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SAIL: Odisha CM inaugurates Plasma Bank at Ispat General Hospital

A Plasma Bank was inaugurated on-line by Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha at Ispat General Hospital of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) on 31st July. The Plasma Bank, set up in association with the Government of Odisha would go a long way in the treatment of the critically ill COVID-19 patients.

It is one of the many exemplary initiatives of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant under the guidance of Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, to fight the pandemic. He has also been stressing on strengthening infrastructure and expanding services and COVID-19 tests in SAIL’s hospitals for the people of the region. Earlier in the month of April, a COVID Sample Testing Lab was established in IGH which proved beneficial in containing the spread of the disease.

The Plasma Bank which is first in this region is equipped with Apheresis machine for plasma collection, Sealer, Crash Cart, Oxygen line and a Plasma cabinet for storage of 350-500 units of plasma. Persons completely cured of COVID-19 can donate plasma in the centre. A number of stringent tests are carried out in the Plasma Bank to check the quality of the plasma before providing the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The Centre will be managed by the doctors and paramedics of Ispat General Hospital. This centre has brought a new ray of hope and optimism amongst the people of this region.

The inauguration programme was attended by Minister (Labour & Employment), Govt of Odisha, Susanta Singh, Minister (Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti ), Govt of Odisha, Smt Tukuni Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Govt of Odisha, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, CEO, RSP Dipak Chattaraj and many other eminent leaders of the region, senior officers of Govt. of Odisha and Rourkela Steel Plant.

01 Aug 2020
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UP Principal Health Secretary writes to DMs to turn hotels in COVID care center

Principal Health Secretary in the Uttar Pradesh government Amit Mohan Prasad (IAS:1989) has written to district collectors asking them to transform at least one hotel in every district of the state into a COVID care center for patients with very mild or no symptoms.

Patients will have to bear the cost of their stay at these centers. The Principal Health Secretary has asked the district magistrates to ensure that charge for stay at these centers shall not exceed Rs 2,000 per day for double occupancy rooms and Rs 1,500 for single occupancy rooms.

The letter reads, “It has come to the notice of the government that some patients with very mild or no symptoms do not want to get admitted due to lack of adequate facilities in the COVID Care Centers and hence try to hide their disease.”

After due consideration in this regard, the government decided to introduce L-1 plus level of system for medical treatment of those patients who are without symptoms and who want better facilities and have the ability to spend for these facilities. Under this arrangement, a hotel in the districts will be operated by the district administration as a COVID Care Center,” it read.


20 Jul 2020
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SAIL: Odisha CM inaugurates Plasma Bank at Ispat General Hospital

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2020

A Plasma Bank was inaugurated on-line by Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha at Ispat General Hospital of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) on 31st July. The Plasma Bank, set up in association with the Government of Odisha would go a long way in the treatment of the critically ill COVID-19 patients.

It is one of the many exemplary initiatives of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant under the guidance of Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, to fight the pandemic. He has also been stressing on strengthening infrastructure and expanding services and COVID-19 tests in SAIL’s hospitals for the people of the region. Earlier in the month of April, a COVID Sample Testing Lab was established in IGH which proved beneficial in containing the spread of the disease.

The Plasma Bank which is first in this region is equipped with Apheresis machine for plasma collection, Sealer, Crash Cart, Oxygen line and a Plasma cabinet for storage of 350-500 units of plasma. Persons completely cured of COVID-19 can donate plasma in the centre. A number of stringent tests are carried out in the Plasma Bank to check the quality of the plasma before providing the same for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The Centre will be managed by the doctors and paramedics of Ispat General Hospital. This centre has brought a new ray of hope and optimism amongst the people of this region.

The inauguration programme was attended by Minister (Labour & Employment), Govt of Odisha, Susanta Singh, Minister (Women & Child Development & Mission Shakti ), Govt of Odisha, Smt Tukuni Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Govt of Odisha, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, CEO, RSP Dipak Chattaraj and many other eminent leaders of the region, senior officers of Govt. of Odisha and Rourkela Steel Plant.

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UP Principal Health Secretary writes to DMs to turn hotels in COVID care center

By IndianMandarins 20 Jul 2020

Principal Health Secretary in the Uttar Pradesh government Amit Mohan Prasad (IAS:1989) has written to district collectors asking them to transform at least one hotel in every district of the state into a COVID care center for patients with very mild or no symptoms.

Patients will have to bear the cost of their stay at these centers. The Principal Health Secretary has asked the district magistrates to ensure that charge for stay at these centers shall not exceed Rs 2,000 per day for double occupancy rooms and Rs 1,500 for single occupancy rooms.

The letter reads, “It has come to the notice of the government that some patients with very mild or no symptoms do not want to get admitted due to lack of adequate facilities in the COVID Care Centers and hence try to hide their disease.”

After due consideration in this regard, the government decided to introduce L-1 plus level of system for medical treatment of those patients who are without symptoms and who want better facilities and have the ability to spend for these facilities. Under this arrangement, a hotel in the districts will be operated by the district administration as a COVID Care Center,” it read.


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Community spread has started, COVID-19 cases in rural areas a bad sign: IMA

By IndianMandarins 19 Jul 2020

At a time when the count of coronavirus cases in the country has gone past a million, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that community spread has started and the situation is quite bad.

Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India, said: "This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall this is now spreading to rural areas which is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread."

According to the latest health ministry update, the total confirmed cases in India have reached 1,038,716. Of these 358,629 are active cases and 653,751 cured/discharged/migrated cases. A total of 26,273 deaths have been registered to date.

Dr Monga said, "Cases are penetrating down into towns and villages where it will be very difficult to control the situation. In Delhi, we were able to contain it, but what about interior parts of the country in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh (which maybe the new hotspots)?"

Covid-19 peak in India by mid-September if the government acts, public behaves: Expert

"All these issues are very important and the state governments should take full care and seek help of the Central government to control the situation," Monga said.

As many as 13,433,742 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till July 17. Of these 361,024 samples were tested on Friday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Vaccination, being the greatest hope to contain Covid-19, India's two indigenous vaccine makers would be starting human trials soon.

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Five bureaucrats Corona positive in Assam; Raj Bhawan quarantined

By IndianMandarins 16 Jul 2020

Several senior bureaucrats, including the Commissioner and Secretary to Assam Governor, have tested positive for COVID-19. At least five senior officials have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 2-3 days.

Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor of Assam, S S Meenakshi Sundaram, his wife and mother have tested positive for COVID-19 and they are being treated at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here.

Senior IAS officer Oinam Sarankumar Singh, the Commissioner of Industries Department and also the MD of Assam Industrial Development Corporation, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Pabitra Ram Khaund, the secretary of the Transport, Industries and Commerce Departments is undergoing treatment at the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The PS to the Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister, Rajibuddin Ahmed has tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Additional Secretary of the Industries Department Isaan Bardalai has also tested positive.

Additional Chief Secretary and the Chairman of the Board of Revenue, V S Bhaskar”s cook has also tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, the Senior Officers” Colony, commonly known as IAS Colony, was partially sealed after it was declared a ”Containment Zone” for an indefinite period after four cases of COVID-19 were detected there.

The entire Raj Bhavan campus and its surrounding areas were declared a containment zone and sealed on July 4 after two members of the Governor”s Office tested COVID-19 positive.

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IRDAI constitutes a working group to study Pandemic Risk Pool

By IndianMandarins 11 Jul 2020

To study and make recommendations on the formation of an Indian Pandemic Risk Pool, the IRDAI has formed a working groupIt has been given the task to examine the possibility of addressing the different risks which have arisen out of a COVID-19 pandemic with the help of a “Pandemic Risk Pool”. 

These risks include Business Interruption losses without concurrent Material damage loss, loss of employment would result in huge losses much beyond the capacity of Government /Insurers /Reinsurers. Executive Director of IRDAI Suresh Mathur will be the Chairman for the 9-member working group. Members of the group are: Suchita Gupta, Hitesh Kotak, Ankur Nijhawan, Susilendra Rao, Shilpa Yadav, M.N.Munshi, Ajay Kumar, and Saba Talukdar.

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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

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Bhalla as Home Secretary; special tasks to SCL Das and SS Yadav for COVID-19 management

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

On repatriation from Central deputation, Bhupinder Singh Bhalla (IAS:1990:UT) was on Wednesday late evening posted as Principal Secretary (Home), Government of National Capital Territory Delhi (GNCTD). Prior to this Bhalla was working as Additional Secretary in the Union Commerce Ministry. 

Further, S C L Das (IAS:1992:UT) and S S Yadav (IAS:1995:UT), who were on 14 June attached with GNCTD to assist the Lt Governor and Chief Secretary of Delhi in the management of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, have been assigned with specific assignments. 

Accordingly; S C L  Das has been assigned with the responsibility of handling the ‘capacity augmentation of medical infrastructure and medical personnel’ whereas S S Yadav will be handling the ‘Community surveillance, management of containment zones, response systems and coordination with district administration’.

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TN appoints Radhakrishnan as new health secretary replacing Beela Rajesh; two more officers may be transferred?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

The Tamil Nadu government has appointed revenue administration commissioner J Radhakrishnan (IAS:1992:TN) as new health secretary transferring Beela Rajesh (IAS:1997:TN) to the commercial taxes and registration department after the state’s data on death toll figures came under the scanner.

The move also comes at a time when a multi-disciplinary team appointed by the Centre to study the state’s low mortality rate, among other parameters, is expected to submit its report to the health ministry after visiting Tamil Nadu’s seven worst affected districts, including Chennai earlier this month.

Radhakrishnan was appointed as Special Nodal Officer for Greater Chennai Corporation to coordinate coronavirus related issues with the civic body chief on May 1. The 53-year old officer, a veterinary doctor was Rajesh’s predecessor.

In wake of growing Criticism of TN government over failed Chennai Covid 19 control, these postings are being seen as something controversial. If some well-placed sources are to be believed two more officers, Chennai Municipal Corporation Commissioner G Prakash (IAS:2000:TN) and Chennai Police Commissioner A K Vishwanathan (IPS:1990:TN), may also be held responsible for COVID-19 management and may be transferred as well.

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