log on to thegoan.net SUNDAY MAY 9, 2021 Reclaiming the original intent of Mother’s Day The Goan ‘Covid Helpline’ The second wave of Covid has wreaked havoc on Goa inflicting unprecedented pain on the lives of common citizens. In these testing times, we have compiled a ready reckoner of crucial services available for people across the State titled The Goan ‘Covid Helpline’. The services listed (on page 2) are verified by us and will be updated from time to time and are published with the sole intention of reaching out to those who need assistance. At The Goan, we believe in not only playing a pro-active role of news provider, informer and educator, but also being a facilitator in times of crisis. Together, we will overcome the crisis. – Editor IN SHORT >> Gold worth ` 0 lakh 5 seized at Dabolim VASCO: Customs officials on Saturday seized 1.175 kgs of gold worth Rs 49.89 lakh from a passenger at Dabolim Airport. Goa Customs Commissioner Mihir Ranjan informed that on Saturday, the Air Intelligence Unit seized the gold from the check-in baggage of an international passenger who had arrived from Sharjah by an Air Arabia flight. >> See pg 3 @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 12 pages PRICE ` 6 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 319 GOA Cuncolim’s new commercial project will now host Covid care centre THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Panic buying was witnessed in several parts of the State as Goans geared up for the 15day curfew announced by the Government from May 9. There was uncertainty all around and people were seen stocking up essential commodities. Huge queues were seen outside stores in most cities of Goa. Taking note of social media posts, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant appealed to people not to resort to panic buying saying all essential commodity and grocery stores will be kept open across the State from 7 am to 1 pm, daily during the 15-day State-level curfew. The order that came late evening on Saturday, spells only additional restrictions THE FRESH RESTRICTIONS Fish markets, municipal & panchayat markets to be full closed (fully closed) Shops selling essential commodities to remain open from 7 am to 1 pm only Weddings which were permitted with 50 or less guests as per previous order have not been mentioned in this order Hotels and hospitality sector is only allowed for in-house guests, residents, staff which are imposed through this order as compared to the previous order which are fish market and municipal panchayat markets to be closed, shops selling essential commodities to remain open from 7 am to 1 pm only. Those who were planning to tie the knot during this period have no instructions as weddings which were permitted with 50 or less guests as per previous order have not been mentioned in this order. Hotels and hospitality sector is only allowed for in-house guests, residents and staff. The highlights of order to be effective in Goa from 7 am of May 9 till 7 am of May 24 are as follows: Casinos, bars and restaurants will be closed however, restaurant kitchens will be allowed to provide home delivery or takeaways, anytime. The shops will be closed, except those selling medi- >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: 32.8 C Min: 27.2 C Humidity: 72% TIDES Low: High: 03:35 10:13 15:44 21:32 NEW DELHI An anti-Covid oral drug developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients, the defence ministry said on Saturday. Clinical trials of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) showed that it helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence, it said. The approval to the drug has come at a time when India has been grappling with a record-breaking wave of Many foreign tourists stranded in Pernem without visa Covid claims 55 lives, 3,751 new cases reported PANAJI: Another 55 lives were lost to the dreaed Coronavirus in Goa on Saturday taking the death toll of the State to 1,612. Goa also recorded 3,751 new cases of the infection in the last 24 hours taking the active Covid count of the State to 32,387. Postponed IPL should be held in UK in Sept, says Pietersen Two youth carry a bagful of essential commodities from a store in Panaji on Saturday. Serpentine queues were witnessed at superstores despite the curfew relaxation for shopping of essential commodities. Narayan Pissurlenkar MAPUSA With Covid-19 cases continuing to surge, people have now started hoarding oxygen cylinders as a precautionary measure. This hoarding has created artificial scarcity of oxygen cylinders thereby affecting the prospects of those in need. Swar Gas Sales Corpo- ration, a trading company which deals with medical oxygen cylinders in Mapusa, is facing acute shortage of cylinders as people who have taken the cylinders refuse to return them. “In these days of uncertainty, people are in fear that if they get Covid infection the oxygen cylinder will come in handy for them. But what their action has done is de- Clinical trials of the 2-DG showed that it helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence coronavirus pandemic that has stretched the country’s healthcare infrastructure to its limit. “In the ongoing second Covid-19 wave, a large number of patients are facing severe oxygen dependency and need hospitalisation. “The drug is expected to save precious lives due to the mechanism of operation of the drug in infected cells. This also reduces the hospital stay of Covid-19 patients,” the ministry said. Adjunctive therapy is a treatment used together with the primary treatment to assist it. The drug comes in powder form in a sachet and is taken orally by dissolving it in water. “It accumulates in the virus-infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and energy production. Its selective accumulation in virally infected cells makes this drug unique,” the ministry said. In terms of efficacy trends, the ministry said, patients treated with 2-DG showed faster symptomatic cure than the standard of care (SoC) on various endpoints. SEE INFOGRAPH ON PG 6 Ahead of curfew, people resort to panic buying of essentials Fearing strict curfew, crowds at stores in Canacona Panic buying in Sanguem ahead of statewide curfew PANAJI The men-in-uniform have warned of strict action against violators of curfew under the Disaster Management Act and provisions of IPC Act from Sunday 9 am. Briefing media on Saturday, Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Kumar Meena said the police force will see that all people follow guidelines laid to curtail the surge of Covid-19. “People will be deterred from unnecessarily stepping out of their houses and will act tough on persons not wearing masks in public”, he said appealing to people to stay indoors unless it is an emergency. DGP said all Covid prevention guidelines will be implemented and traffic police and district police will do the implementation of the same. Police will be deployed in full force while the reserve po- DGP warns of jail for fake internet posts PANAJI: Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena on Saturday warned against the spread of fake messages on social media. Talking tough, he said those found guilty of spreading fake messages on social media will be tracked and jailed for a year. lice will also be called in for duty to man the borders, he said. Stating that 45,753 people were fined last month for not wearing a mask in public, Meena said a total of Rs 92 lakh was collected by way of fines. Action was also taken against 719 people for spitting livery except for liquor will be allowed anytime). Banks, insurance, custom clearance, ATMs microfinance institutions etc will remain open. All medical and health Salcete hospitals bear brunt as docs, nurses get infected NEW DELHI A 12-member National Task Force has been set up by the Supreme Court to assess availability and distribution of medical oxygen - on scientific, rational and equitable basis across the country. The task force will also suggest measures to ensure similarly rational and equitable availability of medicines needed to treat COVID-19, and provide inputs, based on members’ scientific and specialised knowledge, to meet others challenges to have been raised by the Covid pandemic. Setting up of the task force had been ordered by SC , when it called for a revamp of Centre’s allocation of oxygen to States. >> See pg 6 Now, people begin hoarding O2 cylinders THE GOAN I NETWORK ON PAGE 3 THE GOAN I NETWORK cines/drugs and related activities as well as those selling groceries, eatables, animal fodder etc. Public Distribution Systems, standalone liquor shops and outlets (take away only) may remain open from 7 am to 1 pm, (however the home de- PTI New anti-Covid drug gets nod for emergency use PTI SPORTS O2 distribution: Supreme court forms task force CURFEW MANIA! Drones being tried for vaccine delivery GOA n PANIC BUYING IN MANY AREAS n ESSENTIAL COMMODITY SHOPS TO BE OPEN NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Saturday inducted the first batch of women into the Corps of Military Police for the first time in the non-officer cadre, officials said. Women have been serving as officers in select branches of the three services since the early 1990s. Transfers of priests in Archdiocese RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 3 Police set to crack Goa stocks up as 15-day curfew the whip against comes into effect from today curfew violators 9 Army inducts women soldiers for 1st time NEW DELHI: The Centre has agreed to provide conditional exemption to drone flights as part of an experiment to use them for vaccine delivery to provide help in the nation’s to fight against Covid-19 pandemic. On Saturday, DGCA granted conditional exemption to Telangana to conduct such experiments. Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday prived people who actually need oxygen,” said Harshad Swar, partner of Swar Gas Sales Corporation, Mapusa. Swar Gas Sales Corporation has been in the gas business for the last 65 years and supplies both medical and industrial oxygen to clients and caters to North Goa. According to Swar, his company stores 200 oxygen cylinders but 60 percent of the stock is out with people who have taken the cylinders by paying the deposit. “On an average, I get 100 to 150 calls everyday from different parts of Goa enquiring about oxygen gas cylinders. People call up even from Goa Medical College and Hospital post midnight but I am helpless for want of cylinders,” >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 Functioning of health centres affected too THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO The Covid pandemic seemed to have not spared anyone, even the healthcare workers working round-the-clock in the hospitals and the health centres in the battle against the coronavirus. In fact, doctors, nurses and paramedics working in the South Goa district hospital, besides the health centres in Salcete and outside, are down with Covid, putting a strain on the existing health care system. Those recovered from the deadly virus have returned for work, while others are still recuperating in the hospitals or under home isolation. As many as six doctors attached to the South Goa district hospital, which is the main Covid hospital in the district, are presently down with Covid. A couple of nurses are also infected by the virus, putting pressure on the already stretched out infrastructure and logistics in the hospital. South Goa district hospital nodal officer, Dr Rajesh Patil informed that the strength of doctors and paramedics at the South Goa district has come down in the last few days af- South district hospital grappling with falling doctor-patient ratio MARGAO: Doctors manning the South Goa hospital are grappling with the serious issue of rapidly falling doctor-patient ratio with the hospital playing host to 530-odd patients at any given time, even as the district hospital on Saturday started the Triad system to screen the 250-odd patients rushing to the hospital for admissions. While the district hospital has augmented the bed strength from 150 beds to 350, with present bed capacity pegged at a whopping 500, the doctor ratio per patient has not seen a corresponding increase, putting stress on the overburdened health care workers. >> See pg 2 ter the hospital doctors and nurses were infected by the virus. “When the manpower is stretched out totally in a pandemic situation, everyone should bear in mind that the replacements are hard to come by and there’s load on the existing doctors and staff, more so when the hospital is playing host to 530-odd patients at any given time”, Dr Patil said. He added: “People should bear in mind the manpower situation at the hospital. As far as the treatment is concerned, we make it sure the patients get the best of treatment”. Inquiries by The Goan with a number Health Centres in Salcete have revealed that a couple of doctors as well as the paramedics have been down with Covid. Couple of days back, Curtorim Health Officer, Dr Vallabh Nadkarni was seen manning the hospital late evening after his colleague had tested positive for coronavirus. Another doctor, attached to a health centre in Salcete was undergoing treatment for Covid, putting pressure on the already crumbling logistics in place at the health centre. >Continued on P5 Covid +ve report not needed to get hospitalised: Govt PTI NEW DELHI n a significant directive to the States and Union Territories, the Union health ministry on Saturday said requirement of a positive Covid-19 test report is not mandatory for admission to a health facility. In its revised national policy for admission of Covid patients to various dedicated health facilities, both public and private, the Union health ministry said no patient will be refused services on any account, including oxygen and essential drugs, even if the he or she belongs to a different city. “In a significant directive to States, the Union ministry of health and family welfare has revised the national policy for admission of Covid patients to various categories of Covid facilities. I KEY POINTS OF THE NEW MEASURES A suspect case must be admitted to suspect ward of Covid Care Center or Dedicated Covid Health Centers No patient will be refused services on any count – medications, oxygen or essential drugs No patient shall be refused admission due to ID card that he/she does not belong to the city where the hospital is located Admissions to hospital must be based on need Should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization Discharge should be strictly in accordance with revised discharge policy “This patient-centric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from Covid-19,” the ministry said. “Hospitals under the central government, state governments and UT administration, including private hospitals managing Covid patients, shall ensure that requirement of a positive test for Covid-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility. “A suspect case shall be admitted to the suspect ward of Covid Care Centre, Dedicated 4,187 more Covid deaths in India NEW DELHI: A record 4,187 Covid-19 fatalities in a day took India’s death toll to 2,38,270, while 4,01,078 new infections were reported during the period, pushing the tally of cases to 2,18,92,676, according to Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. Covid Health Centre (DCHC) of Dedicated Covid Hospital (DHC) as the case may be,” the directive to all the states and Union Territories said. It said no patient will be refused services on any count which includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city. “No patient shall be refused admission on the ground that he/she is not able to produce a valid identity card that does not belong to the city where the hospital is located,” it said. The ministry also said admissions to hospital must be “based on need”. “It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalization. Further, the discharge should be strictly in accordance with the revised discharge policy,” it said. The ministry said it has advised to the chief secretaries of states/Union territories to issue necessary orders and circulars, incorporating these directions within three days, which shall be enforced till replaced by an appropriate uniform policy.
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