tirupati l tuesday l may 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Nepal Prime Minister Oli loses vote of confidence culmination of long-drawn power tussle Needing 136 votes to win the motion in a 275-member House of Representatives, KPS Oli could muster support of only 93 Prachanda to ally with opposition The result means Oli’s premiership ends with immediate effect. Monday’s voting was the culmination of a tussle between Prachanda and Oli for NCP’s control. Matters came to a head in December last when Oli dissolved the House, claiming Prachanda was attempting to run a parallel government. On May 6, Prachanda walked out, leaving Oli at the helm of a minority govt ■ ■ The Prachanda faction is likely to join hands with Nepali Congress and other parties to form a coalition government at the earliest The alliance between Oli-led CPN (UML) and Prachanda’s CPN (Maoist Centre) had won a majority in the 2017 elections. After their victory, the two parties had formally merged in May 2018 P9 28 members of oli’s Party abstained during the voting 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 Dozens of decaying bodies spotted on the Ganga R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna Dozens of bodies, in various stages of decay, of suspected Covid-19 victims were spotted in the Ganges at Chausa block of Bihar’s Buxar district on Monday morning, sparking a scare. While the locals said such sights were frequent ever since officials started dumping bodies into the river after running out of firewood at the crematoriums, authorities claimed the bodies had flowed into the state from upstream Uttar Pradesh. The Ganges flows into Chausa from the adjoining Ghazipur district in Uttar Pradesh. After the bodies were retrieved from the shallow waters and sandy banks, Buxar DM Aman Samir ordered an inquest and said that the expenses of Covid-appropriate cremations would be borne by the state. While the locals claimed that 40-45 bodies were spotted, the DM pegged the numbers at 30-35. “These bodies are not of the people from Buxar. It has come from upstream Ganges,” Samir told media. Vax strategy equitable, little room for judicial independence: Centre Says any overzealous intervention could squeeze room for innovative solutions on the go CoWIN platform helps tracking Centre justifies online registration on the CoWIN platform, saying it allows govt to track those who have received one dose and send them reminders for their second dose. Also, the database would strengthen the Centre’s ability to undertake macro-health planning in future Door-to-door vaccination was impossible due to logistical requirements. For example, the 30-minute observation window during at-home vaccination would needlessly tie up the healthcare worker Three-tier health infra to manage cases - Covid care centres for mild cases, Covid health centres for moderate cases and Covid hospitals for severe cases. For admission to a Covid health facility, positive RT-PCR or rapid antigen test report is not required E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre put up a stout defence of its Covid-19 vaccine policy before the Supreme Court and asked it not to interfere, claiming the ‘wisdom of the Executive should be trusted’ in times of grave crisis. In its 218-page affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on Sunday night, the Centre addressed the bench’s queries on handling the crisis in great detail. “In the context of a global pandemic, where response and strategy of the nation is completely driven by expert medical and scientific opinion, there is little room for judicial interference. Any overzealous, though well-meaning, judicial intervention may lead to unforeseen and unintended consequences, in absence of any expert advice or administrative experience, leaving doctors, scientists, experts and executive very little room to find innovative solutions on the go,” the Centre said. However, a three-judge bench comprising justices D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat could not continue its hearing on the suo motu case because of technical glitches and the matter was put off till Thursday . Elaborating on the vaccine drive, the Centre said it is the biggest ever and completely different from the immunisation drives of the previous decades. Also, unlike the vaccination campaigns of the past, the Covid-19 immunisation drive did not have the luxury of time. “Earlier, there had been no requirement of an emergency vaccination drive like the sudden emerging situation since 2019 onwards. Secondly, scientists in the field of medicine and vaccination had enough time to develop the vaccine and thereafter, there was enough The executive functioning of the government needs discretion to formulate policy in larger interest - Centre’s affidavit After sealing borders for ambulances from AP, TS police relent queued up at border checkpoints at Kodad in Suryapet district and at Pullur in JoguAfter sealing borders for am- lamba Gadwal district. The isbulances from Andhra Pradesh sue is severe in all these places transporting Covid-19 patients while blocking was reported to Hyderabad citing shortage from Khammam and Bhadrachof beds, the Telangana police alam districts also, bordering relented by Monday evening Andhra Pradesh. and began allowing them withBut some attendants of paout any hassles. tients who could pull strings Though no orders could pass through the have been issued, poborder in the morning Mydukur lice officials basing on man returns even though they had the “oral instructions” no documentary proof received by them from Narasimha Reddy of confirmed bed in a from Mydukur, the gover nment, hospital, while other stopped all ambulanc- who did not have patients were sent es entering Telangana, any confirmation back. This led to ambut by evening opened from the hospital bulances queuing up in Hyderabad, the borders for all of on the roads in Nalgowas forced to them. “We are allownda, Suryapet and return to his ing ambulances now. Jogulamba Gadwal native village No need for proof of districts, which share confirmed beds,” a poa border with AP. lice source said. There have been reports of Apparently to save them- blocking roads for ambulances selves from further embarrass- from AP to Khammam and ment as denial of entry for am- Bhadrachalam. bulances turned out to be a According to sources in Vivery insensitive decision, the jayawada, 46 ambulances en police beat a retreat and al- route to Hyderabad were lowed Covid-19 patients to Hy- stopped at Pullur toll plaza in derabad for better treatment. Kurnool on NH 44 during the As the police denied entry day though only 10 of them P4 during the day the ambulances were carrying patients. , Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths The firm received the first lot of 1.5 lakh doses on May 1. “The rollout of the consignment will be subject to the necessary clearances, which will be processed over the next few days,” Deepak Sapra, CEO (API and services) at Dr Reddy’s told TNIE. May 9 6,71,646 doses Take your May 10 shot 24,30,017 doses Total: 17,26,33,761 shocking Telangana police stop ambulances going to Hyderabad at Pullur toll plaza in Kurnool district on NH 44 on Monday | Express Apply for e-pass on police website to enter AP: DGP E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada DGP D Gautam Sawang has said emergency passes can be availed by submitting valid documents on http://appolice.gov.in or even through Twitter and Facebook handles of Andhra Pradesh police. In a press statement on Monday the DGP said people wanting to , enter Andhra Pradesh during extended curfew hours for treatment or other urgencies can avail the e-passes. He, however, clarified that permission from local authorities is a must for conducting functions, funerals and other rituals. “The very purpose of introducing the e-pass system is to control the massive movement of public as it is necessary to contain the virus from spreading. I request the public not to misuse the facility the DGP said. ,” Sputnik V ready for rollout, will be available in pvt and govt facilities Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V will be available at both government and private facilities within the next few days, TNIE has learnt. This could boost India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, which has failed to gather pace due to an acute shortage of Covishield and Covaxin. Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Labs, which conducted Sputnik V’s clinical trials, has the rights to supply 12.5 crore doses of the vaccine. MAY 10 4,03,738 3,66,161 3,86,444 3,53,818 4,092 3,754 Jab-o-meter @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada @ New Delhi MAY 9 NATIONWIDE E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e SUMI SU K A N YA D U T TA time to manufacture, distribute and administer the vaccines,” the affidavit read while assuring that there is equitable allocation of vaccines to states based on their population size. On pricing, the Centre said, “Citizens would not be affected by the pricing as all the state governments have already declared that they would administer the vaccines free of cost.” As for citizens who can afford to pay, the Centre said it encourages them to take their jabs at private hospitals, as this would reduce the operational stress on the government vaccination facilities. On the money it gave to vaccine producers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, the Centre said it was not an i nve s t m e n t b u t a dv a n c e payment. The clearances include testing at the Central Drugs Laboratory at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. Sapra said the initial quantity will be used as a pilot to test the robustness of the supply chain for the larger vaccination program rollout. “Subsequent consignments will arrive in the next few weeks,” he added. Three other companies in India have tied up with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Sputnik V’s sponsor, for local production. The Russian embassy said the target is 85 crore doses per year. O2 horror in Ruia: 11 dead within 5 minutes E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirupati Eleven patients died and the condition of several others was critical after oxygen supply was disrupted for some time at the SVR Ruia Government Hospital here on Monday night. According to District Collector Harinarayan, an oxygen tanker coming to the hospital from Chennai in Tamil Nadu was delayed. The authorities in the meantime used bulk cylinders to supply oxygen to patients who were on ventilators in the ICU. “The incident occurred around 8-8.30 p.m. Due to oxygen pressure issues, some Covid patients who were on ventilator support lost their lives. This happened in a span of five minutes.. the oxygen tanker arrived and the situation was quickly brought under control,” the collector told the media. Around 30 doctors are working to stabilise the other patients following the incident. The collector, who rushed to the hospital, assured everyone that the problem was solved and there was enough oxygen now. Further, another tanker is scheduled to arrive in the morning with additional oxygen supply . The collector said a bigger tragedy was averted as the oxygen tanker arrived on time. “There is no issue now and there is no need to worry now. Everyone is safe,” he said and clarified that there was no technical issue. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inquired about the incident and directed the officials to submit a report. There are 573 non-ICU oxygen beds in three wards in the hospital. Oxygen supply was disrupted or rather the pressure went down in one of the wards when the authorities were trying to supply oxygen using bulk cylinders. Relatives of patients, who were gripped in panic earlier, argued with the hospital authorities and chaotic scenes were witnessed. Doctors made frantic efforts to save lives. Some enraged relatives ransacked a part of the hospital. The situation was restored later. The collector said an inquiry had been ordered to look what had happened. Jagan directs officials to see how to float global tenders for Covid vax E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday directed senior officials to explore the possibility of inviting global tenders for Covid-19 vaccine in view of the limited supply of stock from the Centre. Taking stock of Covid-19 situation in the State, vaccination and other measures taken to contain the virus spread, he said the facts and figures pertaining to availability of Covid vaccine should be clearly explained to people. “Supply of vaccine doses to the States is completely controlled by the Centre. Even the quantity of vaccine that the States are meant to procure directly from the vaccine manufacturers is also decided by the Centre. Vac- cine production and availability are in the purview of the Centre and the States have no say in the matter,” he said. Taking exception to the remarks of the Opposition Leader and others, Jagan said some andhra pradesh may 9 May 10 Fresh cases 22,164 14,986 Recoveries 18,832 16,167 Deaths 92 84 Samples tested 1,05,494 60,124 vested interests and a section of media are spreading false information pertaining to the vaccination drive of the State government and trying to create fear among people. He said it will take six months to complete the vaccination process in the State provided one crore vaccine doses are supplied per month. However, the State is now receiving only 19 lakh vaccine doses per month, he said. Elaborating further during the daily briefing on Covid, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said even if the State government is ready to pay the entire cost of the vaccine upfront, the vaccine manufacturers are not in a position to supply required number of doses to the States. “In fact, the Centre is already on the job to ensure the production capacity of vaccine manufacturers is ramped up,” he said. According to Singhal, the State has till date received 73,49,960 doses of Covid vaccine and 73,00,460 doses have P4 been given to people. staff shortage Kakinada GGH maternity wards face pressure S T r i m u r t h u l u @ Kakinada Amid spurt in Covid-19 infections, the limited staff at the maternity hospital in the city are finding it increasingly difficult to handle delivery cases. Hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers who visit the maternity hospital from various parts of East Godavari and neighbouring West Godavari districts, are not getting proper medical services due to shortage of gynecologists. The hospital with six maternity units has a sanctioned staff strength of six professors, six associate and 15 assistant A view of the Government General Hospital in Kakinada | Express professors. However, all the sanctioned posts have not been filled. Five professor and three associate professor posts are vacant. Three associate professors were deputed to Visakhapatnam government hospital long ago. During the pandemic, pregnancy cases from area hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are being referred to the Kakinada GGH, putting heavy workload on the limited staff. What is more worrying is that some women coming for delivery are testing posiP4 tive for Covid-19.
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