Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 22-09-2022 | 08:32 am
Pune: The state’s animal husbandry department is widening vaccination of cattle across large dairies and cow sheds as part of efforts to contain Lumpy Skin Disease.Some 23 lakh cattle have already been vaccinated across 1,229 villages. Another 1.4 crore are left.A total of 73.53 lakh doses of the goat pox vaccine have been released to all districts, officials said, adding that the mass inoculation is being done free of charge.Sachindra Pratap Singh, commissioner of the animal husbandry department, said the state government has approved the clean vaccination of animals (those beyond the 5-km radius of infected cattle) in areas under the jurisdiction of every veterinary institute in Maharashtra. “Nearly 11 teams of experts in veterinary medicine from the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University have been mobilised in eight affected districts for treatment and guidance. Also, experts from six veterinary colleges in the state are assisting in the treatment of serious cases through daily video conferencing between 4pm and 5pm,” he said.The department has urged all private veterinary practitioners, vaccinators as well as retired technical officers and employees of the animal husbandry department to volunteer for the vaccination campaign. Those willing to sign up have been asked to contact the office of the deputy commissioner of animal husbandry. In Kolhapur, health authorities have requested NGOs and citizen groups to help isolate sick animals.The infection has so far spread to 28 districts in the state and has affected 13,425 animals. Around 459 infected animals have died.
Top health officials across Maharashtra conducted surprise visits at the government-run primary health centres and rural hospitals in the wee hours of Friday to check whether emergencies were being attended to and the doctors and nurses were present on duty. Barring a few places like the Thane Primary Health Centre and some others where the doctors were not present, the functioning of the health facilities was as per routine, Dr Nitin Ambadekar, Director of Health, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express.This move to conduct surprise visits was an initiative of Tukaram Mundhe, who recently took charge as the Health Services Commissioner of Maharashtra. Mundhe instructed the district health officers, civil surgeons and deputy directors of health across Maharashtra to conduct surprise visits at the primary health centres and rural hospitals to check whether the staff was present at the health facilities and emergencies were being attended to during the late night hours.Mundhe, who is also Director, National Health Mission, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that the main purpose was to check whether the medical and paramedical staff are present at the health facilities during the night hours. “I had instructed the deputy director, civil surgeons and district health officers to randomly visit any primary health centre or rural hospital without informing the staff on duty. These kinds of drives will now be regularly taken up,” he said.Pune-headquartered Director of Health Dr Ambadekar, who also visited the health facilities, said that emergency services were in place. Dr Ambadekar said that effort during the surprise visit was also to identify the lacunae so that the problem could be resolved.“While the performance has by and large been satisfactory, we wanted to ensure the focus is maintained also during the festive season,” he added.Dr Ambadekar said there are an approximate 19 lakh deliveries being performed annually and at least 50 per cent are done at the government set up.“There have been instances where non attendants have been reported in the past, but overall the performance has been satisfactory. These drives are a way of emphasizing that the situation is being monitored,” he added.Each primary health centre is required to have two medical officers, while three are posted at the rural hospitals. There are 1,839 primary health centres and 504 rural hospitals, including women’s hospital and sub district hospitals, in Maharashtra. The Collector of each district has been authorised to fill up contractual posts.Deputy Director, Health, Dr Sanjog Kadam visited the Alandi Rural Hospital in Pune, while Dr Bhagwan Pawar, District Health Officer, Pune, visited the primary health centre at Wagholi and found that a delivery was underway.Pune District Civil Surgeon Ashok Dr Nandapurkar made a surprise visit to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval. “I got a message at 11.15 pm and immediately went to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval at 12.15 am where there were doctors on duty,” he said.
Pune city police last Monday arrested an online fraudster who cheated about 200 persons in Maharashtra through an advertisement on Facebook, promising instant loans of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh in two hours.Police, during the investigation, have found that the accused Vitthal Babu Jarande, 33, resident of Uruli Devachi and native of Osmanabad, have cheated ‘customers’ to the tune of Rs 7 lakh by charging them a ‘processing fee’.A court remanded him in police custody till Friday.According to police, Jarande posted an advertisement on his FB page in October 2020 offering loans in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh within two hours, following which he received several queries.“Jarande used to ask the ‘customers’ to forward him their Aadhaar Card, PAN card, and other documents on his WhatsApp number, along with Rs 5,000 towards processing fees and commission. After receiving the money, he blocked the customers on his phone,” a police official said.The fraud came to light after one of the victims recently lodged a first information report (FIR) with the Dattawadi police station. A team headed by senior police inspector Abhay Mahajan initiated a probe into the case.
PUNE: Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the government was planning to start a single window system for the clearances of housing projects going in for redevelopment and implement the self-redevelopment order issued in September 2019 when he was the CM. Of the around 1.20 lakh registered cooperative societies and over 80,000 apartments, nearly 60,000 units are over 30-year-old and would want to go for redevelopment. The Maharashtra State Housing Federation had sought a simplified process for their redevelopment. A meeting is likely to be held between members of the housing federation and CM Eknath Shinde and his deputy, Fadnavis, next week. "There is a plan to make the redevelopment process for private housing societies with a single window system for clearances as demanded by the housing societies and federation," Fadnavis said in his reply to a text message from TOI. The government resolution issued in September 2019 on the self-redevelopment of housing societies remained on paper, members of the federation said. On the self-redevelopment of the societies, Fadnavis said the earlier order would be implemented in letter and spirit. Suhas Patwardhan, vice-president of Maharashtra State Cooperative Housing Federation, said they had been seeking an easier process for redevelopment. "A notification was issued, but it was not implemented. The issue related to funding also needs to be addressed," he said.
PUNE: The number of men in the state being diagnosed with critical heart ailments is more than twice that of women, revealed data collated since the government launched STEMI Maharashtra under its Non-Communicable Disease Control Programme in February 2021. Of the 2,225 people diagnosed with critical heart ailments between February 1, 2021, and October 2, 2022, a large majority, or 1,602 (72%), were men and 623 were women aged above 30. STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Initiative) is a type of a serious heart attack that has a greater risk of serious complications and death compared to other cardiac ailments. It leads to immediate stoppage of blood supply to the heart, mainly the organ's lower chambers, as the arteries are blocked due to cholesterol. The statewide AI-powered advanced diagnosis and care coordination programme recognised by the National Health Mission (NHM) was launched to prevent premature deaths caused by heart attacks and that could be prevented through timely treatment. Since the launch of the scheme in 12 districts, 2.18 lakh ECGs - 98,000 on women and 1.2 lakh on men - have been conducted free of cost to help diagnose any underlying cardiac ailments. In case of heart attack-like symptoms, patients can also seek treatment, including life saving surgeries, in government hospitals or Mahatma Jyotirao Pule Jan Arogya Yojana -empanelled hospital. Most of the patients diagnosed with STEMI were aged between 60 and 69 years. Dr Padmaja Jogewar, joint director (non-communicable disease cell), commissionerate of health Services, Maharashtra, said, "Among cardiac ailments, STEMI is one of the leading causes of deaths. But if diagnosed and treated on time, most of these deaths can be prevented. The younger population, mostly men, is now reporting cardiac problems. There can be multiple factors, such as lifestyle choices, increased stress and an unbalanced lifestyle." She said, "Under STEMI, we aim to provide free ECGs for early detection of any underlying causes and also create awareness among the people about what could be the first signs and symptoms of a progressing heart attack. The scheme was launched in 12 districts. By the end of this year, we will launch it in the rest of the districts." A total of 183 health hubs, which include rural, district and tertiary hospitals in various major cities, are interconnected to provide online consultation in case of a critical ECG for further treatment and diagnosis. A senior health official said a patient's history was tracked and data saved until his or her discharge from hospital after complete treatment. Dr Hemant Kokane, associate professor of the cardiology department, Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, where the programme is on, said, "We are also reporting STEMI cases among patients as young as in their 30s, who are not smokers or do not chew tobacco. The contributing factors we observe among them are poor diet, lack of sleep, increased stress and exposure to screens. Up to the age of 50, women have natural protection due to hormones. But after the age of 50, both men and women equally report STEMI cases."
PUNE AND its neighbouring areas will receive moderate rainfall during the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. Since October 1, the city has received 58.5mm of rainfall.Maharashtra is currently experiencing the influence of cyclonic circulation, which lay over coastal Andhra Pradesh. A trough from this system is running through Telangana, Vidarbha and west Madhya Pradesh extending till Uttar Pradesh.“Due to this cyclonic circulation, moisture-laden winds are being pulled from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal over Maharashtra. Rainfall activity over Maharashtra will increase during the next two days,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division at IMD, Pune.Rainfall will mostly be seen during the afternoon or evening with one or two intense spells with the potential to cause flash flooding, inundation of roads and windy conditions resulting in the uprooting of trees, the IMD said.Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Pune, Nandurbar, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Beed and Osmanabad districts will also witness thunderstorms, lightning and rainfall till October 8, the forecast said.Another fresh cyclonic circulation is expected to develop off the Gujarat coast further strengthening the westerly winds blowing in from the Arabian Sea over Maharashtra, Kashyapi added.Meanwhile, the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon continues to remain slow. As of Thursday, the withdrawal line passed through Uttarkashi, Nazibabad, Agra, Gwalior, Ratlam and Bharuch.Due to the presence of the cyclonic circulation over UP, which remains on ‘red’ alert till Friday any further withdrawal of monsoon is not expected till the weekend. Uttarakhand will receive heavy rainfall during the next four days, according to the forecast.