Punjab extends time limit for health workers to get first jab

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” COVID-19 Updates Happening Now News Public Health Share COVID vaccineHussan Lalvaccination of frontline workersVini Mahajan Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Punjab extends time limit for health workers to get first jab The vaccination of frontline workers in the second phase will be completed by the first week of March Add Comment By Press Trust of India on February 10, 2021 Comments (0) The Punjab government extended the time limit for the healthcare workers to get their first shot of coronavirus vaccine from February 12 to 19.This was decided at a meeting of the state steering committee for COVID-19 vaccination that was chaired by the Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, according to a government release.It was decided that the first dose of vaccine, which was to be provided to healthcare workers till Friday, will now be given up till February 19. Those who fail to opt for vaccination by then will be vaccinated with the general population and may not get free vaccination on priority, as per the statement.The vaccination of frontline workers in the second phase will be completed by the first week of March, it said.Reviewing the progress of the inoculation drive, the chief secretary directed the Health Department to monitor and review the post-vaccination adverse reaction, if any, to the vaccinated beneficiaries.Mahajan instructed the department to collect offline data of healthcare and frontline workers, who have not yet been registered and are willing to get vaccinated, and keep it ready for registration. The state government will request the Centre to allow uploading such data and vaccinate the interested persons covered under the priority groups.She asked the department officials to minimise the wastage of the vaccine and strictly monitor the use. The official directed immediately collection of the data of frontline workers working at the state headquarters to cover them under the ongoing drive.Health Principal Secretary Hussan Lal assured the Chief Secretary of prompt action by the department on the suggestions and directions given by her. He said 2.05 lakh healthcare and 1.68 lakh frontline workers had been registered for vaccination in the state so far.All healthcare workers have been offered the opportunity to receive their first dose of vaccination. He also assured that vaccination of frontline workers will be completed by the first week of March. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff

first_imgRelatedWestmoreland Steps Up Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases RelatedNSWMA to Establish Transfer Station in Westmoreland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights and has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 17.He said this is significant for the Government, as what usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).Mr. Arscott explained that from this new proposal, a specific tariff system will be proposed for LED street lights, as well as a new system of measurement that will recognise smart street lights that can be dimmed at various times, thereby utilising less electricity.Additionally, the Minister informed that the Government is also working to complete a joint audit, with JPS, of all street lights installed, complete with Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping.The Minister said all this is being done as part of Government’s efforts to reduce the energy consumption for street lights and cutting the costs by at least $1 billion annually.In the meantime, Mr. Arscott said he has been working closely with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in the negotiation of the impending new All Island Electricity Licence to resolve a number of key issues relating to street lights, “that could have become an obstacle to getting more efficient street lighting.”“We have also had several consultations with the JPS, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), and the Ministry of Finance to pave the way for the introduction of modern street lights,” the Minister said.He lamented that under the current arrangement, the Government has not been able to benefit from the reduction in costs associated with the deployment of efficient street lights.Mr. Arscott said the archaic system for the monitoring, repair or replacement of street lights has been found to be ineffective, as many lights across the island are now defective.He noted that as such, the Ministry and the Local Authorities continue to work towards the replacement of the existing street lights with efficient LED bulbs.The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this new programme will be issued shortly, and the Ministry expects to complete the procurement process by the end of this fiscal year, he informed. Ministry Submits Recommendations to OUR on Street Light Tariff Local GovernmentJune 18, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakercenter_img RelatedGovernment Identifying Alternative to Rivertion Landfill Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has completed an analysis of the proposed tariff on street lights.The Ministry has submitted its recommendations to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).What usually obtains is that the Ministry would simply have to accept whatever tariff is approved by the OUR, based on submissions by the JPS. Advertisementslast_img read more

UN relocates 3,900 IDPs to new sites in Somalia

first_imgUN aid worker killed in Somalia Internally displaced Somali families rest as they flee from drought-stricken parts of the Lower Shabelle region before entering makeshift camps in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on March 17. Many Somalis suffering from the drought are living under al-Shabab, which controls many rural parts of southern Somalia.FEISAL OMAR/REUTERS UN lauds Somalia elections Internally displaced Somali families rest as they flee from drought-stricken parts of the Lower Shabelle regionFEISAL OMAR/REUTERSThe UN migration agency said it has relocated more than 3,900 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at risk of eviction to newly developed public sites in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said some 682 households, consisting of 3,914 individuals drawn from 12 out of 15 targeted IDP sites have been relocated to the new Baidoa public site as of June 23, one week after relocation began.“The relocation, expected to continue until July, will benefit over 1,000 households from 15 IDP sites,” IOM said in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.The UN agency said the effort will support internally displaced persons with better living conditions and sustainable land tenure.The city of Baidoa which hosts an estimated 323,000 displaced people, many of whom live on private land without secure tenure agreements, are at constant risk of forced evictions, according to IOM.The UN agency said it had developed the new public site together with the South West State authorities, the Baidoa municipality and the community ahead of the relocation.The IOM says the presence of IDPs may create tension across poor communities, often because as many do establish temporary homes to live in, they raise conflicts of over land tenure and their very right to remain in place.It said thousands of IDPs are under constant threat of eviction in the city of Baidoa which currently hosts more than 323,000 displaced people, many of whom live on private land without secure tenure agreements.According to statistics, more than 11,900 individuals were evicted in Baidoa without proper notice this year just between January and March.center_img The UN, Somalia are seeking durable solutions to IDPs plight Relatedlast_img read more

Orville Higgins | Use sports as a tool against crime

first_imgThe high levels of violence in Jamaica has made me paranoid. It have got to the stage where just going out at night is ­becoming harder. Many of us have become reclusive home bodies. People you know are dying by the gun almost weekly. You cannot help wondering if one day, you too, will end up on the wrong side of a bullet. Crime can no longer be seen as the job of the government and, by extension, the police. We all have a vested interest in seeing it go away. My suggestion from my little corner is to make a dramatic step to help use sports as some kind of social tool to lessen crime. I would advise the powers that be to go on a massive programme to use sports programmes and sports institutions to try to alleviate crime. My premise is simple. I strongly believe that social norms inherent in the world of sports, e.g. fair play and team spirit, might foster pro-social behavioural patterns and help reduce aggressiveness among our delinquent juveniles. It is my belief that the biggest reason why young men commit heinous criminal acts in Jamaica is their inability to control their anger, and I cannot think of too many human endeavours ahead of sports that teach people how to function around people while controlling their anger. So every Member of Parliament should ensure that there is a ­constant stream of corner league football and cricket and basketball competitions in their constituency. The more the merrier. As one ends, another one begins. The Government should buy the balls, get the jerseys, pay for the officials and the upkeep, or creation, of small venues for this very purpose. The State should provide cash incentives to winning teams and outstanding players. And for those who are not sprightly enough to play, the State should organise and sponsor more domino competitions. Throw in ludo and draughts and chess too! GIVE THEM A CHANCE Give the youth all over the country, especially in the inner cities a chance to be looking forward to matching their skills against others. It may help to stop them killing off each other. It might be expensive. So what?! Somebody once said that if you think education is expensive, try ignorance! Not doing something like this may cost us more in the long run. What is the cumulative cost effect of multiple daily deaths? If this helps fewer people being slaughtered, then it would be worth it. The State pays millions to fund the state of emergencies. It is still debatable to what extent those are working. We need to try other things even if we are also doing some of the things we are doing. Trying to use sports on this massive scale to help curb crime is a desperate measure, but we are in desperate times. Sports has the potential to assist with skill development and social integration, giving young people a sense of belonging. A youngster who feels important and appreciated by a community is less likely to lead a life of crime. It may be a far stretch to use sports in this exaggerated way to curb arguably the nation’s biggest problem, but what do we have to lose? We have tried everything else, and to a large extent, everything has failed. Barring divine interventions, sports may be the answer.last_img read more