Crisis-hit Gorakhpur hospital staggers under patient load

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first_imgBaba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur draws a large number of frantic families with sick children from places like Deoria and Khadda, 60 and 100 km away and even beyond, because local hospitals cannot give them intensive medical attention. Alfaz, an infant brought by his mother Nesa Khatun, is one of them. The family has come from Khadda, in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh.“The doctors back home sent us here. This is the only option we had,” says the mother. The BRD medical college principal, Dr. P.K. Singh, said that on a given day, about 200 to 250 encephalitis patients are under treatment at the institution, and the mortality rate is 7 to 8%. Infants and children are often brought on referral when their condition is already critical. Sohan, who has come with his extremely ill newborn nephew, is from Deoria district and was sent to the BRD medical college by local hospitals that could not treat the infant. Geeta Devi has camped outside the encephalitis ward for 17 days now, as her son, Siddharth Gautam, is treated. The 7-year-old has fared better than many others, after a spell of unconsciousness. He started walking around the ward. The woman cooks food on a stove she brought from home in Deoria.On Tuesday, a family with a one-year-old with suspected encephalitis waited for three hours for a doctor to see the baby. They had arrived at 5 a.m.The principal said 24 deaths had occurred in a span of 24 hours from midnight on Sunday in the paediatrics ward, but no details were available on the causes.The U.P. Government-run medical college and hospital has witnessed the death of over 60 children in the encephalitis ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from August 7 to 11. The medical college caters not only to Gorakhpur and neighbouring districts, but also to Bihar and even Nepal. The focus has now turned to the probable causes of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and the number of Japanese encephalitis cases. The medical college celebrated Independence Day, with Dr. Singh hoisting the Tricolour and leading the staff in taking a pledge on Tuesday. Around the campus, relatives of patients in the NICU and encephalitis ward waited outside for any news at all. Sohan, whose nephew was admitted to the NICU on Monday night a few hours after he was born, says he had no idea how the baby is doing.“Every two or three hours I go and ask the staff if we can see the infant and if he’s okay. All they say is that he is serious and is being given oxygen. We heard about oxygen supply problems in the news. We don’t know what is wrong,” he says.Geeta Devi says she did not know about any trouble with oxygen supply at the hospital. Her son, she adds, was given oxygen support for nine days.last_img read more

Cong. accuses BJP of violence in Gujarat

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first_imgThe Congress today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in violence against its candidates in Gujarat and urged the Election Commission (EC) to initiate action.The party alleged that its candidate Indranil Rajyaguru, who is standing against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the Rajkot West seat, the party’s Rajkot East nominee Mitul Donga, and Congress MP Rajeet Satav, were arrested and abused by the Rajkot Police.“Our leaders Indranil Rajyaguru, Mitul Donga and MP Rajeev Satav, who are fighting the ‘Shah-kaal’ of fear and corruption in Gujarat, were attacked by the Gujarat Police yesterday,” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted.“Violence is a result of fear. Rupaniji fears losing the election and he is taking the support of lathis (clubs). But Gujarat is not frightened,” he said.Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev alleged that Mr. Rupani was “bewildered” as he was “losing” and was thus indulging in violence against the Congress leaders. She said she has already heard the CM’s audio claiming that the BJP “is in a bad shape”.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro now priced at Rs 29,900 following another price cut

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first_imgAfter slashing the price of the Galaxy C9 Pro back in June, Samsung has once again dropped the price of the smartphone, bringing the price down to Rs 29,900 from its initial launch price of Rs 36,900. The Galaxy C9 Pro, which highlights a 6-inch display, metal unibody design, and 16-megapixel front and rear cameras, can now be found at its new pricing on via Samsung’s own online store and other e-commerce platforms.The news of the price drop comes via Mahesh Telecom, and this is notably the second time Samsung has cut the price of the Galaxy C9 Pro since its launch in January. This is not a surprising move considering the company would like to attract more consumers towards the smartphone which is about a year old now. The handset was initially launched in China around the same time last year.The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is a dual Nano SIM smartphone that features a large 6-inch FHD (1080×1920) display and is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. You get an internal storage option of 64GB that is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.The smartphone sports a 16-megapixel camera on the front and back both with f/1.9 aperture. The Galaxy C9 Pro can record FHD videos @30fps and in our review we found the cameras to take decent enough pictures, but couldn’t really compete with the likes of the OnePlus 3t, the ZenFone 3, the iPhone 6S at the time. However, the smartphone has a good overall performance, a bright and colourful display and we were impressed with its 4000mAh battery capacity.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro review: The big friendly giantConnectivity options with the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include support for USB Type-C, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other things. The handset measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs 188 grams.last_img read more

a month agoEx-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town manager

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.” last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce happy with his forward options

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce happy with his forward optionsby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he’s happy with his forward options.Toon have scored just five goals in nine Premier League matches.”We’ve got options now. Andy and Dwight both came on, and we have options in the final third now,” Bruce said.”It’s only the second game for Allan, too, and he’s got a lot of fitness work to catch up on. We’re hoping that he can stay well because he is a threat and, of course, Almiron is a very decent player, too.”He looks a little bit short on confidence at the moment because he hasn’t scored a goal. We hope that can return, but it only really returns when he gets one, which will hopefully be next week.” last_img read more

Constable rapes minor girl family stages protest

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first_imgNew Delhi: A minor girl alleged that she was raped by a Delhi Police constable posted in New Usmanpur Police station of North East Delhi on Thursday.The incident led to a huge protest outside the police station by locals and the family members of the victim. According to sources, the victim was missing from her home and the family approached the police. The family suspected a boy from the area who was also missing since then. Later, when the girl and the boy were traced they were brought to the police station. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesOn Thursday, a constable Vishram Meena from the New usmanpur police station reached the girl’s house and asked her to accompany him to court for some legal proceeding. It was then he took her to an isolated spot in Yamuna Khadar and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone including her own parents. The girl when reached home narrated the ordeal to her parents who then staged a protest along with the neighbours and friends at the New usmanpur police station in North East Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”What is the work of a policeman? If the protectors turn predators what will happen,” an angry protestor said. The protest was called off only after the family was assured of strict action against the accused by senior police officers who immediately reached the spot sensing the gravity of the matter. The FIR was registered against the constable and legal proceedings initiated. “We received a call at around 12 in the afternoon about the said incident. We have initiated legal proceedings against the constable on the complaint of the victim girl, we are probing the incident and will act accordingly,” said DCP North East Ved Prakash Surya.last_img read more