tirupati l sunday l may 02, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION results of assembly polls for Four states, 1 UT today Exercise to begin on Sunday morning across 2,364 counting halls in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Elaborate arrangements at centres Stung by criticism over not enforcing Covid-appropriate behaviour during campaigning, the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting. Apart from ensuring physical distancing, it has barred gatherings outside halls. Counting will begin at 8 am and continue late into the night, with 1,100 observers closely watching over the process | P10 ■ 200% covid -ve certificate must for agents ■ ■ Candidates and agents will have to produce a negative Covid-19 test report or double dose of vaccination certificate to get entry The results will have a bearing on Congress’ future as a national party, while serving as a litmus test for the BJP’s expansion plans It will also likely reflect the public perception on Covid handling Increase in the number of counting centres in view of the pandemic CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI O2 -starved hospital horror Head of dept at Batra Hospital among the dead; Fortis Hospital stops new admissions; Max doctor on Covid duty takes his own life Water has gone above head, give oxygen Now: hc to Centre K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi Batra Hospital employees paying respects to Dr R K Himthani | TWITTER E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e of oxygen in the morning @ New Delhi when they had 2,500 litres left. Around 12.30 pm, hospital auDisruption in oxygen sup- thorities claimed they had run ply resulted in the death of 12 out of oxygen. The tanker arCovid-19 patients at Batra Hos- rived at 1.35 pm, they added. pital on Saturday. One of the Expressing grief, Chief Mindeceased was RK Himthani, ister Arvind Kejriwal once head of the gastroenterology again flagged the issue of department of the hospital. short supply to Delhi. “Their Medical director of the hos- lives could have been saved by pital Dr SCL Gupta said that giving them oxygen on time. six of the deceased, including Delhi should get its quota of the doctor, were in ICU on high oxygen. Can’t see our people flow of oxygen. The doctor was dying like this. Delhi needs 976 admitted to the hospital 15-20 tonnes of oxygen, but it redays ago. ceived only 312 “There were patonnes yesterday. tients who could 18 die in Gujarat How will Delhi have survived, but hospital blaze breathe in such a they could not beless amount of oxBharuch: At least 18 cause of oxygen ygen?” his tweet in people, including 16 shortage. The govHindi said. Covid patients, died in er nment should Other hospitals a fire at a hospital at take some deciin the city also sent Bharuch in Gujarat on sion, either close out messages about Saturday. The victims the hospital or adoxygen shortage were either charred to missions. What on Saturday Fortis . death or died due to was the fault of Hospital in Vasant suffocation after a those who died due Kunj stopped taksuspected short-circuit to shortage of oxying admissions due sparked the blaze at gen?” he said. to shortage. Sehgal Patel Welfare Hospital The hospital had Neo hospital in raised an alar m Pa s ch i m Vi h a r over depleting stocks around Sant Parmanand Hospital in noon, after which AAP MLA Civil lines, Bhagat Chandra Raghav Chadha, who monitors Hospital (Palam) and MD City supply to several hospitals in hospital of Model Town also the city said the gas was reach- sought help. , ing the hospital. “Our SOS Meanwhile, a 35-year-old cryogenic tanker carrying Liq- resident doctor at Delhi’s Max uid Medical Oxygen is reach- Hospital died by suicide on ing Batra Hospital within 5 Saturday Dr Vivek Rai was on . minutes. Their regular sup- Covid duty and was reportedly plier of oxygen has defaulted under stress. “He was frustratyet again due to alleged ‘lack ed watching people die despite of oxygen supplies’ and is be- his best efforts,” tweeted ing pulled up,” he tweeted. former IMA chief Dr Ravi Gupta said they had in- Wankhedkar. Police said the formed authorities about lack suicide note cited no reason. E X P R E S S R EAD Virus @ ISRO: 350 active cases in Sriharikota port Chennai: India’s spaceport, Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (SDSC-Shar), has become the latest casualty to the deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. As per conservative estimates, a whopping 350 active cases have been reported at the centre and at least two people have succumbed to the infection. About 30 to 40 cases, on an average, are being reported on a daily basis, forcing authorities to restrict operations at the space centre. When contacted, Nellore District Collector, KVN Chakradhar Badu, confirmed that cases were indeed on a rise inside the Sriharikota township, but the situation was under control | full story on P5 India returnees to face 5-yr jail in Australia April GST revenue at record high of `1.41L-Cr Melbourne: Threatening a fiveyear jail term or hefty fine, the Australian government temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they happened to be in India within 14 days of their intended arrival. The decision will come into force from Monday. The move aims at keeping the spread in check in Australia as India is facing a surge in infections cases | P9 New Delhi: GST collections in April touched a record high of over `1.41 lakh crore, indicating sustained economic recovery, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday. The revenues for April are 14% higher than March’s collection. The ministry attributed the record collection to the resilience shown by the Indian businesses amid a raging second wave | P10 W IT H T H IS ISSUE Helping Handles PLUS 12 PAGES Covid hits donation of blood, IRCS banks face shortage of elixir of life Taking a stern tone over Delhi not getting its due share of medical oxygen, the Delhi High Court on Saturday told the Centre to arrange its full quota by whatever means or face action. “Water has gone above the head. You have to arrange everything now. You have made the allocations. You have to fulfill it. Eight lives have been lost,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, while referring to Batra Hospital’s reported loss of lives, including that of a doctor, after oxygen supply stopped for 80 minutes on Saturday . The number has since risen to 12. “We direct the Centre to ensure that Delhi receives its 490 MT today by whatever means. It falls on the Centre to arrange tankers as well. If this is not implemented, we may even consider initiating contempt proceedings,” the HC said. During the hearing, senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, stated that while Delhi’s demand was 700 MT, but 490 MT has been allocated, of which the suppliers had made a voluntary commitment to supply 445MT. “Our tankers are not given priority There . is no timing, schedule given to us. We are dealing in SoS even today My officers will . have a mental breakdown,” Mehta told the bench. “Enough is enough. No one is asking for more than allocated. If you can’t supply Blood stocks in blood banks across the State are depleting fast as donors are not coming forward to donate blood during Covid-19 crisis. There are only 1,500 units of blood with 18 blood banks under the Indian Red Cross Society in the State, while the stock is even less in private blood banks and those attached to district hospitals. Blood is needed on a regular basis for three groups. They include Children with thalassemia who require blood transfusion 2-3 times a month, pregnant women undergoing c-Section and accident victims. There are 618 children with thalassemia registered with the Red Cross Society and the number could be more, when those not registered with it are also taken into consideration. These groups had suffered much during the first wave of Covid, when blood donation did not happen as people feared donating blood. Further, lockdown had curtailed any movement and for election commission moves sc against madras hc remarks New Delhi: Days after the Madras HC made stinging remarks against it, the Election Commission of India on Saturday approached the Supreme Court, terming the observations as “blatantly disparaging” and prejudicial against it. The HC on April 26 had condemned the EC for allowing political rallies amid Covid-19 crisis NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Dial 104 for info on Covid services April 30 may 1 3,86,452 2,97,540 3,498 4,01,993 2,99,988 3,523 1902 to lodge complaints STATEWIDE Total beds in 371 hospitals -40,222 Available beds - 16,581 (at 10 pm) Available ventilators - 2,792 Remdesivir stock in State - 27,615 A cryogenic oxygen tanker being airlifted from Vijayawada airport to Odisha on Saturday | Express S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada the allocation today we will see your expla, nation on Monday the HC said, while refus,” ing the Centre time to explain the crisis. The court also sought data with respect to daily Covid-19 admissions and discharges from all hospitals in Delhi starting April 1. The order was passed after the court observed that while the recovery rate was high, there appeared to be choking of beds. “Every day a substantial number of beds should become available. But that does not appear to be happening. Patients who require hospitalisation with oxygen support should normally be in a position to leave within 8-10 days subject to their condition,” the court said. How to Give a reliable know mobile contact patient number to the hospital info besides the patient’s contact online number during admission April 30 17,354 8,468 64 A message of vital updates (pulse, BP and other reads) will be sent to the registered mobile 19,412 11,579 61 86,494 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested May 01 98,214 Investigation reports of the patient too will be updated on the registered mobile the next several months colleges and professional institutions were closed. During the second wave, though there is no lockdown, blood donation, which is the main source for blood banks to collect blood, is not happening. “Reason for the dwindling number of donors is Covid and vaccination. The number of infectees is increasing these days and they cannot donate blood. Those who gave their samples for testing and awaiting results cannot donate till they are tested negative. Those who get vaccinated should not donate their blood as per guidelines of National Blood Transfusion Council till 28 days after vaccination. For Covid, we are receiving two jabs, hence the number of days is double,” explained BVS Kumar, State coordinator of Indian Red Cross Society . Most of the blood banks in the State are now supplying blood on a replacement basis. That is if one wants one unit of a particular group of blood, the same amount of blood should be given to the blood bank. P5 helpline http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/covid.dashboard.aspx - Covid dashboard 8297-104-104 - WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Hello, Covid to know official information about coronavirus https://esanjeevani.com/ - website to contact doctors through video call and get medical aid Covid-19 AP App to get all info Those who are anxious to physically see the patient, can do so making WhatsApp video call TTD revives tradition of organic food @ Kurnool The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has revived the 100-year-old tradition of preparing Srivari Naivedyam with organic ingredients. T he TTD pre pared Naivedyam to Lord Venkateswara on Saturday with organic rice, vegetables, jaggery pulses, desi , cow ghee and other ingredients. Speaking to the media on the occasion, TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy said, “We revived the 100-yearold tradition by offering Naivedyam prepared with organic rice, vegetables and other items to Lord Venkateswara.” The TTD has resolved to use organic farm products in preparation of Srivari Anna Prasadam on a permanent basis. Devotees who had Anna Prasadam, appreciated the taste of P4 food. The district administration is in for a shock when it found a private hospital treating Covid patients without getting permission. What is more shocking was that doctors, nurses and other staff had left the hospital leaving 13 patients, including one on oxygen support, when they came to know that officials are coming for a surprise inspection. Following reports that nearly four Covid patients died due to lack of oxygen at KS Care Hospital in the city, District Collector G Veerapandian directed DM&HO Rama Giddaiah to conduct a probe into the matter. “By the time we reached the semi-finished hospital near APSRTC new bus station, there were no doctors, nurses or any other staff. We found 13 patients, including one on oxygen support,’’ the DM&HO said. For those with no such facility, the condition of patient will be shown at the help desk in the hospital on request through CCTV footage and even they are allowed to interact Unauthorised Covid hospital staff flee before raid, leaving 13 patients E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirumala E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Patients of an unauthorised Covid-19 hospital being shifted to the GGH in Kurnool on Saturday | EXPRESS He said there was not a single record of patients left in the hospital and there were also no case sheets of patients. All the patients were shifted to the GGH. They would be tested again to ascertain if they are Covid infectees or not. On reports of deaths, the DM&HO said no bodies were found on the hospital premises. No permission was given to run the hospital though an application was submitted four months ago as it it is yet to get No Objection Certificate from the fire services department. In all, 122 oxygen cylinders were supplied to the hospital by RS gas agency in the last few days. “The hospital got five oxygen cylinders at 5 am and nine in the afternoon. It has been established that the hospital did not run out of oxygen. The hospital has been sealed for treating Covid patients without getting permission from the government and a criminal case has been registered against the management,’’ the Collector said. Based on the preliminary report, the district Collector stated that only two people had died, adding that a detailed inquiry is on. Three government and 25 private hospitals have been notified to treat Covid cases in the district. Five Covid Care Centres have also come up in the disP5 trict. ‘amma vodi’ Distributing food to needy is his life mission D S u r end r a K u m a r @ Tirupati Gopal, a small hotelier, has made meeting food requirements of poor patients and their attendants at Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital his mission. He distributes free food to the patients’ attendants with the support of a few of his friends. He has been doing this assiduously for the past five Amma Vodi Charitable Trust members distribute free food to attendants of patients in Tirupati | EXPRESS years. He started Amma Vodi Charitable Trust in 2015 and distributing food to the needy in and around the temple town. Gopal distributes vegetable biryani along with a mixed vegetable curry He serves chicken . biryani thrice a month. Following the surge in Covid cases in Chittoor district, a majority of those accompanying the patients rely on hotel food, during visits to SVR Ruia GGH. In case the patient gets admit- ted to the hospital, the attendants have to wait on the hospital premises and suffer pangs of hunger for hours together before Gopal and his food vehicle arrive. “I have distributed food to more than 1.5 lakh people till now with the support of my friends. We carry with us food needed for 250 to 300 people per trip. My uncle, family members and workers in my hotel help me in cooking the P5 food,” he said. A young woman gets a vaccine shot in Mumbai on Saturday. Over 11,000 young adults got the shot in Maharashtra | PTI Dull start to third phase vaccination E x p r e s s ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The vaccination programme for all adults got off to a slow start on Saturday with many states skipping the launch date and others doing a symbolic vaccination drive due to an acute shortage of doses. While s o m e s t at e s like Mahara s h t r a , G u - Jab-o-meter j a r at , U t t a r Take Pradesh and your Karnataka shot kicked off the April 30 inoculation drive for the 26,08,948 doses May 1 18-44 years g r o u p i n a 27,44,485 doses small way at Total doses limited centres, Kerala 15,49,89,635 said its launch will be delayed by a few days due to shortage of vaccines. In Delhi, vaccination for this group was carried out only at one vaccination centre. Chhattisgarh administered doses to only 1,693 people in that age group till 7 pm on Saturday while Odisha vaccinated , just 96 people in Bhubaneswar in a “symbolic dry run”.
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