21052021-CT-01.qxd 5/21/2021 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 21 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH VARSITY OFFICES TO FUNCTION FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM TILL MAY 31 PAGE 2 Panjab University offices will work from 9 am to 2 pm with 50 per cent staff strength from May 21 till 31. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,74,170 57,331 50,592 404 6,073 497 666 10 MOHALI 3,20,899 3,57,567 28,660 63,276 26,133 55,377 205 467 2,220 7,078 101 989 307 821 7 20 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 79 PANCHKULA 96 MOHALI 61 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 MOBILE PHONE SNATCHERS HELD Panchkula: The police on Thursday claimed to have nabbed two persons for snatching a mobile phone of Bir Ghaghar resident Mukesh Kumar on April 29. The suspects have been identified as Naresh Kumar (23), alias Nesi, and Sanjay, alias Laadi, both residents of Gujjar Mohalla in Patiala. A case was registered against them at the Sector 5 police station. A court sent them to two-day police custody. TNS BADNORE DEDICATES 2 COVID CARE CENTRES TO PUBLIC PAGE 2 UT Administrator inaugurates two mini-Covid care centres at sports complexes in Sector 43 and Sector 8. MAX 36°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:13 PM The Municipal Corporation will buy 16 vehicles and recruit 18 drivers to collect horticulture waste in the city. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:25 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Black fungus an epidemic: UT Mohali district sees record 20 Issues notification, says 23 patients under treatment at PGI, GMCH-32 deaths in a day Tribune News Service RELATION WITH COVID Chandigarh, May 20 With 23 patients undergoing treatment at two hospitals in the city, the UT Administration has notified mucormycosis or black fungus as an epidemic. A notification issued by Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary, Health, UT, stated that Chandigarh was threatened with the outbreak of dangerous epidemic, namely mucormycosis, among those immune-compromised, especially Covid19 patients being treated with steroids, and that the ordinary provisions of law in force were insufficient for the management of the disease. Now, all healthcare facilities, including private, will follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for screening, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis. All healthcare facilities will report each and every suspected or confirmed case of mucormycosis to the Health Department. No person or institution or organisation will spread any information or material for the management of mucormycosis without a permission of the Health Department. ■ In the normal course, human A girl gets jabbed at the PU dental college. PRADEEP TEWARI WHAT CAUSES MUCORMYCOSIS ■ Mucormycosis or black fungus is a complication caused by fungal infection. People catch mucormycosis by coming in contact with the fungal spores in the environment. It can also develop on the skin after the fungus enters it through a cut, scrape, burn or any other type of skin trauma. ■ The disease is being detected among patients who are recovering or have recovered from Covid-19. Anyone who is diabetic and whose immune system is not functioning well needs to guard against it. CONDITIONS MAKING COVID-19 PATIENTS PRONE ■ Uncontrolled diabetes ■ Weakening of immune system due to use of steroids ■ Prolonged ICU/hospital stay A committee under the chairpersonship of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, UT, will be constituted, which will have specialists of internal Developer dumps debris in Sukhna choe, booked Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mohali, May 20 The police have booked a developer for allegedly tampering with the natural flow of water in the Sukhna choe passing through Zirakpur. The management of an under-construction housing society, Gold Mark Project (Veera Developers), has been booked under the canal and drainage Act. Mining Department SDO Narinder Singh, in his complaint to the police, alleged that a residential project by Gold Mark was coming up on Old Kalka Road near the Sukhna choe and debris was being thrown into the choe. The complainant stated that the department had written several times to the project management to remove the debris from the river, but to no avail. The natural flow of the choe was in danger of getting hindered and during the monsoon, it could cause havoc in the area, he said. ASI Jaswinder Singh of the Zirakpur police station said continued on page 2 Mohali, May 20 A worker of a private company in the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, was caught redhanded by the local police for black marketing of medical oxygen cylinders in Mohali. The suspect has been identified as Rahul, an employee of Mac Tech Engineers. Divulging details, Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur said a company named Mac Tech Engineers had been engaged by the Health Department to manage and control the medical oxygen supply in the Civil Hospital. She said they had received a tip-off that an employee of the company was illegally selling medical oxygen cylinders at exorbitant price to people outside the hospital. She said she brought the matter to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan, who further directed the police department to take necessary action in this regard. Police and health officials laid a trap to nail the suspect. An employee of the Health ■ Comorbidities/post-organ transplant/cancer ■ Voriconazole therapy (used to treat serious fungal infections) medicine, ophthalmology, ENT and epidemiology as members, to review any disobeying by any person or institution of the notification. body’s immune system successfully fights such fungal infections. However, the treatment of Covid-19 patients involves intake of drugs which suppress the immune system response. Due to this, Covid-19 patients face a renewed risk of losing the battle against attacks mounted by organisms such as mucormycetes. ■ In addition, Covid patients undergoing oxygen therapy in the ICU, where humidifier is used, are prone to fungal infection because of exposure to moisture. ■ The disease is uncommon among those not having diabetes but can be fatal if not treated promptly. ■ Chances of recovery depend upon early diagnosis and treatment. SYMPTOMS INITIALLY: Nasal blockade or congestion, nasal discharge (bloody or brown/black), local pain ■ Facial pain, numbness or swelling ■ Headache, orbital pain ■ Toothache ■ Blurred or double vision with pain In the UT, 16 patients of black fungus are undergoing treatment at the PGI while seven are being treated at the GMCH in Sector 32. 467 more infected Mohali, May 20 The district recorded its highest single-day toll on Thursday since the outbreak of the pandemic with 20 persons succumbing to Covid19, taking the total number of deaths to 821. Meanwhile, 467 fresh cases surfaced, while 1,442 patients were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 154 were reported from Mohali (urban), four from Kurali, 13 from Banur, 15 from Lalru, 30 from Boothgarh, 33 from Gharuan, 59 from Dera Bassi, 71 from Kharar and 88 from Dhakoli. There are 7,078 active cases in the district. — TNS 10 MORE DIE, 404 TEST POSITIVE IN CITY Chandigarh: The city reported 10 deaths and 404 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. As many as 891 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS 7 SUCCUMB IN P’KULA, 205 NEW INFECTIONS Panchkula: Seven more persons succumbed to Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 307 in the district. Meanwhile, 205 persons were diagnosed with Covid. TNS Worker sells O2 cylinders on black market, nabbed Employee of company that manages supply of life-saving gas at Mohali Civil Hospital Beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group disappointed after failing to get a token for the vaccination due to limited doses at the Government Dispensary, Sector 11, Panchkula, on Thursday. RAVI KUMAR Department called up the suspect from his mobile phone for purchasing an oxygen cylinder and the deal was struck for ~25,000. The health official reached the site towards Max Hospital as asked by the suspect around 2 pm today. The suspect immediately placed the oxygen cylinder in the health employee’s car and received the money. The police present at the site arrested the suspect with the money. The Civil Surgeon lauded the role of SMO HS Cheema, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Health Inspector Bhupinder Singh and other employees in exposing the black marketing of oxygen. Covid: Mohali fixes charges for ambulances ferrying patients Mohali, May20 The district administration today capped the rates of ambulances ferrying Covid patients. District Magistrate Girish Dayalan stated that sometimes, Covid patients were charged at higher rate for the service, which prompted the administration to fix the charges. The DM said the violation of the order would invite action Milkha Singh was following a strict routine during the lockdown to keep himself fit. FILE PHOTO Covid-19 catches Flying Sikh Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May20 One of the fittest persons in his age group, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh tested positive for Covid-19 today. The 91-year-old living legend is currently in home isolation at his Sector 8 residence and is responding well to the treatment. At the time of the filing of this report, he was not having any fever and was maintaining an oxygen saturation level of 95-97. Last night, he had high fever and was straightway put in home isolation. “He is responding well to the treatment. Doctors have asked us to focus on giving him more liquid diet. He is talking clearly and responding to all of us. He had a fever 101, but now has a normal body temperature,” said Nirmal Milkha Singh, his wife. “I was very tense since I had never thought of anything like this happening to him. He follows a strict routine and is actively spreading awareness among the public. I pray to God for his speedy recovery,” she said. A team of PGI doctors is treating Milkha, while his daughter Mona Milkha Singh, who is a doctor at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York and has been treating patients of Covid-19, is also monitoring his health. His son, golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, a four-time European TRADERS WANT LOAN INTEREST, RENT WAIVED Without oxygen ~1,000 for up to 25 km and ~10 per km thereafter; waiting charges ~100 per hour if waiting time is more than half an hour With oxygen ~1,500 for up to 25 km and ~12 per km as per law, including legal action against the owner/driver of ambulance, cancellation of licence of the ambulance thereafter; waiting charges ~150 per hour if waiting time is more than half an hour With ventilator ~3,000 for up to 25 km, ~15 per km thereafter; waiting charges ~250 per hour if waiting time is over half an hour Chandigarh, May 20 The two suspects, including an engineer, nabbed by the UT police for their involvement in an international drug racket, claimed to have entered the illegal trade after they suffered losses during the Covidinduced lockdown in 2020. Suspect N Jaffer Shariff (28) is a engineer, who was into the business of selling laptops, while the other suspect, Vijay Kumar (41), was into the business of gemstones. A police official said Jaffer MADE SEVERAL TRIPS ABROAD BEFORE PANDEMIC Suspect N Jaffer Shariff (28) is a engineer, who was into the business of selling laptops, while the other suspect, Vijay Kumar (41), was into the business of gemstones. Jaffer’s travel history has revealed that he had made several trips to Malaysia and Singapore before the pandemic. ‘SIKANDER USED TO BEAR ALL EXPENSES’ N Jaffer Shariff, a suspect arrested in the case, has named Sikander, who used to provide the drugs to him and bear all expenses, including packaging of the courier, flight tickets and international courier charges. was operating his business from Burma Bazaar in Chennai. “Jaffer claimed that he suffered losses during the pandemic. So, to make a quick buck, he became a part of the drug cartel,” said an official. The probe has revealed that Jaffer had hired Vijay and Ashfaq Rahman (36), who was A file photo of the two suspects in the UT police custody. arrested earlier, as carriers. The police said Vijay too had suffered losses in his business. Jaffer disclosed that Sikander, also a resident of Chennai, c m y b used to provide drugs to him and bear all expenses, including packaging the courier, flight tickets and international courier charges. “Sikander bore all expenses and paid money to Jaffer for the job. The crockery in which the drug was concealed, was also purchased by Sikander,” the police said. Jaffer claimed that he used to get ~3 lakh per kg for the consignment to be sent through courier. The police are now on the lookout for Sikander, whose arrest, they say, will further provide the link to the deep- RESPONDING WELL TO TREATMENT He is responding well to the treatment. Doctors have asked us to focus on giving him more liquid diet. He is talking clearly and responding to all of us. He had a fever of 101, but now has a normal body temperature ❝ ❞ Nirmal Milkha Singh, WIFE PGI TEAM TREATING MILKHA SINGH A team of PGI doctors is treating Milkha, while his daughter Mona Milkha Singh, who is a doctor at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York and has been treating patients of Covid-19, is also monitoring his health. Tour champion, is currently out of India and will return from Dubai later this week. “One of our house helps had fever and later he tested positive for Covid. On Wednesday, we all (12 people) underwent testing and thereafter got to know about him. All others, including my daughter-in-law continued on page 2 Construction worker killed in hit-and-run driver, cancellation of Registration Certificate (RC) of the ambulance and impounding of vehicle. — TNS Mohali, May 20 In a hit-and-run case, a 29year-old construction worker was killed after being knocked down by a rashly driven car under a flyover on the Ambala-Chandigarh road in Zirakpur last evening. The victim has been identified as Jai Parkash. PAGE 3 Had suffered losses last year; remanded in police custody till May 24; Chennai resident Sikander allegedly used to provide drugs Tribune News Service 91-year-old Milkha in home isolation, doing fine, says wife Tribune News Service AMBULANCE CHARGES Lockdown-hit techie, bizman took to drug trade to make quick buck Amit Sharma PAGE 3 MC TO BUY VEHICLES TO LIFT HORTICULTURE WASTE IN CITY rooted illegal drug trade. Meanwhile, Jaffer and Vijay were produced in a court and remanded in police custody till May 24. The police said the role of a local person, who had helped the suspect in getting the consignment containing drugs released from the city railway station, had come under the scanner. Consignments were sent twice to the city from Chennai by train. The suspect is at large since May 13. Ashfaq Rahman was arrested while he was allegedly trying to send a consignment of 10.24-kg cocaine worth ~100 crore, concealed in wooden trays, to Australia through a courier. The police today served a notice on the Fedex courier company to join the probe and provide information about the courier with drugs concealed in healthcare equipment that was sent to Australia in April. “We have told the company to trace the courier, which is yet to be delivered, and get it back for further investigation,” said a police official. The police said around 10 kg drugs were concealed in the courier, weighing around 150 kg. Rashly driven car hit the 29-yr-old under Zirakpur flyover The police said the incident occurred when the victim was returning with his nephew Om Parkash on foot from work. After purchasing vegetables from a vendor, they were heading home. A rashly driven car hit him from behind and he fell on the road. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he was declared brought dead. On a statement of Om Parkash, a case has been registered against the unknown driver under Sections 279 and 304-A at the Zirakpur police station. After a postmortem, the body was handed over to the victim’s family members.
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