02052021-CT-01.qxd 5/2/2021 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 2 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PU POSTPONES SENATE POLL FOR ALL CONSTITUENCIES The new schedule will be issued after taking into account the Covid guidelines for all states concerned. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 4,08,487 2,78,625 3,03,767 43,446 21,489 47,506 35,735 18,639 37,733 799 446 936 7,222 2,637 9,170 316 18 139 489 213 603 11 6 8 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 118 PANCHKULA 154 MOHALI 219 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SUKHNA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY SHUT Chandigarh: Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, on Saturday said the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary would remain closed for visitors till further orders. He said there were reports that wild animals could get the infection from humans. TNS SNATCHER HELD WITH 12 PHONES Mohali: The police nabbed a Mauli Baidwan resident with 12 stolen phones and a twowheeler. The suspect, identified as Amandeep Singh, alias Pappu, confessed that he used to steal bikes and phones of labourers from underconstruction buildings. TNS LIGHT RAIN LIKELY TOMORROW Chandigarh: The Met Department has predicted light rain on Monday. The city is expected to see a clear sky on Sunday. On Monday, it is likely to be generally cloudy with light rain. TNS NO ‘TIMELY CARE’, MISHAP VICTIM DIES Mohali: The kin of a 20-yearold accident victim alleged that he died for want of timely treatment. Badala resident Shiv Naresh met with a mishap on the Kharar highway on Saturday afternoon and was rushed to the Kharar Civil Hospital where he was not given treatment, his kin alleged. It was alleged that the victim was then taken to the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, Mohali, which is now a designated Covid hospital. Thereafter, the youth was taken to the ESI Hospital, Phase 8, where he wasdeclared brought dead. The kin said the youth’s life could have been saved had he got treatment in time. TNS PAGE 2 EDU INSTITUTES ASKED TO GET STAFF, HOSTELLERS TESTED PAGE 2 Heads of institutions in city have been asked to arrange for Covid testing of staff, students occupying hostels. MAX 38°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 25.3°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7.01 PM Naina Mishra Tribune News Service How will you ensure that there is no shortage of ventilators and beds? We have more than 340 Covid19 patients admitted to our hospital. In addition to the Covid block, we are in the ‘DON’T COME TO HOSPITALS IF OXYGEN SATURATION IS ABOVE 95 PER CENT’ The PGI Director, Prof Jagat Ram, has appealed to patients not to report to hospitals if their oxygen saturation is above 95 per cent. They should only come if saturation is less than 95 per cent. He said 90 per cent patients could avoid crowding hospitals as only 5-10 per cent require hospitalisation. ‘NEED FOR 1,500 MORE NURSES’ To meet the shortage of manpower and handle Covid-19 emergency, the PGI has requested for 1,500 additional nurses from the Centre in addition to 272 junior residents and 211 senior residents. process of adding up to 60 beds and enhancing the capacity of Covid-19 beds to 400. Since we are admitting only severely critical patients, many patients who require oxygen end up taking ICU-bed support. We are procuring 20 ventilators from the Government of India and five more will be purchased from the MPLADS funds provided by MP Kirron Kher. Besides, the institute has initiated the process of procuring five 2 more organisations in UT evince interest Tribune NEws Service Chandigarh, May 1 Two more organisations have come forward to set up miniCovid care centre in the city. To reduce pressure on the government infrastructure, the UT Administration had requested social organisations and associations to set up small Covid care centres under the supervision of health care workers. Yashpal Garg, nodal officer for mini Covid care centre, said they had received two more applications for setting up mini centres, but locations were yet to be finalised. Yesterday, permissions were granted to Sri Guru Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society and Competent Foundation to set up and operate a mini Covid care centre each at the Working Women Hostel, Bal Bhawan, Sector 23-B, and the Community Centre, Sector 19, respectively. Meanwhile, UT Adviser Manoj Parida appealed to MINI-COVID CARE CENTRES Rotarians and Lions Club to set up such centres. Under the UT plan, any individual, association, voluntary organisation, NGO, religious bodies, corporate, firm or Trust may come forward for setting up a mini Covid care centre for asymptomatic patients. Preferably, patients of nearby areas may be catered to and discharged after 10 days (from the date of the positive test report) with an undertaking to remain in home isolation for further seven days. In case of deterioration of health, the patient can be shifted to a hospital by the Administration. more ventilators. At present, 72 ICU beds with 81 ventilators, including nine in standby, are being used for the treatment of Covid patients. How is the PGI prepared to meet the shortage of manpower as it increases ventilators and Covid beds? We can keep on enhancing Covid-19 beds but the ICU will not treat patients, it is doctors who treat them. At present, there is a massive problem of manpower because 250-300 doctors will UT imposes curbs in 32 more areas Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 To prevent further spread of coronavirus, the UT Administration today declared 32 more micro-containment zones in the city. District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar stated that the issue of the Covid outbreak was examined by a committee and a view emerged that the affected areas be declared as micro-containment zones. He said regular screening and monitoring of the areas would continue. Residents of the places where curbs were imposed had been advised to strictly maintain social distancing norms, wear masks and follow hand hygiene. As many as 15 micro-containment zones were declared in the city yesterday. The new micro-containment zones are parts of Sector 18, 21, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37-B, 40-B, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 49, Daria village, Hallo Majra, Indira Colony, Modern Housing Complex, Pipli Wala Town, Samadhi Gate and NAC in Mani Majra. appear for the MD, MS examinations till May 15. We have to put junior and senior residents, consultants from another departments on Covid duty. We have deferred vacations and leaves of all healthcare workers. We have requested the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to sanction 1,500 nurses for the institute. The Centre suggests lockdown in areas with over 10% positivity rate and 60% bed occupancy. Is lockdown a solution in the UT? The most important thing is discipline and Covid appropriate behaviour. The Chandigarh Administration has already imposed weekend lockdown and evening restrictions. If people continue to violate norms, then the authorities are left with no solution but to impose a strict lockdown. Vaccination is a big weapon at hand to break the transmission and people should take it seriously. How is the institute dealing with the shortage of remdesivir and tocilizumab? Remdesivir is supplied by the UT Health Department and there should be no issue with this drug if a quota is given. As far as tocilizumab is continued on page 3 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Kin stay with patients at GMSH Covid ward Wear only masks, also go out during daytime Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 You will find it shocking, but it’s true that several nonCovid persons and positive patients are staying, eating and sleeping together in none other than UT Administration-run Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. They have not been provided with PPE kits and a mask is their only safety. In the absence of hospital attendants, many positive patients are putting up with one of their family members as attendant in the Covid ward of the GMSH-16, increasing the risk of transmission and putting a question mark over the functioning of the authorities. At night, these attendants even sleep on the floor beside the patient’s bed. A few of them were seen without mask in the company of corona patients. Some family members who do not want to stay in the ward with their patients are being approached by private attendants offering their services on a daily payment basis. A resident of Sector 33, AN ATTENDANT TAKES CARE OF A COVID PATIENT AT THE GMSH-16. STAYING WITH FATHER ‘NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE IN WARD SINCE APRIL 17 ATTENDANTS FOR ALL’ A resident of Sector 33, who is staying in the ward as attendant for his father, said: “My father tested positive on April 17 and three-four days later, he got admitted to the GMSH. I have been with him in the Covid ward since then. I sleep near the bed of my father. The others are also doing the same.” who is staying in the ward as attendant for his father, told Chandigarh Tribune: “My father tested positive on April 17 and three-four days later, he got admitted to the GMSH. I have been with him P’kula to roll out vaccine for 18+ with lone session today Amit Bathla Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 1 The district today received only 14,000 doses of Covishield to start vaccination of people in the 18-44 age group from tomorrow. However, only one session at Govern- Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 Residents can hope for complete garbage clearance at the Dadu Majra dumping ground as the Municipal Corporation is gearing up to allot the work for disposal of the remaining waste at the site. The biomining of one part of the garbage dump at Dadu Majra was on, but the remaining part had been left. The civic body has now decided to initiate the work on other part by utilising funds under the Swachh Bharat Mission or the AMRUT. “We will soon float a tender to clear the remaining about 4.50 lakh metric tonne waste lying at the ground. We will consider plasma technology. The whole waste can be cleared in about four months. We will use funds from the AMRUT or Swachh Bharat Mission,” Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma told Chandigarh Tribune. Sharma inspected the ongoing work at the site on Thursday. “They have cleared a major part of the garbage from the dumping ground. I have directed them to complete the work by December,” he said. It was earlier found that the biomining work, which was allotted to a private firm for Biomining of garbage underway at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI ~33 crore in 2019, was only for half of the garbage dump at the site. The company was assigned the task to biomine 5 lakh metric tonne of waste and about 4.50 lakh tonne of waste was left behind. However, the authorities had cre- c m y b ated an impression that the entire waste would be lifted from the ground. The MC had taken over the waste processing plant from Jaypee Group last year. It is only processing about 70 metric tonne of waste daily, while the city generates nearly 450 metric tonne of garbage each day. The fresh waste, which is being dumped at the ground, could thus pose a major challenge to the corporation in clearing the ground. The officials though are hoping to upgrade the processing machinery at the plant to ensure that the fresh waste does not go the ground. in the Covid ward since then. I sleep near the bed of my father. The others are also doing the same.” The daughter of another patient said: “My father had remained in continued on page 2 11 DIE, 799 TEST POSITIVE IN UT Chandigarh: The city recorded 799 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the number of active cases to 7,222. With 11 more deaths, the toll has reached 489. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 43,446. A total of 472 patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS Panchkula: The district on Saturday reported six Covid deaths and 446 fresh cases. Three of the victims had no known comorbidities. While the toll reached 213, the active caseload stands at 2,637. Of the 21,489 cases reported so far, 18,639 patients have defeated the virus. TNS A couple returns without getting the second dose at the community centre in Sector 12-A, Panchkula, on Monday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL May 3 and had suspended the vaccination during weekend lockdown. After state Health Minister Anil Vij this evening announced the rollout in all districts from tomorrow, the local Health Department changed its decision and decided to start vaccination by tomorrow itself. Vaccine aspirants turn up at centres Although the Health Department had announced that no vaccination would be carried out during the weekend lockdown and deferred the next phase of vaccine rollout to May 3, many people in the 1845 age group turned up at continued on page 3 MC gears up for complete waste clearance at Dadu Majra UT Health Dept regulates Sandeep Rana Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said: “We already have 225 positive patients. Of them, 75 are critical. It is not possible to have attendants for each patient due to the caseload. The situation will improve as we are hiring more doctors and nurses.” 6 DEATHS, 446 NEW CASES IN P’KULA District receives only 14K doses ment Polyclinic in Sector 26 will be conducted on the first day of the rollout. Dr Meenu Sasan, District Immunisation Officer, said they would start vaccination for the 18-plus tomorrow. “We will begin with only one session at Government Polyclinic, Sector 26. Only those with online appointment will be vaccinated,” she added. The original plan was to rollout the vaccination of 18plus from May 1. The Health Department had earlier decided to defer the rollout to PAGE 3 District administration issues orders in view of the emergent nature and potential magnitude of the pandemic. SUNRISE MONDAY 5.38 AM Our emergency wards are blocked with Covid patients: PGI Director Chandigarh, May 1 “Our emergencies are blocked with Covid patients and we are at war,” said Prof Jagat Ram, Director, PGI. “In the past, we used to see non-Covid patients coming to the emergency ward. Now, the ward is blocked by Covid patients and many of them are coming from the nearby states. Around 20-25 per cent non-Covid patients reporting to the emergency ward are testing positive. We have set up a triage for Covid-19 patients in the emergency area. Covid patients are referred from other states as well and we cannot refuse medical attention to such patients. At this moment, 71 Covid patients are lined up in the emergency ward to be shifted to the Covid-19 hospital,” he added. In an exclusive interaction with The Tribune correspondent Naina Mishra, Prof Jagat Ram talked about challenges and preparation to deal with the second wave of Covid-19. MOHALI SEEKS REQUISITION OF O2 CYLINDERS FROM INDUSTRY remdesivir distribution Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 To ensure availability of remdesivir injection to Covid19 patients, the UT Health Department will procure it from the open market or allocation by the Government of India and distribute among all government and private hospitals treating infected persons. The sale of remdesivir through private distributor or chemists has been banned in the UT. The Health Department will distribute the injection to government or private 8 DIE, 936 +VE IN MOHALI Mohali: Eight Covid-induced deaths surfaced in the Mohali district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 603. Meanwhile, 936 persons were diagnosed with Covid till Saturday evening and 813 patients got better of the disease. TNS 8 without mask challaned in city Chandigarh, May 1 Eight persons were challaned for not wearing a mask at a public place during the lockdown on Saturday. Further, 78 challans were issued for not maintaining social distancing and 23 persons were penalised for spitting at a public place. A fine of ~58,500 was collected from the violators. — TNS No curbs for poultry, meat shops in Mohali hospitals on cost-to-cost basis. Private hospitals can charge the same rate from the patient. Hospitals can apply for remdesivir injection by writing to the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh, via email at email@example.com. continued on page 3 Mohali: The district administration here on Saturday ordered that the poultry products and meat shops would be exempted from the weekend lockdown restrictions. District Magistrate Girish Dayalan ordered that the shops would have to ensure observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour. — TNS
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