Harsh Vardhan releases posters to address Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy
Thursday, 21 January 2021 Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday released posters prepared by the Health Ministry to address issues related to Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy. The Union minister urged people to make judicious use of these posters and make it a mass campaign.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that adverse events by COVID-19 vaccine are common and vaccination will be the last nail in coffin of COVID-19. "The message is clear that vaccine is completely safe and effective. The adverse events or side effects surfacing are common and it can be seen...
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma centre on April 16 and announced that 70 more beds will be added to Trauma Centre. "We have decided to add 70 more beds at the AIIMS Trauma Centre and 100 more beds at the National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar. I am sure we will be able to overcome the challenges we are facing due to surge in COVID19 cases now," the Minister said. "I have visited COVID wards in the Trauma Centre here with the Director and other doctors and met COVID patients individually. Most of them are in a recovery state. The main motive behind the visit is to check the bed availability and to increase according to the need. There are 266 COVID beds available in AIIMS till date, 253 are occupied with patients," he added.
As Maharashtra is witnessing an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, the state and its capital city Mumbai is facing shortage of oxygen cylinders - crucial support for critical patients of COVID-19. To do their part, All Kurla Committee in Mumbai is providing oxygen cylinders. Although the service is chargeable, the organisation is giving the cylinders for free to the needy. "COVID patients are approaching us and other NGOs. We help as per stock availability. It's a chargeable service, but we give it for free to the poor," said a member of All Kurla Committee.
In a video going viral on social media, it has been claimed that few officials of the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) overthrew the cart of a fruit seller amid the tough restrictions in the city in view of the COVID-19. Furqan Shaikh, the fruit seller, told ANI that some of BMC officials turned over his fruit cart, destroying most of the produce on it worth Rs 3,000 and left with his cart. Shaikh said he paid Rs 2,200 as fine at the BMC office to retrieve his cart. Shaikh explained that he has been selling fruits in Mumbai for the last 15 years, and although he has experienced his share of harassment, police officials mostly just told him to follow COVID protocols during his work.
Weekend restrictions in the national capital have come into effect from 10 pm of April 16. The new measures were implemented in view of the unprecedented rise in the number of coronavirus cases. During the weekend restrictions, only essential services will be allowed to operate. However, those who face difficulties in movement of essential goods can call newly setup helpline number of Delhi Police, informed PRO (Public Relations Officer) Chinmoy Biswal. "Delhi is under weekend restrictions beginning tonight. A COVID helpline has been started for people facing difficulties in movement for essential goods and services. Helpline set up at Police headquarters with pilot number 01123469900," Biswal told ANI. The national capital recorded nearly 20,000 fresh infections, pushing the active cases to 61,005.
In an apparent case of medical apathy, a COVID-19 infected dead body in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon was transported to the crematorium on a tractor in Dongargaon village. Rajnandgaon's Chief Medical Officer Mithlesh Chaudhary said that it is not appropriate to keep the dead body a COVID victim at hospital, and the incident might have taken place in hurry. Chhattisgarh is one of the worst-hit states by COVID-19 in India with active caseload of more than 1,20,000.
Border Security Forces (BSF) Commandant Ops (Jaipur-south), Jagdeep Singh Sandhu said on April 17 that nearly 100% personnel on duty have been given shots of COVID-19 vaccine. "We have vaccinated nearly 100% of our personnel on duty here. We have also started the first phase of vaccination for family members (above 45 years old) of our personnel here," the Commandant said.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan informed about the current status of country in regards to COVID-19 virus. He said that previous highest surge has already been crossed and the trend is going upward. That is a cause for worry. "We have 89.51% people who have been cured, 1.25% deaths and 9.24% active cases," he said.
Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan informed that Maharashtra has 58% of the total active cases in country and it also reported 34% of the total deaths. Health Ministry expressed grave concern over RT-PCR tests in the state and suggested them to pace the daily testing capacity. "We have suggested state governments to increase the percentage of RT-PCR tests, which is reducing in Maharashtra in last few weeks. Only 60% of total tests were done through RT-PCR method in Maharashtra last week. We suggest states to take it to 70% or above," said Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan during a press conference on COVID situation in country on April 06.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on March 30 reported single-day spike of 56,211 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 271 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,62,114. India's confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,20,95,855 which include 5,40,720 active infections. More than 1,13,93,021 people have recovered from the virus with 37,028 new discharges in last 24 hours. Till date the total vaccination is 6,11,13,354. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 7,85,864 samples were tested on March 29. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till March 29 are 24,26,50,025.
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