23052021-CT-01.qxd 23-05-2021 00:41 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 23 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PROPERTY GRAB: 9 ACCUSED TO FACE TRIAL IN SESSIONS COURT The prosecution has enclosed a list of over 80 witnesses in the case, which will be examined during trial. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,81,446 58,129 52,172 392 5,265 410 692 12 MOHALI 3,24,795 3,62,675 29,021 64,167 27,007 57,107 155 555 1,703 6,210 131 192 311 850 4 16 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 59 PANCHKULA 69 MOHALI 73 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF POWER BILL DUE DATE DEFERRED Chandigarh: Electricity consumers in the city can now pay their bills a week after the e-Sampark centres will reopen. The date has been extended in cases where the due date fell between May 4 and reopening of e-Sampark centres. TNS PEDESTRIAN HIT BY BIKE, DIES Chandigarh: An unidentified pedestrian died after being hit by a motorcyclist at the iron market chowk on Friday. The victim sustained injuries and was rushed to GMCH-32 where he was declared brought dead by the doctor on duty. The police have booked Mauli Jagran resident Shivam under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC at Sector 31 police station. TNS PAGE 3 PAGE 4 SINGER SHREYA GHOSHAL BLESSED WITH BABY BOY ELLI GLAD TO SEE FOREIGNERS DOING WELL IN INDIAN FILMS The famous playback singer takes to her social media account to share the good news with her fans. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 24.3°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7.14 PM The actress, who has worked in films such as Mickey Virus& Malang, says people around the world “die” to work in Bollywood. SUNRISE MONDAY 5.25 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE O2 firm ‘fleeces’ pvt hospitals Centre allocates city only Accused of charging ~600-800 despite the UT fixing refilling rate at ~295 Revise Covid treatment charges, say hospitals Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 22 Four private hospitals of the city today complained to the UT Administration against overcharging by one of the oxygen suppliers. Anybody who has taken any undue advantage will not be spared and lodging of an FIR will also be considered, the Administration said after a meeting with the private hospitals and oxygen refilling centres here today. The meeting was chaired by Jagjit Singh, a PCS officer. Some of the hospitals alleged that Super Agencies had been overcharging them for oxygen cylinders. The hospitals complained that even though the Administration had fixed the refilling charges for ‘D’ type cylinders at ~295, plus 12 per cent GST, they were being forced to be pay ~600-~800 by the vendor. The hospitals said since the quota and refilling vendor was fixed by the Administration, they had no option but to pay the extra amount. The Administration has earmarked three private vendors for refilling of oxygen cylinders. It has also fixed the prices for refilling based on the category of cylinder. For a ‘D’ type cylinder, hospitals need to pay ~295, plus 12 per cent GST, while for a ‘B’ type cylinder, they need to pay ~175, plus 12 per cent GST. Residents can also avail of Tribune News Service DISCONTINUATION OF CYLINDER QUOTA Armed with sufficient oxygen cylinders, the Administration also decided to discontinue the oxygen cylinder quota fixed for the private hospitals. It has been directed that the hospitals may procure oxygen cylinders as per their requirement. However, they need to ensure judicious and optimum utilisation of cylinders. The hospitals as well as oxygen suppliers will need to share the utilisation status of the past 24 hours by 9 am every day with the authorities concerned. the service. “Despite repeated calls, Super Agencies (representatives) did not attend the meeting on the pretext of being ill,” stated the Administration. The UT Administration has asked the four private hospitals – Mukut, Healing, Kare Partners and Apollo – to submit complaints in writing with regard to the issue. Jagjit Singh will deal with the complaints, after going through facts of the case and hearing all the stakeholders. Chandigarh, May 22 With the UT Administration going hard against overcharging by private hospitals, the latter have demanded revision of charges for Covid treatment. The helpline set up by the Administration against the fleecing of Covid patients by private hospitals has so far received 14 complaints and the authorities have initiated investigation into these. As per the complaints, the private hospitals were allegedly charging extra for oxygen and medicines even as these were part of the package notified by the UT Administration on April 24. A UT health official said private hospitals did not raise the issue of “unjust charges” notified by the Administration earlier. “They have raised their voice only when inspections have started after a month of notification,” said the official. According to private hospitals, the UT’s charges per patient per day are meagre in comparison to the expenses incurred by them. “Critical Covid-19 patients who are on high oxygen support consume around six-seven cylinders a day, which Admn receives 14 complaints of overcharging comes to around ~4,000-~5,000. The cost of commonly used medicines, equipment (ventilator, Bi-PAP oxygen flow , meter, etc) and consumables like gloves, masks, PPE kits, etc, has doubled owing to the shortage and profiteering, thus increasing our cost significantly,” reads a representation submitted by the city’s private healthcare institutes. “The packages specified by the Administration have no capping on the expense of oxygen, medicines, lab investigation and other consumables. In many cases, the actual cost to the hospital on the above is more than the permitted package per day,” it added. The hospitals also raised the issue of fleecing by private oxygen vendors as they were charged extra amounts over and above the permitted charge and no receipts were being issued for the excess amount. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director Health Services, UT, said: “The issue will be flagged at the higher level and revision of rates will be decided by the higher authorities.” 50 doses of anti-fungal drug Each ‘black fungus’ patient needs minimum 100 vials Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 22 Centre has sanctioned only 50 doses of amphotericin- B, a key drug to treat mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ to Chandigarh. The doses will not suffice for the patients admitted in various hospitals of the city. Each patient of mucormycosis requires more than 100 doses to combat the fungal infection. The local hospitals have also been sharing the existing stocks. The PGI provided the GMCH with 50 vials on Saturday evening, officials said. The PGI has been sent a separate stock of amphotericin-B by the Centre. The patients’ families in the city are still scrambling for the anti-fungal drug. Firoz Khan, the attendant of a patient who has been admitted to the PGI, said: “I have been given a slip by the doctors for this injection but I am not able to procure it anywhere in the city.” The Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, DV Sadananda Gowda, today announced an allocation of 23,680 additional vials of the drug to various states and Union Territories. Dr Jagat Ram, Director of PGI, said there were more than 35 cases of mucormycosis patients admitted to the Day 2: Over 3K jabbed at P’kula drive-through camp WHAT EXPERT SAYS is given 5 ❝Liposomal amphotericin-B a patient’smg per kg70 kg, weight of a patient every day. If weight is the daily dosage of anti-fungal will be 350 mg per day, which can be fulfilled with five vials. The course has to be continued from three to six weeks. This implies that each patient will get at least 100 doses of amphotericin-B. ❞ Prof Arunaloke Chakrabarti, PROFESSOR AND HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY 12 DIE IN UT, 392 TEST +VE Chandigarh: The city reported 12 deaths and 392 new cases of Covid19 on Saturday. The active cases now stand at 5,265 and the toll 692. As many as 790 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS 16 SUCCUMB IN MOHALI, 555 INFECTED A youth gets the Covid vaccine at the PU Dental College on Saturday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI hospital, of which 24 were covid positive and 11 nonCovid patients. “A lot of mucormycosis patients are Covid positive, diabetic and immunocompromised. Such patients have been the victim of indiscriminate use of steroids. Even after discharge, many patients develop mucormycosis. There is a need to control the sugar levels of patients who have received Continued on page 3 Chandigarh: Two occupants of a car had a close shave after it caught fire and was damaged completely near Kishangarh on Friday night. Fire personnel reached the spot and doused the fire in 30 minutes. The car belonged to Neetu, a cop posted at the IT Park police station, who was coming back from duty with driver Arvind when the incident took place. TNS A beneficiary gets vaccinated at the Parade Ground, Panchkula, on Sunday; and (above) a large number of vehicles outside the drive-through vaccination centre. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 22 Over 3,000 people got inoculated on the second day of the drive-through vaccination camp at the Parade Ground in Sector 5 here today. District Immunisation Offi- cer Dr Meenu Sasan said: “3,006 people were administered the vaccine on the second day of the drive-through vaccination programme.” On Friday, 2,251 people were given the vaccine. People from Dera Bassi, Mohali, Zirakpur, parts of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Haryana visited the vaccination centre today. Dr Sasan, along with Dr Ajay and Dr Vikas Gupta, supervised the vaccination drive. “Four vaccination counters had been set up at the centre to administer the vaccine,” said Dr Sasan. Health officials, meanwhile, said a total of 7,016 people were administered the vaccine at 23 health centres across the district on Saturday. Of these, 6,174 in the 1844 age group received the first dose of the vaccine. Twenty-nine frontline workers were also given the vaccine, said the health officials, adding that 20 of them were jabbed for the first time. Also, 579 people aged between 45 and 59 and 234 senior citizens received the vaccine, they said. Mohali: Covid claimed 16 more lives in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 850. Meanwhile, 555 persons were diagnosed with the disease and 994 defeated the virus. TNS 4 DEATHS, 155 NEW CASES IN P’KULA Panchkula: Four more persons succumbed to Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 311 in the district. Meanwhile, 155 more persons were diagnosed with the disease, pushing up the tally to 29,021. While 27,007 patients have defeated the virus, there are 1,703 active cases in the district. TNS 2 held with chairs stolen from UBS Tribune News Service CAR CATCHES FIRE UT gets 50K doses for 45+ PAGE 4 Chandigarh, May 22 Two persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing two wooden chairs from the University Business School, Panjab University. One of the suspects, Vinod Jaswal, 40, an auto driver and resident of Dhanas, was caught with two damaged chairs in his vehicle from the forest area on the rear of the varsity campus on Friday. The other suspect, Krishan, 30, a resident of Sector 56, had allegedly committed the theft. The police suspect the two chairs stolen from the UBS last month might be a part of heritage furniture. PU Chief Security Officer Vikram Singh said, “We were unable to examine the recovered items today as the official concerned in the Might be heritage furniture, suspect UT police UBS was unavailable. We will visit the police station tomorrow to examine whether it was heritage furniture or ordinary chairs.” Sources said the furniture was stolen from the building over a fortnight ago but kept at a deserted place behind the PU. Sector 11 SHO Ranjodh Singh, said, “More people could be involved in the crime. Vinod was driving the auto when alert PCR personnel, including Constable Shankar Kumar, apprehended them. Vinod tried to escape but was nabbed. His associate, Krishan, managed to flee but was later arrested.” Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 22 The UT Administration today received 50,000 doses from the Central Government for vaccination of beneficiaries aged 45 or above. “Anyone with Aadhaar card can walk in and get jabbed at our 50 government vaccination centres,” said UT Adviser, Manoj Parida. He said the city’s positivity rate had come down to 10 per cent. “Thanks to the decisions of the Administrator in war room meetings and cooperation of residents, the positivity rate is down to 10 per cent,” said Parida. “I salute the philanthropic spirit of local organisations. We got seven mini-Covid care centres quickly and patients received the best medical care,” he added. CSIO develops system to counter airborne transmission of Covid-19 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 22 In the backdrop of increasing evidence of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via aerosols, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here has developed a disinfection system for air conditioning and ventilation ducts. The ultraviolet (UV) lightbased system can be used in auditoriums, large conference rooms, classrooms, malls and other public places. It will provide a relatively safer environment for indoor activities during the current pandemic. UV light deactivates over 99 per cent of viruses, bacteria, fungus and other bioaerosols using the appropriate dosages of the light. The use of UV light may also help in ameliorating the fungal infections being witnessed during the current wave of the pandemic. It has been developed according to the requirements for deactivation of SARS-CoV-2 virus contained in an aerosol with necessary ventilation measures, necessary safety and user guidelines and tested bio-safety standards. Airborne transmission is considered a major risk in WHERE CAN IT BE USED The ultraviolet (UV) light-based system can be used in auditoriums, large conference rooms, classrooms, malls and other public places. It will provide a relatively safer environment for indoor activities during the current pandemic. indoor settings by international agencies as well as health authorities in several countries. Significantly, a c m y b research by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and Institute of Microbial Technology last year had demonstrated experimentally that SARS-CoV-2 viral particles could be detected in air even two hours after the exit of infected persons from a room and at distances much greater than a few metres. Based on these studies and recognising the need for effective solutions of viral disinfection, the challenge was to develop an effective retrofit device with high intensities to handle fast airflows that could be fitted with minimal intervention in air ducts of existing HVAC systems used in indoor industrial and com- mercial environment. The CSIO’s system has been tested for more than 99 per cent disinfection and could be used as a retrofit solution in air handling units of buildings and transport vehicles besides having other spin-off applications. The UV light is energy efficient, improves airflow through coils, enhances indoor air quality, requires less maintenance, is easy to retrofit with existing system having AHU ducts and has low initial set-up cost. The system comes with commercialised standards and certifications. Prof S Anantha Ramakr- ishna, Director, CSIO, said this technology, developed by the Fabrionics Division led by Dr Harry Garg, was now available for deployment throughout the country as the technology for its commercial production had been transferred to 28 companies located in different states. Installation of UV-based solutions might boost people’s confidence and facilitate return to workplaces, public transport and educational institutions as and when appropriate guidelines were issued by the government, added Prof Ramakrishna.
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