Half of GH virus patients in ICU

Huge surge in Covid cases in nonGHMC areas; state reports 1,597 new positives

 More than half the patients admitted for Covid19 treatment at Gandhi Hospital, the primary care centre of the government in Telangana for treating Coronavirus victims, are in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).

 Figures released by the health department in its daily Covid19 bulletin for the day show that,on Wednesday 495 of the 896 patients in Gandhi were in the ICU. There were an additional 335 patients who have been placed on some form of assisted breathing system.

 This set of 335 patients include those on supplementary oxygen supply, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), and BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines. Both CPAP and BiPAP machines are not invasive and use masks placed on the patient's face unlike ventilators that are invasive and require a tube to be inserted into the patient's airway passage through the mouth. A CPAP machine is used to deliver single pressure while a BiPAP machine is used to ensure regulated inhaling and exhaling pressure of a patient.

The number of patients in the ICU at Gandhi which stood at 116 on July 11, has been steadily rising to reach 495 on Wednesday (July 15). There were 122 ICU patients on July 12, 227 on July 13 and 237 on July 14.

 Meanwhile, in another worrisome development, rural parts of Telangana on Wednesday outstripped Hyderabad city  and the rest of the GHMC limits  in the number of Covid•19 cases with all the rest of the districts, including some urban pockets, recording 801 new Covid19 victims, compared to 796 listed for the day under GHMC limits.

 With 1,597 new cases on Wednesday the total core, naviruspositive tested individuals in the state has risen to 39,342 so far. Meanwhile, the number of dead from the disease also continued to climb with 11 more persons, as per the daily Covid19 bulletin, losing their lives to the disease, taking the death tally to 386. Telangana currently has 12,958 active cases of Covid19 while the number of people discharged increased to 25,999, with 1,159 individuals released from hospitals or government run quarantine facilities or from home quarantine on Wednesday After GHMC, with 796 cases. Ranga Reddy district had the second highest number of cases at 212.

 Striking Gandhi string staff firm on demands

 ConfUsion surrounds the return to duties by outsourced nursing staff on strike at Gandhi hospital even as they have allegedly said they will rejoin duties from Thursday.

 The Class IV workers, engaged in sanitation, paremedical and security duties, as well as the nursing staff, on Wednesday met with the director of medical education to discuss their demands.

 Gandhi hospital's nurses under contract have been on strike since FYiday and were joined by the Class IV workers in the stir on Tuesday.

 All of them are demanding better wages and absorption into government service.

On Wednesday, contract outsourced Class IV workers were granted a daily incentive of T300 till the Covid19 crisis gets over in addition to 15 days of leave for staying in isolation as per existing protocols for those working in a Covid19 patient care environment.

 These incentives will apply to all such workers at other government hospitals involved in Covid19 patient care.

 Following this, the employees agreed to get back to work, M. Narisimha, of the Telangana state medical contract employees and workers union, said.

 However, the outsourced nursing staff said that they have not given any assurance to the government on rejoining duties on Thursday.

 They said they will discuss the offer from the government to increase their salaries to 225100. plus a Covid19 daily incentive of noo as well monthly 15 days of isolation. from 20 July onwards.

One of the protesting nurses, Dharani Reddy, said they will continue with their protest until their demand for taking them onto government rolls is met. 'All 220 of us plan to continue our protest,"

 GANDHI DOCTORS THREATEN STRIKE

 The Telangana government doctors association (TGDA), on Wednesday issued a letter to the director of medical education saying that if their demands were not implemented, the teaching doctors of the Gandhi medical college and hospital will be going on strike.

 The demand is to implement the UGCPRC and dues from 2016. According to TGDA president, Dr Pallam Praveen, "There is crisis in Gandhi hospital, as most of the outsourced, contract employees have gone on strike. Taking all this into consideration, we have given the government some time to resolve this issue."

 CONSTRUCTION Prior environmental clearances necessary to carry out demolition, says court Green rules flouted: PIL; Sectt razing stayed for 1 more day.

Telangana High Court on Wednesday extended further the stay on demolition of state secretariat till Thursday (July 16) to know whether prior environmental clearance is needed to go ahead with construction of a new secretariat complex after demolishing the existing structures at Saifabad.

 A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy was hearing the public interest litigation filed by retired professor P L. Vishveshwar Rao and Dr. Cherukuri Sudhakar seeking a stay on demolition of the secretariat. In the earlier round of this litigation, Chikkudu Prabhakar, counsel for petitioners, got a stay on demolition of the secretariat on the ground that the Telangana government had not got prior permission from the local authority (GHMC) to demolish the secretariat buildings and it had also not submitted a waste management plan as per Rule 4(3) of the Construction Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016.

 The counsel has now raised a new contention that under the Environmental Protection Act, an Environment Impact Assessment Notification was issued on 1442006. which deals with and prescribes an elaborate procedure for getting prior environmental clearance from the concerned authority. This clearance has been held mandatory by both Supreme Court and by the Telangana High Court in a catena of judgments. The notification cited clearly stipulates that prior to demolition of the existing structure (secretariat), the state ought to have taken prior environmental clearance from the concerned regulatory authority before raising of new structures.

 Inquiring about such provisions, the Chief Justice observed: "As per Environmental Protection Rules, the state needs to take prior permission to flatten the land. In the absence of such permission, rules won't permit you to clear the land... without environmental clearances, the state cannot touch the land". He asked Advocate General B. S. Prasad whether or not the state ever went before the State Environmental Assessment Authority. The AG informed the bench that prior environmental clearances at this point in time are absolutely not tenable. The state has taken proper permission from the GHMC to demolish the secretariat buildings and also submitted a Waste Management Plan, he said.

 After hearing the contentions of both sides. Chief Justice Chauhan observed: "Just because the state has commenced the demolition of buildings, it cannot be permitted to go ahead in the absence of requisite permissions under the environmental laws. The very activity of the word demolition would fall within the word 'Preparation of the Land' and demolition cannot be carried out by the government until and unless they acquire a prior environmental clearance certificate issued by the concerned authority. Prior environmental clearances are necessary. Only then the government should be permitted to prepare the land for raising future constructions for the new secretariat. If the govern. ment wishes to buttress its contention that the word 'Preparation of the Land' is interpreted as actual digging of the land, then place judgments supporting your contentions by Thursday".

Issuing this direction to the government, the court adjourned the case to Thursday.

 NEW MOSQUE IN SECRETARIAT: HC SEEKS WRITTEN ASSURANCE

 The State Government, in its explanation to the High court on the demolition of a mosque in the premises of Secretariat, on Wednesday assured to build a bigger and more spacious mosque during the construction of the  new Secretariat complex. However, the High Court sought a written undertaking from the Telangana government.

 Justice Abhishek Reddy was dealing with a petition by two Mosques Jamia Masjid and Masjid Hashim, which complained against the demolition of the structure.

 Top two health officials shifted amid pandemic New Delhi.

In a surprise bureaucrat Additionally, the goyic reshuffle, the state gov ernment also transferred ernment on Wednesday another 13 IAS officers transferred        Santi working in various 

Kumari, principal secre departments. Dr Jyothi tary of Health, Medical Buddha Prakash, on and Family Welfare reporting for duty after a department to the Forest long training, has been department. The govern posted as additional chief ment also shifted Dr electoral officer as per the Yogita Rana from the post orders of the Election of commissioner, public Commission of India.  health and family welfare I. Rani Kumudini, has department. been posted as special Though Santi Kumari chief secretary to LET & was posted as Secretary F department duly relievForest department, the ing Ahmad Nadeem. government made it clear Adhar Sinha was posted that A. Rajat Kumar, prin. as Director General of cipal secretary of Environmental  Prot Irrigation and Command ection, Training and Area Development shall Research    Institute continue to hold the full (EPRTI) duly relieving additional charge as sec Rajat Kumar from full retary to Environment, additional charge.

 Science and Technology L. Sharman, additional till further orders.  secretary of municipal V. Karuna has been post administration and urban ed as commissioner, pub development has been lic health and family wel posted as Nagarkurnool fare, in place of Dr Rana. district collector and Santi Kumari and Dr replaces SK Yasmeen Yogita Rana's transfers Basha. A. Sridevasena gain significance in the Adilabad district collector backdrop of criticism has been transferred and against the state govern posted as director school ment for 'failure' in tack education duly reliving ling the Covid19 situation Chitra Ramachandran.  The state government has posted Syed All Peddapally district collecMurtaza, IAS officer of for is now collector of 1999 batch as secretary of Adilabad while Bharathi the Health, Medical and Holikeri Mancherial disFamily Welfare depart trict collector was given ment. Syed Murtaza is the NU additional charge as incumbent Officer on collector Peddapally. 

Bizman held for hoarding 02 device

Continuing the spree of arrests against people illegally hoarding oxygen cylinders, the central zone task force team arrested a 62 year old businessman, Shaker Hussain, on Wednesday.

The accused was selling oxygen cylinders in the black market during the Covid19 crisis for patients at hiked prices. In the last five days, this is the fourth such arrest.

According to the police, the accused, utilising the demand for and shortage of oxygen cylinders during the pandemic,  hatched a plan to sell the oxygen cylinders at exorbitant prices.

Subsequently, he purunchased oxygen cylinders without any valid license or permission from the drug control authorities and the controller of explosives officials and illegally dumped them at Raas Agencies, a shop situated at Musheerabad. He was selling these to needy customers at high prices in black market and making easy money illegally. Acting on a tip off on Tuesday night,the central zone task force team conducted a raid at Raas Agencies in Bakaram, Musheerabad, and apprehended Hussain. They seized 87 oxygen cylinders of 50 and 14 kgs from his possession. Hussain, along with seized material, was handed over to Musheerabad police and flirther investigations are on.

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