in the name of a private clinic. To expose the accused, Sharma posed as a customer and purchased a cylinder that cost him Rs 18,000. The accused has been booked under Sections 188 of the IPC, 51 of the National Disaster Management Act2005, 3 Epidemic Disease Management Act-1897 and 7 EC act, at Police Division Number 3. 24-hour Covid helpline launched in Kapurthala Tribune News Service Just ahead of the implementation of the evening curfew, panicky residents are seen crowding in the bazaars for the last-minute shopping in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH When The Tribune correspondent posed as a patient and enquired about the rates, it was found that Rs 2,500 was being charged for any kind of patient, with or without need of oxygen. Sandeep Singh (28), a resident of Guru Amardas Nagar, who, before calling a private ambulance dialed 108, said, he booked a private ambulance after there was a huge waiting period for the 108 emergency services. There was an outcry in the district due to surge in Covid cases and deaths, despite that, the ambulance services weren’t willing to reduce their rates. For admitting his father to a private hospital which was just 5 km from his house, he paid Rs 2,000. Similarly, kin taking bodies of their loved ones are being forced to pay over Rs 2,000 to any cremation ground from the civil hospitals. Vikramjit Singh Mann, owner of Mann ambulance services, said, the added expenses due to PPE kits and inflated rates of high flow O2 cylinder have lead to a price hike. “The ambulance service charges have almost doubled, from Rs 500 to Rs 1,200. An extra of Rs 400-500 is demanded for providing oxygen supply. Meanwhile, Dr Ashok Thapar, a district health department official confirmed that there was no price cap on the private ambulances in the district while the Civil Hospital has two government ambulances that charge Rs 10 per km. Kapurthala, April 28 A 24×7 helpline number (75270-11530) has been established at the Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, to facilitate the people in the fight against Covid by providing them accurate information and continuously monitor the health of patients under home isolation. Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal said in addition to this, the nodal officers for the rehabilitation centre with a capacity of 100 beds for the admission of Covid-hit patients are appointed (Dr Sandeep Dhawan, 98159-79369 and Dr Sandeep Bhola 98148-33131). Similarly, for the Covid Care Centre at Phagwara Civil Hos- c m y b pital, Dr Kamal Kishore would be the nodal officer (9814170211). In DC office, Covid helpline No. 62849-99100 has been issued. The DC further said for ambulance facility for patients, the phone numbers for Kapurthala are 94174-90686 and 98146-03373. People in Phagwara would be able to contact for ambulance services at 62398-45439 and for Begowal at 94648-15878. Helpline number for subdivision hospitals District Hospital, Kapurthala: 98159-79369; Phagwara Hospital: 94171-70211; Sultanpur hospital: 98140-91955; Bholath Hospital: 93165-22555; Kala Sanghian CHC: 78377 33005; CHC Begowal: 98786-43343. DHO conducts rapid tests at grain market Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 28 On the directives of DGP Dinkar Gupta and SSP Navjot Singh Mahal, a team of Police Hospital led by former SMO of the hospital, District Health Officer Dr Lakhvir Singh, on Wednesday evening, conducted rapid tests of 45 persons at Dana Mandi, Rahimpur. All of them tested negative. Accompanied by DSP (H) Gurpreet Singh Gill and DSP Jaspreet Singh, medical team led by District Health Officer Dr Lakhvir Singh took samples of labourers at the mandi. The DHO said the purpose of this sampling was to prevent further spread of Covid-19 efficaciously and this exercise would be done at other places witnessing rush besides frequent arrivals and departures in the district. He said if any person tested positive in the rapid test, he/she would undergo the RT-PCR test so that he could be examined and isolated accordingly. The team of the Police Hospital will simultaneously conduct sampling and testing, besides holding special vaccination camps in different parts of the district, he added. Amid worsening of the Covid situation, Dr Lakhvir Singh appealed to the people to adhere to all health safety protocols without any fail in the larger public interest.
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