visakhapatnam l tuesday l may 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Nepal Prime Minister Oli loses vote of confidence Needing 136 votes to win the motion in a 275-member House of Representatives, KPS Oli could muster support of only 93 culmination of long-drawn power tussle 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 Committee to oversee bed allotment in Krishna dist E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada A committee comprising doctors and nurses has been constituted to provide emergency medical services and oversee allocation of beds in Covid hospitals in a transparent manner, Krishna District Collector A Md Imtiaz announced Monday . In a release, Imtiaz said the district administration has taken measures to provide better services to those admitted in Covid hospitals. The committee comprises four doctors, who will be assisted by four male and female nurses. Doctors Venkateswara Rao, Shyam, Vijayalakshmi and Hayagriva Rao are on the committee . “It will review the occupancy of beds on a daily basis. It is given full responsibility to ensure the allocation of beds is transparent,” the Collector said. One more triage centre with 30 beds is being arranged at Siddhartha Medical College. “After assessing the situation, 100 beds with oxygen support are being arranged at Venue Convention Centre to ease pressure on New GGH,” he said. O2 horror in Ruia hosp: 11 dead in five minutes Late arrival of tanker from TN forces usage of cylinders; glitch in supply suffocates patients 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 five others was critical after oxygen supply was disrupted for some time at the SVR Ruia Government Hospital here Monday night. According to Chittoor District Collector M Hari Narayanan, an oxygen tanker coming to the hospital from Chennai 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, 11 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 brought under control,” he told the media. Around 30 doctors were working to stabilise the other patients following the incident. The collector, who rushed to the hospital, assured everyone District Collector Hari Narayanan interacting with Ruia hospital authorities after oxygen supply issues led to deaths in Tirupati on Monday night | Express 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 . Hari Narayanan said a bigger tragedy was averted as the oxygen tanker arrived in the nick of time. “There is no issue now and there is no need to worry. Everyone is safe,” he said and clarified it was not a technical issue. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy ex- pressed profound grief over the death of 11 patients and ordered an inquiry into the incident. He directed the officials to ensure that this kind of tragedies do not recur. He instructed them to monitor oxygen supply situation at every hospital in the State round-theclock and take technical help from experts. He stressed that focus should also be on maintenance in hospitals and not merely on oxygen transportation and supply There are 700 . TS police relent after sealing borders for ambulances from AP queued up at border checkpoints at Kodad in Suryapet and at Pullur in Jogulamba After sealing borders for am- Gadwal districts. The issue was bulances from Andhra Pradesh severe in all these places while transporting Covid-19 patients blocking was reported from to Hyderabad citing shortage Khammam and Bhadrachalam of beds, the Telangana police districts also, bordering Andrelented by Monday evening hra Pradesh. and began allowing them withSome attendants of patients, out any hassles. who could pull strings, could Though no orders pass through the borhad been issued, po46 vehicles der in the morning lice officials basing on even though they had stopped “oral instructions” reno documentary proof According to ceived from the govof confirmed bed in a sources, 46 ernment, stopped all hospital, while other ambulances ambulances entering patients were sent en route to Telangana, but by back. This led to amevening opened the Hyderabad were bulances queuing up borders for all of stopped at Pullur on the roads in Nalgothem. “We are allow- toll plaza on NH nda, Suryapet and 44 in Kurnool ing ambulances now. Jogulamba Gadwal during the day No need for proof of districts, which share confirmed beds in hosborder with AP There . pitals,” a TS police source said. were reports of blocking roads Apparently to save themselves for ambulances from Andhra from further embarrassment Pradesh to Khammam and as denial of entry for ambu- Bhadrachalam. lances turned out to be a very According to sources in Viinsensitive decision, the Telan- jayawada, 46 ambulances en gana police beat a retreat and route to Hyderabad were allowed Covid-19 patients to stopped at Pullur toll plaza on Hyderabad. NH 44 in Kurnool during the As the police denied entry day though only 10 of them P4 during the day the ambulances were carrying patients. , E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada shocking Telangana police stop ambulances going to Hyderabad at Pullur toll plaza on NH 44 in Kurnool district on Monday | Express Apply for e-pass to enter AP during extended curfew: 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 in the State. “The very purpose of introducing the e-pass system is to control the massive movement of public as it is necessary to contain the spread of Covid-19. 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 SUMI SU K A N YA DUTTA @ New Delhi 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. 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. 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 programme 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. oxygen beds in Ruia 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. Anxious relatives of patients argued with authorities and chaotic scenes were witnessed with some enraged kin throwing medicines and bottles inside the hospital. Amid the pandemonium, doctors made frantic efforts to save lives. The situation was brought under control after oxygen supply was restored. Additional police personnel were also rushed to the hospital to prevent any untoward incidents. Deputy Chief Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas spoke to hospital superintendent Dr Bharathi. He was informed the condition of five patients was serious. Three of the dead were non-Covid patients.Outside the hospital, heart-rending scenes unfolded with relatives breaking down upon receiving the news of the death of their loved ones. MAY 9 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 10 4,03,738 3,66,161 3,86,444 3,53,818 4,092 3,754 Jab-o-meter May 9 6,71,646 doses Take your May 10 shot 24,30,017 doses Total: 17,26,33,761 Vax strategy equitable, little room for judicial independence: Centre E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e CoWIN platform helps tracking 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 of f till Thursday . Elaborating on the vaccine drive, the Centre said it is the biggest ever and completely different from the immunisa- Centre justifies online registration on CoWIN platform, saying it allows govt to track those who have received one dose and send them reminders for second dose. Also, the database would strengthen the Centre’s ability to undertake macro-health planning in future @ New Delhi Door-to-door vaccination is impossible due to logistics. For example, 30-minute observation would tie up healthcare staff. tion 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 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.” 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 the 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 the States are meant to procure directly from the vaccine manufacturers is also decided by the Centre. Vaccine 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 the media were spreading false information on the vaccination drive of the State government and trying to create fear among the 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 explained. Elaborating further during the daily briefing on Covid, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said even if the State government was 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. on knife’s edge Full! Almost all oxygen beds occupied in Vizag G Janardhana Rao @ Visakhapatnam A manifold increase in oxygen dependency cases during the second wave of Covid-19 in the district has put stress on hospital infrastructure, besides causing anxiety among people. The district administration, which won accolades for effectively controlling Covid cases during the first wave, was caught unawares with over 40 per cent of patients requiring oxygen support now. What added to its woes was the number of new cases reported a day on an average was 2,000 in the last A patient being given treatment in an ambulance outside KGH in Vizag | Express fortnight, whereas discharges were only around 1,000. In the last four days, 7,000 new cases were reported. This sudden surge in cases has put additional stress on availability of beds, particularly those equipped with oxygen supply. This has complicated the situation and the kin of Covid patients were forced to run from pillar to post to get an oxygen bed. As there was no proper information about available number of beds in Covid hospitals and the limited response from the 104 Call Centre, the kin of patients are facP4 ing a lot of trouble.
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