05062021-CT-01.qxd 6/5/2021 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 5 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH 6.80 LAKH PEOPLE SCREENED FOR COVID IN MOHALI VILLAGES PAGE 3 During the survey, teams of Health Department visited 1.50 lakh houses in the rural areas of Mohali district. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,18,931 60,487 58,717 88 1,005 130 765 3 MOHALI 3,42,196 3,92,568 30,239 67,105 29,323 64,191 66 70 564 1,933 52 310 352 981 0 3 61 PANCHKULA 100 MOHALI 92 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN LOSES ~1 LAKH IN ONLINE FRAUD Chandigarh: A cheating case has been registered by the UT police against an unknown person for allegedly duping a Sector 49 resident of ~1 lakh. The fraudster had transferred the money from the victim’s account in August 2019. According to the police, complainant Baldev Raj Paul reported that he had made a wrong transaction of ~9,500 in a Citi Bank account inadvertently. He said he requested the bank to revert the amount. He was assured that the money would be credited in his Phone-Pe account. Later, when the money was not received, he searched for the contact number of Phone-Pe and called on the number. The person on the phone took his bank account details and asked him to share the message received by him on the phone. He shared the message and found two transactions, totalling ~1 lakh, made from his account. A case has been registered under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC. TNS Lt Gen RP Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, reviews operational preparedness of formation in Patiala. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.21 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE P’kula pvt hospitals under lens six more notices for overchargingpour in as complaints Covid patients DC issues Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH SUNSET SATURDAY 7.21 PM PAGE 5 WESTERN COMMAND CHIEF VISITS AIRAWAT DIVISION Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee wants one crore people vaccinated in the country every day. MAX 37°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 23.4°C Bhartesh Singh Thakur AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 CITY CONG SENDS MEMO TO PREZ OVER SLOW VAX DRIVE Chandigarh, June 4 After complaints of overcharging Covid patients, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja has issued six more notices to Paras Hospital, Sector 23, Alchemist Hospital, Sector 21, and Wings Hospital, Sector 25. Patients have been charged 42 per cent to even 345 per cent in excess of the legitimate bill that was to be calculated as per the Haryana Government instructions, dated June 25, 2020, vide which Covid treatment rates have been capped. A district-level committee, which is monitoring Covid bills, under Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohd Imran Raza, had looked into the bills of the patients and after their reports, show-cause notices, dated June 3, were issued. On May 31 too, the Deputy Commissioner had issued five notices to Paras Hospital and Alchemist Hospital. Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, who is the local MLA, has been pressing for action against hospitals and refund of the excess amount. BB Singal, a member of the BILLS NOT IN LINE WITH GOVT-APPROVED RATES Patients have been charged 42 per cent to even 345 per cent in excess of the legitimate bill that was to be calculated as per the Haryana Government instructions, dated June 25, 2020, vide which Covid treatment rates have been capped. HOSPITALS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT ON NOTICE One notice was issued to Wings Hospital, two to Paras Hospital and three to Alchemist Hospital. Haryana State Pharmacy Council and member of the Covid bill monitoring committee, said, “The next step is to analyse whether the amount of remdesivir and tocilizumab were charged from patients at government-approved rates. It is being observed that some hospitals have charged ~50,000 to ~60,000 per day irrespective of the severity of the disease, flouting all Covid instructions.” Many cases of excess billing In the case of Wings Hospital, a Covid patient, Arun Kumar, was issued a bill of ~80,132 for three days, from May 2 to May 4. After an analysis by the district-level committee, it was found that he was overcharged ~34,132, which is 74 per cent of the legitimate bill, which should have been ~46,000 in his case, said the show-cause notice. Anju Aggarwal was admitted for nine days, from May 2 to May 10, at Alchemist Hospital for Covid. She was charged ~3.03 lakh, while the legitimate bill should have been ~2.13 lakh. The show-cause notice said she was overcharged ~90,177, which is 42 per cent of the legitimate bill. In another case of Alchemist Hospital, a Covid patient, Ashok Bhandari, was issued a bill of ~3.07 lakh, dated April 19. He has been charged ~92,541 in excess, which is 43.2 per cent of the legitimate bill amount, said the show-cause notice. Rajinder Kumar stayed at Alchemist Hospital for 24 days, from April 3 to April 27. He was issued a bill of ~7.04 lakh, after allowing a discount of ~11,520. The show-cause notice said as per the state Brother detained for youth’s death Dera Bassi, June 4 A youth working at a meat plant in Behera village was found dead under mysterious circumstances here today. Suspecting it to be a case of murder, the police have detained the deceased Rizwan’s brother Salman after a preliminary investigation. The police said the brothers were working at a meat plant and lived in nearby quarters. Around 4 pm today, Salman called an acquaintance, Farman, from the nearby quarters and told him that his brother’s condition was critical and he had to be taken to a hospital. Farman told the police that he brought his three-wheeler to the spot where he had found Rizwan bleeding. His stomach was wrapped with a piece of cloth. He got scared and returned home. Later, he found Rizwan’s body near his quarter, following which he informed the police. The police caught Salman at an eatery around 8 pm. Dera Bassi SHO Jatin Kapoor said the police took the body into their possession and kept it at the mortuary of the Civil Hospital. Further investigation in the case was on, the police said. —TNS government instructions, the bill should have been ~3.52 lakh. He has been overcharged ~3.51 lakh, which is 99 per cent of the legitimate bill, said the notice. In the case of Paras Hospital, a patient, Mamta Rani, was issued a bill ~3.29 lakh. The legitimate bill should have been ~1.75 lakh as per the show-cause notice. She has been charged ~1.54 lakh in excess, which is 87.8 per cent of the legitimate bill amount, added the notice. In another case of Paras Hospital, Kamla Devi was issued a bill of ~1.66 lakh, while the legitimate bill should have been ~37,250. She was hospitalised for two days only on May 8. The show-cause notice said she was charged ~1.29 lakh in excess, which was 345 per cent of the legitimate bill. All three hospitals have to submit their replies within seven days regarding each case. Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja could not be contacted for comments. Paras Hospital and Alchemist Hospital have issued statements earlier, denying the charges of overcharging. Cops educate a family on the proper way to wear a mask in Sector 22 on Friday. PRADEEP TEWARI UT extends weekend curfew Allows walk from 6 am to 9 am with Covid protocol Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 4 In its fight against the deadly coronovirus, the UT Administration has decided to extend the weekend curfew in the city. According to an order issued by District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar, the weekend corona curfew will be imposed from 5 am on Saturday to 5 am on Monday and no person will be allowed to leave home or move by vehicles during the curfew. However, shops dealing in the supply of essential goods such as milk, bread, vegeta- CITY WITNESSES 3 DEATHS, 88 CASES Chandigarh: The city reported three deaths and 88 new Covid-19 cases on Friday. The active cases now stand at 1,005 and the toll at 765. As many as 215 patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS bles, fruits, dairy products, eggs, meat, groceries and bakeries will be allowed to remain open for home delivery up to 2 pm. The manufacturing industry will be allowed to remain open and there will be no curbs on inter-state move- ment of essential and nonessential goods. Kitchens of restaurants or eating places and hotels can remain open for home delivery only up to 10 pm. Passengers going to or returning from the airport, railway station or the ISBT will be exempted. During the weekend curfew, those going for appearing in examination and those on examination duties will be allowed movement. All vaccination or testing centres will remain open and morning walk will be allowed from 6 am to 9 am. However, the public will maintain the Covid protocol. NO NEW FATALITY, 66 INFECTED IN P’KULA THREE SUCCUMB, 70 TEST +VE IN MOHALI Panchkula: For the second consecutive day, the district reported no new death due to Covid though 66 persons tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, pushing the toll to 30,239. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjit Kaur said three ITBP personnel were among those found infected. So far, 29,323 patients have been cured of the disease. Mohali: Three more fatalities were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the Covid toll to 981. Meanwhile, 70 more persons tested positive for the virus, pushing the total number of cases to 67,105. As many as 379 patients have defeated the virus. Among the new cases, 24 came from Mohali (urban), one from Kurali, four from Boothgarh, eight from Dera Bassi, nine from Gharuan, 11 from Kharar and 13 from the Dhakoli area of Zirakpur. So far, 64,191 patients have recovered in the district. There are 1,933 active cases. TNS Over 2K jabbed As many as 2,070 persons were vaccinated at a private and 21 government vaccination centres across the district. TNS A man takes the second dose of the Covid vaccine at a dispensary in Sector 12-A, Panchkula, on Friday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR 8 UT heritage items 50% black fungus patients found Covid +ve City resident takes PGI REPORT sold for ~58L abroad lift in SUV, robbed Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 4 In yet another auction of heritage items from the city, eight artifacts designed by Pierre Jeanneret were sold for ~58.39 lakh in auctions held in Luxembourg and France recently. Ajay Jagga, member, Heritage Protection Cell, Chandigarh, said in an auction held in Luxembourg on May 30, an easy table, an easy armchair, senate committee chairs and an office cane chair were sold for ~34.51 lakh. Similarly, easy arm chairs, two sets of easy chairs and take down chairs were sold for ~23.88 lakh in an auction held at Fontainebleau in France on May 29. In a letter to Minister for External Affairs S Jayashankar, Jagga continued on page 5 Vinay Pratap Singh is new Panchkula DC Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 4 Vinay Pratap Singh, a 2011batch IAS officer, has been posted as the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Panchkula, replacing Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, who has been transferred to Gurugram as its Municipal Commissioner. Vinay Pratap Singh, one of the youngest DCs in the state, hails from Faridabad. He had graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, Rajasthan, in 2011. Meanwhile, Kurukshetra Deputy Commissioner Sharandeep Kaur Brar has been posted as the Commissioner of Panchkula Municipal Corporation, replacing RK Singh. Chandigarh, June 4 Over 50 per cent patients visiting the PGI with mucormycosis symptoms were also diagnosed with Covid-19 on the same day. “A lot of people are presenting to our hospital with symptoms of mucormycosis (commonly known as black fungus) but they are found Covid positive as well on the same day,” said Dr Gyan Ranjan Nayak from the Department of ENT, PGI. “The association may be partly explained by the fact that many of them were bor- 189 PATIENTS FEMALE 67 (35%) MALE 122 (65%) derline diabetic or pre-diabetic and their blood sugar levels shot up when they contracted Covid-19. The patients can be asymptomatic for Covid but can develop mucormycosis symptoms,” said Dr Nayak. Age group Below 30 7 (4%) 30- 40 19 (10%) 41 – 50 47 (25%) 51 – 60 61 (32%) Above 60 55 (29%) Diabetic 136 (77%) Covid positive 115 (60%) Deaths 17 deaths (9%) Prof Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Head of Department, Medical Microbiology, PGI, said, “A lot of people in our country take medicines without consulting doctors. There is hardly any patient of mucormycosis in the PGI who does not have hyper glycemia.” “Almost 80 per cent mucormycosis patients were also taking steroids. When they came to the PGI, they were found infected with the fungal infection as well as the Covid,” said Prof Chakrabarti. The PGI has so far seen 189 patients of mucormycosis, of which 60 per cent (115) are Covid positive. After analysing the data related to the testing of these 115 patients, it was found that 50 per cent were diagnosed with both diseases on the continued on page 5 Dera Bassi, June 4 Four unidentified persons robbed a Chandigarh resident of ~1.20 lakh, gold and other belongings near here last night. The complainant, Davinder Sharma, said he used to repair jewellery of goldsmiths of Punjab and Haryana and had gone to Paonta Sahib for work. He was returning with jewellery when the incident took place. Sharma said at Ambala, he took a lift in an SUV going towards Chandigarh. Apart from the driver, there were Four flee with victim’s ~1.2 lakh, jewellery near Dera Bassi three persons in the SUV. Sharma stated that when they reached Dera Bassi around 9.30 pm, the driver took a turn towards the forest area near Dera Bassi. The suspects then threatened him and robbed cash, jewellery, an ATM card, a mobile phone and other documents before fleeing. —TNS 10-15 days required for kidney patient’s surgery, HC told Chandigarh, June 4 For Bhupender Beniwal, there is light at the end of the tunnel, only the channel’s length has increased. Just about two days after the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) stated that the procedure for conducting his kidney patient nephew’s surgery had already commenced, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was today told that another 10-15 days were required for certain formalities. “It is fairly conceded by the counsel for the parties that before fixing the date of operation, certain formalities, including requisite tests, are necessary, which are going to take 10-15 days. Therefore, they jointly request for a date in the first week of July. Adjourned to July 7,” Justice Sant Parkash asserted. c m y b NEXT HEARING ON JULY 7 It is conceded by counsel for the parties that before fixing the date of operation, certain formalities are necessary. They have jointly requested for a date in the first week of July. Adjourned to July 7. Justice Sant Parkash ❝ ❞ Beniwal had moved the court seeking directions to the hospital to operate upon his nephew apprehending acute kidney infection in the absence of surgical intervention. He added that the absence of surgery in all probability would result in kidney damage. He told the Bench that the surgery was slated for April 26, but the patient was, unfortunately, diagnosed as Covid positive. As such, the surgery could not be conducted on the slated day. He argued that the patient subsequently recovered and would now require surgical intervention already recommended by the treating surgeon. As the case came up for hearing, the Bench was told that the PGI had entertained the patient in accordance with the court orders and had conducted a preliminary test. But they were yet to be informed about the actual date for surgery. “This court is hopeful that all efforts would be made by the respondent to conduct the surgery as soon as possible,” Justice Jaishree Thakur added, before adjourning the hearing for today. — TNS
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