Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Every Govt needs to concentrate on providing health care - need not be busy on tweets !

The good news is - Oxygen production at Vedanta's Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu,  has  restarted. The development comes days after it faced a technical snag, leading to a halt in operations. "The oxygen generated will be stored at our onsite facilities and will be distributed as per the directions of the government," the company said in a statement.  TV news showed oxygen tanker moving out of Sterilite factory to a Govt hospitsl in Tuticorin.  The facility began producing medical oxygen on May 13 to meet the demand for the life-saving gas following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state. The plant had rolled out 5 tonnes of oxygen with 98% purity on May 13.



Meanwhile another  consignment of almost 3 tons of oxygen devices & medical supplies donated by  @ElbitSystemsLtd arrived in India from Israel.  It is really appreciable that the Nation even when under war and bombardment, still helps other Nations.   

Back home - Delhi reported 3,846 fresh Covid 19 cases and 235 deaths in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate has dipped to 5.78%.   Tamil Nadu recorded more than 33,000 cases, Karnataka and Kerala both reported over 30,000 cases. Now going by the no. of fresh cases in a day Tamilnadu tops the list, followed by Kerala, and Karnataka above Maharashtra. 

Sixty simians have been placed in 14-day isolation in South Delhi by Delhi forest department. The move comes after the monkeys were caught from areas where Covid cases were reported. After their quarantine period ends, the monkeys will be released into Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary. The monkeys were put in isolation as a precautionary measure.  Forest department officials maintained the monkeys did not show any symptoms and they all were tested negative through rapid antigen test, according to a report in Times of India.

Politicians and bureaucrats find it very difficult to accept their failure and inability as it is not in their veins, the Delhi high court Wednesday said while expressing concerns over the condition of subordinate judiciary's judicial officers who are at risk of contracting Covid-19 owing to the nature of duties. The high court said three judicial officers have already died after contracting the virus in the national capital and it was of the prima facie view that they should be treated akin to frontline workers like armed forces and police forces personnel and asked the government to consider it.  The bench was not impressed with the submissions of the Delhi Government that High court had earlier passed an order by which the Delhi district judges were to coordinate with district magistrates to address the medical concerns of judicial officers and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic and nodal officers were appointed in each district.

In a different case, the Delhi High Court asked the Kejriwal government that how there can a sudden shortage in supply of Amphotericin B drug used for the treatment of Black Fungus when it is being manufactured locally  The Delhi High Court today directed the Arvind Kejriwal government in the national capital to inform it about the stocks of the medicine used for the treatment of Black Fungus and listed the matter for further hearing on Thursday. A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh inquired about the stocks of the Amphotericin B drug used in the treatment of Black Fungus and asked the AAP government how they planned to distribute it. The court asked the city government to give its response by tomorrow. 

Some web searches were made - Vivian Balakrishnan FRCS MP is a  member of the governing People's Action Party, in Singapore.  He was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.   He has previously held appointments as Minister for Environment and Water Resources and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, as well as the Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Trade and Industry. Balakrishnan studied medicine at the National University of Singapore on a President's Scholarship. He later pursued postgraduate education in ophthalmology and was admitted as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was appointed as an associate professor at the National University of Singapore and became the medical director of Singapore National Eye Centre. He was also the chief executive of Singapore General Hospital. Prior to the commencement of his political career, he served as the commanding officer of the second Combat Support Hospital of the Singapore Armed Forces.  Quite impressive ! 

Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan is in news as today, he slammed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for his tweet on a dangerous variant in Singapore, asking the activist-turned politician to "stick to facts." "Politicians should stick to facts! There is no “Singapore variant”," Balakrishnan replied to Kejriwal on twitter, attaching a link which detailed the spread of the B.1.617 variant in Singapore.

The B.1.617 variant was first found in India and has since spread to many countries, including United Kingdom and Singapore. Even S Jaishankar, India's foreign minister, tweeted a clarification on the matter, saying the Delhi CM "does not speak for India." "Singapore and India have been solid partners in the fight against Covid-19. Appreciate Singapore's role as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier," said Jaishankar. " Irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships," said Jaishankar. The Singaporean government also conveyed its "strong objection" to Indian High Commissioner on Delhi CM's assertion on Singapore variant.

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday said that there is no truth in the references in reports in a section of Indian media about the presence of a new variant of coronavirus in the country, adding that there is no "Singapore variant". Kejriwal on Tuesday had cautioned Centre about a 'new Singapore COVID-19 variant' that can hurt children the most. In a tweet, Kejriwal said, "The new COVID variant in Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave"

Whether the Court decries or whether people are affected, some are building their image, on social media tweeting and messaging all the time ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
19.5.2021. 

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