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Counting over 16 crore COVID vaccinations as of Monday, Uttar Pradesh has stepped up to become the highest inoculating state in India. Noteworthily UP stands to be the most populous region in the country with the largest pool of eligible beneficiarie and about 76% of this segment has received at least a single corona dose. As per reports, about 33% of the total state population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Augmenting the ongoing vaccination drive in the city, the District Magistrate of Lucknow has now scraped the mandatory registration required before taking the vaccine against COVID. With the implementation of the walk-in vaccination system, the residents of Lucknow can now directly head to the vaccination centres and take the first or second jab without having to make a prior booking. The decision to do away with this prerequisite registration was taken by the DM in a meeting on Friday.

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One of Lucknow's most prominent medical centres, the King George's Medical University (KGMU) has crossed the 1000-mark in corneal transplant this year. Despite facing challenges due to the ongoing COVID crisis, the eye bank of KGMU, run under the ophthalmology department has conducted 1,035 transplants in the last ten months. With this, the doctors successfully managed to provide eyesight to over 1,000 visually-impaired people.

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The state of Uttar Pradesh has raised a COVID alert amid the rising concerns of a newly identified Botswana variant. As of now, no cases of this strain have been reported in the state in specific or the nation at large. However, this has moved the health authorities to amplify screening at all international bases, to prevent the infection invasion scenario.

In this direction, the UP Health Department has also increased testing of international travellers, especially for those coming from the affected regions of Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong.

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Amid the dipping scale of coronavirus infection, Lucknow has found itself in the clutches of another health concern. Dengue cases in the city have been on the rise yet again, wherein a fresh load of 11 cases has been added to the total tally on Thursday. As per reports, a tally of 1,550 dengue cases has been recorded in Lucknow this season, despite the implementation of multiple preventive measures and drives.

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In an effort to contain the spread of Zika virus in Lucknow, the Women and Child Development department is working its way to keep shelter home inmates safe from this vector-borne disease. According to the officials, the administration is undertaking various preventive measures under the ambit of the recently launched initiative. As per the District Probation Officer of Lucknow, the department is planning to initiate fogging drives at shelter homes to eliminate the risk of infection.

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Amid the rising concerns of seasonal flu and pandemic, a decline in the number of dengue cases in Lucknow has brought a great respite to authorities and the public alike. As of Sunday, the state is nursing only 32 active patients, marking a definite drop from the previous tallies. While Kanpur alone accounts for 16 of these cases, the disease is well-contained in restricted pockets, furthering the recovery trends.

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In an attempt to upgrade the healthcare facilities in the state, Lucknow's King George's Medical University (KGMU) is all set to start a genetic diagnostic unit at the Queen Mary's Hospital soon. Notably, this facility will help detect genetic disorders early through the genomic testing of the foetus and newborn babies. Strikingly, this will be the second genetic diagnostic unit established in Uttar Pradesh.

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With a new case of Zika virus detected in Lucknow on Friday, the total tally has now reached 6. Notably, this is the first case that was traced with the help of the health team deployed to counter and control the spread of Zika. Meanwhile, the administration has made special wards for Zika patients in eight government hospitals across Lucknow.

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Despite the isolated drizzle on Friday morning, Lucknow's reported an average AQI of 256, across the 6 monitoring stations here, pushing the city's air health in the 'poor' category. While Lucknow has been witnessing a rise in air pollution in the last 17 days, the air current air degradation can also be pinned on the dipping mercury. Health officials, in this regard, have advised people to keep a check on the continuously changing AQI, as the falling temperature is likely to downgrade it further to 'severe' or 'very poor' categories.

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Augmenting the existing preventive measures to curb the spread of Zika virus, the Uttar Pradesh government has escalated its comprehensive surveillance mechanism. The administration has also commenced door-to-door surveys across the state to decrease the transferral level of this vector-borne disease. So far, three cases of this mosquito-borne infection have been reported in Lucknow.

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