COVID vaccination drive to prioritize journalists & their families in Lucknow & other UP districts

If necessary, the health workers should go to the workplaces of the jouralists for their immunization.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday, issued an official statement that focuses on prioritizing the inoculation of journalists and their families members, who are above 18 years of age. The current surge of new COVID cases witnessed a large number of journalists and their families being affected, which led the UP government to take this important step. Since news correspondents are equivalent to frontline workers due to their line of duty, this decision will definitely steer them towards a safer side.

Prioritizing working journalists & their families

Special instructions have been issued to the related officials that state, there should be separate centres set up especially for the inoculation of journalists and their kin. The government has further added that these working professionals should be prioritized in the vaccination process and if necessary, the health workers should go to their individual workplaces for immunization. This much-needed measure will ensure the safety of such professionals, through the course of this raging pandemic.

Phase 3 vaccination drive update

On May 1, the phase 3 inoculation drive for people over 18 years of age, began in 7 Uttar Pradesh districts and it is being reported that the other areas will be included later. Consequently, 10 vaccination centres in Lucknow that have been selected for the underway drive are- KGMU, RMLIMS, SGPGIMS, Lok Bandhu Raj Narain Hospital, Rani Laxmibai Hospital, Civil Hospital, Jhalkaribai Hospital, Awantibai Hospital, Balrampur Hospital and BRD hospital. On Monday, 8,897 people were vaccinated in Lucknow, out of which, 5,212 were males and 3,685 were females.

Hackathon by Lucknow's AKTU to find inventive solutions for the ongoing oxygen crisis!

All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

Amid heightening oxygen demands across the country, the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow, is going to organise a hackathon aimed at finding optimal solutions for the LMO crisis. Inviting participation from students, teachers and research fellows, the event will be a race to devise innovative and optimal solutions for reducing wastage, leakage and losses. All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

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Rajasthan Police strictly monitor public movement across districts ahead of state lockdown from May 10.

Ahead of Rajasthan's blanket lockdown from May 10 to May 24 in view of the rampant surge of COVID-19, the state police has increased deployment and surveillance at local borders to track public movement, strictly. Reportedly, this restriction has been implemented under the ambit of 'Red Alert- Jan Ansashan Pakhwara' to break the chain of infection. The police nakabandi bans the passage of vehicles from one district to another without necessary work.

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'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.

Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

Over 16K Health Department vacancies to be filled across Mumbai & other Maha districts

As per the official records, 12,000 of these posts lie in C and D categories, while the remaining are from the A and B groups.

Amid anticipation of the third COVID wave, the Maharashtra government announced on Friday, that around 16,000 vacant positions in the state's Health Department would be filled soon. After the CM approved the plan for new appointments, immediate interventions are being worked upon to ensure that the vacancies are filled as soon as possible. As per the official records, 12,000 of these posts lie in C and D categories while the remaining are from the A and B groups.

A move to enhance & strengthen the workforce of Health Department

Previously, the state administration had initiated a proposal to conduct recruitment for 50% of these vacant posts but it could not be materialised because of certain issues in the Supreme Court. After the matter got resolved, the Health Minister called for urgent appointments on all these vacant posts. If a third wave were to arrive, it has to be ensured that the state's medical infrastructure stands equipped with sufficient manpower.

Though the initial deliberations have been undertaken, the final process shall commence after a comprehensive go-ahead is attained by the CM and the Deputy CM. With the induction of the new professionals, the employee base of Maharashtra's Health Department shall be augmented and strengthened to suit the current demands.

Appointments awaited across 4 categories

While the selections for the posts of specialists in Group A are made through Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Group B officials are chosen by the Public Health Department Selection Board. Besides this, Group C and D of the employment categories comprise of lower-level and clerical staff.

MP launches free COVID treatment for the needy across Indore & all other districts!

'Chief Minister COVID Treatment Scheme' to extend free aid to the financially weak families in the state.

Madhya Pradesh has accepted to tackle the coronavirus challenge on behalf of its economically deprived people. As per reports, the state has launched the 'Chief Minister COVID Treatment Scheme' as financial aid, to provide free COVID treatment to the needy in Indore, Bhopal and all other districts. This campaign will further extend to include all people insured under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna.

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