Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) Over seven lakh people were administered the Covid vaccines in a single day in Uttar Pradesh, exceeding the target of six lakhs.The state administered as many as 7,16,146 doses of Covishield and Covaxin on Monday, the highest it has touched since vaccinations began in January.This takes the total doses administered in the state so far to 2,62,49,887.Earlier in April, approximately 5.5 lakh people had been vaccinated for a single-day record.Additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad, said that more than 7.16 lakh vaccines were administered on Monday."We plan to maintain this pace throughout the month," he added.The state has set a target of vaccinating between 6 to 7 lakh persons per day from Monday till June 30 to reach a target of one crore for the month of June.From July 1, it aims to vaccinate at least 10 lakh people a day so that by the end of August, the state can achieve its goal of having vaccinated 10 crore people."The government has set up special booths for women, parents whose children are less than 12 years old and is also carrying out special vaccination drives in blocks," said Navneet Sehgal, additional chief secretary (information).He added that there were close to 8,500 vaccination centres in the state, of which 89 were private hospitals.Till Monday, 2,21,90,836 have been administered the first dose while 12,49,021 have been administered both doses.Lucknow continues to top the list of districts with the highest number of doses administered till now, at 12,49,021.Ghaziabad inched its way to the top of the daily tally on Monday, having administered 27,925 doses. A close second was Gorakhpur which vaccinated 25,164 people.Chitrakoot, with 96,234 doses administered till Monday, is the only district in the state which has not crossed the one lakh tally.On Monday, too, it was also the district which administered the least number of doses at 2,660.Aurraiya fared a little better. having vaccinated 3,034 people followed by Sambhal, which administered 3,083 doses on Monday.In view of vaccine shortages in May and the early part of June, Uttar Pradesh had issued a global tender to procure vaccines but later cancelled it as the Centre revised its strategy.The Centre is procuring 75 per cent vaccines and providing them to states free of cost while the remaining 25 per cent are being procured by private hospitals. --IANSamita/dpb
Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS) Bengaluru civic body -- the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) -- administered a record 1,68,958 vaccine doses in eight zones of the city on Monday, surpassing its own target of 1 lakh doses as part of the Accelerated Vaccination Campaign (AVC), officials said.According to a statement released by the BBMP, of the 1,68,958 doses administered on Monday, 1,44,000 were Covishield shots, while 43,000 were Covaxin jabs.BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that the civic body had initially set a target of administering 65,000 vaccine doses, which was revised to 1 lakh shots during the Accelerated Vaccination Campaign."Our previous highest achievement was on June 4, when 1.17 lakh vaccine doses were administered. Administering 1.68 lakh vaccine doses on Monday is our biggest single-day achievement," the BBMP statement said quoting Gupta.He added that the vaccination drive was conducted at various places across the eight zones of BBMP by deploying more personnel, including doctors, staff nurses, Asha workers, home guards and marshals.The statement added that the number of session sites were increased from an average of 300 to 528 to attract more people in the city."These sites include 160 sites in the urban primary health care centres and general hospitals and 368 in workplaces. A total of 528 vaccinators and verifiers were assigned by BBMP besides mobilising volunteer vaccinators from various nursing colleges," the statement added.The successful vaccination drive was the result of the concentrated efforts of eight zonal health officers (ZHOs), 28 medical health officers (MOHs), 978 Asha workers and 429 Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs), who were working in the field, the statement said."All our health staff, especially 978 Asha workers and 429 ANMs, launched dedicated door-to-door campaigns to raise awareness among the people, which helped us to not only achieve the target, but also create a new record," Gupta said.--IANSnbh/arm
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the people of the country for a record single day vaccination drive on Monday.Expressing happiness over the fact that 80 lakh people got the vaccine jab on Monday, the Prime Minister praised the frontline Corona warriors for their hard work."Today's record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight Covid-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the frontline warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. Well done India!" he tweeted.India's cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 28.80 ll crores on Monday, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Monday after 80 lakh dose was administered on single day.According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry on Monday morning, a total of 28,00,36,898 vaccine doses have been administered in the country through 38,24,408 sessions, including 30,39,996 doses on Sunday.As many as 1,01,25,143 healthcare workers (HCWs) have received their first dose while 70,72,595 have been administered the second dose. Similarly, 1,71,73,646 frontline workers (FLWs) have been inoculated with the first dose while 90,51,173 have received their second dose.A total of 5,59,54,551 people aged between 18 and 44 years have received their first dose, while 12,63,242 have been inoculated with the second dose. As many as 8,07,11,132 people aged between 45 and 59 years have received their first dose, while 1,27,56,299 have been administered the second dose.A total of 6,47,77,302 people aged over 60 years have received their first dose, while 2,11,51,815 have been inoculated with the second dose.--IANSmiz/arm
<br>"As we take steps to recover from the pandemic, let yoga inspire us to approach challenges holistically, to work together through the multilateral system so we recover better, stronger and greener," UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said."The social and economic consequences (of the pandemic) have been devastating for many around the world (and) yoga was a lifeline during the lockdown. It helped maintain physical well-being while also managing the stress of uncertainty and isolation," he said.Because of the pandemic, the Yoga Day was observed virtually at the UN this year -- just like last year -- without the mass exercises with the participation of top UN officials and diplomats from around the world that became a part of the UN tradition since 2015.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that yoga can "play a significant role in the care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in allaying fears and sorrow.""The Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous stress and anxiety to many people worldwide, who are stemming from loss, isolation, economic insecurity or disruption to normal routines and work-life balance. Yoga can help us cope with the uncertainty and anxiety," she said.India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti, said the Yoga Day this year "seeks to reaffirm the rejuvenating role of yoga in promoting health and wellbeing of the global community which is presently coping with the pervasive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.""Yoga organisations and practitioners around the world have been raising awareness through digital platforms about the potential of yoga in mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic on the physical and mental well-being of the people," he said.Yoga practitioners from eight countries participated in a digital demonstration conducted by New York-based yoga teacher Eddie Stern.The United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014 at the initiative of India with the support of 177 countries.Unlike the UN, which still maintains strict Covid-19 precautions, the host city New York had dropped most Covid related restrictions last week as the city's vaccination rate surged to about 70 per cent, enabling a mass celebration.On Sunday, the city's Times Square held its first major event after the restrictions fell off, celebrating Yoga Day to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which came a day earlier this year.A relay of yoga practice with over 3,000 people participating took place at Times Square, which is known as the 'Crossroads of the World', from 7:30 am to 8 pm.Across the Hudson River at Jersey City's Liberty State Park against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, the tristate Federation of Indian Associations organised a celebration on Sunday.Both the events were organised in partnership with the Consulate General of India.(Arul Louis can be reached at email@example.com and followed @arulouis)--IANS<br>arul/arm
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Termed as a 'great example' of the fusion of modern technology, the 'WHO M-Yoga' app launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the oaccasion of International Day of Yoga on Monday aims to help spread yoga around the world and contribute to the efforts of the 'One World, One Health' motto.
The app will provide many videos of yoga training and practice based on common yoga protocols in different languages. It will help promote yoga and wellness among the people around the world, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Modi launched the app while addressing the nation on the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga, saying the app will play an instrumental role in the rehabilitation of the health of Covid patients who have recovered from the disease.
"When India proposed the International Day of Yoga in the United Nations, the spirit behind it was to make the yoga science accessible to the entire world. Today India has taken another important step in this direction along with the United Nations and the WHO.
"Now the world is going to get the power of the M-Yoga app. In this app, many videos of yoga training will be available in different languages of the world, based on the common yoga protocol. It is also a great example of the fusion of modern technology and ancient science. I am sure the app will play a big role in expanding yoga across the globe, making the efforts of 'One World, One Health' a success," the Prime Minister said.
The Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization (WHO) had jointly undertaken a project in mid-2019, focusing on mobile yoga. It envisaged the concept of 'Be Healthy, Be Mobile' (BHBM) under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
The BHBM initiative is a global partnership led by the WHO, which supports the scale up of mobile health (m-Health) technology within the scope of the national health system to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
In order to achieve the above objectives, a memorandum of understanding was signed in July 2019 between the WHO and the Ministry of AYUSH.
The M-Yoga project focused on four areas: Common yoga protocol for general wellness; yoga for mental health and resilience; yoga for adolescents; and yoga for pre-diabetics.
Building upon this, a requisite handbook and mobile applications were to be developed by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) in consultation with technology partners from the WHO.
The work on the handbook is in the final stages and the currently launched app is available in two of the six official languages -- English and Hindi.
Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS) Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa and health minister, K. Sudhakar jointly launched the International Yoga Day by performing Asanas (body postures) at the chief minister's official residence - Cauvery on Monday.Due to Covid restrictions, Karnataka opted to observe International Yoga Day in a subdued manner, keeping with this year's theme -- Be with Yoga, Be at Home and Yoga for Wellness.The seventh International Yoga Day celebration was organised by the Ayush Department which emphasised on holding the event virtually in view of the Covid induced restrictions and the programmes were conducted as per the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry.Yediyurappa along with Sudhakar watched Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech virtually on Yoga in Delhi to mark the commencement of the International Yoga Day observation.Launching the Yoga Day celebrations in the state, Yediyurappa said that Yoga plays vital role in fighting respiratory diseases like Corona. "Yoga is the most simple and side effect free medicinal system evolved by our ancestors centuries ago. If everyone practices Yoga as the part of their daily lifestyle, it would not only help people fight respiratory diseases like Corona but will also take care of mental health as well," he said.Deputy chief minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan, who is also chairman of organising committee of the state Yoga Day celebrations, marked the Yoga Day celebration at a separate function in Bengaluru while Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R. Nirani launched the programme in Kalaburgi district, of which he is in charge."Yoga has proven to be scientific and helpful in battling respiratory diseases like Coronavirus, as it provides holistic health by enhancing fitness of the body and mind," said Narayan, a medical doctor by profession, after the launch.At the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations General Assembly decided in September 2014 to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21 every year the world over for physical, mental and spiritual wellness.--IANSnbh/skp/