Bhubaneswar, July 2 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Friday that his government will pool all available resources to ensure proper healthcare for children.The Chief Minister said this while virtually launching a training programme for doctors on paediatric care."We have to be extremely cautious as there have been reports of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and it has a high probability of impacting the children. It's going to be a real challenge if such a situation arises, and we need to be prepared," Patnaik said.Stating that his government has approved an action plan to create infrastructure, including equipment and medicines for paediatric care, Patnaik said training of the doctors for paediatric care is very important to ensure capacity to treat children.Keeping an eye on the possible third wave of the pandemic, the state government has designed this training programme for general duty medical officials and nursing officials.The Chief Minister further said that Covid-19 pandemic impact has been devastating across the world.A Many countries have been affected by multiple waves of the Covid infection. India has also been severely affected by two waves of Covid infection."Since more than one year, Odisha has been on high alert to tackle the pandemic situation. We have taken proactive steps to contain the spread of the virus," he said.Saying that the state has established a large network of government and private Covid hospitals across the districts to provide quality treatment to the people for free, he thanked the efforts of all the doctors and healthcare staff for ensuring timely treatment for the Covid patients.--IANSbbm/arm
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Amid increased demand of oxygen supply due to surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to set up oxygen cylinders storage at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) depots.As many as 11 DTC bus depots (one in each district) have been earmarked for life saving oxygen cylinders storage. Each depot has been allocated as many as 20 filled cylinders which will be issued (exchanged) in lieu of empty cylinders after approval from the concerned district magistrate.A notification issued by the health department of the state government said the capacity (number of oxygen cylinders) will be increased in phase wise as per the demands. All DTC bus depots will be used as hubs where oxygen cylinders will be stored and supplied to Covid-19 patients in home isolation and in case of emergency at hospitals in their vicinity.The government has directed district magistrates (DM) to ensure that empty oxygen cylinders are refilled. "The district magistrate may also utilize the flexibility quota of 10 per cent to fill up buffer stock cylinders and utilize the same judicially to cater any SOS calls received, till the cylinder pool is made large enough to cater to all individuals," Delhi government's notification said. To deal with the capital's oxygen crisis, the Delhi government had on Tuesday set up a 24X7 emergency helpline for hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Meanwhile, two oxygen plants have come up, one at - Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and another at Covid care centre at Commonwealth Games Complex in east Delhi.Delhi has recorded 338 Covid-19 deaths and 19,953 cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 26.73 per cent, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi health department on Wednesday morning.--IANSpd/skp/
New Delhi- Despite the declining trend in new Covid-19 cases, the Central government on Wednesday extended the safety guidelines directing the states and Union Territories (UTs) to maintain surveillance and follow containment measures till February 28. However, more relaxations have been permitted.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order which will be effective from February 1, 2021 and will remain in force till February 28. "The main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of COVID-19 which is visible in the steady decline in number of active and new cases in the country over the last four months. It is, therefore, emphasised that to fully overcome the pandemic, there is need to maintain caution and to strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy focused on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines," said the guidelines.
The new guidelines say that all activities have been permitted outside the Containment Zones. Social/ religious/sports/entertainment/educational/ cultural/religious gatherings have already been permitted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces; and keeping of the size of the ground/space in view, in open spaces. Now bigger gatherings will be allowed subject to SOP of the State/UT concerned.
The guidelines say that cinema halls and theatres have already been permitted up to 50 percent of seating capacity. Now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Swimming pools have already been permitted for use by sports persons. Now swimming pools will be permitted for the use of all, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in consultation with the MHA.
Business to Business (B2B) exhibition halls have already been permitted. Now all types of exhibition halls will be permitted, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce in consultation with the MHA.
For further opening up of international air travel, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) may take a decision in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs based on the assessment of the situation.
The SOPs have been prescribed for various activities.
The SOPs will be updated from time to time for movement by passenger trains; air travel; metro trains; schools; higher educational institutions; hotels and restaurants; shopping malls, multiplexes and entertainment parks; yoga centres and gymnasiums.
However, there will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with
comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to take the necessary precautions. (IANS)
New York, Jan 9 (IANS) New York is encouraging eligible residents to take the required training to become vaccinators and support the state's Covid-19 inoculation program, according to an official statement.The statement issued on Friday said that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order expanding the eligible pool of trainees who can administer vaccinations at a "POD site" (flexible vaccination sites that can be set up in any community) pursuant to a non-patient specific order provided they first receive training, reports Xinhua news agency.These include licensed practical nurses (LPNs); pharmacists who are not certified to administer immunisations by SED (State Education Department); midwives who are not certified to administer immunisations by SED; dentists; dental hygienists; podiatrists; emergency medical technicians (EMTs); advanced EMTs; and students in eligible education programs (medicine, nursing, physician assistant (PA), pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, and midwifery).All POD sites must have oversight from or be approved by NYSDOH (New York State Department of Health) or the applicable Local Health Department, and must have medical oversight by a licensed physician, licensed PA, or certified nurse practitioner (NP).Meanwhile on Friday, the governor tweeted: "We are working with the incoming Biden administration and hope that the supply from the federal government dramatically increases. The supply MUST increase and we are expanding our distribution network to be ready."Starting Monday, NYS will begin scheduling vaccinations for the next group of people (Phase 1B): People age 75+, Education workers, First responders (police, fire), Public transit workers and Public safety workers. "Sites will include pharmacies, doctors' offices, Javits Center & more."Without increased supply we expect it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate the Phase 1A and 1B groups. That would take us to April 16."On Thursday, the state had clarified that healthcare workers who are on the front lines should be the priority group, classified as "1A" in the distribution plan, to receive Covid-19 vaccination, according to an official statement.Once those healthcare workers who want to accept a vaccine are afforded the opportunity, vaccinations go to the "1B" category which includes essential workers including police, firefighters and 75-plus year old New Yorkers who have the highest death rate from Covid-19, it said.The 1B category includes approximately 3 million people statewide and the state will utilise a variety of non-governmental agencies to administer those vaccines including pharmacies, private doctor networks, and community groups serving underserved communities, it added.--IANSksk/
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) In an attempt to assist states effectively address the situation arising out of Covid-19, the Centre on Wednesday released the May instalment of states' share in Central taxes amounting to over Rs 46,000 crore.The sanction for May instalment follows release of April instalment last month ahead of schedule as a special dispensation to meet immediate funding needs of the state governments looking to restore economic activity and minimise losses to its citizens due to disruptions caused by lockdowns."Finance Ministry has issued sanction orders for Rs 46,038.70 cr today for the May instalment of Devolution of States' Share in Central Taxes & Duties," the Finance Ministry said in a tweet."These releases, similar to April releases, have been calculated based on tax receipts projected in Budget 2020-21 & not as per actuals. GoI's prime objective has been protecting States Revenues & meeting their liquidity requirements in their fight against #COVID19 global pandemic," another tweet from the ministry said.As per a government statement, the highest share of central taxes for May has gone to Uttar Pradesh with a net transfer of Rs 8,255.19 crore. This is followed by Bihar at Rs 4,631.96 crore. West Bengal has got Rs 3,461.65 crore while Madhya Pradesh has got Rs 3,630.60.Maharashtra share has been lower at Rs 2,824.47 crore. Goa and Sikkim have got the least from central pool of taxes at Rs 177.72 crore and Rs 178.64 crore, respectively.In its interim report for FY21, the 15th Finance Commission has reduced the share of states in the divisible pool of central taxes by one percentage point to 41 per cent, factoring in the conversion of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.The report, tabled in Parliament in February, has also changed the criteria and weights under which funds are allocated to states.It assigned 15 per cent weight to the population of a state, down from the 17.5 per cent allocated by the 14th Finance Commission, but raised the weight under demographic performance from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent.The FFC report has also introduced "tax effect", for states, with 2.5 per cent weightage, while significantly reducing the weight for income distance from 50 per cent to 45 per cent.--IANSsn/vd
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The government has issued guidelines for RT-PCR based pooled sampling for migrants and returnees from abroad in green zones, an official statement said on Thursday."The decision regarding pool testing has been taken to use one time RT-PCR based pooled sampling for surveillance purposes for migrant workers in institutional quarantine facilities, international passengers in institutional quarantine facilities/ hotels earmarked for quarantine and for surveillance purposes in green zones in districts with no case/no case reported in last 21 days," the Health Ministry release said.As per the guidelines, a cohort of 25 people will be identified and throat nasal swab will be collected as per the laid down protocol by the ICMR by trained laboratory personnel under appropriate protective gear with aprons, hand gloves, face-shields or goggles, and N-95 masks.The guideline further said that proper labelling should be done with detail of the testee on the specimen container and 25 such samples of such cohort would be packed in triple layer packaging and will be transported to the identified laboratory under cold-chain as per ICMR guidelines."The outer container mentioning 'be tested for SARS-CoV-2' will also bear the details of sender..... thereafter pooled samples from 25 specimens shall be tested in the laboratory by RT-PCR method."The guideline says further report will be conveyed to the quarantine facility concerned within 24 hours and if any of the pooled samples tests positive, individual samples would be tested from the preserved samples.--IANSrak/miz/vd