Times of India | 1 month ago | 25-06-2022 | 10:35 am
JAIPUR: A family of a 36-year-old person donated his organs after he was declared brain dead while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jaipur. His kidneys, liver and heart were transplanted in needy patients. His heart and one kidney were transplanted to patients at SMS Hospital, while one kidney and liver were transplanted to patients at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, said Dr Manish Sharma, consultant State Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO). The donor, Prashant Rajendra Shinde, was a resident of Pune, in Maharashtra, who had suffered a stroke on June 18. He was rushed to a private hospital, but he was declared brain dead on June 23. He was posted as an engineer at Govindgarh in Jaipur. The doctors counselled her family, following that, the family gave its consent for donating his organs. His heart was transported from Fortis hospital, where he was undergoing treatment to SMS hospital by creating green corridor. Th heart was transplanted into a woman. The surgery continued for six hours.
MUMBAI: Maharashtra has been relegated to the third position in the country's cadaver organ donation map with neighbouring Gujarat climbing to the second spot, helped by an aggressive programme driven by the public sector. While the state has a little over four months to reclaim its place, chances of toppling Gujarat, or the current leader in donations, Telangana, seem bleak at the current pace. In the eight months of 2022, Maharashtra has seen only 52 cadaver donations, most of which came from Pune (24), followed by Mumbai (22). Nagpur and Aurangabad contributed five and one, respectively. Before the pandemic hit in 2020, Maharashtra had carried out the highest donations in India-160 in 2019-raising hopes that the deceased donor programme had finally broken its inertia. Donations dropped to 74 in 2020 and improved marginally to 95 in 2021. Officials said the pre-pandemic momentum is still lacking. Yet, there is no plan of action. Telangana this year has already seen more than double the number of Maharashtra's donations at 119. In both the pandemic years, Telangana outperformed Maharashtra. It is, however, Gujarat that has made everyone take note. Since January, that state has carried out 98 donations, a remarkable rise from 70 in the entire 2021 and a nearly three-fold rise compared to 36 in 2020. Dr SK Mathur, president of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said the programme in Maharashtra has slowed in most private hospitals while it is yet to become a priority for public centres. "The fear of Covid is diminishing, and people are returning to hospitals, so the donations too should get the push," he said. The ZTCC has asked hospitals to capitalise on Independence Day and collect pledges from patients, relatives, and their own staffers. In Mumbai, more than 3,000 people are on the waitlist for kidneys and over 300 for a liver. InMaharashtra, the number grows every day. Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator of ZTCC Pune, said they have roped in an agency to boost social media campaigns so that younger people are aware and can influence the seniors regarding donating. Last year, former health minister Rajesh Tope formed a task force to increase donations. Dr Mathur, a part of the task force, said they have started meeting intensivists and student doctors at medical colleges. They are also trying to influence public hospitals. Gujarat has mainly shown what the participation of a public hospital could achieve. The Civic Hospital in Ahmedabad contributed 68 of the 98 donations this year, catapulting that state to the second position in India.
The Indian Army Thursday said that meticulous planning between military and civil agencies has been done for the first Agnipath Army recruitment rally of the Pune Recruiting Zone. The drive will begin from August 13 in Aurangabad.In June, the Ministry of Defence announced its new Agnipath initiative for recruitment of soldiers across the three services. Under this defence recruitment reform, which was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security, soldiers will be recruited annually. While the appointment is for four years, of the total annual recruits, around 25 per cent of each batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed forces and would be required to serve an engagement period of 15 years.Under Agnipath, the first recruitment rally under the aegis of the Headquarters Recruiting Zone, Pune, is scheduled from August 13 onwards at Aurangabad. The Pune Recruiting Zone will conduct a total of eight recruitment rallies, including one rally for Agniveer Women Military Police. These eight rallies will cover the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Dadra, Daman, Diu and Nagar Haveli over the next four months.“Huge numbers of candidates have registered for various categories to include Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Clerk, Agniveer Store Keeper Technical and Agniveer Tradesman. The response for the Agnipath scheme has been enthusiastic and the youth have registered adequately for the recruitment which is evident from the overwhelming Registration figures,” said a press statement of the Indian Army.The admit cards for the rally have been issued from the Army Recruiting Office at Aurangabad and candidates can download these using their user IDs and passwords. For any information, candidates can use http://www.joinindianarmy.nic.in, officials said.“For the management of such a large number of candidates, meticulous planning and coordination between multiple military and civil administrative agencies was carried out. The selection process is completely transparent and efficient to provide equal and fair opportunity to candidates. Hence the candidates are strongly advised to refrain from unethical means during the rally,” the statement issued by the Defence PRO, Pune, further read.The Pune Recruiting Zone of the Army will hold eight rallies under the Agnipath scheme through its regional Army Recruiting Offices starting this month. The first two recruitment rallies will be held by Army Recruiting Offices of Aurangabad and Pune. Other rallies will be held by Army Recruiting Offices of Mumbai, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.
A 25-year-old woman police constable from Bihar who was in Pune, Maharashtra, as part of an investigation was found dead in a hotel room Thursday afternoon.As per the information given by the officials from the Hinjewadi police station in Pune, the deceased identified as Kavita Kumari was part of an investigation team from Brahmaputra police station in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. The team had come to Pune for an investigation of a case registered in 2021 pertaining to charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust.Senior Inspector Vivek Muglikar, in charge of the Hinjewadi police station, said that a probe has been launched into the sequence of events that led to the death of the constable.A senior police officer said that while the preliminary probe points to suicide, senior officials from both jurisdictions — Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra and Muzaffarpur in Bihar– were coordinating with each other to investigate the cause of the death.The Hinjewadi police station received the call in this regard from a member of her team, Sub-Inspector Om Prakash Prasad. Officials said that Kavita Kumari was found dead in the hotel room located near Chandani Chowk in Bavdhan around 1.30 pm.
KOLHAPUR: Incessant rainfall over the past three days and the heavy downpour in western Maharashtra in July has left several highways and roads in a bad condition, with some of them even shut for traffic. Though the rainfall is expected to ease up as the Met department has not issued any fresh warning, travellers to Goa and Bengaluru for the coming long weekend will have to endure a bumpy ride to reach Kolhapur itself. The Pune-Satara-Karad stretch of national highway 48 has developed large potholes and some sections of the road have even been washed off. Traffic diversions for road work have worsened the ride. Travelling further from Kolhapur, those heading to South Goa can take the Belagavi-Chorla ghat route, which is in good condition. However, the road further south of Chorla ghat that passes through Khanapur-Dudhsagar waterfalls is damaged in the forest sections and is best avoided. Travellers heading to Konkan and North Goa can take the Ajara-Amboli-Sawantwadi that is still open for traffic. This route too is riddled with potholes. The other route through Karul ghat (Kolhapur-Radhanagari-Phonda-Kankavali) has been shut for the last three days due to a landslide.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to undertake a project to draw water from the Mulshi Dam to overcome the shortage of water in the Baner, and Balewadi areas along with newly-included Bavdhan and Mahalunge villages in the city.This comes after the PMC commissioned a project to draw water from the Bhama Askhed Dam to meet the increasing demand for water amid Pune’s rising population.“The proposal of drawing 5 TMC water from Mulshi dam has been submitted to the state government. We are hopeful that it would be approved soon as it is on the priority list of the state government,” said Aniruddha Pawaskar, Chief Engineer and in charge of the civic body’s water supply department.The state government under the then chief minister Devendra Fadanavis had asked the PMC to submit the proposal of the project to draw water from Mulshi Dam as early as possible. The Mulshi Dam is 40 km from the city and the water drawn from there is only used for power generation. Pune will be the first city to get water from it.The PMC mainly draws maximum water from the Panshet, Varasgaon, Temghars, and Khadakwasla dams constructed on the Mutha River. The city also gets water from the Pawna Dam and the project to draw water from Bhama Askhed Dam was commissioned in 2020 to meet the demand of the Nagar Road area.The expansion of the city limits and rising population have pushed the demand for water in Pune, Pawaskar said adding the PMC would undertake the project to draw water from the Mulshi Dam after the state government approves the civic body’s proposal. “The detailed project report to draw water from Mulshi dam would be prepared after state government approval. The water pipeline will be laid and a water treatment plant would be constructed under the project,” he said.The state government had approved a quota of 14.48 TMC for the city in 2005 and has not revised it since then despite the PMC’s demand to increase the quota to 18.58 TMC. The PMC is already drawing more water and has been paying extra charges for it to the state water resource department. The state water resource department has been opposing the PMC for drawing more water from the dam.In the last 10 years, water consumption has increased from 15.79 TMC in 2011-12 to 17.48 TMC in 2019-20 and around 18.5 TMC in 2020-21.The PMC has been providing water to the entire city, including to the Cantonment area and the villages within 5 km of its boundaries. As per the water audit done by PMC and submitted to the state water resources department, the civic body needs 18.58 TMC of water to meet the needs of the city.It has said 10.69 TMC water is required to meet the needs of a population of 59.16 lakh, which includes 53.1 lakh permanent population, 2.65 lakh floating population, 2.92 lakh residents of adjoining villages and 45,000 relying on water tankers. Also, 1.39 TMC of water is required to meet the demands of industrial, educational and commercial establishments, while 6.5 TMC of water, 35 per cent of the total supply, is lost due to leakages.The PMC has submitted its demand to Maharashtra Water Resource Regulatory Authority Authority (MWRRA) for sanctioning 20.07 TMC in 2023-24 and 23.34 TMC by 2031-32.However, the overall storage capacity of the four dams upstream of the Mutha River—Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon, and Temghar—is 29.15 TMC and the water is supplied for irrigation purposes to Haveli, Daund, Baramati, Purandar, and Indapur, along with for industrial purposes in Daund and Indapur, in addition to water for the PMC.The MWRRA had directed the PMC to look for an additional source of water considering the need for water is rising above the storage capacity of the four dams upstream of the Mutha River.Currently, the PMC has been allocated 14.48 TMC of water for the city by the state government, which includes 11.5 TMC from the Khadakwasla Dam, 2.64 TMC from the Bhama Askhed Dam, and 0.34 TMC from the Pavana River.Incidentally, 11 citizen organisations have filed public interest litigation this week in the Bombay High Court requesting it to direct authorities to provide sufficient water supply to every citizen in the city.