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L-G Anil Baijal, AAP fight gets murkier

“If the delivery of Pizza doesn’t cause any traffic congestion and pollution, then how come delivery of services at doorstep will cause traffic congestion and pollution?,” the Delhi government stated in its statement on Thursday. The AAP-led government was responding to the ongoing controversy between the Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal after the doorstep delivery of services became another flashpoint between the two, with both of them comparing the services to ‘pizza delivery services’.”If a Pizza delivery, LPG gas delivery, credit card executives, and other delivery don’t pose a threat, how can Doorstep Delivery of Services be a threat to the safety and security of women and other citizens? The concern in our humble opinion appears to be misplaced,” the statement further stated.The L-G house on Thursday alleged that a misplaced parallel is being drawn between the current proposal and E-Commerce.”There is no technology so far to download Pizza and many other E-Commerce products, whereas most of the proposed services in the Government proposal can be and are already being delivered online. Moreover, delivery of Pizza and most of the other E-Commerce products can also not be compared with the documents proposed to be delivered through the ‘Mobile Sahayaks’ as the latter would involve sensitive personal information,” the L-G house said in a statement. The L-G house once again confirmed that the proposal was not rejected.Among the 40 public services, which were to be covered under the scheme in the first phase, are caste certificates, income certificates, driving licences, new water and sewer connections, driving licences, duplicate driving licences, handicap pension schemes, domicile certificates, issuance of the delayed birth order and Lalo Dora certificates.According to previous figures, approximately 25 lakh transactions of these 40 services are held every year. Each transaction takes around four visits to the office concerned by the applicant. In the second phase, 30-35 more services would be added to the scheme every consecutive 30 days.

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Hospitals face acute shortage of beds, staff: Doctors

Believe it or not, there is just one bed per 55 patients in Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. This revelation means if a patient visits the super-specialty hospital, the probability of getting a bed is extremely less.In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that the primary responsibility to increase the bed-to-patient ratio lies with the respective state or Union Territory government as public health and hospitals were state subjects.Other government hospitals in the Capital are also reeling under acute shortage of beds. The Delhi government had planned to double up the number of beds from 10,000 to 20,000 by December 2017 but nothing has been done so far.”The situation is same in almost all the hospitals. Not only the beds, but the hospitals are also facing a shortage of doctors and other paramedical staff. It is high time that the government improves the overall healthcare system,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).RML, which is the largest hospital after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), witnesses around 7,000 to 8,000 patients daily in its Out Patient Department (OPD), and more than 1,000 patients in its emergency ward.The total number of beds at RML is 1,447.”54 patients occupied a single bed this year. This is not the total figure,” said Dr VK Tiwari, medical superintendent, RML Hospital.Patients visiting the hospital also complained about the issue saying it causes inconvenience to them.”It is almost impossible to get a bed here. We have been waiting for more than a month, but the waiting line is still the same. Doctors say they will first treat the emergency patients and then move on to others,” said Lakhbir Singh, a patient outside RML. Singh hails from Rajasthan and has been sitting here for more than a month with his wife for treatment.According to the data shared by the minister, the bed-to-patient ratio for the RML in 2015 and 2016 was 1:52 and 1:54.5, respectively. The corresponding figure for Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) for the two years was 1:07 and 1:06, respectively while for Safdarjung Hospital, the ratio was 1:2 for both the years, it said.

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Family approaches court day after Max Hospital reopens

A day after Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh reopened after 10 days, the family of the victims approached Rohini Court seeking direction to the concerned investigating agency to file status report and monitor the police investigation.”How can they allow the hospital to function? We want to have all details about the case and how the files have moved so far,” said Ashish Kumar, the father of the premature twin.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemo therapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital had said in a statement.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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Retired govt servants to help docs in reducing patient load

With an aim to meet the acute shortage of doctors in various state government hospitals, the Delhi government has decided to engage retired government services for the various posts in the hospital. The move is aimed at bringing down the existing burden from the hospital.A letter by department of health family welfare has directed all medical superintendents to designate a nodal officer in their respective hospitals for receiving the applications for the post.”These officers will help in handling the posts in medical/paramedical/nursing and other administrative posts. The vacant posts will be identified by the medical institutions and thereafter these will be filled by the officers,” said a senior official from the health department.The latest CAG report had also highlighted the problem of shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the government-run institutes. “There was limited availability of medicines and equipments in 17 states, while 428 equipment (ultrasound, X-ray, ECG, cardiac monitors, auto-analyser, incinerator, OT equipment, blood storage unit etc.) costing Rs30.39 crore were lying idle/unutilised due to non-availability of doctors and trained manpower to operate the equipment, lack of adequate space for their installation. In 13 states at least 67 Public Health Centres were functioning without any doctor,” the CAG report pointed out.At Maulana Azad Medical College, 80 per cent seats for pre-clinical posts in post-graduation courses are vacant. However, the resident doctors are not too happy with the decision.”If they will hire the retired officers, what will happen to the young doctors who are looking for a job,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).”The government needs to have a recruitment policy that ensures all courses get adequate applicants who graduate as doctors in various departments,” says Dean Dr Siddharth Ramji.India has seven doctors for every 10,000 people, half the global average, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Data from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) shows the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350.The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for the recruitment of regular doctors at hospitals run by both the Delhi government as well as the Centre. Hospitals themselves hire ad-hoc and contractual doctors. Experts say the UPSC’s recruitment process is tedious. From advertisements about vacancies to final interviews, the commission spends years to hire a doctor, they say.

Slugfest begins as Max Hospital resume services

After fighting a battle for more than 10 days, services at Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh resumed on Wednesday. The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of the impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.As the decision to open the hospital came out in public, a political slugfest kicked off between BJP and AAP over the decision. Neither the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal not the Delhi government owned up to the decision fearing public outrage, instead who is ‘ruling’ the Finance Commissioner became the trending topic.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning. However, the ‘Appellate authority’ has not been specified by the officials.The L-G house stated on Wednesday that no officials from the hospital met Baijal regarding the cancellation order. “The powers of appellate authority, being a quasi judicial function are performed by the Financial Commissioner, Delhi as per his/her judgment without any interference or supervision by any authority,” a statement from L-G house stated.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.”On what basis & by whose decision was the appellate authority formed to hear the Max Shalimar Bagh licence cancellation appeal ? How did the appellate authority reach to the conclusion in the first hearing itself that a stay can be given on the DGHS decision ??,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma tweeted.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.”The Commissioner falls under the jurisdiction of the L-G and not Delhi government. We were not even informed about the order,” said a senior Delhi government official.The blame game between AAP and BJP began with both the parties turning it into a political issue. “It was just to attract public attention. The government has taken back its decision. There is definitely some behind this decision,” said Manoj Tiwari president, Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”What was the tearing hurry for the appellate authority to stay the cancellation of Max Shalimar Bagh licence ? Why did the heart beat only for profit making hospital & not the new borns ?? Decision on whose directions ??,” Delhi AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.

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Delhi’s Max Hospital that wrongly declared baby dead resumes services after 10 days

Exactly 10 days after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of Max Hospital after its doctors wrongly declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead, the Shalimar Bagh hospital has resumed its services on Wednesday.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday.“The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the licence of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.Also readNo relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9 “Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.Also readDelhi L-G Anil Baijal may look into govt decision on Max hospital“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.Also readFamily celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licenceThe authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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No relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9

The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.“The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the version, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services (DGHS), Delhi government, who was present in the hearing.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned.After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.“Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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Docs told to send plaints to Health dept via email

With an aim to limit the number of doctors and medical staff visiting the Delhi Secretariat for petty issues, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has asked them to now take the virtual road for their grievances.The department recently ordered the staff and doctors to send their complaints to their heads of the departments, who would later forward them to officials on their respective email ids.The Delhi Secretariat houses the administrative heads and officers of all major departments. According to sources, regular visits from doctors and medical staff was hampering the overall functioning of the hospitals.”It was being noted that regular visits by the medical staff was affecting the functioning of the hospitals. The medical staff is supposed to offer treatment to patients and not visit offices for administrative work,” a senior Delhi government official said. As per directives, if no response is received within 15 working days, a reminder should be sent by the head of the medical institution to the department of health. Once the reminder is sent, the staff can visit the department along with copies of mails.”This will also ease out the entire process. The visits were not only hampering the working of hospitals but also at the Delhi Secretariat, where the officials are dealing with serious issues. There are a large number of other issues that need attention,” the official added.In case of emergencies, the staff can visit only after getting a permission from the heads. “Except the above, any visit to the head office of the department would be liable to be treated as a violation of departmental directions and may attract disciplinary action, as per rules against the staff concerned,” the order from the department stated. The order, dated December 18, has been sent to all heads of the medical institutions, requesting them to communicate it to their employees.WORK HAZARDAccording to sources, regular visits from doctors and medical staff was hampering the overall functioning of the hospitals. In case of emergencies, the staff can visit only after getting a permission from heads.

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No relief for Max Hospital on licence cancellation

The Finance Commissioner on Tuesday heard the appeal made by the authorities of Max Hospital in regard to the cancellation of its licence by the Delhi government. The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.”The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the versions, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” said a senior Delhi government official who was present at the hearing.The government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s Shalimar Bagh branch for wrongly declaring a new-born baby dead. A preliminary report submitted had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order. “Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD on a monthly basis, attends to over 1n600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in the inpatient wards.

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JP Nadda questions govt for not implementing Clinical Establishment Act

Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday questioned the Delhi government for not implementing the Clinical Establishment Act that tightens the noose over the functioning of private hospitals, clinics and path labs.”Why Delhi government has so far not implemented the act? I have also written a letter to all the state CMs to enforce the act in their respective states. The states should adopt the act at the earliest. The model act is extremely important in dealing with the clinical establishment in the city,” said Nadda.The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, has been enacted by the Centre to provide for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments in the country with a view to prescribe minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them.”We have also asked them to alter the act, if needed but should not leave the area unattended,” the minister added.The Delhi government is already considering to implement the act. A letter has been sent to Delhi Health Secretary with the suggestions regarding the act. However, the decision is yet to come out.”The plan has been sent to the health secretary. We will have a meeting with all the stakeholders to finalise it,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Delhi government.At present, the state government regulates the nursing homes and private hospitals under the Nursing Home Cell. The cell was established in the department to register private nursing homes and hospitals as per the Delhi Nursing Home. Inspections are carried out to see that the nursing homes maintain the standards and norms as per the rules in the said Act. Efforts are made to prevent the functioning of the nursing homes providing inferior quality service and suggesting appropriate action against the unregistered nursing homes.The act is already implemented in four states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, and all Union Territories except the NCT of Delhi since March 1, 2012.The act is applicable to all types (both therapeutic and diagnostic types) of clinical establishments from the public and private sectors, belonging to all recognised systems of medicine, including single-doctor clinics. The only exception is clinical establishments run by the Armed Forces.

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Licence cancellation: City govt officials, Max to meet tomorrow

The Delhi government will have its first meeting with the Max hospital authorities on Tuesday, after the hospital’s license was cancelled over medical negligence charges. The hospital authorities had appealed to the government and other authorities on Wednesday to reconsider their decision.The hospital representatives will be making their case to the finance commissioner, who will take a final call regarding the matter. The Department of Finance will submit its recommendation to the Department of Health for further consideration.”The government will once again hear their side of the story. The hospital has approached us and we do not want to do anything against the public. We will strictly monitor the reasons, and if there is any scope, we may reconsider the cancellation order,” a senior Delhi government official said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. A preliminary report by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday had found the Max guilty of not following norms in dealing with a pair of newborns.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemotherapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital statement read.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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Concerns raised over drug prices by committee in first meeting

The nine-member committee formed by Delhi government to keep a vigil on the functioning of private hospitals in the Capital in its first meeting raised some serious concern over the price of medicines in all the hospitals. The first meeting held on Friday also discussed and suggested ways to limit the number of visits of a specialist in a hospital.According to the sources, one of the major concerns raised by the members was the capping of the drug prices not covered under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). These included gloves and syringes.”While the government has a capping on the NLEM drugs, we are concerned about those which are not included in the list. A common rule should be there for all the medicine and drugs,” said one of the members who attended the meeting.The health department had received various complaints against the private hospitals forcing patients to buy medicines at an inflated rate and from the hospital medical shops. The committee will also look into consumables, behaviour protocol of medical staff, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and misdemeanor at the hospital.”This issue is majorly troubling the patients, who are visiting the hospitals on a regular basis,” added the member. The members will now next meet on December 29 to discuss the further course of action.The members are from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Delhi Medical Council (DMC), Delhi Medical Association (DMA).The move comes days after the government cancelled the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a newborn dead.”Over-billing is a big problem in private hospitals. We are forming a committee, including experienced doctors and medical experts, which will provide recommendations,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said.The decision was taken following a series of meetings by Jain with various professional and regulatory organisations representing doctors working across the Capital.Meanwhile, the DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision.FINAL CALL AWAITEDThe DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision

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2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark

The future of nearly 2,000 employees and hundreds of patients in the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh hangs in balance after the Delhi government ordered cancellation of its license two days ago. The employees have still not received any communication from the hospital on what will happen next.”There is no communication from the hospital on what will happen to our job. We are in dark. We cannot apply anywhere else as we have been associated to the incident,” a senior doctor said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. As per instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment from the hospital will be entertained till the time they are cured.Patients admitted in the hospital have also expressed concern over the decision. “There is uncertainty on the issue. We have been coming here for the treatment of my father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The treatment requires follow-ups with a team of doctors. How will that continue?” rued Shubhi Arora, a resident of Shalimar Bagh.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of the super specialty hospital as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said the government should have waited for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) report on the issue, which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike, if needed, and will appeal to the government to revoke its decision.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said on Sunday that the government has high respect for doctors but it would not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring.”We want private hospitals. We are not against them. But in case of criminal negligence or in cases of openly looting the patients, the government will not remain silent,” he said while speaking at a public function organised in Mundka.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who opposed the cancellation of the hospital’s licence, also came under attack by Kejriwal, who called the decision a conscience call. “It was shameful that Manoj Tiwari and BJP stood with the Max hospital after the government cancelled its license. It is sad that instead of standing for the interest of the people, BJP and Tiwari stood with the hospital,” he said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the death of the child, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.POINT-COUNTERPOINTDMA terms Delhi government’s move to cancel Max’s license irrational and autocratic. Cm Arvind Kejriwal says government will not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring. Preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government finds hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms.

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Fate of patients, staff hangs in the balance

The decision to cancel the license of the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh has put a question mark on the fate of nearly 2,000 employees working in the hospital, besides the numerous patients currently availing treatment from there.In 2017 till now, the hospital admitted more than 33,000 patients. The 250-bed facility also welcomed over 1.5 lakh patients in its OPD this year. Now, the hospital cannot admit any new patients.The government has directed the hospital to finish the treatment of all indoor patients admitted but has given no direction regarding the employees. “It is not our duty. The hospital should decide what to do with their staff,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.In its official statement, the hospital stated that it will explore its options. “We have received a notice of cancellation of the license. We strongly believe that this ruling is harsh and that we have not been given adequate opportunity to be heard.We believe that even if there is an individual error of judgement, holding the hospital responsible is unfair and will severely limit the ability of patients to access treatment. This will compound the shortage of hospital facilities in the national Capital. We will explore all options available to us. We stand firmly behind our commitment to patient care, clinical, and service excellence to the best of our capabilities,” the hospital statement read.

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Decision is an example to other hospitals, nursing homes: Dr Kirti Bhushan

As the Delhi government cancelled the license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, DNA speaks to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr Kirti Bhushan, who played an active role in preparing the enquiry committee report and suggesting ways to the government.This is the first time that any government has taken such a bold step against a major private hospital. How did this work out?A life has been lost in this case. The baby survived for five more days in another private hospital. The hospital had registered the child as a stillbirth. When the baby was handed over to the patients, his heart was beating. As a result, we could not ignore the hospital’s actions in this case. This is a case of error of judgement, where the hospital failed to understand the situation of the newborn.What about the other private hospitals?The decision will set an example to other hospitals and nursing homes. All these private institutes will now be more vigilant in dealing with sensitive cases. They will properly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in all cases.The hospital’s licence has been cancelled. What will happen to the existing patients who are availing treatment there?We have asked them to treat the existing patients till the time they are completely cured. For the rest, all the OPD services have been suspended with immediate effect. They cannot admit any new patient in the hospital.Delhi still does not have the Clinical Establishment Act, so what is the government doing about this? (Recently, Union Health Minister JP Nadda also wrote to various CMs to enforce the act in their respective states)We have submitted a report to the Secretary (Health) to introduce the Clinical Establishment Act in the Capital. The matter is being discussed with the stakeholders. The act, if enforced in Delhi, will help us in getting hold of the large number of diagnostic centres and pathology labs that are operating without following any guideline.

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Clinical Establishment Act to soon come into force in Capital

The Delhi government is soon planning to soon bring in Clinical Establishment Act, 2010 in the Capital. The Act that applies to registration and regulation of all clinical establishments will help the government to tighten the noose over the diagnostic centres and pathology labs running in various parts of the city.The move comes after the capital reported cases of medical negligence in private hospitals and diagnostic centres. On Thursday, a diagnostic centre in Delhi’s New Friends Colony wrongly declared a patient as HIV positive. The Delhi Medical Council even wrote a letter to the Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) cancelling license of the centre.”We are chalking out a plan to bring in the act in the Capital as well. Till now, we do not have any control on these diagnostic centres and pathology labs. We are only limited to the hospitals and nursing cells,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Director General of Health Services, Delhi government.At present, the state government regulates the nursing homes and the private hospitals under the Nursing Home Cell. The cell was established in the department to register the private nursing homes and hospitals as per Delhi Nursing Home. Inspections are carried out to see that the nursing homes maintain the standards and norms as per the Rules in the said Act. Efforts are made to prevent the functioning of the nursing homes providing inferior quality and suggesting appropriate action against the unregistered nursing homes.Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Thursday directed all the Chief Ministers to adopt and implement the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 so that malpractice in private hospitals can be curbed.In a letter to the Chief Ministers of all states and Union Territories, the Minister said that effective implementation of the Act would deter clinical establishments from indulging in unethical practices and ensuring that they discharge their duties responsibly towards the patients.WHAT THE ACT MEANSThe state government regulates the nursing homes and the private hospitals under the Nursing Home Cell. Inspections are carried out to ensure norms are followed. The Act has taken effect in Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, and all Union Territories except the NCT of Delhi
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Hospital wrongly tags man HIV+

In yet another case of medical negligence in the Capital, a private diagnostic centre wrongly declared an Uttarakhand resident HIV positive. Taking action against the centre, the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has now directed the authorities to cancel the license of the diagnostic centre.Complainant Salim Ahmad had applied for a job in Dubai and needed a medical fitness certificate for the purpose. A tout referred the Neutech Medical Centre at Taimoor Nagar in New Friends Colony to Ahmad, which declared him HIV positive. He then decided to get a second opinion.To Ahmad’s surprise, the two other centres he approached reported him completely fit. “This callous attitude of the diagnostic centre is highly deplorable and reflects poorly on the management in-charge. This is incompetence. Our committee examined the other two test reports as well, which declared the complainant completely healthy,” Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said. The DMC’s Executive Committee then examined Ahmad’s complaint and asked the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to cancel the license of the diagnostic centre.”Despite repeated notices sent to the Superintendent of the Neutech Medical Centre, it failed to submit a written statement and medical records pertaining to the treatment and tests of Ahmad,” Dr Tyagi added.
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Max under scanner as second twin dies, government assures action

One of the prematurely born twins, who was mistakenly declared dead by a private hospital in Delhi, died on Wednesday after battling for life for five days. The 22-week baby, who was born at the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, was undergoing treatment at the Delhi New Born Centre in Pitampura.”The infant died due to multiple organ failure. His condition was critical from the very first day. He was immediately put on ventilator and had been responding to medicines. He passed away in Wednesday afternoon. We had informed the family about his condition after looking at all the medical reports. The survival chances were quite less,” Dr Sandeep Gupta, director, Delhi New Born Centre, said.Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that strict action will be taken against the hospital, once the report has been finalised. “The final report will come out in two days. No one will be spared, if found guilty,” Jain said on Wednesday.The matter was reported last Friday, after Ashish Kumar, father of the twins, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving.The agitated family members then protested outside the hospital throughout the day.”We will not cremate our baby till this hospital is shut. We will not let this matter die,” Kumar had said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the infants. The three-member panel has submitted the preliminary report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting the staffers concerned.”No ECG tracings were done to check whether the child was alive. The body was handed over without written instructions. The dead and the alive children were not kept separately,” the report stated.A medical negligence case was registered under Section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital. Also, services of two doctors concerned were terminated on Sunday.Reacting to the baby’s death, Max hospital said in a statement:”We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week preterm baby, who was on ventilator support. Our deepest condolences are with the parents and other family members. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for parents and family. We wish them the strength to cope with their loss.”The rising number of cases of medical negligence by private hospitals has prompted the Delhi government to prepare a legal framework to track the ‘loot’ and ‘criminal negligence’ by hospitals.”We never wanted to interfere in the functioning of private hospitals, but the public should not suffer in any case. The general public is being looted and cheated by these hospitals, which are guilty of criminal negligence. As a responsible government, it is our duty to come up with a solution,”chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said.While talking about the framework, he pointed out two recent incidents — a private hospital charging Rs 15 lakh from a dengue patient and Max hospital wrongly declaring the infant dead.Union Health Minister JP Nadda also directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the government ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.
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23 complaints made against Max hospitals in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), in 2017, received as many as 23 complaints against various Max hospitals in the Capital. Of these, six were against the Shalimar Bagh branch, which is currently under scanner for mistakenly declaring a newborn baby dead.”As many as 11 cases are still pending and we are investigating them. Most of these cases pertain to medical negligence by doctors. During an investigation, a team of experts questions the accused doctors and nurses, and then listens to the complainant as well. After a rigorous discussion, the matter is moved to the higher authorities,”Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said.According to the data, the highest number of complaints were against the Max hospital in Saket, followed by the one in Shalimar Bagh. Five case were reported from Patparganj and one each from Pitampura and Panchsheel Park. “All these complaints were made by patients or attendants,” Dr Tyagi added.As per the official process, if a person reports a matter to the DMC, the council issues a showcause notice to the doctor and the hospital concerned. If he or she is found guilty, the council registers a complaint with the police. Thereafter, the police have to register an FIR, after which the matter is taken to court.Recently, the council served a notice to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence. Even after repeated calls and messages, the Max authorities did not respond to the queries sent by DNA.In 2017, the council received a total of 234 complaints against various hospitals in the Capital, of which 82 were moved to the disciplinary committee for action.
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Year on, 5 hospitals still to deposit Rs 600-cr fine

The five private hospitals, which were fined more than Rs 600 crore by the Delhi government a year ago, are yet to pay the amount. They were fined for refusing free treatment to the poor, which was the prime condition for land allotment lease.The AAP-led government in 2016 had slapped the fine on five hospitals— Max Super Speciality Hospital (Saket), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Shanti Mukand Hospital, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute. These hospitals were provided land at concessional rates between 1960 and 1990 on the condition that they will treat the poor free of cost.”These five hospitals were given a chance to explain their stand.” We are hearing their reasons.Three hospitals have gone through the process. The hearing for the other two will take place in the coming week. If at fault, none of them will be spared,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Delhi government.A total of 43 private hospitals in Delhi were allotted land at concessional rates on the condition that they will keep 10 per cent of their in-patient department capacity and 25 per cent of out-patient department capacity to treat economically weaker patients for free. The penalty was imposed on the basis of a high court order passed in 2007 on a PIL demanding implementation of the provision of free treatment to poor and action against the erring hospitals.”The matter relates to an erroneous demand of Rs 32 crore from Max Hospital, East Block, Saket. This is presently sub-judice. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has stayed proceedings and has directed a Special Committee constituted for this purpose to hear the reasons of the concerned hospitals. The hearings continue,” a spokesperson from Max Healthcare said. There were no response from Fortis Healthcare on the matter.The government had in December 2015, sent notices to these hospitals seeking an explanation as to why they failed to treat the poor and why they should not be fined. None of them had satisfactory replies so action was initiated against them.According to sources, top officers in the Delhi government have been pulled up for not taking any decision in the matter. “The officials are sitting on it and no decision has been taken on collecting the fine,” said another health official.”We have been called by the government regularly but they have not taken any decision,” said Dr S Khanna, president, Dharamshila Cancer Foundation.Recently, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG), who was preparing the audit report, had also pulled up the health department for failing in recover the fine. The auditor had then questioned the department for the delay. The special committee, appointed to look into the affairs of the hospitals as per a high court order of 2007, had imposed a fine of over Rs 32 crore on Max, Rs 36.30 on Shanti Mukand, Rs 10.6 on Pushpawati Singhania, over Rs 100 crore on Fortis and Rs 17.86 crore on Dharamshila.
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Living baby declared dead: Max Hospital terminates services of two docs involved in negligence

Taking strict action against the doctors involved in the alleged negligence where a new born was declared dead, the hospital administration has terminated the services of two doctors. The decision was taken by the hospital authorities after having an initial discussion with the expert committee group formed by Max Hospital.“While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr A P Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies. This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care. We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose findings of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare,” the hospital said in its statement.Senior doctors investigating the negligence case by Delhi’s Max hospital have raised questions over the gynaecology team of the hospital. Doctors at the hospital in Shalimar Bagh had allegedly declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags.According to the sources, the committee members have expressed concern over the treatment of the mother who came to the hospital on November 28. “The mother came on November 28 and there was no treatment given till November 30. When the doctors knew that it was a premature delivery case, so why no serious medical aid was given earlier. There are some serious lapses in the treatment, and we are still investigating,” said a senior doctor who is a part of the committee.The family alleged that the babies were declared dead after it expressed its inability to pay exorbitant fees for their treatment. The father, Ashish Kumar, was on his way to a cremation ground when he noticed moment in one of the bags.Union Health Minister JP Nadda also directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which a probe was ordered, and a report sought within three days. A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) will also serve a notice to the hospital on Monday over the alleged negligence. Delhi Health Minister on Saturday had said that the hospital might have to lose its license if all the charges will come out to be true.The hospital in its statement on Sunday said “The expert group set up by Max Healthcare to investigate the circumstances and protocols followed regarding the premature delivery (23 weeks/5 months) of twins and subsequent declaration of death at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh is working swiftly towards concluding their detailed investigations. The investigation is expected to conclude by tomorrow, 4th Dec and findings are expected to be shared thereafter.”A team of experts have been questioning the doctor, nursing staff and the family members and will submit a report on Monday. The role of the family is also being probed. Meanwhile, the baby admitted at a private hospital is critical and under observation.
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Declared dead by Delhi hospital, infant lives

In a shocking incident of medical negligence and apathy in the Capital, doctors at a premier hospital declared a pair of prematurely born twins dead and handed them over to the parents, while one of them was still alive. The incident was reported from the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Thursday.The family has alleged that the babies were declared dead after they expressed their inability to pay the exorbitant fee for their treatment.The matter came to light after the father of the children, Ashish Kumar, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. A few minutes ago, I was crying over the death of my babies and suddenly I saw one of them alive. He had been wrapped in a polybag for more than 10 minutes and we were about to cremate him,” Kumar said.Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the has ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.”Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh and directed the Department to conduct an inquiry into this unacceptable act,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted. The government has asked the hospital to submit a preliminary report within 72 hours and a final report within a week. The hospital has also initiated an inquiry in the matter and the doctor concerned is being questioned.Meanwhile, babies’ grandfather Praveen Malik said: “The hospital authorities stated that our child needed to be put on the ventilator as his condition was deteriorating. The cost for his treatment, as suggested by the hospital, is Rs 45 lakh.””We couldn’t afford the treatment and we decided to take our baby to another hospital. Two hours after we asked the hospital to discharge our baby, we were suddenly called and informed that our second child has also passed away,” Malik added.”It has been brought to our attention that a 22-week newborn baby, who was reported to be on life support, was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support,” the hospital said in a statement.A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).This is the third such incident in the last one month. Earlier, the family of a seven-year-old girl had alleged that the Fortis hospital in Gurugram charged them over a lakh per day for 15 days and failed to save their daughter.
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DNA SPECIAL: Power tussle between Lok Nayak Hospital, MAMC

The Delhi government’s biggest medical institute—Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Hospital are in a power tussle as few of the department heads have refused to cooperate with the medical director (MD) of the hospital.According to the sources, in the last few months, regular confrontational incidents have taken place between the MD and few professors, with both writing letters to each other, marking the secretary and even Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.In one such letter, a departmental head wrote to the director,”The memorandum is without jurisdiction as MD Lok Nayak Hospital is not competent enough to issue such memorandums. It is beyond his jurisdiction to issue such a notice to Director Professor and head of the department who is under direct administrative control of Dean MAMC.”The MD had issued a memorandum as the department head and his colleagues failed to turn up for a meeting.MAMC Dean had issued a circular last week asking all the professors to extend their support to the MD to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital.”There are few HODs who have issues with MD. But even then, they must cooperate with him as he is the administrative head. I had been receiving such communications, and therefore, I decided to issue a circular to make things clear,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, dean, MAMC.Dr JC Passey was appointed MD of Lok Nayak Hospital by the AAP government. The government had, last year, bifurcated the administrative systems of the Delhi hospitals.”All the doctors are doing their clinical practice in the hospitals. If anyone is spending 99 per cent of time here, how can they refuse to participate in the work? We are trying our best to sort out issues and work for the hospital upliftment,” Dr Passey told DNA.UNCONSTITUTIONALHospital sources said that the appointment of the MD was unconstitutional.”There is no document to substantiate this post. Neither the L-G, nor the Centre had given an approval for this post. We are following our head– dean of the college,” said a senior doctor.
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Govt’s health dept pulls up DIAL for not destroying seized gutkha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the Delhi airport asked the Muslim pilgrims flying to Mecca and Medina to leave behind their gutkha sachets, weighing 270 kg, so as to avoid any tension in Saudi Arabia, the Delhi government’s Health Department has pulled up the airport operator for not destroying the banned product.According to sources, the Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) had decided to hand over the banned product to Haj committees so that it could be either sold or used to raise funds. The DIAL returned 120 kg of gutkha to the committee and was planning to return the remaining as well.A letter was then sent by the Delhi State Tobacco Control Society on Friday, directing the airport operator to take back the tobacco product sent to Haj committee and destroy it completely.”In view of the above, it is requested that even the gutkha that has been returned to one Haj committee may be taken back immediately and destroyed along with the available gutkha at the airport,” the department wrote in its letter.When contacted, DIAL refused to comment on the issue. Sources, however, said the operator has not received the letter from the department.According to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) Regulations, 2011, issued by the FSSAI, under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food products.”This is really surprising that the airport operator that comes directly under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was not even aware that gutkha is a banned product. Such kind of seized products cannot be stored at all. The letter sent by us has been received by them,” said Dr SK Arora, Additional Director (Health).The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in December, 2016, had issued a complete ban on the production, promotion, and sale of food products containing tobacco and nicotine as ingredients across India.

Pollution woes: Doctors advise Delhiites to stop morning walks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aarti Singh, 62, a fitness freak, has stopped going on her daily morning walks, after being advised by her doctors to do so. The toxic Delhi air has affected her lungs and forced her to stay indoors. “The morning walk had been a part of my daily routine for the last 30 years. But, in the last one week, my health has deteriorated rapidly. I started suffering from fever, bodyache, and continous cough,” Singh, who works with a government bank, said.As mercury starts to go down, like every year, the national Capital is witnessing high levels of pollution and a health crisis. Smog, a mixture of extremely hazardous smoke and fog, has descended on the city as doom for those with a history of respiratory illnesses, particularly children and heart patients. But even completely healthy people have been reporting sudden cardiac symptoms and viral fever.“People should completely stop going on morning walks. This is not the right time. We are receiving many complaints of itchy throat, bodyache, and fever. Those with a history of asthma should be extremely careful during this season,” said Dr SP Byotra, department of internal medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital. In fact, doctors in the Capital have witnessed a 20 per cent spike in the number of cases of respiratory illness. Cases of viral infection, cough, sneezing, respiratory tract infection, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have also gone up. “This is the worst phase for those with prolonged illnesses. Even the number of viral fever cases has gone up. Those with a history of asthma and COPD are at their worst. Our out-patient department (OPD) is witnessing a large number of patients with this problem,” said Dr JC Suri, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine at the Safdarjung hospital. Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in the national Capital every year, the CSE had stated in a report last year. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, on Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) at Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and Noida was 439 and 423, respectively, while at Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi, it was 407 , all considered “severe”.Delhi’s air quality was placed under “very poor” category with AQI recorded at 368 against 351 on Saturday. Meanwhile, at Haryana’s Gurugram, the AQI was 345 against 338 on Saturday and Faridabad had an AQI of 334 against 338 on Saturday.PEAKING PM 2.5According to DPCC data, PM 2.5 ranged between 317 and 492 microgramme per cubic metre at different locations between 10 am and 11.30 pm. The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60.
The worst PM 2.5 situation was at Anand Vihar in east Delhi, ranging between 410 and 492 between 10 and 11.30 am. PRECAUTIONSCover your face while going out.
Those with a history of asthma should avoid going on morning walks.
Drink hot water at regular intervals. Carry an inhaler.
Practise breathing exercises.

Conjoined twins separated after 18-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 28-month-old twins, Jagga and Balia, joined at the heads, have been separated after an 18-hour-long surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The second phase of the marathon surgery was completed late on Wednesday after which the twins were moved to the ICU of the hospital.”The surgery to separate them was completed successfully on Wednesday night. Both of them are stable and kept in ICU. Their condition will be monitored for the next 18 days,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS.However, the team of doctors seem concerned about the survival of one of the twins, citing his deteriorating health.”During the surgery, a total of 3.5 litres of blood was lost,” said A K Mahapatra, chief of the neurosciences centre, AIIMS. “While Jagga has heart issues, Balia has kidney problems. Though initially, Jagga was healthier, now his condition has deteriorated while Kalia is better now,” he added.The twins, hailing from Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district in Odisha, are craniopagus conjoined twins, joined at the heads. According to the doctors, this is a very rare condition which afflicts one in 30 lakh children in the world, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or within 24 hours.The process was complicated as the 28-month-old boys shared the vein that returns blood to the heart from the brain. A series of investigations were carried out on the twins to see the extent to which the veins in their brains are fused and whether a surgery was feasible.Explaining the surgery, Dr Maneesh Singhal, professor and head of plastic surgery said,”The most challenging job after the separation was to provide a skin cover on both sides of the brain as the surgery had left large holes on their heads. If the twins make it, the next step will be reconstructing their skulls.”The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28. A team of 30 doctors from various departments including neurosurgery, neuro-anesthesia and paediatrics undertook the second phase of the surgery.RARE CASEOdisha government sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the surgery.
The twins had undergone medical check-up at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
They were taken to AIIMS on July 14.

L-G, govt fight over guest teachers turns ugly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing fight between Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took an ugly turn on Wednesday, with none of them ready to back down over the issue of the Bill to regularise guest teachers. The two even sent letters to each other, explaining their stand regarding the Bill.In his letter, Baijal rejected Sisodia’s claim that a Bill on regularisation of guest teachers was pending with his office, saying a solution could be found within the relevant laws rather than “public posturing”.”The Bill has not yet been presented to him (L-G) along with the requisite reports, as required under the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules. Thus, it would not be correct to say that the Bill is pending for his consideration,” the L-G office stated, quoting Baijal’s letter to Sisodia.The L-G further said that the Bill was passed by the Delhi Assembly despite his advice to reconsider the decision as the Bill was not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance. “A solution to this problem could be found within relevant laws rather than public posturing,” he said.At the same time, in his letter to Baijal, Sisodia said that he had come to know that the L-G ordered the Education Department to advertise vacancies for teachers, without giving guest teachers a path to regularisation. He also urged Baijal to not destroy all that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dispensation had built so far, asking him to not “override” the decisions of the elected government.Sisodia also said that he had come to know that the Chief Secretary had sent a file on the Bill, without showing it to either the law minister or the education minister.”When I ask the officers why this file was not shown to me or the teacher recruitment issue was not discussed with me, I’m told that your office (L-G’s) has given them clear instructions that no files regarding the issue need to be shown to the elected government,” he alleged.Earlier this month, the Delhi Assembly had passed the Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers Engaged Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Bill, 2017.High Court surprised at govt pleaThe Delhi High Court has expressed surprise on an application moved by the Delhi government, seeking to vacate the stay on appointment of guest teachers to fill vacancies in schools. Justice AK Chawla sought the response of Social Jurist on the plea and fixed the matter for November 9. Appearing for the government, standing counsel Ramesh Singh said the order to stay the appointments was prejudiced against students, who were suffering due to shortage of teachers.He added that guest teachers were a stop gap arrangement.

Delhi hospital gives hope to Iraqi child with rare disorder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aatiq Khan (name changed) suffers from a rare, incurable genetic disorder which makes him feel hungry all the time. At the age of five, Khan weighs around 40 kg, much more than the average weight of kids at his age. Troubled with hunger, Khan keeps on asking for food from his parents, hence gaining a massive amount of weight.The parents, along with their 5-year-old have come all the way to India for their child’s treatment. After visiting a hospital in Delhi, his parents came to know that he was suffering from Prader Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately one of every 15,000 births.Born in Iraq on June 2012, he weighed only 2 kg and was unable to eat properly. For 6 months, he required assistance from a feeding tube. At the tender age of 2, his appetite started increasing unexpectedly and he gained weight in a short period of time.”We were surprised to see his love for food. Young kids generally consume food at small intervals but he was asking for food again and again,” said his mother.Slowly, his cognitive abilities were delayed as he was unable to speak even a few words at this age. Khan’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was 35.5 (95 per cent ) when he came to India to seek medical intervention.In affected children above 3 years, symptoms such as obesity, intellectual delays, learning disabilities, or behaviour problems, especially connected with food and eating become apparent. Prader Willi Syndrome is caused by the loss of genes in a specific region of chromosome 15. Some of the other signs of the condition are — narrow forehead, small hands and feet, short height, light skin colour and inability to have children.”To date, no medications have proven effective in regulating the appetite in Prader Willi Syndrome. Therefore, strict food and exercise supervision are the only ways to prevent life-threatening obesity. During infancy, patients should also undergo therapies to improve muscle strength and promote physical activity,” said Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi, Consultant, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.The parents have been advised to encourage his active participation in outdoor activities to help him burn calories, as well as to keep him diverted from obsessive thoughts of eating.

NGOs won’t run mohalla clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) flagship project, Mohalla Clinics, will not be in the hands of NGOs anymore. The project will now be run directly by the Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) with immediate effect, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has said, while announcing the Cabinet decision for the Health and Family Welfare Department taken earlier this month.The move comes days after DNA reported irregularities in the functioning of clinics and following it with a vigilance probe to establish the fact.”It has been decided that the work to establish, run, and manage the Aam Aadmi Moholla Clinics (AAMC) will be looked after by the DSHM with immediate effect,” stated the order, dated September 19.It also said “the Pattern of Assistance for releasing the Grant in Aid will be submitted by the DSHM to the Health department at the earliest, so that funds may be released as per the demand book 2017-18”.The order entails a series of “safeguards” to be taken while implementing the decision, including that the doctors or staffers engaged in these clinics are “adequately qualified” and are recruited through a “transparent” system.”The administrative department must develop a sound mechanism to verify the footfall, as claimed by the clinics. Also, the department must develop, within six months, an online system based on Aadhar,” it stated.The functioning of these clinics should be regularly monitored by the Health Department to “prevent any unfortunate happening”, Baijal directed.Besides, the order stated that selection of premises to set up clinics should be through a transparent and objective mechanism, so that the existing healthcare facilities can be utilised in an optimum manner.In case of private premises, however, “the selection and fixation of rent should be through a transparent and open process, as per the prevalent PWD/CPWD norms,” it said.The Delhi government’s vigilance report on AAP Mohalla Clinic project, submitted to Baijal, had found major irregularities in the functioning of all 160 neighbourhood health centres. The revelation came days after 45 AAP MLAs protested at the L-G office against “pending” files related to the scheme.The report highlighted violation of guidelines related to hiring of doctors and fixing of rent at the centres, which were started by Delhi’s ruling party to take diagnostics and treatment of simple ailments to people’s doorstep. The report was also submitted to the Delhi Health Minister’s Secretary on August 29, requesting Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s attention.

Govt appoints new MS in BJRM hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has appointed a new medical superintendent for Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial (BJRM) hospital where a female employee accused the former head for allegedly molesting and abusing her in the hospital.Dr Pratibha Nanda from Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital (SGMH) will be heading the hospital replacing Dr Surinder Pal whose suspension orders will be released on Thursday.”The orders have been approved by the L-G and the Health Minister,” said a senior Delhi government official. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking action against the accused in the matter.According to sources, Baijal on Wednesday gave his nod to the suspension orders. On Friday, a senior medical officer filed a complaint with Delhi police accusing Dr Pal for allegedly abusing and molesting her.The woman further stated that she had warned the medical superintendent a number of times of dire consequences and had allegedly told him not to continue with his misconduct.However, the doctor allegedly didn’t pay any heed to her warnings. The complainant then later decided to make a video of his actions. A case was registered under Sections 354, 354 A, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.Sources in the Health Department said that Pal has earlier been accused of harassing a nursing staffer at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital but no evidence could be found. He then tried to sexually assault a Data Entry Operator at the Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, following which he was transferred to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital.

Bureaucratic reshuffle in Delhi brings fresh faces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bureaucratic set-up in Delhi government once again witnessed some major changes as new faces entered the Delhi Secretariat. The Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved and issued transfer posting of few IAS officers, hence filling the vacant posts lying in the government. Departments like Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), social welfare, Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) and the finance were among the major departments to feel the jolt. According to the sources, the Principal Health Secretary Madhup Vyas is also set to move to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The order is expected to come out soon. “The orders has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the LG is going to issue the final orders by next week,” said an official from L-G house. Sachin Shinde, additional secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare has been given the charge of DSHM. The DSHM was earlier headed by Dr Tarun Seem who was under scanner for alleged irregularities in hiring three private security firms for seven government hospitals in the city. The CBI had also raided Seem’s residence as a part of their ongoing investigation. Baijal has approved his appointment with immediate effect, according to an order issued by the Delhi Services Department. Similarly, senior bureaucrat Satya Gopal has been appointed the principal home secretary of the Delhi government. Before Gopal, Finance Secretary S N Sahai, a 1986-batch IAS officer, was holding the additional charge of principal home secretary in the AAP government.In the past, the Arvind Kejriwal government and bureaucracy have been at loggerheads on a range of issues. In January last year, all Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)-cadre officers had gone on mass leave in a show of solidarity with their two colleagues suspended by the Delhi government.

CM Kejriwal set to take over water department

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take over the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), an important part of the Water Ministry of the Delhi government. The decision was taken late night on Saturday where Kejriwal met the Delhi Water Minister Rajendar Pal Gautam. The official announcement will come out early this week.The water minister himself confirmed the development. “The CM will now be the chairman of DJB, as he will take over the water utility. This was decided after long consultations that water supply is coming up as a major issue in the city with a large number of complaints regarding it,” Gautam said.The move comes after the Delhi government had hinted at financial irregularities being carried out by senior officials at the DJB. According to sources, the Vidhan Sabha committees had been asking for papers related to 14 projects under two major STPs of DJB, indicating there was an irregularity of over Rs 700 crore in these projects.”The officers in DJB are only focusing on big projects rather than the problem at the root of water contamination, leakage, and short supply. Since water supply was one of his major concerns even before coming to power, he has decided to take over the utility to change the overall working of the department. The other departments under the water ministry will remain with me,” Gautam added.He will continue to hold the portfolios of SC & ST, Social Welfare, Cooperative and Gurudwara Elections.The decision also comes following a series of deaths of sanitation workers in the city while cleaning sewers and septic tanks. The sewer network in the national Capital comes under the DJB….& ANALYSISThe fact that the Delhi CM has chosen to take charge of the water department shows that AAP once again is paying special focus to water and sewage-related issues. Kejriwal had promised free water when canvassing for votes in 2015.

Probe finds irregularities in AAP’s mohalla clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s vigilance report on the Aam Aadmi Party administration’s flagship mohalla clinics project submitted to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has found major irregularities in the functioning of all 160 neighbourhood health centres. The revelation comes a day after 45 AAP MLAs protested at the L-G office against “pending” files related to the scheme. The report has highlighted violation of guidelines for hiring doctors and fixing rents of the centres, started by Delhi’s ruling party to take diagnostics and treatment of simple ailments to people’s doorstep.The report was also submitted to the Delhi Health Minister’s Secretary on August 29, requesting Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s attention. Questions sent to Jain by DNA remained unanswered.The vigilance department probed complaints which stated that doctors are treating 533 patients in just four hours a day. “The laid down procedures, transparent and competitive process were not followed while hiring some of the facilities, services and manpower.All relevant details of patients are not being logged in for proper records,” the report said.The data of patients is monitored by Wish Foundation which had also spotted irregularities in these clinics. Doctors were found making multiple entries for many patients to jack up numbers they “have attended” to. Three such doctors were suspended early this year.The probe has also questioned the role of an NGO in evaluating the data of patients. “The data needs to be strictly under the control of the Health and Family Welfare department to ensure its reliability and integrity. The payment to doctors was made without requisite audit and verification of the patient footfall,” the vigilance department wrote in its report.The department had raised 11 points of concern and sought replies from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Chief Medical District Officer (CDMO). Senior officials also said that by allegedly “treating” so many patients in such record time, doctors are violating norms. During the inauguration of the clinics in 2015, doctors were told to spend at least 7-10 minutes on one patient.Currently, there are 110 mohalla clinics operating from various parts of the city with 106 doctors working there. Every doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day in these clinics which are operational from 9 am to 1 pm.Meanwhile, Baijal on Thursday chaired a meeting with Delhi government ministers on pending files related to mohalla clinics. The L-G assured Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that a decision will be taken soon which will be in the interest of residents. The move came a day after 45 AAP MLAs occupied the conference hall of Raj Niwas to protest against pending files.

Schools and colleges will remain open

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As tension loomed large on the Capital on Sunday, people were confused about whether schools and private institutions will remain open on Monday, when the quantum of sentence for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be pronounced by the court. Later, authorities confirmed that schools in the Capital will remain open.“Our school is open on Monday. Most other schools are open as well. Students will be safe in the premises,”Ahlcon International School Principal Ashok Pandey said.The Shriram School in Delhi, however, informed the parents that the school will not be functional on Monday. Besides, many firms in Gurugram have directed their employees to work from home. Also, schools in Ghaziabad will remain closed.BN Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar, said: “All schools will remain open. The situation is Gautam Budh Nagar is under control and we don’t feel any need to shut down the schools. All government institutes will also be functional.” Chief Secretary of Haryana, Ram Niwas, clarified that all educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges, will remain closed. Offices and schools in Gurugram, however, will stay operational.“Schools will remain open. I have sent an email to most schools, informing the authorities that there was no need to keep the institutions shut. But, if they still want to shut their schools, it is their call. From our side, there are no such directions,” District Commissioner of Police (Gurugram) Vinay Pratap Singh said.Parents, however, still remained anxious.“Though the school authorities are saying that everything is fine, we never know how the situation will take shape. We don’t want our children to suffer. The schools might remain open but we are still in two minds,”Karishma Singh, a resident of Amar Colony, said.

Docs vanish from govt hospitals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ravi Prakash, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, stands in a winding queue at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital every day. His wife, Smita, has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder, and is being treated there. “She has to undergo a surgery. We’ve been waiting here for more than three months now. There are only two doctors in the department, busy looking after those who came before us. Her condition is deteriorating. I can just hope something is done before it’s too late,” says the worried husband.Thousands of people are suffering similar trauma every day as premier government hospitals in Delhi face an acute shortage of doctors. Most exits have been triggered by fat salaries and better work environment offered by the private sector. In some cases, frequent violence in government hospitals by angry relatives of patients has also been a reason. A flawed recruitment policy has worsened the situation. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is short of 863 doctors, including 241 faculty members, 458 senior resident and 164 junior resident doctors. Across the street, Safdarjung Hospital has a shortage of 423 doctors. The number for Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) is 157 and 152, respectively.While many of these state-run institutions are losing experts to private ones, they are also struggling to fill vacancies, with “unattractive” salaries and poor infrastructure being two of the main issues. Nineteen faculty members have quit AIIMS in the last five years. Of them, three professors did so in the last six months. About 10,000 patients come to AIIMS, the country’s premier healthcare facility every day.It was a reality check for the 1,500-bed Safdarjung Hospital early this month when not a single doctor appeared for interviews scheduled to select assistant professors in its various super-speciality departments such as neurosurgery and nephrology. About 10,000 patients visit the top Central government hospital every day. At Maulana Azad Medical College, 80 per cent seats for pre-clinical posts in post-graduation courses are vacant. “The government needs to have a recruitment policy that ensures all courses get adequate applicants who graduate as doctors in various departments,” says Dean Dr Siddharth Ramji.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s latest report highlights the problem. Last year, the Union Health Ministry also said that 1,595 posts of doctors were vacant in Delhi’s top government hospitals, including AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and LHMC.The situation elsewhere in the country is worse. India has seven doctors for every 10,000 people, half the global average, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Data from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) shows the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350.Faculty recruitmentThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for the recruitment of regular doctors at hospitals run by both the Delhi government as well as the Centre. Hospitals themselves hire ad-hoc and contractual doctors. Experts say the UPSC’s recruitment process is tedious. From advertisements about vacancies to final interviews, the commission spends years to hire a doctor, they say.“By the time hirings are done, new vacancies crop up. And the cycle continues. Doctors are also tired of waiting endlessly, and, hence, they start looking for other options. The overall recruitment policy is to blame for the crisis in Delhi and other parts of the country,” says former IMA President Dr Vinay Aggarwal.The Union government has not laid down guidelines regarding ad-hoc doctors, sources say. There are a large number of medical practitioners who have been working with hospitals on an ad-hoc basis for more than 20 years and still have not been made regular by the government.“These doctors never get promotion or perks. They are working just to earn a living. If you join as an ad-hoc doctor, you will never become regular. Therefore, young doctors are now reluctant in taking up ad-hoc jobs” says Dr Aggarwal.Perks over patientsSenior doctors who are now working with private hospitals feel that with changing times, medical practitioners want to have more money at an early stage.“In the last 10 years, many new private hospitals came up all over the country. Doctors began to leave government organisations,” says Dr Anoop Mishra, chairman, Fortis C-Doc.He left AIIMS in 2007 as a professor in the department of internal medicine. “Private institutions are providing great career options to doctors,” says Mishra, who had spent 30 years with AIIMS where he started his career as an undergraduate.Also, for the younger generation, the wait of 11-12 years to get a job is no longer exciting. “We got students from Delhi schools talking about their future, and only five per cent wanted to become doctors. They did not want to wait for so long to get into the profession,” says Dr MP Sharma, head of gastroenterology at Rockland Hospital. Sharma left AIIMS in 2004. He was head of the gastro department.Security concernsIn the last two years, as many as 55 cases of assault have been reported from seven Delhi government hospitals. Data provided by the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) says that FIRs were registered in 31 cases, but in only one case the accused were held guilty. There has been no decision in other pending cases.Taking suo moto cognizance of increasing incidents of violence against doctors in government hospitals, the Delhi High Court in May called for a status report from the Centre, the Delhi government, the IMA and the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra also directed the Centre and the Delhi government to furnish details of operationalisation of all public hospitals in Delhi as well as the increase in their patient load.“There was a strike called on February 27, 2015. The Health Minister of Delhi and the Union Health Secretary promised for better security but nothing changed and more incidences of assaults followed. In June 2015, several letters were written to higher authorities regarding poor infrastructure and security issues,” says Dr Solanki.Doctors allege that the government has been giving them false promises for more than two years now. “The Delhi Health Minister in agreement with the then L-G Najeeb Jung provided 500 home guards in hospitals. But the deployed guards stayed for only 15 days, and it was back to square one,” says Dr Solanki.AIIMS in other citiesSix other AIIMS in the country are also facing an acute shortage of doctors and non-teaching staff. Of the 1,830 faculty posts, barely 583 (31 per cent) have been filled up. In each of the six premier institutions at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, and Rishikesh, 305 posts have been sanctioned. The strength at Bhopal, Raipur and Patna is 60, 74 and 52, respectively. While there are up to 22,656 posts of non-teaching staff, only 3,862 appointments have been done, whereas 83 per cent posts are vacant. Even as the Union Health Ministry is under much strain to fill up posts at existing AIIMS units, four new centres at Andhra Pradesh (Rs 1,618 crore), West Bengal (Rs 1,754 crore), Maharashtra (Rs 1,577 crore) and Uttar Pradesh (Rs 1,011 crore) have been announced.Steps takenUnion Health Minister JP Nadda informed the Rajya Sabha recently that a number of steps were being taken to meet the shortage of doctors in medical institutes. The ratio of teachers to students has been revised. The government has also enhanced the age limit for appointment, extension and re-employment of teachers, deans, principals and directors in medical colleges from 65 to 70 years. “As far as Central government hospitals are concerned, creation of new posts, including those of doctors, is a continuous process, and is taken up as per requirements and availability of resources,” he said.

Please crack down on crop burning, says Delhi Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to bring down the pollution levels in Delhi, the Delhi government on Saturday has written to the neighbouring states—Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab— asking them to take all precautionary measures to reduce crop burning.In the letter, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Saturday, explained how with the onset of winter, the Capital faced high levels of pollution leading to large cases of respiratory illness. The letter stated that starting from October, the capital had been engulfed in a thick blanket of smog which has been due in large part to the burning of crops in other neighbouring states.”The detailed analysis of ambient air quality data shows that Particulate matter like PM2.5 and PM 1, gaseous pollutants like NO2. CO, secondary pollutant like NH3 show an increasing trend in the month of October, November, which coincide with agricultural/ crop burning in neighbouring states,” Hussain said in his letter.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) monitor ambient air quality in the country under the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Three air pollutants—sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10)—are monitored at 684 manual monitoring stations in 302 cities/towns in 29 states and five union territories, out of which 10 are in Delhi.The National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Delhi High Court have also from time to time directed the neighbouring states for submitting the action plan to prevent air pollution emanating from crop stubble burning after the harvesting season.Moderate to poor is the air quality when particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM10 levels are between 61-90 µg/m3 (microgram per cubic meter) and 101-250 µg/m3 respectively; very poor is when PM 2.5 or PM 10 levels are between 121-250µg/m3 and 351-430 µg/m3 respectively; severe is when ambient PM 2.5 or PM 10 levels are more than 250µg/m3 and 430µg/m3 respectively and very severe or emergency is when PM 2.5 or PM 10 levels are above 300µg/m3 and 500µg/m3 respectively, and persist for 48 hours or more.

Govt to carry out devpt works in unauthorised colonies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government is planning to carry out development works in around 1,700 unauthorised colonies through irrigation and food control department. The Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain informed in Delhi Assembly on Wednesday.Replying to a question in the Delhi Assembly, Jain said that at present, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) only carries out civic projects in unauthorised colonies across the city.”The Government has made a plan to allow irrigation and flood control department to look after the development works in around 1,700 unauthorised colonies along with DSIIDC,” Jain told the House during the Question Hour.The decision came after some MLAs complained that there has been a delay in executing development works in unauthorised colonies falling under their constituencies.The minister also said that due to delay in regularisation of unauthorised colonies by the Centre, developmental works have been affected.Jain also asked BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, who said that around 99 per cent of colonies are unauthorised in his constituency, to take up the issue of regularisation of all colonies in Delhi with the Centre, where his party is in power.The information comes a day after the state government submitted its report on how unauthorised colonies are choking the drains resulting into traffic snarls. The 17-page long report had highlighted the main factors of flooding of drains as the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies with no basic civic amenities including sewerage and storm water drainage system, mixed flow of sewage and storm water, inadequate municipal waste collection and disposal system, poor sweeping mechanism, excessive concretisation of road berms, waste from dairy colonies including cow dung and dumping of solid waste, garbage, cow dung, and construction and demolition waste in the drains.HOW THE PLAN WILL WORK OUTAs per the report, the short term measures include removal of encroachment from drains, ban on plastics, rigorous awareness campaigns while the medium term measure is quite ambitious.
The suggestion was to deploy machines such as super sucker, suction-cum-jetting machines, wheeled excavators for ensuring desilting to do away manual labour and a cost of Rs 3,094 crore has been estimated for purchase and maintenance of this equipment.
Meanwhile, The Delhi Government reintroduced the Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Bill 2017 and Delhi Netaji Subhash University of Technology Bill 2017 in the assembly on Wednesday.
The House had passed both bills in 2015 and sent them to the central government for clearance. But the bills were returned by the President to the assembly for “reconsideration”.

Capital sees 166 new cases of swine flu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 166 fresh cases of swine flu have been reported from Delhi taking the total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 517. The figures are till July 30. The deadly virus has claimed a total of four lives as per the official data provided by the Union Health Ministry.The death toll due to H1N1 virus has reached around 736 across the country with over 15,121 cases of the viral infection.In 2016, the capital had reported 193 cases of H1N1 virus till this time of the year. Symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, bodyache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid catching the infection.”We have admitted 105 patients who came with the symptoms of swine flu till now. The hospital has witnessed 25 suspected death due to the deadly virus,” said a senior doctor from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.The Union Health Ministry has also issued guidelines for influenza vaccination for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons with compromised immunity due to other diseases and has asked the State Governments and Union Territories Administration, to evolve a plan for vaccinating the health care workers and persons at higher risk, on yearly basis depending upon the public health burden of influenza.Even the NCR areas — Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon has also reported 39 fresh cases of the influenza.The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription. There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous. It requires ventilator support immediately.Dr. Arvind Minz, Internal Medicine, QRG Central Hospital & Research Centre said, “Till date we had three patients who were tested positive with swine flu and have been treated. A major problem which we are witnessing is that many people have trouble determining if they have a seasonal flu or swine flu; the symptoms are quite similar, although swine flu’s symptoms are a bit more intense.”In 2009, when H1N1 was spreading fast in many countries around the world, the World Health Organisation called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu across the world, including in India, but the cyclical nature of the virus means that every few years there is a spurt in cases and deaths.

PWD brochure to showcase infra projects to other states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to showcase its state-of-the-art infrastructural projects, the Public Works Department (PWD) is preparing a brochure about all the flyovers, foot-over bridges, and under-passes constructed in the Capital, so far, to be presented to other states.In a meeting held recently, senior department officials shortlisted the projects for the brochure. “Some of our projects are first of their kind in the entire country. The aim is to make our department work popular in other cities as well,” a senior PWD official said. For instance, Delhi’s Signature Bridge, which has been lying pending since 2004, is expected to be one of the best works by the department, which had hired German engineers to help with its design. According to the PWD, about 90 per cent of the work has been completed. Sources, however, said it was unlikely that the project will be finished by December.The official further said: “We will also get an opportunity to understand the functioning of other states. The officials will be working according to the state’s ideology and their demands. We are hoping to get a positive response to our brochure.” Meanwhile, the department is planning to de-congest five major flyovers in the Capital. Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal had also reviewed the task force for de-congestion of these pilot corridors — Aurobindo Marg (Aurobindo Marg-Andheria More), Mathura Road (Neela Gumbad-Badarpur Flyover), Outer Ring Road (Chirag Delhi Crossing-Savitri Flyover), Sardar Patel Marg, (11 Murti-Rajokari Border), and Dhaula Kuan, (Dhaula Kuan Flyover-GGR Flyover, Sanjay T-Point).He had directed the local bodies to come out with a plan to create more stack parking, so that road side parking could be freed for better circulation of traffic.De-congestionThe PWD is planning to de-congest five major flyovers in the CapitalLieutenant Governor had also reviewed the task force for de-congestion of these pilot corridors He had directed the local bodies to come out with a plan to create more stack parking

Sisodia writes to CAG, demands audit of DU colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Delhi government stopped the funding of 28 colleges of Delhi University, the deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has written a letter to CAG demanding an audit of these colleges. The move came after Sisodia had received complaints of corruption against a few of the colleges.Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, also posted a letter from BJP MP Udit Raj on his Twitter handle, complaining of “alleged irregularities” in appointments to government funded colleges.”As a consequence of this seemingly deliberate and malafide delay, there have been no governing bodies in these colleges for the past 10 months. Therefore, there has been no financial or procedural oversight and monitoring of these colleges,” Sisodia wrote in his letter to CAG.While 12 out of 28 colleges are fully funded by the Delhi government, the remaining 16 receive only five percent of their grants from it. The fully-funded colleges include: Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Maharaja Agarsen College, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Bhagini Nivedita College.”28 colleges need CAG audit as there are complaints of corruption; with no Governing Bodies for 10 months, there’s been no oversight,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets.”It seems governing bodies have not been formed so that corruption and irregularities can go on. Public money cannot be wasted like this”, he addedSisodia on Monday took to the social media and announced his decision. “Hv ordered Fin Dept to stop funding for Delhi gov funded 28 DU colleges, as DU not willing to form governing bodies for last 10 months,” he tweeted.The Delhi University (DU) teachers, on the other hand, have written to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to complete the GB formation process so that students do not suffer due to funds freeze.FAQsWhat is the college’s governing body?A college’s governing body comprises 15 members, out of which five are nominated by the state government. The body is responsible for taking several administrative decisions.Which colleges are fully funded by the Delhi government?Out of the 28 colleges, Maharaja Agrasen College, BR Ambedkar College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita College etc are wholly funded by the Delhi government.Which colleges are partially funded by the Delhi government?The College of Vocational Studies, Rajdhani College, Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Aurobindo College, Kalindi College and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College are among those partially funded by the state.COLLEGES FUNDEDOut of the 28 colleges, Maharaja Agrasen College, BR Ambedkar College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita College etc are wholly funded by the Delhi government.
The College of Vocational Studies, Rajdhani College, Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Aurobindo College, Kalindi College and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College are among those partially funded by the state.

DNA EXCLUSIVE: 4-yr-old rape survivor’s tests delayed for hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to an AAP government-run hospital after a four-year-old rape survivor’s medical examination was allegedly delayed for several hours as doctors present were clueless about procedures to be followed in such cases.The 100-bed Rao Tularam Memorial Hospital in southwest Delhi has also set up an inquiry committee to probe the alleged negligence and sought a report by Monday.Since the hospital did not have a gynaecologist to attend to the minor, she, after a partial examination, had to be referred to the government’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for a complete check-up.Sources at Rao Tularam Hospital said the doctors who were available when the child was brought were not aware about the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to deal with rape survivors.”The girl and her family had to wait for several hours to get a medical examination done. The doctors on duty were clueless about the procedures and only partially examined her,” said a senior doctor from the hospital, requesting anonymity.The minor was allegedly raped by driver Pawan Kumar, 30, at 1 pm on Tuesday while he was dropping her home from her school. She was taken to the hospital after her condition deteriorated in the evening. The parents also registered a complaint with the police. The mother said the police nabbed the accused when he came to pick her daughter for school the next day.”The van has also been seized. A case has been registered under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO),” said a police officer.According to guidelines under the POCSO Act, a child survivor should be brought to a hospital for emergency medical care as soon as the police receives a report of the offence. A registered medical practitioner is required to examine her without delay and prepare a report.DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “The hospital did not attend to the survivor properly. We have asked the hospital to submit a reply.”the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Sangeeta Basu, said that a junior female doctor was present at the time of the examination. “The counsellor was not satisfied with the hospital’s way of dealing with the case. We have no specialist services at night, so we had decided to conduct the remaining tests next morning”.According to the police, the crime took place at 1 PM in an area under Haridas Nagar police station in outer Delhi. The girl was raped on a stretch of one km between her school to home.HOSP GETS NOTICEDCW puts Rao Tularam Hospital on notice for alleged negligence; hospital also sets up probe panel.
The child had to be referred to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for a full medical examination.
The girl was allegedly raped by a school van driver while she was being dropped home on Tuesday.

IP University to get its own campus in Shahdara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a long wait, the project committee of Delhi government has passed the decision on the construction of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University’s campus in east Delhi’s Shahdara. The foundation stone of the building was laid by the former Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani in 2014.”The decision has been taken on Friday. We all were waiting for approval from the board. The construction work will begin soon,” said a senior Delhi government official. The estimated cost of the campus is Rs 271 crore.Spread over 18.75 acres of land, the institute will accommodate 1,500 students in the two schools which will function from the campus. At present, the University’s School of Architecture and Planning is being run from the temporary campus located at Kashmere Gate.The two schools — School of Architecture and School of Design — will offer six courses including four undergraduate and two Master programmes in the field of architecture, planning and design.The campus will be a completely net-zero energy consumption campus, with all in-house facilities to deal with power, water, drainage and waste.”As per the plan, the campus will house an administrative block, residential areas, car parking and a block for sports and cultural activities. The campus will have solar panels, and extensive green roofing and reflective tiles,” the official said.Earlier, the university had decided to construct the campus of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at this site. However, the IIIT was later established by the Delhi government separately.”Therefore the Building and Works Committee of Guru Gobind Singh University decided to establish the University School of Architectural & Planning and University School of Design (USD) at Surajmal Vihar,” added the official.What’s new on campusNet-zero energy consumption institutional campusThe campus will have solar panels installed acrossTotal plot area: 18.75 acreEstimated cost: Rs 271 cr

Heavy waterlogging but no solution insight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi has in the last one month witnessed ample amount of rainfall, bringing relief to residents from the humidity, but this has also exposed the Capital’s inefficiency to deal with the civic mess. Most of the popular roads in the Capital complained of heavy water-logging resulting in hour-long traffic jams.As a part of their regular exercise, the Delhi Traffic Police, had informed the civic agencies about the 370 points in the Capital that have repeatedly reported waterlogging due to rain.”These areas should have been given special attention. Every year, we received complaints from these areas. We issue an advisory every monsoon season just to prevent waterlogging again,” said a senior official from the traffic police.Sources in the department allege that even after flagging the civic agencies, no work was done to improve the condition of roads in the capital.The worst affected areas include the Ring Road, Defence Colony, South Extension, Nehru Place, Sarai Kale Khan, Okhla junction and the Outer Ring Road. “There is a never ending jam on Delhi roads during the monsoon season.The roads are bumpy and the potholes are not even taken care of. I prefer taking a metro rather than going by my office cab,” said Arushi Singh, a resident of Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi.According to the officials, the multiplicity of the agencies in dealing with the issue is one of the major causes for the delay.”No one is ready to take the blame. The MCD says it has completed their work, while the traffic police puts it on the civic agency. When there are so many agencies involved, how can the problem be solved?” said a senior official from the Public Works Department (PWD).According to official statistics, the PWD received 1,352 road-related (potholes, broken footpaths etc) complaints this month — till July 26. In June, the department received 992 complaints. Additionally, the PWD got 827 complaints related to waterlogging this month, till July 26. It got 924 such complaints in June.AnalysisWaterlogging is a problem and the multiplicity of agencies and their inability to work together has ensured that little has been done to free up Delhi’s roads. The stagnant water can also lead to a health crisis as it is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Living on in others: 25-year-old man’s organs save three lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is dead, yet he is alive. The organs of a 25-year-old man, who lost his life in a road accident in Delhi, gave a new lease of life to three people. A green corridor was created on the busy roads of south Delhi late on Wednesday to transport the organs to the recipients.The proposal to donate his organs was discussed with the family members who gave their consent, despite their irreparable loss.In coordination with Delhi Police, a heart was transported from Fortis Rajan Dhall hospital in Vasant Kunj to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Okhla in 18 minutes.The donor, a 25-year-old male, a road accident victim was brought into the emergency ward of Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj at 3:58 am on Monday with multiple fractures and multiple organ failure, post which he was declared brain dead.The first declaration was made at 10:30 am on July 25 and the second at 6:13 pm the same day.According to the hospital-wise data decided by National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), the heart was allocated to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, one kidney to Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, one kidney to BLK Hospital and the liver was given to Sir Gangaram Hospital.A life-saving heart transplant was carried out on a 24-year-old patient suffering from congestive heart failure.”The young patient suffered from myocarditis due to congestive heart failure. In this case, his heart muscles did not relax after each pumping and hence there was excessive water retention in the body. Over the years, the patient’s condition grew serious and he was in dire need of a heart transplant,” said Dr Vishal Rastogi, principal intervention Cardiologist, Head, advanced Heart Failure Program, FEHI.”The Delhi Police played a vital role in making the green corridor a success. They not only save lives on the road but also by being an integral part in such times of need by enabling transportation of vital organs. They have truly become a fundamental part of our teams,” said Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Head, Cardiology Council, Fortis Healthcare.

Swine flu on the rise: Delhi sees over 300 cases since January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Delhi is struggling hard to deal with the dengue and chikungunya menace, the rise in the cases of swine flu has put the entire nation on a red alert.As many as 320 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported from the national capital as per the data provided by the Delhi government on Tuesday.”Two people have died due to the deadly virus in the capital,” said a senior government official.Symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, body ache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid catching the infection.The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription. There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous. It requires ventilator support immediately.As per the government data, 12,500 cases have been reported so far from the entire nation.Maharashtra is the worst affected with 284 deaths followed by Gujarat (75), Kerala (63) and Rajasthan (59), government data shows.”The number of cases will go up in the coming days. Generally, the cases of swine flu arrive in Delhi in the month of September. This year, we have the cases of vector-borne diseases combined with the H1NI virus. It is a deadly combination,” said Dr SP Byotra, Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital.In 2009, when H1N1 was spreading fast in many countries around the world, the World Health Organisation called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu across the world, including in India, but the cyclical nature of the virus means that every few years there is a spurt in cases and deaths.

Docs save Yemen gunshot victim’s hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Life for 37-year-old Abdullah Marwan changed four months ago when he got caught in an exchange of fire in Yemen, leaving him with a deep wound on his right arm. Apart from the unbearable physical pain, what troubled him more was the mental pressure of not being able to perform basic tasks.”I had sustained an open fracture of the right humerus with significant bone loss, nerve injury and a massive wound over the right arm. Because of the injury to the nerves, it was difficult to lift my wrist or move my fingers. Most of the time, I felt handicapped and my confidence had really gone down,” said Abdullah.Doctors in Yemen were unable to completely treat him and for nearly four months, the wounds were only managed through wound debridement (wound cleaning) and regular dressings.After many such repeated unsuccessful treatments, Abdullah and his family researched about getting the right treatment and then came to India. After a thorough examination, doctors in Delhi diagnosed a severely comminuted fracture, also commonly known as multiple bone splinters of the right humerus with massive bone loss due to the firearm pellets.”He came to us with a severely disabled arm. His right arm was immobile and it was difficult for him to even perform basic daily tasks. It didn’t help much that the wound was four months old, and had not received adequate medical treatment in the past,” said Dr Ramneek Mahajan, Director of Orthopaedics & Head – Joint reconstruction (Hip & Knee) Unit, Max Smart Super Speciality hospital, Saket.Abdullah was discharged with a renewed confidence in being able to carry out his daily routines.

Move docs away from Delhi Secretariat into hosps: L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of rising cases of dengue and chikungunya in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has shot off a letter to the Delhi government asking them not to deploy doctors, para-medical and non-medical staff in the Delhi Secretariat and other government offices. In his letter to Chief Secretary MM Kutty and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the L-G also asked for an action-taken report to be submitted within two weeks.”Considering the current need to gear up our health infrastructure to meet the challenges of rising cases of dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases, it would be desirable to look into this matter urgently and repatriate all such staff to their respective institutions,” the L-G said in his letter dated July 20.Sources in the health department feel that the move has been aimed at shifting qualified doctors back to the hospitals who have been given administrative jobs. “The main job of the doctor is to treat patients and not to pass orders.He should be ideally sitting in the hospital and treating patients. Even a single doctor can help in taking the burden off from existing staff,” said a senior health official requesting anonymity.Many government hospitals in Delhi are reeling under acute shortages of ophthalmologists and paediatricians. “Some of the senior paediatricians are handling administrative work in the Delhi Secretariat while the hospitals are left to suffer,” added another senior government official.The L-G had earlier directed the agencies to effectively monitor and improve the functioning of their 24X7 helpline numbers and update their database to provide real-time information on beds and other details to the public. Baijal also directed the municipal bodies to designate a nodal person for each ward, who will be responsible for vector control, awareness-related measures, and ward-wise reports of activities being carried out at the ground level. These, he said, should be submitted on a daily basis to the controlling authorities.

NGO sells newspaper to feed the needy outside AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ram Singh, a resident of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (UP), had come to the Capital three weeks ago, for the treatment of his wife, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Singh, who is already struggling for funds, has been living outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). An NGO has now come to the aid of Singh and hundreds of others like him, by feeding them free meals.Uday Foundation, which works for the homeless, will now be serving food to the needy people outside AIIMS daily. The NGO is gathering funds for this by collecting and selling old newspapers. On Wednesday, more than 1,500 people were fed and as much as 3,000 kg newspaper was sold for the purpose.”It was such a pleasant surprise. We have invested most of our money in coming to the national Capital. And now we are trying to save every penny. Then these people came with the food and served it to every single person sitting outside the hospital,” Singh said.”People only waste newspaper. We thought why don’t we use them for a good cause. In the last five days, we have received 3,000 kg newspapers, which can be used to serve almost 3,600 people,” sai Rahul Verma, founder of Uday Foundation. According to an estimate, 10 kg of paper can serve nearly 12 people. Till now, the meals were being served twice a week but the NGO plans to extend it to the entire week. “We are putting the entire schedule online. People can visit our NGO and donate newspaper. We will then use them for a good cause,” Verma added.On an average, a plate of food costs Rs 15, equivalent to the cost of 1.5 kg newspapers.COME, BE A PARTThose willing to donate can visit the Foundation’s centre at 113A/1, Adchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg
Volunteers can also join the team during the food distribution drive

Woman at 102 oldest hip fracture survivor at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At 102, Khazani Devi has become the oldest patient at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to have recovered, almost miraculously, from a hip fracture. Not only that, the strong-willed woman has even started moving slowly in the corridors of the country’s premier medical institute.After slipping on a bathing mat at her home recently, the Gurugram resident was immediately rushed to AIIMS. With no such medical history, this was the first time that she had suffered an injury.”She is the oldest patient we have treated, so far. Before this, we had treated a 100-year- old person. As soon as she came to the hospital, we started her operation. Now, she is walking safely in our ward,” Dr Rajesh Malhotra, Professor of Orthopaedics and Chief of the Trauma Centre, AIIMS, said.Hip fractures and damage to spine and forearms are some of the most common injuries associated with falls. Among the elderly, who have weaker structural muscles, poor balance, reflexes, vision, and attenuated bones, a slip can often lead to much more dangerous injuries. In fact, according to doctors, a ‘hip-attack’ can kill and it is extremely important to get it operated upon immediately.”Many patients with such fractures come to hospitals very late. Most of them do not even recognise the injury. Every day they pass on the bed, their chances of getting better drop. Even in the US, three-four patients out of 10 die of hip fractures,” Dr Malhotra said.”In addition to the fractures, we have to deal with Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones. One Osteoporosis-related fracture leads to another,” he added.Ruing the government apathy in this regard, Dr Ajay Gupta, head of Orthopaedics at the Lok Nayak hospital, said: “Hip fractures are the most neglected in Delhi. It is one of the most common fracture and yet there are no facilities for it. Many times, patients coming to us have been turned away by almost all big hospitals in the Capital due to shortage of C-arm machines. The government must pay attention to such patients.”Though it is the Capital, a large number of government hospitals are struggling to get basic C-arm machines, a must for Orthopaedic treatment, doctors said.STOP NEGLECTINGThough it is the Capital, a large number of government hospitals are struggling to get basic C-arm machines, a must for Orthopaedic treatment.
Dr Ajay Gupta said that many times, patients coming to them are the ones who have been turned away by almost all big hospitals in the Capital due to shortage of C-arm machines.
He also said that the government must pay attention to such patients.

Govt to fund surgeries at 48 pvt hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking away the burden from government hospitals in the Capital, the Delhi government on Saturday made surgeries free in 48 private hospitals. So, next time if any government hospital asks you to wait for a month to get a surgery done, you can immediately move to a nearby private hospital and avail the treatment without waiting for it.The health scheme launched by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday will focus on improving health facilities across the Capital. Kejriwal announced on Saturday that Delhi residents won’t have to wait for life-saving surgeries in government hospitals as they can get them done for free in private ones.He added that if any patient doesn’t get a date for surgery at a government hospital within a month, the hospital would refer them to private hospitals and the government would pay all the expenses.”We want to ensure that people, irrespective of their economic status, get the best health and education facilities and this is a step in that direction,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.He added that this was the third in a series of initiatives taken by the Delhi government, after ensuring free medicines in all government hospitals and allowing free medical tests at private diagnostic centres.Responding to criticism that the money paid to private hospitals for treatment could be used to augment government ones, Kejriwal said the government hospitals would receive as much money as needed to boost their infrastructure. “It would take years to create that infrastructure while patients need immediate attention. So this step is aimed to provide immediate relief on a temporary basis,” he said.”We want to create such healthcare system that all patients get all medical tests within the hospitals and get dates for surgeries within a month,” he added.

L-G directs govt to clear signal free corridor to IGI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move, which will ease out traffic on one of the busiest roads, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has directed the Delhi government to clear the North-South signal-free corridor from Wazirabad to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport at the earliest. The decision came after the government gave a presentation on the project worth Rs 6,000 crore.”We made a presentation on the project before the L-G, who took a keen interest and directed UTTIPEC — Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre — to approve the project at the earliest,” Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain said after a meeting with Baijal and other PWD officials.The project will benefit a large number of Delhi residents by reducing travel time between north Delhi and the airport. “It takes around three hours to reach the airport from Wazirabad because of traffic jams at various places. Once this corridor is completed, time needed to travel between Wazirabad and airport will be reduced to 30 minutes only,” Jain said.The signal-free corridor comprises 28.6 km of elevated six-laned road and a six-kilometre tunnel between Zakhira and Pankha Road in west Delhi. The corridor will start from the Signature Bridge in Wazirabad and end at UER II (Urban Extension Road II) near the Indira Gandhi International Airport via Zakhira, Pankha Road, Nalah Road, and Dwarka.According to sources, the project was awaiting approval for about a year and a half. “The project will now be completed in three and a half years. There will be no hurdle once the project is approved. All formalities have been completed,” Jain added.A similar east-west signal-free corridor of nearly 29 km — from Anand Vihar in east Delhi to near Tikri Border in west Delhi — was delayed due to some objections from the Railways.Meanwhile, the Signature Bridge in Wazirabad will now be completed by May-June 2018, against the 2017-end deadline, since construction will remain suspended for four months due to monsoon.BRIDGE DELAYEDThe Signature Bridge in Wazirabad will now be completed by May-June 2018, against the 2017-end deadline, since construction will remain suspended for four months due to monsoon.

Signature Bridge to be finished by December

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has accelerated the process for the much-awaited Signature Bridge. A proposal for the budget for over Rs 100 crore has been sent to the finance department for final approval on Monday. Once the budget is approved by the department, work on the bridge will pick up pace.”The file which was stuck for more than two years has finally been moved to the finance department. We are now waiting for the final nod,” said a senior PWD official.The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been declared a white elephant by the AAP government. A budget of Rs 1,131 crore was sanctioned but till now Rs 1,575 crore have been spent.”We are waiting for the pending funds for more than two years now. A total amount of Rs 331 crore is pending and we have been asking the Delhi government to get it cleared. Once the amount is cleared from the cabinet, it will be transferred to us and we can go ahead with the work,” said a senior PWD official.”If the funds are not transferred, work will be delayed. It is already getting hampered due to shortage of funds,” added another PWD official.Since early 2015, after AAP started monitoring the project, the deadline was shifted twice. In September 2016, a “final” deadline of April 2017 had been set. It was then moved to September 2017 and now the latest deadline is the end of this year.Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajinder Pal Gautam, who had inspected the bridge earlier this month, had written to the chief secretary, saying that the work should not go on beyond December 31, this year, under any circumstances.Gautam’s visit follows an inspection of the bridge by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in January this year when a deadline of September 30, 2017 was fixed.Sources who were part of that inspection team, had even then warned that the pace of work was extremely slow and that it could easily spill into 2018.

Delhi to start bid to go solar with govt offices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to spread awareness about the use of green energy, the Delhi government’s Power Department has planned a massive outreach programme for various resident welfare associations (RWAs) across the national Capital. Last week, the department had opened the registration process for installation of rooftop solar power plants in the city, as it aims to tap one Giga Watt of green energy by 2020.Under the scheme, 30 per cent financial assistance for the solar photo-voltaic plant will be given by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). A generation-based incentive (GBI) of Rs two per unit will also be there for the residential category, a senior Delhi government official said.”It is extremely important to have net metering in all areas. We are starting from Delhi government offices and then will move on to other commercial establishments. Eventually, everyone should have a net metering system,” the official added.Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. As of now, there are 53 net metering systems in Delhi. According to an official: “The maintenance of panels will be an issue. Discoms will have to play a major role in pushing the model forward.”The Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) has empanelled vendors for solar photo-voltaic installations. The BSES, at present, has around 400 net metering connections in various parts of the Capital, with a sanctioned load of over 15 MW.”We are aggressive in regard to the installation of solar power panels in residential as well as commercial establishments,” a BSES official said.Earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal had directed the Power Department to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) and a roadmap to promote installation of solar power panels in the city.NET METERINGNet metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid.
As of now, there are 53 net metering systems in Delhi.

Govt to standardise user charges in autonomous medical institutes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government is planning to standardise user charges in all autonomous medical institutes under them in the Capital. Sources told DNA that currently the six autonomous institutes are charging patients as per their individual rules, which will soon be changed.User charges are the nominal amount that is collected by public hospitals for certain tests and imaging services. The government’s latest move, aimed at bringing uniformity in the charges, will take some of the burden away from patients who otherwise end up paying a huge amount for the treatment.”The idea is to bring uniformity among the rates. The patients should not feel that they are paying more for their treatment. We are preparing a proposal and it will be discussed with all the hospitals. The rates will be finalised as per the rules and regulations,” said a senior government official.”The user charges in some of the hospitals are on the higher side. On the other hand, some don’t have any user charges. We want to bring them under one umbrella. Some of the patients came to us about the non-uniformity and hence it was decided to bring some clarity in the charges,” added the official.There are six autonomous institutes in Delhi — Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Rajiv Gandhi super-speciality hospital, Janakpuri super-speciality hospital, Delhi State Cancer Institute, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya and the Maulana Azad Institute for Dental Sciences (MAIDS).Reacting to the government’s proposal, the medical fraternity said, “Whatever the government will charge, we will follow it. Most of the surgeries are free in our hospital. Generally, the dental treatment is very expensive, but we are offering it to the patients at a minimal cost,” said Dr Mahesh Verma, director, MAIDS. The dental institute caters to more than 2,000 patients on a daily basis.”The idea is good but the government should do a lot of ground work before taking the decision. The user charges should be decided after considering the type of treatment these institutes offer,” said Dr RK Grover, director, Delhi State Cancer Institute.In February, the Delhi government had waived off user charges in all the government hospitals and made diagnostic tests free of cost, using the money ‘saved’ from the three flyover projects.

Over 6k DTC buses to get CCTV cameras after Delhi Cabinet nod

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the installation of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in more than 6,000 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore.The money will come from the Nirbhaya fund and the move is aimed at ensuring safety of women in state-run buses. The fund was named after a 23-year-old paramedical student, who was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus in December, 2012, and subsequently succumbed to her injuries.The Delhi Transport Department had submitted a proposal to authorise the DTC call tenders and sign the agreement for installation of CCTV cameras in 6,350 DTC and cluster buses. “The project will be funded by the Centre’s Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD). The DTC will appoint the Bid Process Manager through open tender enquiry,” a senior government official said.Commenting on the decision, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said: “The Delhi Cabinet has taken an important decision towards creating a safe and secure environment for the public, especially women, in Delhi. This measure would impart a feeling of security to women using public transport.”The DTC has already installed CCTV cameras in 200 of its buses. At present, it runs around 3,800 buses. Besides, there are 1,200 cluster buses, operated by the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System (DIMTS).As per the plan, a total of three latest IP CCTV cameras will be installed in each bus and will be maintained for the next five years. The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has recommended detailed specifications for CCTV cameras under the project ‘National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System’.”The specifications of the proposed CCTV cameras would be either equivalent or higher to these specifications,” the official added.In his first budget speech as the Finance Minister for the financial year 2015-16, Manish Sisodia had proposed installation of CCTV cameras in all DTC and cluster buses in the national Capital. In 2015, the then DTC Chairman and Managing Director had sought Rs 103.25 crore to install these cameras in the entire fleet.This was followed by the Delhi government’s direction to the DTC to install the cameras in 200 buses on a pilot basis….& ANALYSISThe move will ensure safety and security of women in state-run buses.
With this development, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government might once again get the support of the general public.

Kapil Mishra will have to vacate Civil Lines house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ousted Delhi government minister Kapil Mishra will soon have to let go of his official residence in the Civil Lines area. Earlier this week, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain sent a letter to the department officials, instructing them to get the house vacated at the earliest.”His name is still outside the house. As he is not a Delhi government minister anymore, he shouldn’t be allowed to live in the government residence,” Jain wrote in his letter to the department.Mishra has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore as bribe from Health Minister Jain. He also filed a complaint in this regard with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Following the stunning allegation, Mishra was suspended from AAP’s primary membership.Continuing his salvo against the party’s top leadership, Mishra then lodged three FIRs with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) — first on the alleged cash deal between Jain and Kejriwal, second on how Jain helped Kejriwal’s close relatives to benefit from illegal land deals, and the third on illegal use of funds by senior party leaders during foreign tours.”He will not be allowed to stay in the house, even if he is willing to pay the rent. The rent of the house is 65 times the license fee, which would come to around Rs 1-2 lakh per month,” a senior Delhi government official said.According to sources, the house may now be allotted to Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, whose house at DDU Marg has been identified by the High Court for converting into a family court.

Signature Bridge has to be finished by Dec

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The work on the Signature Bridge in Delhi has picked up pace after a team of engineers was called in from Germany to expedite the process. Delhi Tourism Minister Rajender Pal Gautam visited the bridge on Saturday and instructed the officials to complete the work by December, 2017.”Bearings on the bridge have been attached and another engineer from Germany will be coming by next week. Officials have been instructed not to miss the deadline this time,” Gautam said.The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been called a white elephant by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Rs 1,131 crore was sanctioned for the project but Rs 1,575 crore has already been spent.”We have been waiting for the pending funds for more than two years now. A total of Rs 331 crore is pending and we have been asking the Delhi government to get it cleared. Once the amount is cleared from the Cabinet, it will be transferred to us and we can go ahead with the work,” a senior PWD official said.

Will compensation policy bring respite to Delhiites amid major power cuts?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi, this week broke all the power records and reached 6,526 MW, the highest ever.As the power demand was at its peak, the residential areas faced frequent power cuts, leading to the residents looking for alternatives like inverters and generators.The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal has recently approved the proposal made by Delhi government. As per the plan, the discoms will compensate the general public for the unscheduled power cuts in the city.According to the compensation policy on power outages that was struck down by the High Court, a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer was to be levied for the first two hours followed by Rs 100 for every subsequent hour.The 6,000 MW-mark was breached for the first time on May 16 last year and then the demand had touched 6,261 MW on June 30 in 2016.Many areas in Delhi experienced frequent power cuts owing to the increase in the demand.EXPERT SPEAKThe anticipated demand this year was 6500 MW. If demand will even reach to 8,000 MW, we have the provision to meet the requirements.—Dr Rishi Raj Bhati, spokesperson, Delhi Transco LimitedI don’t think 8,000 MW can be arranged by the government. The implementation of the compensation scheme is extremely difficult.—Pawan Kumar Gupta, Ex GM, State Load Despatch Centre Delhi Transco Limited Delhi Transco Limited…& ANALYSISAAP government’s proposal to make discoms compensate the general public for the unscheduled power cuts in the city will have to be implemented very carefully to ensure there are no glitches
If implemented well, the plan will be a success and will be a great move for the government of Delhi who is trying hard to gain back the confidence of the citizens Power cuts are common during summer seasons. In South Delhi — Saket and Malviya Nagar suffer the most. However my locality, Kailash colony also goes through the same for an hour in every two days. I don’t know what is the reason behind it? Is it like the amount of electricity consumed by the capital is extremely high, so they cut it down for sometime in a day?—Rini Paul Chaudhury, Kailash ColonyI can only say that in Vasant Kunj I don’t suffer frequent persecute. Last brief power cut was 10 days ago. We have two-three hours of power cut only once in fortnight. Apart from it we don’t suffer much due to power cut.—Malvika Kaul, Vasant KunjPower cuts have become common in our area this summer and what is more annoying is that these cuts happen in the night, just when we are about to go to bed. The odd timings for these cuts past midnight, ruin the next day as well—Priti Grover, Paschim PuriThere is frequent power cut in our area specifically during summer. Last week, there was a blackout for around five hours in our locality. Now, the Delhi government is saying that it will give compensation power cut. We will see how much they will stick to their promise.—Ranjana Kumari, Jasola

Posh eateries serving unhygienic food, says Delhi food department

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking discovery, the Department of Food Safety (DFS) of Delhi has found that many posh restaurants and upscale brands in the Capital are serving “unsafe” and “unhygienic” food to Delhiites. According to the department officials, food samples collected from restaurants in Connaught Place which included KFC, Ardor and restaurants belonging to the ITC Maurya in Pancharipuri, were found to be unsafe and not fit for consumption.As per the report prepared by the DFS, a sample of chocolate truffle cake was taken from a restaurant in the ITC Maurya, a piece of chicken stripe from KFC and a sample of aloo sabzi from Ardor restaurant in the month of March.Apart from these restaurants, samples were also lifted from other parts of Delhi and sent for testing.”These samples have been found unsafe. A notice has been sent to all the eateries for further action,” said Pawan Kamra, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Food Safety, Delhi government.Officials said that the chocolate truffle cake was contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, the aloo sabzi from Ardor was coloured with unpermitted oil soluble synthetic colouring matter and the KFC chicken stripe had the anti-caking agent — silicon dioxide. According to health experts, presence of pathogenic bacteria in food can lead to food poisoning and the presence of the other chemicals in the food samples are worrisome When asked to respond, most of the eateries said that they have challenged the report.”We have challenged the report of the Food Analyst and the matter is sub-judice. The food sample has also been tested by an independent National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited laboratory which has found the same to be fit for human consumption,” said a spokesperson from ITC Maurya.”We maintain utmost hygiene standards and don’t use any synthetics or artificial flavours in our food. We have sent the samples for retesting to higher authorities through the department only. In case that also fails, then we will take legal recourse against MDH because those are the spices that we use. This too would be done after complete calibration,” said Suveeth Kalra, owner, Ardor.”The safety and health of our customers is our top most priority. We are in compliance with the laws of the land. All ingredients that we use in our food and beverages are approved by food safety authorities, including the FSSAI. We would like to assure our customers that we have stringent processes in place to make sure that the food and beverages we serve at KFC are safe and meet the highest quality standards,” said a spokesperson from KFC India. However officials disagree and say complaints have been filed against KFC in the past. It was filed by a consumer on February 1, alleging that a worm was found inside a chicken piece served by KFC.

Govt goes all out to woo back Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a change of strategy, the Delhi government is now focusing all its energies on the Capital. Earlier, during the recently held state elections, it was felt that the AAP government had been ignoring the national Capital and Delhiites.But now, all that seems to have changed, as senior party leaders are making rigorous efforts to reconnect with the people of Delhi. Be it organising public meets or taking early morning meetings, the AAP government is doing its best to reach out to Delhiites.“After facing the heat in MCD elections, the government is again taking an interest in interacting with the general public. The focus has once again been shifted to fulfilling the needs of the people,” said a senior Delhi government official.In the last two weeks from May-end, the government has been seen making large-scale efforts to connect with the public. Most ministers, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, are again organising public meetings in their respective residential areas.“We felt that we are missing the public connect. That is why we have asked the officials to be in office from 10-11 am to meet the public. There will be no restrictions and the people can share their grievances with the public servants,” Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier been quoted as saying.The first public meeting witnessed more than 750 people coming to Kejriwal in an hour talking about various issues like power, water, medicines and land related issues. Around 200 people came to meet Sisodia in his meeting.Also, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, the government organised Facebook Live to interact with the public on important issues. Sisodia, along with some officials, discussed the GST bill for an hour on Friday on the medium. The activity will be repeated in July.On the offline front, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been visiting state government hospitals, and directly asking the public about their experience there. Post his visits, a few officials have been pulled up after patients and their kin complained about lack of facilities.Meanwhile, Sisodia has made some surprise visits to anganwadis to check the ground report. The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister conducted door-to-door visits to verify the names of the students mentioned on the list.“The more we meet them, the better our government will function. Nothing can be done by just sitting in offices,” said a Delhi government official.AnalysisAAP is coming up with new strategies to connect with the people to show that they are truly the party of the common manThe new communication plan came in place after AAP faced embarrassing losses in the state assembly elections and the civic pollsFacebook Live was a first-of-its-kind initiative by the party

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