Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has tested positive for Covid.In a tweet, the Chief Minister said that in view of the preliminary symptoms, he had got himself tested and the report showed that he was positive for Covid-19.The Chief Minister had stated on Tuesday evening that he is isolating himself after a number of officials in his secretariat tested positive for Covid.The Chief Minister said on Wednesday that he would remain in home isolation and follow the instructions of the doctors. He also said that he would continue doing his work through virtual means.The Chief Minister further advised those he had met in the past few days to get themselves tested.--IANSamita/dpb
Lucknow, March 27 (IANS) In view of the increase in spread of Covid-19, Uttar Pradesh is once again prepared to fight the battle against the pandemic swiftly. This time round the Yogi government has made a lot of preparations to ensure that there is no shortage of resources. Medicines and equipment are being manufactured in Uttar Pradesh and also being transported to other states in the country.During the Covid-19 pandemic, hydroxychloroquine had a positive effect on fighting Covid-19 infection in many countries. The demand for this medicine increased rapidly. The Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath allowed a pharma company to be established in Amroha to manufacture hydroxychloroquine due to which adequate quantity of medicines started being made available in the state. Now medicines manufactured in Uttar Pradesh are being sent to other states of the country as well as abroad. Along with this, Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections were also provided in sufficient quantity. Due to the rising Covid-19 data in other states, on one hand Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered top officials to be vigilant, on the other all the hospitals in the state have been instructed to be proactive. The UP government has acted with a robust strategy to deal with Covid-19. As a result, there are enough resources today to deal with the pandemic. Uttar Pradesh has become 'self-reliant' or 'Aatmanirbhar' in terms of resources. The UP government has been mobilising resources as per their increasing demand along with the decision of producing them in the state. Licences have been given for the production of viral transport medium (VTM) tubes in the state. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, there was not a single manufacturing unit of VTM tubes in the state.As the need increased, the government gave licences for setting up manufacturing units in Noida, Ghaziabad and Lucknow for production of VTM tubes. The VTM tube is used for Covid-19 testing. Now four manufacturing units have been permitted in the state.According to the information received by the UP government, till February 2020, there were only 86 production units for making hand sanitisers in the state, which has now increased to 151. Since February 2020, 65 new sanitiser units have been established. Tightening the noose on sale of medicines, the Food and Drug Administration Department tightened the noose on high-handed medicine sellers during the Covid-19 pandemic.Under the Drugs Act, nine cases were registered against high-handed medicine sellers in the sale of drugs and 23 people were arrested and material worth Rs 85,18,855 was seized. Apart from this, under the Essential Commodities Act, 15 cases were registered in the state on illegal business related to selling face masks, hand sanitisers and oxygen support related equipment.Drug controller A.K. Jain said infrastructure related to drugs and oxygen was strengthened to deal with the global Covid-19 pandemic in the state. Due to the starting of manufacturing units, there would be no shortage of resources in the state.--IANSvkt-vav/khz/ash
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The phase 3 of Covid vaccination started on Monday and the Co-WIN portal also started the self registration for the 27 crore elligible for the shots, who are above 60 and those above 45 years with comorbidities.The portal can be accessed at https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in/The massive inoculation drive against the Covid-19 disease in this phase was lead from the front on the day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the jab at AIIMS here earlier.Eligible beneficiaries can register at the Co-WIN 2.0 portal through their mobile number following a step by step process. After registration, the application will show the government and private hospitals serving as Covid Vaccination Centres (CVC) with the date and time of the available schedules. The beneficiary would be able to choose the CVC of his/her choice and book an appointment for vaccination.The Co-WIN portal will provide the facility for booking an appointment based on the vaccination centers declared by the states/UTs, with their location, the dates on which appointment slots are provided and the capacity declared as Open Slots and the vacancies available at the time of booking.The government has listed seven photo identity documents which can be used for online registration: Aadhaar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Passport,Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with photograph. Meanwhile,Athe vaccination is being provided at 10,000 government medical facilities and over 20,000 private hospitals.Besides, all beneficiaries, regardless of the mode of access, i.e through online registration or mobilization through on-site registration are advised to carry any of the aforementioned documents for verification at the time of vaccination--IANSasr/in
New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Registration on Co-WIN, the government portal for Covid-19 vaccination drive, will open at 9 a.m. on Monday and the beneficiaries can avail on-site registrations wherein they can walk into identified centres, get themselves registered and get vaccinated.The eligible people, aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities, can register and book their slots for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the CO-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu etc.As per modalities released by the government, there will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a Covid Vaccination Center (CVC) will be closed at 3 p.m. on that day for which the slots were opened."A person can book a slot on Co-WIN or Arogya Setu between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for that day or for future dates as well. The app will automatically register the second dose for that beneficiary at the same CVC. However, beneficiaries will be asked to book slots for their second dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled," said Dr Ajeet Jain, medical superintendent of state-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital.Eligible beneficiaries can register at the CO-WIN 2.0 portal through their mobile number following a step by step process. A person can register as many as four beneficiaries with a single mobile number. However, the beneficiaries would have to produce identity proofs separately."All those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number. The Photo ID Card Number for each such beneficiary must be different," Jain added.Aadhar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with photograph are the listed seven photo identity documents which can be used for online registration.In the second phase of the world's largest inoculation drive, around 27 crore people would be administered the vaccine at 10,000 government medical facilities and over 20,000 private hospitals. While the vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals, private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of the shot. While the vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals, private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of the shot.--IANSasr/rt
London, Feb 25 (IANS) Adding more trees, lawns and shrubbery in prisons may decrease the levels of violence and self-harm among prisoners, says a new study.The study indicated that prisons with a higher presence of green space had lower levels of self-harm, and lower levels of prisoner-on-prisoner violence and assaults on prison staff."Our evidence shows clear and demonstrable benefits from the presence of green space for prisoners in all categories of prison," said lead researcher Dominique Moran from the University of Birmingham. "It's clear that inclusion of green space should be a key design element for new prisons, and existing prisons should convert existing outdoor areas to provide more green space wherever possible," Moran added.For the study, published in the journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers, the team used Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to identify the percentages of green space within prisons in England and Wales. They compared this with available data about incidents of self-harm, prisoner assaults on staff and violence between prisoners. They also drew on information about the age and function of individual establishments -- for example their capacity, what the security level was, whether they accommodated men, women or young offenders, and whether they were purpose-built prisons, or converted from other types of buildings such as military bases.The study is significant since it demonstrates that the beneficial effects of nature contact, already recognised in other institutional contexts such as hospitals and schools, are also to be found in prisons, the researcher said. --IANSvc/bg
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Greater engagement in self-monitoring using digital health tools may help you with significant weight loss, says a new study.The study, published in the journal Obesity, indicated that digital self-monitoring was linked to weight loss in 74 per cent of occurrences."This may be because many digital tools are highly portable, and therefore allow the user to track any time of the day; digital tools also may make tracking quicker, and may be less burdensome to use," said researcher Michele L. Patel from Stanford University in the US.For the study, the team included 39 randomized controlled studies of behavioural weight loss interventions for adults with overweight or obesity problems using digital health technologies for self-monitoring. Six databases were searched for studies that included interventions 12 weeks or longer in duration, weight outcomes six months or longer and outcomes on self-monitoring engagement and their relationship to weight loss.Among the 67 interventions with digital self-monitoring, weight was tracked in 72 per cent of them, diet in 81 per cent and physical activity in 82 per cent.Websites were the most common self-monitoring technology tools followed by apps, wearables, electronic scales and text messaging.Digital self-monitoring was linked to weight loss in 74 per cent of occurrences, the team said. This pattern was found across all three major behaviours that are tracked -- dietary intake, physical activity and body weight, the researchers said.--IANSvc/bg
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