Monthly Archives: DECEMBER 2017
LESSONS FROM KAMALA MILLS FIRE
Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings
Scary and sad news about the fire in Kamala Mills last night has come as a shocking wake up call. Most of the dead were a group of friends at a birthday party...a situation any of us could find ourselves on any given evening.
Sharing this as this kind of information can actually save your and others life, so let's train ourselves to get into the habit of paying alert attention to a few things whenever you are out partying ...
KNOW YOUR EXITS....there's a reason exit signs are lit up, and why it's the first thing they talk about when you get on an airplane. Wherever you are, you must take a moment to mentally note where the different exits are. Most of the people who died last night had backed themselves into an un-ventilated bathroom with no exit, and they perished from suffocation. Please even in a theater or pub or restaurant KNOW YOUR EXITS!!
- Take a mental note of any fire extinguishers or water hoses you see placed in a restaurant/bar/hotel/anywhere.
Be an observant person not an onlooker
If there's a fire show or fire antics, it's better to miss it n stay out for a bit than to hope the unexpected doesn't happen
Smoke rises, so keep low to the ground (even to the point of crawling on your belly) if there is smoke in the room. 99% of deaths from fire incidents come from suffocation of smoke, not from the actual fire.
If you're opening a closed door trying to get out during a fire, lightly tap the handle first to see if it is hot. The hotter a handle/doorknob is, the more fire is likely to be on the other side.
If you are trapped in a room with no exit the best thing you can do is stay low to the ground, breathe through a cloth or clothing over your mouth and nose, and make some kind of a signal to the outside (example...hanging a white curtain out of a window). If there aren't windows that open...break them and try to signal for help.
Sorry for the unhappy message, but that could have been any of us or our family last night. These places are our regular socializing choices and we all know that infrastructure/following the proper safe fire codes, is not something that every establishment owner takes seriously.
Let's make a mental note to just take a few minutes to be aware of our surroundings and stay safe!
INITIATED 'ACTIVE CASE FINDING' SCREENING PROGRAMME
Brahm Mohindra announces free chest X-ray facility for TB patients
Chandigarh: In a bid to eliminate Tuberculosis from the State by 2025, the Punjab Government has launched the novel initiative of free X-Ray to diagnose suspected TB patients in all the government hospitals of the state. The State Government has in principle also decided to provide the nutritional supplements to the patients of Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) TB free of cost from the state funds.
Disclosing this here today, Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said that instructions in this regard have been issued to all the civil surgeons to ensure free of cost chest X-ray service to the suspected TB patients. He said that health department has also decided to provide the nutritional supplements to the patients of Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) TB free of cost. He said that soon patients of MDR TB would be provided the fortified nutritional supplement. Also the MDR/XDR patients shall be eligible for getting benefits under Atta-Dal scheme of Punjab and be issued blue cards by the Government.
He said that as TB is contagious disease so in order control the transmission of TB bacteria among the most vulnerable population like Children, Old age citizens, slum-dwellers and diabetic patients, the Punjab Government has initiated the ‘Active Case Finding’ screening programme for earlier detection and treatment of confirmed patients.
Mohindra further said that the primary objective of ‘Active Case Finding’ screening program is to identify undiagnosed TB cases in vulnerable target population. It has already covered that part of population which has not availed health care facilities with or without symptoms or signs of TB and in high risk areas through house visits or target population area setting.
Giving details about the number of confirmed TB patients under the Active case finding screening programme, he said that in district Sangrur, out of the screened 235929 persons and 1407 persons examined for sputum finally 35 patients were diagnosed with TB.
The Health Minister said that in subsequent phases, screening program has been conducted in Faridkot, Mansa, Fazilka, Rupnagar, Tarn Taran and Hoshiarpur in which 857379 persons were screened for symptoms and sputum test was conducted on 5585 persons and finally 212 patients diagnosed with TB.
Mohindra said that it has been decided that now ACF activities will also be conducted in rest of districts Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala in month of March and they were instructed to submit micro plan to state head quarter by Feb, 2018.
He said that despite the free treatment of TB at DOT centers, health department has already launched the ‘New daily Drug Regimen Programme’ in all districts of state and as many as 2572 TB patients have been covered under this ambitious programme so that the goal of TB elimination by 2025 can be achieved.
32 Cataract surgeries conducted under torchlight, doctor suspended
At least 32 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao were operated for cataract at a government hospital under torchlight on Monday night, prompting authorities to transfer the district’s top health official and suspend a doctor for negligence and violation of norms.
The patients, from rural areas in Unnao and the neighbouring Kanpur district, were brought to the community health centre yesterday evening by a Kanpur-based NGO, the Jagdamba Sewa Samiti. The NGO facilitates free cataract surgeries for poor patients in the area.
The surgeries were conducted under the light of two torches at the primary healthcare centre (PHC) in Nawabganj, which like many rural areas of Uttar Pradesh gets electricity for only 12 hours a day.
"This is height of negligence. No one will be spared,” Unnao district magistrate Ravi Kumar N said on Tuesday.
Kumar ordered a probe by joint magistrate Manish Bansal and additional chief medical officer RK Gautam after he was told about the surgeries, which were carried out during an outage.
Power went off at around 7pm on Monday night and came back on Tuesday morning, sources said.
Chief medical officer (CMO) Rajendra Prasad gave the permission for the surgeries in violation of norms, sources said. While Prasad was transferred, PHC superintendent Dinesh Dass was suspended for negligence.
The CMO overlooked rules that said surgeries should be conducted at community health centres that were better equipped, sources quoted probe findings as saying.
"Taking a serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government acted promptly and suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad," Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told PTI.
A report has been sought by the state health department regarding the entire episode.
District authorities have started investigating why the doctors went ahead with surgeries when the centre had no electricity or basic facilities.
Reports said that an NGO called Jagdamba Sewa Samiti brought the patients to the centre from Kanpur for a free eye surgery.
After the surgery, they were made to lie on the floor without blankets. By the morning, when several patients complained of itching in their eyes, the centre sent them home without informing the district authorities.
Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of 'medical disasters' in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point.
A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths -- 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery -- between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.
PAU MARKS 350th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GURU GOBIND SINGH JI
Guruji’s sons 'Sikhs' have always served humanity: Rana Gurjeet
LUDHIANA: With the initiative of Punjab Government, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) marked the 350th birth anniversary of Saint-Solider, Guru Gobind Singh Ji today by organizing a symposium and exhibition on the campus. Rana Gurjeet Singh, Minister of Power and Irrigation, Punjab, was the chief guest while Dr Khem Singh Gill, former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was the guest of honour.
In his address, Rana Gurjeet said, "India is a secular country and Guru Gobind Singh Ji was secular. He was a great poet and a warrior, who sacrificed his father Guru Teg Bahadur (Hindi Ki Chadar), mother Mata Gujri and four sons for the sake of mankind.” Whenever the country has needed any service, his sons ‘Sikhs’ have always been there to serve the humanity, he said. "Punjab at present is contributing 60 per cent of food grains to the central food grain bowl of the country. It is the result of the toil of PAU scientists as well as the farmers of Punjab,” he stated. The Minister lauded Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, for making a good start in marking birth anniversary of Guruji in Bihar in 2016.
The Punjab Government is planning to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Sultanpur in 2019, he disclosed. "Although Punjab is reeling under financial crisis and drug menace, yet we wish it should always be in ’Chardi Kla’ with the vital contributions of its people,” he added.
Dr Gill lauded Punjab Government for educating the youth about the teachings and sacrifice of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He said Guruji always said, "There is one God and we are the children of the same God.”
In his welcome remarks, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said, "Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a great scholar and soldier, who sacrificed his life for the sake of religion and mankind.”
Dr Harpal Singh Pannu, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, while throwing light on the life and philosophy of Guruji, spoke on ‘Sakhi.’
Dr Jasvir Singh Sabar, Professor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, while speaking on "Appe Gur Chela,” said casteism never existed for Guruji. He always preached "Uphold the moral values and respect every man.” Sikhs are known for their langar sewa across the globe, he added.
Dr Balwinder Pal Singh, Head, Department of Economics, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, delivered a talk on "Manas ki Jaat Sabbe Ekke Pehchanbo.” He said, "Guruji always stressed on diversity, not on inequality.”
Dr Sarabjit Singh, Professor of Journalism, PAU, while speaking on "Zafarnama: Chardikla Da Sandesh,” said despite all odds, Guruji followed the path of Chardikla by remaining positive. "Chardikla signifies perennial belief in divine justice which our great Gurus always stood for,” he added. Stating that the choice of words was important, Dr Singh urged the gathering to set-up a factory of positive thoughts inside.
On the occasion, the chief guest released a folder on the "Life of Guru Gobind Singh Ji,” brought out by PAU. In addition, three students of Arya College, Ludhiana, were honoured for singing vaars. An exhibition, highlighting the teachings and contributions of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, was also put up.
Journo pens book on life in Chandigarh
Big Small Town: How Life Looks from Chandigarh’ by Aarish Chhabra – a
chronicler of life in City Beautiful
Chandigarh, Dec 12, 2017: A new book on Chandigarh describing life in the mid-sized urbane city was released today. ‘The Big Small Town: How Life Looks from Chandigarh’ by Aarish Chhabra claims to chronicle life as it is lived in the city that the author describes as "a fast growing ‘big’ small town.”
Chhabra, a journalist by profession, said in a conversation with author-critic Nirupama Dutt, said his book was primarily about people in the city, and not its famed architecture.
"Life in this city can seem so beautiful, at times, that it becomes perfectly drab. This book aims not to be like that. Because it does not take itself too seriously! You are free to do that, though — take yourself and this book seriously, that is!”
Dutt called it arguably the first book of its kind, said a press release issued after the event. The book, a compilation of the author’s writings published in the Hindustan Times between 2013 and 2017, was released on Tuesday by the newspaper’s senior resident editor, Ramesh Vinayak, at the Chandigarh Press Club.
"Life in this city can seem so beautiful, at times, that it becomes perfectly drab. This book aims not to be like that. Because it does not take itself too seriously! You are free to do that, though — take yourself and this book seriously, that is!” Chhabra said in his inimitable jovial style.
Dutt referred to a sense of alienation that Chandigarh often evokes, and said the book offers some deep insights, "offering to tell you beyond what is visible.”
Vinayak said Chhabra’s writing shows that "Chandigarh has come of age” but it does so "in a tone which is soft and subtle.”
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