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Medical fraternity terms Bengal CM’s “diploma for doctors” & “civic nurses” proposals ‘unscientific’, fear ruin of health sector

On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came up with few absurd proposals during a review meeting of ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ which was launched under vocational training programme courses in the state. However, I having a personal experience with a victim who left the project because she accused the management of creating a mess, not just that but those who stay in the hostel are not even served proper facilities like food, water etc. I did a story on this harassment sometime back which you may read by scrolling down.

Let’s take a glance at the proposals that Mamata Banerjee suggested:

(1) Crash course for doctors to fill the vacant positions at respective hospitals across the state. Instructing state Health Secretary NS Nigam to look into the matter, Banerjee said, “You please find out whether we can start a diploma course for doctors, just like we have for engineers. Several boys and girls will get the opportunity to enroll for the medical course.”

(2) The Chief Minister suggested crash courses for nurses. She came up with a proposal for ‘Civic Nurse’. She said, “One can learn how to push injections or help with the pathological preparations within a stipulated time period. There are senior nurses to help doctors during surgery etc. These nurses can competent after the crash course and start working.”

(3) Taking of Law & Order, which is in total chaos in the state. Recently we saw police accused of protecting the criminals who had gang-raped the minor girl in Kaliaganj and subsequently running for protection when villagers united. Banerjee also the Police Minister, suggested crash courses for seven days after which they can be posted at respective police stations.

“The regular MBBS course takes five years to complete and asserted that a diploma course would address the shortage of doctors in the state. The proposed diploma course, as per sources within the West Bengal health department, could be of three years,” added Mamata Banerjee.

The medical fraternity in the state criticised the proposal. West Bengal Doctors Forum (WBDF) founder-secretary Dr Koushik Sarkar called the proposal as ‘unscientific’ and asked the state government to rethink. “The proposal of a three-year diploma course is not all scientific. I will request the state government to think scientifically,” added Dr Sarkar.

Regarding the crash course for police, experts condemned the proposal by saying there are numerous details apart from uniform and leading protocols that make a young incumbent qualified police personel. A retired top cop on a television debate said, “How is it possible as it takes months for an incumbent to understand and learn the basic legal aspects. Apart from that there are numerous details that a police personel must learn like recognising if it’s a murder or suicide and if murder etc. Crash course for police is absurd as it will reflect on their performance.”

The social media is abuz with taunts, critisism and condemnation. A popular journalist with a Bengali satelite news channel posted, “I am planning to give up journalism and take medical crash course.” Others too have been posting against the proposal.

Well, just the begining of another heated controversy that will take shape of a storm in the coming days. Presently, we have state medical fraternity protesting against the proposal but if Mamata Banerjee tries to impliment her proposal then it will acquire a country wide protest. Perhaps everything is “choto ghotona” (petty incident) for West Bengal Chief Minister.

Viral video showing Mukul Roy at Delhi airport churn speculations

“I regularly visit Delhi. I can come to Delhi after all I am MP… MLA of this place…,” were the words of Trinamool veteran Mukul Roy who was spotted at the Palam airport in Delhi. This statement shows not everything is normal with this man who had lived an active political life. Who eats and drinks politics. This viral video of Roy has created ripples across political corridors in West Bengal and Delhi.

Mukulda as he is called had boarded Indigo flight 6E898 for Delhi at around 7pm alongwith his two confidential aides in Kolkata. His son, who re-joined the Trinamool after leaving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had rushed to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport and requested the Indigo authorities in writing to deboard his father on health grounds, “I requested Indigo to deboard my father citing his mental and health conditions but they could not owing to flight regulations, I do understand their obligations,” said Shubhrangshu. Mukul Roy landed at Delhi airport around 9:45 pm and was seen coming out of the airport at around 10pm. At the airport, when reporter of a Bengali news channel asked him his reason for coming and also if he was unwell, Mukul Roy said he is fine and he keeps visiting Delhi.

Mukul Roy is among the initial leaders who had left the Bengal Congress to form Trinamool under Mamata Banerjee in late 90’s and the party had been registered in his name which Mamata Banerjee later got removed after Roy announced his exit from the Trinamool to join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Mukul Roy was superceded by nephew Abhishek Banerjee who was made Genral Secretary. Nothing new though, in Trinamool it is said that the party supports or stands beside it’s leaders or members as long as they are of use to the party Supremo and are shown the doors once they turn unproductive. Scroll down the history and you will find numerous names who were at the helm but are nowhere today.

Mukul Roy had been an active politician who had worked at the ground root level. He remembered the embers across districts by their names. I have myself seen him many times interacting with party workers at the Trinamool Bhawan, Topsia in Kolkata. It was the time Mukulda was the General Secretary and would visit the party office almost daily during the afternoon. I too had to visit for stories. On many occasions I have seen him getting engrossed in discussions and standing for hours with one feel on the footboard of his Boleno car. Never saw anger, impatience fir being held up for hours. This is the quality of a political leader.

His son has alleged BJP nexus behind the entire plan. “BJP is doing this in a pre-planned manner as their real target our leader Abhishek Banerjee, today Abhishek is the youth icon. It’s being done as my father had re-joined under Abhishek Banerjee,” accused Subhrangshu Roy who himself had left the party to join the BJP and re-joined Trinamool under Abhishek Banerjee. “I never found anybody from BJP beside me when my father underwent a surgery or when my mother died,” added Subhrangshu. BJP too has given a befitting reply by saying things would be clear soon why Mukul Roy is in Delhi. “There is no need for the BJp to hijack Mukul Roy and BJP doesn’t take Abhishek Banerjee seriously that it will take refuge in Mukul Roy to malign him,” BJP replied. The spokesperson in the party further said, “Abhishek Banerjee could be Trinamool’s concern not for the BJP.” However, it’s not clear if Mukul Roy will be re-joining the BJP or is he in Delhi for something else.

“Healthcare gets big boost under PM Modi’s Make In India initiative,” says Deepti Sharma Joshi

“There is a huge scope of work in the field of health sector especially Oncology as when it comes to Cancer, it kills people from inside predominantly because of the huge cost incurred in treatment. Also, there is a misconception that all Cancers are fatal, the fact is it can get cured if detected at an early stage,” said Deepti Sharma Joshi who has had worked with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited for over 23 years as their marketing head. She is associated with the wellness sector for over decades.

Deepti is a multifaceted person. She is an entrepreneur having ventured into a healthcare startup – Hindmed Healthcare Private Limited, along with her partner. “We wanted to start under the ‘Make In India’ project and the ‘Hindmed’ name in itself is significant. We had a tough time in finding the name but thank God we got it registered. I must compliment Government for providing enough support under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME). Hindmed Healthcare Private Limited registered under the Government e Marketplace (GEM) portal. She is also the spokesperson for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and takes active participation in party activities.

However, her “core field” is Oncology. She said, there are predominantly three ways how we can cure Cancer patients – (1) Medical Oncology, which comprises Chemo therapy. (2) Surgical Oncology (3) Radiation Oncology, where radiation is given to the patients. “Under the ‘Make In India’, we have made radiation oncology more comfortable. Previously, patients were to be inside the machines for 13 to 14 minutes. The gallantry size being small they would suffer from claustrophobia. The recent machines have 150 gallantry size and patients are kept only for three minutes as excessive radiation can also be dangerous,” added Deepti.

“Health tourism is the ‘buzz word’ today, there is a huge prospect in this field. Many patients from outside India come to our country for treatment. Poviding proper information can be a huge industry in itself as this is what they require – arranging their stay, procuring appointments from their doctors and helping them with their work as long as they are here. In short, to become their support base”, informed Deepti who had been herself associated with Medical tourism since long. However, she agreed that some unscrupulous vested interests have tarnished the profession as they are mere touts and would not hesitate to exploit the patients. “There are many agents or touts thronging railway stations, airports, and even hospitals who harass the patients. I have myself been vocal on this subject”, she said. She has taken the teams to various countries across the globe.

Staying with the health and wellness sector, Deepti agreed that once again COVID is spreading its uncanny paws with growing number of cases across India. However, Union Health Ministry is doing its best to combat the situation and is keeping an eye on the developments. Deepti said, “Things are shaping once again for the worst but there is no need to be scared at this moment. Yes, we should take precautions. Our Health department is alert.” She requested all to follow the COVID protocols and not to panic. “Please go to a doctor if you feel uneasy but abstain from self-medication as it spoils the entire mechanism. Please don’t do that,” said Deepti.

Deepti is also going to organise a health summit on July 5, 6, & 7 this year in Nairobi, Africa where over 48 countries will be participating and discussing various aspects of treatments apart from conducting healthcare camps and treating the patients especially those who cannot afford good treatment being one of the poor countries in the world. “I am quite excited about the summit and look forward to have interactions with the people from medical fraternity across 48 countries”, smiled Deepti.

Bengal to serve non-vegetarian mid-day meal for four months… Why not more Ms Banerjee?

Has any medical theory or journal surfaced off late stating four month of non-vegetarian platter and fruits are enough to build immunity among children and add good health. Perhaps, Bengal state government has come across such text. Sounds blunt? This is exactly what reflects from the recent diktat issued by West Bengal government… Read more…

On one hand cases of malnutrition and corruption in mid-day meal tops the news headlines across Indian, Bengal is no exception. On the other hand, here we have West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee officially announcing children would be served chicken, seasonal fruits, and eggs for next four-months. Naturally, for those who cannot afford two square meals a day, will bring smiles but little do they know why this gala platter is being served to them.

The ‘four-month’ time frame has already spruced up fresh controversy in the political corridors across West Bengal. Taking a pick at the ‘four-month time frame’, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged the ruling Trinamool in the state of playing dirty politics in the name of mid-day meal. BJP has accused the Trinamool of doing this to woo voters in wake of Panchayat polls in the state.

Well, this may sound a political ‘rhetoric’, but it’s a reality that Trinamool is using innocent children as baits too woo their parents by offering non-vegetarian food in the mid-day meal.

Innocent children as baits? Isn’t this a disgrace? Will these children who will go to school smiling come to know why were they served chicken, fruits, and eggs? Also, why it stopped abruptly? As it may not be that easy to explain to them why Panchayat election is so significant that state government plans to serve a platter in the mid-day meal that is beyond their expectation and imagination.

However, the question is what will the state government tell after four-months when these innocent children would ask why did the non-vegetarian food stopped? No guesses, Trinamool will repeat its cult rhetoric, “No funds in the coffer yet the state government ran the scheme for the betterment of children”. Then the state government would be heard repeating the off-repeated ‘rhetoric’ that Bengal has received for ‘Kamyashree’ programme received recognition by the United Nations (UN). Perhaps, the biggest joke as many are not even aware that state government compels girls to accept ‘Kanyashree’ money and would warn the incumbent if they refuse or show reluctance. Isn’t it natural to have a huge list of people rolled under the ‘Kamyashree’ programme.

Next 40-days crucial for India as COVID cases increasing at fast pace, says Union Health Minister

COVID is once again spreading its uncanny paws across the globe. China has already reported a large number of positive cases including deaths. The situation in China is grave and people are scared as the new variant of COVID is on the prowl. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued am advisory stating WHO will keep a close eye on the developments on China and will take adequate action after taking stock of the situation. United of States of America (USA) too has issued an alert on travelers.

Other countries too that witnessed a massive outbreak previously have taken up the recent jolt seriously and are mulling over issuing strictures making COVID protocols mandatory.

Back home in India, the situation at present is not that grave but Union Health Ministry has sounded an alert. Earlier, on Tuesday, Health Ministry conducted a mock drill across the country which was attended by the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya himself. Talking to the media, the minister said the situation is not grave but there is a need to be more careful, as the saying goes, precaution is better than cure and people must follow the COVID protocols – Wearing masks, using hand sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing. “We are not trying to scare people but it’s an initiative to make people aware of the situation which is not serious at the moment but may turn serious any moment. However, there will be less possibility of pandemic if people take precautions”, said Mandviya who himself was at Delhi’s Safdurjung Hospital to take stock of the COVID preparedness.

With China witnessing a steep increase in the number of COVID cases due to coronavirus variant B.F7, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said the next 40 days would be crucial for India, as it might see a surge in infections in January. There are cases pouring in where travelers have been detected with COVID positivity in Kolkata, Odisha, Bihar, and Delhi. This has increased the fear of COVID more and on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry has issued a few advisories:

(1) Anybody who travels to India from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore will have to show the the COVID tests reports.
(2) Filling up of ‘air suvidha’ forms and 72-hour-old RT-PCR tests could be made mandatory from next week for passengers coming from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.
(3) On arrival the passengers will have to undergo a RT-PCR test at the airport.
(4) If the person is found to be positive then he or she will be sent to quarantine.
(5) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has recommended that doctors receive the fourth dose of the COVID vaccine, but the Union Health Ministry has requested data from NTAGI before making a policy decision.

According to a statement released, the ministry said the average daily cases between October 7-13 were 2,408 (1.05%), which later reduced to 153 (0.14%) between December 16-22.

PM Modi shows immense endurance by attending programmes in Bengal inspite of his mother’s death

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set an example of extreme  ‘kartavya’ (responsibility). He lost his mother, Heeraba on Friday early morning. She had been ailing for sometime and was admitted in  UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre. Death came around 3:30 am. Heeraba or Heeraben turned 100 recently. Though, Prime Minister could not be in Kolkata physically to attend the programmes, but he did attend the programmes via video conferencing.

PM Modi was scheduled to visit West Bengal to launch a slew of developmental projects –  flagging off the Vande Bharat train, attend Namami Gange programme apart from attending a few party related programmes. Prime Minister had to cancel his visit owing to the unprecedented development and rush to Gujarat for the last rites.

PM Modi reached Gujarat and attended the last rites at Hindu Crematorium, Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat alongwith his family members. Immediately, after the ‘mukhagni’ (last rites ritual), he attended the scheduled programmes in Kolkata via video conferencing. He just once said, “Due to personal reason, I could not visit West Bengal…I apologize for not being able to keep my word…”. He did not for once did any rhetoric or squeezed emotions. He launched the Vande Bharat train that will ply between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri (NJP). Also, the metro rail connectivity between Howrah and Joka. The Prime Minister also attended a programme on Namami Gange.

Well, it’s not easy to be nerve strong especially when someone loses their parents with whom they share a close bonding. During post Godhra riots, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee told him, “first go and follow the raj dharam”. Today, Narendra Modi who is first a son, followed his responcibility that he owes towards the country as a Prime Minister. It’s not so easy to be this nerve strong as one needs immense endurance and penance… It’s not so easy … Commendable indeed! 

This is an old story I did in 2019 when PM Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India. The photograph showing Heeraba watching her son taking oath went viral on social media platforms. 

Indeed, a proud moment for any mother and rare moment for any mother also as all sons doesn’t become prime minister of a country. The frame in itself speak volumes which have emotions, sentiments and endless happiness.

Is Bengal really prepared to face COVID variant BF.7 upsurge? CM, Heath Minister to continue with New Years bash & Ganga Sagar Mela

In wake of the recent upsurge in COVID across the globe, worst affected is China that is now under complete lockdown after it reported endless deaths. Back home in India too, the situation is under scanner as the Union Health Ministry is keeping a strict vigil on the situation. The Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had chaired a high level health meeting on Wednesday followed by another meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The virtual meeting was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Mandaviya alongwith senior officials including doctors.

The outcome of the meeting, the government said there was nothing to be scared at this moment but stressed on the need to follow COVID protocols. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Assam even Punjab decided to follow COVID protocols. As expected West Bengal showed reluctance in implementing the COVID protocols at this moment.

Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately after the meeting chaired by PM Modi, said her state is prepared for the adverse situation but she will not implement the COVID protocol at this hour as she does not feel the need for facemask. It seems Mamata Banerjee has not learn from the past experience. Last year, immediately after the New Year bash at Park Street (regular event) there was an upsurge of COVID. The medical fraternity had literally pleaded Banerjee with folding hands not to relax the protocols but she had turned a deaf ear to the requests of doctors. This year too inspite of the COVID scare, the West Bengal chief minister has announced ther will be New Years bash as usual and the Ganga Sagar Mela (an annual event) will not be carried as per schedule.

On Friday, Mansukh Mandaviya, chaired a virtual meeting with states and announced West Bengal will be a part of the countrywide mock drill on December 27 to ensure the readiness of infrastructure with a specific focus on oxygen plants, ventilators, logistics and human resources. State health minister Chandima Bhattacharya informed that the state is prepared for the situation. However, there was a total reluctance on the implementing of COVID protocols. “There will be a countrywide Covid-19 mock drill on December 27. West Bengal will be conducting the drill as well”, informed Bhattacharya. She said the state was continuing with genome sequencing. 

West Bengal had ignored the COVID protocols during Durga Puja, Diwali or Kali Puja, Christmas, New Years and Ganga Sagar Mela. The result of this was an upsurge in the COVID cases. The state government speaks of preparations, but the fact is it had under played the numbers of deaths in the previous surges. Not just this, but the death certificates were allegedly doctored as there was an unwritten stricture of putting any reason behind the death but COVID as it would bring the actual number in the glare. I myself met many such poor families who had lost their near and dear ones to the pandemic but did not either get the mortal remains from the hospital which was sent directly to the Dhapa ground for mass cremation or the death certificate carried different reason of death. I saw these people fuming but in tears. Yet, Chadrima Bhattacharya and Banerjee are talking of preparations to face any adverse situation.

Well, in such a situation all we can do is to keep our fingers crossed and pray no fatality are reported,

Don’t scare but follow COVID protocols and be safe, says Union Health Ministry

On Wednesday Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya convened a high level meeting to review the COVID situation in India and what are the precautions in wake of the pandemic gradually spreading its uncanny paws. However, the minister maintained that the situation is grave in China but in India its not even scary and people need not to worry as government is keeping a vigil on all the developments. It is just a precautionary measure to adhere to the COVID protocols and switch to masks, sanitizers, and maintain social distancing.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also held a meeting to review the situation across China and said that WHO will keep a strict vigil on the development across the world. It said the situation in other parts of the world is not scary but there is a need to keep a vigil as precaution is better than cure.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the COVID situation ion the country and what are the preparations. The virtual meeting was attended by Mandaviya, Home Minister, Amit Shah, alongwith respective secretaries and senior officials.

The outcome of all these meetings are same and the government has reiterated that the situation is not grave and there is nothing to be scared. There is no plan to lockdown or announce a partial lockdown but the time is to be on alert and stay safe. Mandaviya earlier replied in the Parliament on the question raised by opposition asking what preparations have been done to face the situation if it turns grave. Replying to this the health minister said, government is taking all precautions, and have taken all preparation to face any adverse situation.

Earlier, Mandaviya tweeted stating there is nothing to be scared and situation is under control.

According to doctors the new variant BF.7 is serious than the previous one. The symptoms for this virus are – fever, fatigued, and loose motion or diarrhea. However, doctors reiterated that fever is not essential but if someone have fever alongwith these symptoms then its advisable to get checked.

Well, there is nothing to worry or get scared but its always advisable to follow the COVID protocols – wearing mask, using hand sanitizers, and maintain social distancing (thought this not possible at an individual level as one has to board on crowded public convivences or visit crowded places especially markets and roads for day to day activities).

Man-made or natural menace? Delhi NCR gasping, AQI dips drastically. ‘Parali’ politics continues… Read more

With the advent of winters in the northern India, people suffer from burning of eyes, running nose, nausea, headache, breathlessness, giddiness. This has become a cult atmospheric trend past few years, as Delhi never had such a scary winter earlier. If you thought it’s due to cold then you are wrong as it’s because of pollution that Delhi and entire north belt go through due to burning of ‘parali’ or stubble burning. Predominant reason behind spreading of pollution – turning Delhi into a gas chamber. Parali for those outside north India may be French as they have never heard or experienced. I shall discuss in details.

Those in Delhi or North India are aware of this menace. Delhi and places those are dry have a low pressure building area. When polluted air flies from Punjab, and adjoining areas towards Delhi it falls in the pit or bowl like structure and the air gets stuck transforming the city into a gas chamber. People find it hard to hard to breathe as the days increases. On average parali or stubble burning starts from first week of October.

It’s important to know know why parali is burnt only in winters?

Parali is the local term for burning stubble. Its the method where the farmer removes paddy crop residues from the field to sow wheat from the last week of September to November. Its done by putting entire farmland on fire. This is done to numerous farmlands. In short, its the process of setting on fire the straw stubble, left after the harvesting of grains, like paddy, wheat, etc. This is done to farms across villages.

This year too is no different than previous years. Stubble burning began in October 8. Subsequently, it reached middle of the peak of deterioration of atmosphere. However, in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, various steps have been taken to minimize the ill-effects of parali burning:

1) Primary schools closed down.
2) Government offices are running with 50 per cent staff force.
3) All construction acrtivities have been put on hold.
4) No entry to trucks inside the city.
5) Diesel vehicles restricted to enter city.
6) Over five lakh vehicles stopped.
7) Rupees 20,000 imposed as chalan who violates.
8) Diesel run generators are stopped.

Apart from these, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) is also mulling over the idea to implement the annual Odd and Even format.

Well, talking of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convener, Arvind Kejriwal, there is a huge discrepancy between saying and doing. In an interview to a television channel few years back, Delhi Chief Minister mentioned of a chemical obtained from an experimentation conducted with the help of Pusa Institute, Delhi. He said if this chemical is spread over the parali then it would transform the stubble into fertilizer. He categorically questioned by taking the names of Punjab, and Haryana among other states, and asked why they don’t take the advantage of the chemical. Kejriwal had termed it as a “win win situation”. Little did he know rthen that this would come asa a boomerang. AAP would come to power in Punjab. Offlate, we did not hear even a word on parali from Kejriwal, lweast talk of the chemical he once mentioned.

People residing in Delhi NCR have no other option but to live with this menace and gasp for breathing fresh air, there is remote chances for the people to get some though, as the entire Delhi NCR has been transformed into a gas chamber.

Sharing from my snippet news…

India adds 6,422 fresh COVID cases, says Health Ministry data

According to the Union Health Ministry data, published on Thursday (September 15), India added 6,422 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,45,16,479, while the active cases increased to 46,389.

The death toll climbed to 28,250 with 34 fatalities which includes 20 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases comprise 2.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.71 per cent, the ministry said.

An increase of 640 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.04 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.71 per cent, according to the ministry.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

The 14 new deaths recorded in last 24 hours include two from Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand.