25052021-JTR-01.qxd 5/24/2021 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ADMINISTRATOR NURTURING A PASSION FOR GARDENING Deputy Commissioner Thori and his wife soak themselves in their verdant paradise to ward off pandemic blues. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FOUR ARRESTED WITH NARCOTICS Hoshiarpur: The district police arrested four smugglers along with intoxicants. The Dasuya police arrested a canter driver Avtar Singh of Begowal district in Kapurthala along with two kg of poppy husk. The Model Town police arrested Beerpal, alias Beeru, a resident of Dagana Kalan, and seized 12gm heroin from him. The Mahilpur police arrested a woman, Binder, alias Dhillon, a resident of BDO Colony Mahilpur, and seized 20-gm heroin from her, while the Garhdiwala police arrested Anwar, a resident of Valmiki Mohalla, Garhdiwala, and seized 33 gm of intoxicating powder from him. Separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered against the accused by the respective police stations. OC YOUTH KILLED AS BIKE HITS TREE Garhshankar: A youth was killed in an accident when his bike hit a roadside tree near Sant Nirankari Bhawan on the Garhshankar-Banga road on Sunday night. Balwinder Singh, a resident of Saroya village, told the police that his son, Jasvir Singh (29), who had been to his in-laws’ house in Chauhda village in Garhashankar was returning home when he suddenly lost the balance of his bike and it hit the tree along the road. Injured Jasvir was brought to the Civil Hospital here where doctors declared him dead. OC TWO HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Hoshiarpur: The Dasuya police have arrested two persons riding a bike and seized 22,500 ml of illicit liquor from them. The accused have been identified as Manjinder Singh, alias Ladi, and Amrik Singh, both residents of Usman Shaheed village in Dasuya subdivision. The accused were riding without number plate bike when the police stopped them. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the two. OC WAIVE POWER BILLS, DEMANDS MLA Nawanshahr: Balachaur MLA Darshan Lal Mangupur has written a letter to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh regarding the financial problems faced by the small shopkeepers due to the lockdown since last month. He said small shopkeepers of Balachaur were facing a lot of problems and most of them were running their business from rental shops. The MLA said their work was halted due to closure of shops, but were still paying electricity bills and shop rent, which was a major blow to them financially. TNS TAKE COVID TESTS, SDM TO PEOPLE Nawanshar: Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nawanshahr, Jagdish Singh Johal, on Monday said people were being encouraged to undergo corona testing in urban and rural areas with a view to check the spread of corona disease. While reviewing the functioning of Covid sampling teams at Rahon-Jadla T-point, Kanga and Bharta Khurd, Johal apprised the general public that testing must be done to check the spread of Covid-19 disease. He said testing could put a brake on the spread of the Covid. TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PRIYANKA, NICK JONAS’ PDA AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Priyanka, who had been shooting in London, flew down to LA to be with her hubby as they walked the red carpet. MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:23 PM SMITA BANSAL TO FEATURE IN TELEPLAY CHANDA HAI TU Zee Theatre is set to air Jaywant Dalvi’s teleplay, Chanda Hai Tu, a poignant tribute to motherhood and parenting. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:26 AM Black fungus claims 2 lives in dist, 22 cases reported so far Mucormycosis new cause for concern for docs; anti-fungal drug in short supply Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 24 Days after being declared a notified diseases in the state, 22 cases of black fungus have been reported in the district until today. At least two persons have also succumbed to the disease. While there is a decrease in number of Covid cases reported daily in the district, mucormycosis (black fungus) is a new cause for concern among health experts. Its treatment is tricky as doctors claim that it is difficult to diagnose. When the state government declared mucormycosis as a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act on Wednesday, information from private hospitals regarding the disease was sought by the health authorities. Until Saturday, barely seven cases were formally reported by the Health Department in Jalandhar but today the tally has been reported to be 22. Of these, four cases were reported today while the rest 18 were reported earlier. Among the two fatalities, both have been reported at various district private hospitals. At the Jalandhar Civil Hospital, only one case of black fungus has been reported so far and the said patient was also referred to Amritsar for treatment. Of the 22 cases reported in the district, about 10 cases are from other districts and states. District Family Welfare Officer Dr Raman Gupta said, “We are watching the situation closely. As many as 22 cases and two deaths have been reported in the district so far. One person from Ludhiana and another from Shahpur are among the deceased. Low immunity, high sugar, coupled with excessive steroid use are seen as the prime cause for the spread of the disease during the second wave of Covid. Low immunity and high steroid use especially in diabetic patients creates a favourable environment for the development of the fungus. Patients with high sugar and immuno-deficiencies are more prone to it. As a result, Amphotericin-B injections for anti-fungal treatment of the disease are in high demand and are presently being provided to hospitals by the government.” Dr SPS Grover, MD, New Ruby Hospital, said, “One of the causes of relatively lesser cases of the virus being reported is the difficulty in diagnosis. Either a doctor does an MRI or gets a microscopic report of the secretions, both of which are difficult in critical patients. The secretions are also dry. On the other hand, conducting bronchoscopy for every black fungus suspect is also impossible. Hence, most of the cases are being detected on the basis of clinical diagnosis.” While various private hospitals report a dramatic increase in black fungus cases, the official stats are relatively low. The district is now rationing Amphotericin-B supply on the lines of Remdesivir. Every hospital treating Covid is currently demanding the injections and its demand has surpassed the number of cases formally recorded in the district. The medicine being provided by the government is high on the priority list of every hospital and its stocks are also running short in the district. A medic administers a dose of Covishield vaccine at Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH 8 deaths, 334 new cases HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 24 The district reported eight more Covid-19 fatalities on Monday, taking the death toll to 1,314, while 334 new cases pushed the infection tally to 5,7624. Of 334 tested positive on Monday, 30 were from other districts. As many as 51,823 people have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar is 4,487. 6 lose life in Kapurthala In Kapurthala, 78 people tested positive for Covid on Monday, taking the infection tally to 15,963, while six persons lost their lives on Monday. The deceased include a 60-year old woman from Phagwara, a 71year-old woman from Bhanoki village, a 74-year-old woman from Mohablipur vil- PAGE 4 ■ Helpline number of Ambulance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 334 57,624 8 1,314 51,823 4,487 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ Distt Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ lage, a 33-year-old man from Phagwara and a 80-year-old man from Bhagwanpur. 3 die, 47+ve in Nawanshahr The district reported three more Covid-19 fatalities on Monday, taking the death toll to 312, while 47 persons tested positive for Covid on Monday. The death rate in the district now stands at 2.89 per cent. Those who lost their lives were a 47-year-old man from Mukandpur block, a 77-yearold woman from Balachaur block and a 55-year-old woman from Mukandpur. The active cases now stand at 721 (704 from Nawanshahr and 17 out of district), and the total number of positive cases till date stand at 10,782. As many as 632 patients are home isolated and the recovery rate in the district is 90.57 per cent. TUESDAY | 25 MAY 2021 | JALANDHAR 8 die of virus in Hoshiarpur, toll nears 900-mark Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, May 24 The district reported eight more Covid fatalities, taking the toll to 890, while 226 fresh cases were reported on Monday. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh said the number of active cases in the district stood at 2,222 and 24,355 patients had recovered from the virus. Out of the total cases reported today, 11 patients were reported from other districts and the remaining were from various health blocks of the district. Among the casualties, four patients had died at Jalandhar hospitals, three died at Hoshiarpur hospitals and one died at an Amritsar hospital. The district administration on Monday also declared Langeri village in Paldi block of Garhshankar sub-division and Adamwal village of Hoshiarpur as micro-containment zones. DC Apneet Riyait issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC. She said only medical emergency and essential services would be allowed in the micro-containment zones. Teams of the Health Department would conduct door-todoor survey and do contact tracing in Langeri and Adamwal villages. In addition, all positive cases will be shifted to health centres as per the protocol. The DC said the areas had been declared micro-containment zones for 10 days. She said legal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be taken against the violators. 100% vaccination in Ram Colony Camp village With concerted efforts of the district administration and health teams, Ram Colony Camp village has also become one of the villages with 100 per cent vaccination of eligible beneficiaries. Also, state Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora visited the village and appreciated the efforts of the panchayat, villagers and health team for the task. Besides eligible villagers, inmates of a juvenile home and an old age home have also been vaccinated. Lauding the panchayats which got their villages 100 per cent vaccinated, the minister also appealed to the panchayats of other villages to have all eligible beneficiaries inoculated at the earliest in larger public interest. The minister also interacted with villagers and medical teams regarding vaccination and emphasised that strict adoption of Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination of masses was the best way to keep the virus at bay. 6 held for violating curfew The district police have arrested six persons for violating weekend curfew. The Bullowal police arrested Santokh Singh of Mandialan village, Jatinder Singh of Chakk Raju Singh village, Nasib Singh of Bhela village, Jalandhar and Palwinder Singh of Madialan village, who were present at an electrician’s shop around 8.40 pm last night. The city police arrested Jaggu Rai of New Sukhiabad, Hoshiarpur, while he was selling fruits near Tagore Park at 6.40 pm on Sunday. Similarly, the Model Town police arrested Himanshu, manager of More Supermarket near Ramgarhia Chowk in the city at around 3 pm as the shutter of the store was half-closed but several customers were making purchases inside the store. Separate cases under Section 188 of the IPC were registered. Now, you can take health Bruised badly in lockdown, say gym advice at e-Sanjeevani OPD trainers, owners; hold protest in city Facility available on all working days from 8 am to 2 pm Claim gyms helped youth shun drugs, take to body fitness Tribune News Service HOW TO AVAIL THE SERVICES Nawanshahr, May 24 In the wake of the growing threat posed by the second wave of Covid-19, the Nawanshahr Health Department has decided that on all working days, from 8 am to 2 pm, medical treatment would be provided to the patients needing help related to gynaecology or general medicine, through e-Sanjeevani OPD mobile app. Teleconsultation OPD services for psychiatric illnesses are also being provided. Civil Surgeon Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapoor today said this step has been taken by the Health Department to ensure the safety of people. He said providing services of specialist doctors to patients online was proving to be helpful in reducing the overcrowding in the hospitals. The Health Department officials said since a person needed to have at least 2 Mbps space on his laptop or computer, hence people were facing difficulties in availing OPD services on computer, but now the Android mobile Tribune News Service ■ Explaining the whole process, the Civil Surgeon said a patient has to verify his number on e-Sanjeevani OPD mobile app, after which the token is ready. The beneficiary then receives a notification after which he has to go through the login process and wait for his turn ■ The patient can then seek medical advice and download the eprescription recommended by the doctor. The telemedicine will prove to be a boon for the patients of the district in future also as many people need medical consultation for chronic diseases on a daily basis app is also available for patients, so there is no need to rely on laptop or computer. e-Sanjeevani OPD mobile app can be easily downloaded from Google Play Store. Explaining the easy and simple registration process, the Civil Surgeon said the patient has to verify his number on eSanjivani OPD mobile app, after which the token is ready. The beneficiary then receives a notification after which he has to go through the login process and wait for his turn. The patient can then seek medical advice and download the e-prescription recommended by the doctor. Elaborating further on the features of e-Sanjeevani OPD, Dr Kapoor said telemedicine would prove to be a boon for the patients of the district in future also as many people need medical consultation for chronic diseases on a daily basis. Dr Gurdeep Singh Kapoor further said pregnant women were at a high risk of infection during the first trimester of pregnancy and they should avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital. Therefore, in order to provide prenatal care and gynecological services to pregnant women and lactating mothers, the Punjab Government has introduced health care through e-Sanjeevani OPD. c m y b Jalanddhar, May 24 A day after a gym trainer committed suicide in Ludhiana, members of the Jalandhar Gym Owners’ Welfare Association today held a protest at Bhagat Singh Chowk to highlight collapse of the fitness and gym industry in the city. When every shop selling nonessential items has been allowed to reopen, why is the fitness industry being singled-out? asked the trainers and gym owners. The association members said, from liquor vends to salons and barbershops, everything has been allowed to reopen, but why were they being kept out of the rules. “Even restaurants and shopping malls are open but the government is delaying reopening of gyms. The lockdown has pushed owners of over a 100 fitness centres and gyms towards financial crisis,” said, Jimmy Singh, owner of Power X4 gym. The protesters said, last year too, due to the restrictions, Gym owners and trainers hold a protest at Bhagat Singh Chowk in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO they suffered huge losses. Many were forced to remain out of salary for months. They said they were struggling to pay the rent and salaries of their employees, as they were unable to do any business. They held placards reading how to pay the rent? Gyms closed, liquor vends open! why? Fitness freaks, including both men and women participated in the protest. Mukesh Verma, a gym trainer, said, “It is because of gyms and fitness centres only that the youth have shifted their attention from drugs to physical fitness. There are many addicts who have now opted for the route of physical fitness. If liquor vends are opened, then gyms should also be permitted to reopen. Last year’s financial crisis is still fresh in our memories. And we are deeply sad- dened by the death of young fitness trainer, Varinder Kohli, who consumed poison. His wife told the police that he took the extreme step due to financial crisis.” The agitators therefore demanded the fitness industry to be allowed to resume as they could not bear more losses. The gym owners assured to take all the Covid safety related protocols.
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