Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) Telangana's Health Department on Friday appealed to people from the state who attended Kumbh Mela to quarantine themselves for 14 days.The Director of Public Health said all those who attended Kumbh Mela held from April 1 to April 17 should quarantine and maintain physical distance from family members for 14 days. They should wear masks even while at home, the Director said.Those with symptoms like cold, cough, throat pain or headache should immediately get tested at nearest government Covid test centres, which are providing free testing services.People can dial 104 for any clarifications, said a statement from the Director's office.The Health Department has issued the advisory amid reports that several people who attended Kumbh Mela may have got infected by the virus.Telangana is witnessing a massive surge in Covid cases. The state on Thursday saw 6,206 new cases and 29 deaths, the highest single-day fatalities since the pandemic broke out last year.--IANSms/vd
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) With reports of huge number of Covid positive cases from 'Kumbh Mela' area in Haridwar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to observe the event "symbolic" to strengthen fight against the deadly virus.The Prime Minister's appeal comes as the annual event has sparked nationwide concern amid alarming second wave of Covid-19 pandemic as tens of thousands of devotees have gathered along the banks of the Ganga in Uttarakhand's Haridwar.Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said that he spoke to top seer-- Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha president Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj-- over phone and made an appeal about the event."I spoke to Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Awadheshanand Giri on the phone on Saturday morning and get details about the health of all saints. I have prayed that two royal baths have taken place and that the Kumbh should be kept symbolic due to the crisis in Corona. This will give the fight strength from this crisis," the Prime Minister said.Modi thanked all the saints for giving all kinds of support to the administration.Following this, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha president tweeted: "We respect Prime Minister's appeal. I request the people to not come for snan in large numbers, in the wake of Covid-19 situation, and follow all rules."The Prime Minister's appeal came after a Hindu seer is reportedly lost his life after Covid-19 infection and nearly 100 other holy men have tested positive after attending a vast Indian religious festival where millions of pilgrims have been ignoring Covid-19 advice despite a national surge in infections.India reported 2,34,692 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike ever, taking the overall tally to 14,526,609 cases on Saturday, according to the Health Ministry data.--IANSrak/rs
New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Amid the preparations for the Kumbh Mela 2021 starting from April 1, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said apart from the guidelines issued by the Centre there will be no other restrictions on the tourists coming here to take the holy dip.This year Kumbh Mela will be organised for a shorter span, from April 1 to 30. Three 'Shahi Snans' will be performed in April. On April 12 and 14, all the 13 Akharas will take the holy dip while on April 27 Bairagi Akhara will take the holy dip.As per the health arrangements, 100 teams have been constituted for thermal screening while the teams performing the Covid-19 tests have been increased to 50 from 40 and the ambulances have also been increased to 54 from 32. A team of 100 doctors and 148 paramedical staff from Uttar Pradesh has also reached Haridwar.Tents and toilets will be made and all the Mahamandleshwars will also be provided necessary facilities.Earlier, the Uttarakhand government had mandated registration of the saints coming to attend the Kumbh. The devotees will have to get their RT-PCR test done 72 hours before participating in the Kumbh. They will be permitted only if they are tested negative.Uttarakhand government had issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the ashrams, dharamshalas, ghats, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, public vehicles, parking lots, railway station, bus stations, shops, etc.--IANSgcb/rt/dpb
Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 1 (IANS) Eleven more devotees staying in two separate camps in the ongoing Magh Mela, have tested positive for Covid-19.Last week, 32 devotees had tested positive for the coronavirus and had been shifted to Covid centre for treatment.Nodal officer and additional chief medical officer Dr. Rishi Sahai said the infected persons have been shifted to Covid Level1 centre at Kalindipuram for treatment."A total of 23 health teams collected 4,118 samples from different sectors of the Magh Mela area for testing on Sunday and 11 of them tested positive for infection. All the 11 persons who tested positive are asymptomatic. Covid testing has been intensified at all the camps as hundreds of kalpvasis are camping in Magh Mela," Dr. Sahai said.Till date, Mela health officials have collected 59,111 samples (since December 18) and 118 people tested positive.Dr. Sahai said 23 patients, including 11 who tested positive for coronavirus infection on Sunday, are undergoing treatment at Covid level-one care centre in Kalindipuram."Health teams are tracking the pilgrims, saints and seers staying in different camps and Covid cards have also been issued," he said.Health teams are also conducting testing of people on the Mela campus through both antigen and RT-PCR methods. Around 6,000 to 7,000 samples are being collected daily from the Mela area.On Sunday, four mobile testing vans comprising lab technicians and health staff had been engaged to cover kalpvasis for antigen testing at their respective camps.Apart from undergoing a Covid-19 test every fortnight during their stay, kalpvasis will also be administered a prophylactic active dose of Ivermectin shortly. Every kalpvasi has been allotted a special Covid card and entries are being made regarding their testing and result of testing on it on frequent intervals.A total of 60 surveillance teams, with two members in each team, have been deployed on the campus. There are 12 teams in each sector.--IANSamita/dpb
Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 26 (IANS) Thirty-two devotees staying in different camps at the ongoing Magh Mela, have tested positive for Covid-19. All are asymptomatic.The Nodal Officer and Additional Chief Medical Officer Rishi Sahai said that all those who have tested positive, have been shifted to Covid level-1 centre in Kalindipuram.The Mela administration has now intensified checking and testing in all the camps in the township."We will be tracking record of pilgrims, saints and seers staying in different camps and Covid card have also been issued in the same regard. The 'kalpvasis' are also being subjected to testing," Sahai said.Around six mobile Covid testing teams have been deployed and health workers are visiting all the camps in five sectors on a routine basis.--IANSamita/in
Lucknow, The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to revive the Arogya Mela that was suspended due to the outbreak of Covid pandemic in March.
Sanjay Prasad, the principal secretary to the Chief Minister, said the state government had directed the health and family welfare department as well as the districts to start preparation for the Arogya Mela that will be held from January 10 onwards.
A massive health campaign will be launched across the state during the Mela.
The health department will launch an awareness campaign along with vaccination drive, medical camps and distribution of cards to Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries.
Principal secretary, health and family welfare, Alok Kumar said though Covid cases were on the decline in the state but the government was not taking any chances and testing, tracking and treatment would continue at an aggressive pace.
"The state has achieved another landmark as now above 50 per cent of the sample test are RT-PCR tests. With the development of the infrastructure facilities, Uttar Pradesh has increased RT-PCR tests. Earlier, the majority of the sample tests were through rapid antigen," he said.
The state health department is tracking those who have returned from the UK as well as their close contacts for sample tests. (IANS)