Hyderabad, May 10 (IANS) Former police chief of undivided Andhra Pradesh, Dr B. Prasada Rao passed away in the US on Monday, his family sources said.Rao complained of chest pain and wanted to be taken to hospital but by the time the ambulance reached, he breathed his last.He was 66 and survived by wife Sowmini and son Vikas.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of Prasada Rao.Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the demise of Prasada Rao and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members.Chandrashekhar Rao also mourned the death of former DGP. He conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family.Prasada Rao served as the police chief from October 2013 to May 2014. He was the last DGP of undivided Andhra Pradesh and had taken over when Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra were witnessing protests against the Centre's decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.After bifurcation, he served as Principal Secretary, home, Government of Andhra Pradesh.He had served as police commissioner of Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam and as superintendent of plice of Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts.Rao did his M.Sc. (Physics) from IIT (Madras) in 1977, and continued his interest in physics even after joining Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1979.An expert in physics, he was awarded a PhD for his research on 'Wave-Particle Duality of Light' by Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014After retirement, he worked as a visiting faculty of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, JNTU, Kakinada and Hyderabad, Sri Krishnadevaraya University.Hailing from Guntur district of coastal Andhra Pradesh, he had the reputation of an officer who goes strictly by the rule book.He also authored a book 'Word power to mind power', a unique method of learning and memorising English vocabulary applying visualisation and contextualisation.--IANSms/in
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) With Delhi reeling under surging Covid-19 cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday suggested that the Hindu Rao and Swami Dayanand hospitals, coming under the BJP-ruled MCDs, be made Covid hospitals.Making the suggestion at a review meeting on the Covid situation, he said that this measure will lead to an increase of 900 beds for Covid patients, as he sought full cooperation and no politics on the matter.The Chief Minister also assured every possible help, including funds, to the MCD hospitals.Kejriwal said that the focus of his government is towards increasing the bed capacity, which will ensure adequate treatment for people requiring urgent assistance, and the government and private hospitals should aim towards taking over more facilities.It was also suggested that a time-bound preparation plan should be prepared to monitor the increase and availability of beds.Noting that he came across a situation recently where an asymptomatic patient was turned back from a hospital and created a ruckus, Kejriwal said: "This situation should never happen.""We must issue an order to allow directing patients to our Covid Care Centres (CCCs), to make the patient feel safe and in the care of the doctors. More and more patients should be shifted to these centres to cater to very critical patients in the hospitals.""Secondly, all the helpline numbers of the hospitals, which are also mentioned on our app, should remain fully functional. The hospitals must be directed to make people available round the clock for providing assistance through the helpline numbers. Thirdly, all the hospitals must be directed to ensure an adequate flow of information on the real-time availability of beds. This data should be updated every day," Kejriwal said.In the meeting, special focus was laid on the three-tier arrangement of health infrastructure in Delhi, of which first is home isolation, second is Covid Care Centres, and third is an increase in beds and facilities in hospitals in Delhi.Additionally, the Delhi government has requested the Centre to increase and make 2,700 beds from Central government hospitals available for the treatment of coronavirus patients.Currently, around 15,048 beds have been made available as Covid beds, out of which over 5,000 beds are empty.The availability of 2,700 beds will further increase the Covid bed capacity in Delhi to around 20,000.Along with this, the current number of ambulances available with the Delhi government is 629, and the current response time is 14 minutes, with no refusals recorded.--IANSrak/vd
New Delhi- The nationwide dry run on Friday to oversee the preparatory arrangements for Covid vaccination before the vaccine rollout saw minimal participation of nurses and paramedical staff of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) as they continued their strike over non-payment of their salaries pending for more than four months now.
The officials of the civic body said that they faced difficulty since the nurses and paramedics make most of the staff designated for vaccination. A senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that a few people were called from outside to manage the minimum requirement.
Two days ago, a similar dry run was conducted at the hospital where 34 healthcare staff had participated. However, participation on Friday remained less than half of that day, the official added.
The people who participated in the dry run informed IANS that none of the paramedical staff took part while a few nurses, barely four or five in number, went for the drive.
Tejinder Singh, of the Paramedical Staff Welfare Association of North MCD, confirmed that none of the paramedical staff joined the vaccine mock drill. "We refused to take part in it," he said.
However, Indumati Jamwal, President of the Nurses' Association of Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, said that four or five nurses have continued providing their service in the hospital.
"They might have attended the exercise. Apart from them, all of us continued our strike," she said.
The North MCD admitted that it struggled to conduct the dry run due to the lack of healthcare staff but maintained that it remained successful. "Yes we faced a bit of difficulty but overall, the dry run at Hindu Rao was successful," Yogendra Singh Maan, Directorate of Press and Information, North MCD, told IANS.
The nurses and paramedical staff of Hindu Rao and the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis (RBIPMT) which comes under the civic body, are on indefinite strike against the North MCD since Thursday, demanding immediate disbursal of their salaries which are withheld for over four months now.
"We discontinued our protest last time because we were given assurances that our salaries would never delay. However, we have gathered now with a resolve to stay on strike until a permanent solution of this continuous issue is not brought upon," said Virender Chaudhary, President, Nurses' Association, RBIPMT. (IANS)
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) A dry run for the Covid vaccine will be conducted at 8 sites in the national capital on Wednesday, officials said.The dry run will be held at two hospitals under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation while six sites under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) including Maternity Mother and Child Welfare (MCW) Centre, Maternity Home (MH) and polyclinics would take part in it.MCW Hari Nagar, Poly Clinic Madipur, MCW Bijwasan, MH Sriniwas Puri, MCW Fatehpur Beri, MCW Defence Colony (all SDMC), Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital (both North MCD) are among the centres which would participate in the drive.The officials also informed that around 100-200 health care workers will participate in the mock drill for the vaccine roll-out across the centres.North MCD Mayor Jai Prakash told IANS that around 60 healthcare workers from both the MCD-run hospitals are ready for the drive."The hospitals (Hindu Rao and Kasturba) have converted their swine flu wards into a vaccination point. Besides, two ICU beds are also provisioned by each hospital, in case a vaccine receiver witnesses any severe adverse event during inoculation of the Covid vaccine," he said."Our hospitals are fully prepared for the Corona vaccine. The North DMC will follow all the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health for the vaccine in the dry run process. Same procedure would also be adopted in the dry run of vaccination to the people, whose process is fixed for the actual vaccination," he added.The dry-run in Delhi began last week starting with the three sites. Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, the Urban Primary Health Centre, Daryaganj, and Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, were the first in the national capital to conduct the dry-run on Saturday. 25 healthcare workers from each centre had undergone the mock drive.--IANSstr/vd
Hyderabad - Renowned surgeon Professor Dr. P.V. Chalapathi Rao passed away on Sunday at the age of 92
A doyen in the field of surgery from the Telugu states, he was conferred the prestigious Dr. B. C. Roy National Award in 1995 for his yeomen contribution towards improving surgical education in the country.
Born in 1928, he was one of the most renowned and distinguished surgeons in India.
Fondly referred to as 'Dr PVC Rao, he was the first surgeon from Telugu States to be elected President of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) in 1994.
His son, Dr. P. Raghu Ram, a distinguished surgeon and Padma Shri awardee, is the current President ASI for 2020.
In 2009, Dr. Rao achieved the unique distinction to become the first and the only surgeon from Telugu States to have been conferred Fellowship Ad hominum, the highest recognition bestowed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which is the oldest Surgical College in the world for his outstanding contribution towards improving the art & science of surgery in India for well over five decades.
He was one of the youngest professors of surgery appointed during Government service at the age of 38 years. He worked as Professor of Surgery in Government of the undivided Andhra Pradesh for well over 15 years
He retired from Government service in 1983 after having served as Head of Department of Surgery at Osmania Medical College. He later worked as Chief Surgeon in Abha (Saudi Arabia) for six years and as Chairman of the Durgabhai Deshmukh Hospital for well over a decade (1991 - 2002). He later served as a Director of Medical Education at KIMS Hospitals since its inception since 2004.
A philanthropist par excellence, all through his life Dr Rao along gave back to the society. He contributed much of his savings to develop a village, Ibrahimpur - the remotest village in Medak district, which has also been adopted by his family.
Dr Chalapathi Rao is blessed with a distinguished family of doctors. His wife, Dr. Ushalakshmi, is a gritty breast cancer conqueror and inspiration behind genesis of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation that has transformed breast health care in Telugu States. She worked as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and was one of the most sought after gynecologists in her time in Hyderabad.
Dr Rao's daughter in law, Dr. Vyjayanthi is leading fertility specialist and heads one of the largest fertility centre in the Telugu states at KIMS Hospitals. (IANS)
New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) The three-week long protest and an indefinite hunger strike by the resident doctors of the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi run hospitals has ended after the pending salaries of a majority of the healthcare workers were credited to their accounts.The strike ended on Wednesday late evening after which the doctors resumed their work.Mayor (North MCD) Jai Prakash reached the Hindu Rao Hospital premises and ended the strike by offering the protesting doctors juice."The strike by agitating doctors was called off as North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash offered juice to the medics on hunger strike. Salaries of all doctors have been released, till September," the NDMC said in a statement.Healthcare workers from six North DMC run hospitals were on an indefinite protest as they had not received their salaries since July. While five resident doctors of the Hindu Rao Hospital had been sitting on a relay hunger strike since Friday, senior doctors of the North Corporation-run facilities had gone on an indefinite strike on Tuesday."The doctors of the Hindu Rao Hospital were going on hunger strike with their demands; North Delhi Municipal Corporation had released the salary of all the doctors till September. North Delhi Municipal Corporation is making all kinds of efforts to provide timely salary to all employees," Prakash said while addressing the press.However, Dr. Ambhimanyu Sardana, president of the resident doctors' association of Hindu Rao, which spearheaded the protest, informed IANS that salaries of a few healthcare workers are still pending, which is due to the delay in hospital's departments. "Almost 65 per cent of the doctors and other healthcare workers have received their salaries. It will be cleared to the remaining people gradually due to departmental delays," he added.Meanwhile, Municipal Corporation Doctors' Association also followed and called off their indefinite strike, they had started to extend solidarity to the junior doctors of the North MCD, informed Maruti Sinha, general secretary of the association."As the salary of the last three months has been released and the administration has also agreed for the timely release of salary in future, the strike has been suspended and all doctors in all institutions will resume work with immediate effect," the statement by MCDA said.The senior doctors had gone on casual leave en masse over their pending salaries on Monday and begun an indefinite strike on Tuesday.On Wednesday, the strike continued in day time despite appeals from North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash to return to work as patient services were getting affected.--IANSstr/dpb