New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday to discuss issues related to increasing coronavirus cases as well as rising pollution levels in the national capital.In the meeting, Kejriwal is likely to push his government's earlier request to Shah for providing additional beds in Central government-run hospitals in the backdrop of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, sources in the Delhi government told IANS on condition of anonymity.The Delhi Chief Minister may also seek further assistance from the Central government apart from beds, including cooperation by other states in controlling pollution which is increasing during the festival season.Kejriwal is likely to meet the Home Minister in the first half at the latter's official residence here.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor had earlier sought Shah's intervention in handling the alarming Covid-19 situation in the national capital and sought additional beds in the Centrally run hospitals in the city.The steps already taken by the Delhi government to control the pandemic are also likely to be discussed in the meeting. The meeting comes at a time when the national capital is witnessing more than 7,000 cases on a daily basis for the past few days.On Friday, Delhi had reported 7,802 new Covid cases out of the 56,553 samples that were tested.A total of 4,74,830 people have so far been infected by the virus in the national capital, of which 7,423 have succumbed to the dreaded disease. On a positive note, 4,23,078 people have recovered and the city presently has 44,300 active cases.Pollution has also been a major concern in the national capital with thick blanket of noxious smog enveloping most parts of the city. The Air Quality Index (AQI) has reached the upper end of the 'very poor' category, with the officials of the Ministry of Earth Sciences warning that it might turn 'severe' by Saturday night.On Thursday, the Ministry of Earth Sciences had claimed that the level of PM2.5, a deadly pollutant, is likely to be lowest in the past four years under zero-firecracker scenarios during Diwali.Meanwhile, Delhi's air quality index stood at 378 micrograms per cubic metre at noon.According to the Ministry's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, overall air quality has deteriorated and in the higher end of the 'very poor' category. The forecast is that it may deteriorate further and reach the 'severe' by Saturday night.--IANSrak/arm
New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) As Covid-19 tally went past the 68 lakh-mark in the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday shared Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three 'mantras' for precaution and safety.Taking to Twitter to share his thoughts, the Minister urged people to "wear a mask, keep two yards distance and wash hands frequently" as advised by the Prime Minister earlier in the day. Terming Modi's call as a safety 'mantra', Shah stressed the need to follow the Covid message delivered by him at a time when India's Covid-19 tally has reached 68,35,655 and 1,05,526 fatalities have occurred on Thursday with a fresh spike of 78,524 cases in the last 24 hours."Only three mantras for safety against Corona: wear a mask, keep a two-yard distance and wash hands frequently. My appeal to all is to consider this call of @narendramodi ji as a safety mantra to not only protect yourself but also your family, friends and colleagues," Shah tweeted in Hindi. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister emphasised on people driven to fight against Covid-19, and appealed to people to unite to fight the disease. "Let us Unite to fight Corona! Let us always remember: Wear a mask, wash hands, follow social distancing, practice 'Do Gaj Ki Doori'. Together, we will succeed and together, we will win against COVID-19," Modi tweeted. --IANSrak/dpb
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been readmitted to AIIMS here for a complete medical check-up ahead of Parliament's Monsoon Session beginning from Monday, the hospital said on Sunday."As per the advice given at the time of his discharge, he has now been admitted for a complete medical check-up," the All India Institute for Medical Sciences said.IANS had earlier reported that Shah was readmitted to the AIIMS around 11 pm on Saturday after he complained of breathing issues.Shah has been lodged in CN tower, a facility reserved for VVIPs. He is getting treatment under AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria. His condition is said to be stable now.The senior BJP leader had tested positive for coronavirus on August 2 but later tested negative on August 14. However, he was admitted to AIIMS on August 18 again for medical care after recovering from the viral infection.He had also received treatment for COVID-19 at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.--IANSstr/tsb
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Two weeks after his discharge, Home Minister Amit Shah has been re-admitted to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after complaining breathing issue on Saturday, multiple sources told IANS.However, the hospital did not come on record to confirm this.The sources told that Shah was admitted around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. As per the sources, he is being kept in CN tower, a facility reserved for VVIPs. Shah is getting treatment under Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS. His condition is said to be stable now.Shah has been suffering from post-COVID ailments for a month now. He was previously admitted to AIIMS on August 18 after he suffered post-COVID ailments days after his recovery from COVID-19 disease which he contracted in early August.He had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 2 and received treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. He was discharged after testing negative on August 14 only to re-admitted in AIIMS days after to treat his post-COVID syndromes on August 18. He had complained of breathing issues then.--IANSstr/pgh
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) In view of the increasing violence against the medical fraternity, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking to strengthen the anti-violence Act until the central law is enacted."The safety of our hospitals, doctors, nurses, and caregivers is of utmost importance. Physical, verbal, and social media violence against them continues in spite of the selfless sacrifice of the medical fraternity during this public health emergency," the IMA said."Violence in our hospitals is a matter of great concern. It demotivates our doctors, and defensive medicine costs lives. The larger issue of safety of our hospitals, doctors, nurses, and caregivers remains. A solution to this complex issue should be found during our generation. It is a complex issue defying a simplistic solution. The solution cannot but start from first counting the existence of the problem and acknowledging the qualitative difference of violence in hospitals. Equating violence in common parlance with doctors and nurses getting beaten up in a gruesome manner is injustice," stated Dr Rajan Sharma, National President, IMA.The IMA demanded the enactment of a central law against violence against doctors and other healthcare workers.In April, the government had approved the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 making acts of violence against healthcare workers as cognisable and non-bailable offences and to provide compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to the property.However, the ordinance only amends the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1894, and is applicable only during health emergencies. It offers only a temporary solution since it fails to protect healthcare workers against everyday violence faced by them in the normal course of their duties.The IMA also stated that till the central law is enacted, adequate security arrangements should be provided to the hospitals to prevent the acts of violence on healthcare workers."A comprehensive solution to the violence against doctors and hospitals needs to address the security level in our hospitals. These arrangements should be on par with our airports. It will not be out of place to point out that a central deterrent law is in place for prevention of violence against airline personnel," said Dr R.V. Asokan, Honorary Secretary General, IMA.However, the only solution to the violence against healthcare workers is to enact a central law."A solution to this complex issue should be found during our generation. The medical fraternity expects our national government to begin this process by enacting a Central Law against violence against doctors and hospitals. We kindly request your good self to initiate action in this regard," the association said in the letter.--IANSstr/kr
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted in All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi for post-Covid care two weeks ago, was discharged on Monday morning."Amit Shah, Hon'ble Home Minister was admitted at AIIMS, New Delhi for post-Covid Care. He was discharged today at 7 a.m. He has fully recovered and is fit to resume the routine activities," said AIIMS media and protocol division Chairperson Aarti Vij.On Saturday, AIIMS had issued a health bulletin stating that Shah has recovered and will be discharged soon. The 55-year-old leader was admitted to the apex institute for post-Covid treatment after he complained of fatigue and body aches, four days after recovering from the viral disease and testing negative.On August 2, he had tweeted about his corona positive report after initial symptoms of the disease. He was then admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram and discharged on August 14.Earlier this morning, he tweeted Onam greetings and wrote, "Warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Onam. May this festival bring joy, harmony, good health, and prosperity in everyone's lives. Happy Onam!"--IANSaka/rs/in
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