Haryana Health Minister, Sh. Anil Vij said that by the end of this month, efforts will be made to vaccinate about 35 lakh people in the state.

Chandigarh, April 7: Haryana Health Minister, Sh. Anil Vij said that by the end of this month, efforts will be made to vaccinate about 35 lakh people in the state. So far, about 21 lakh people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Haryana.

Apprising Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan during a review meeting of 11 states Sh. Vij said that the State will take all necessary measures to control the second wave of COVID-19. He said that at present there are 13,000 active cases in Haryana and about 25,000 tests are conducted daily and the positive rate is about 4.7 percent. We are trying to increase testing further in the state, he added.

Sh. Vij said that 35 labs, with a capacity of conducting 92,000 tests per day, for COVID-19 are functional in the state. He said that there are adequate number of isolation wards, ventilators, general beds, oxygen-equipped beds, ICUs, medicines and equipment in the state. He requested the Union Health Minister that the reports of samples sent by the state government for investigation should be sent soon so that new strains can be detected and treated accordingly. Along with this, he said that if a new protocol for treatment has been prepared by the Central Government, then it should also be shared with the states soon.

The Union Health Minister said that states will have to take concrete steps to control COVID-19 and follow the protocol properly. For this, masks, social distancing and all other guidelines have to be strictly adhered to.

Earlier, during a meeting chaired by Sh. Vij, he directed the officers connected with the health services of the state to start COVID-19 hospitals again in the state as per the requirement. For this, they have been asked to inspect such hospitals in the next 3-4 days and notify them. The hospitals will also be listed on the portal of the department. He said that adequate stock of PPE kits, masks, medicines and other essential items will be kept in the state.

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Haryana government has decided to make the campuses of all colleges and universities in the state tobacco-free, for which Department of Higher Education has sought information about the arrangements made by the concerned educational institutions

Chandigarh, April 7: Haryana government has decided to make the campuses of all colleges and universities in the state tobacco-free, for which Department of Higher Education has sought information about the arrangements made by the concerned educational institutions in regard to this.

Giving information about this, an official spokesperson said that the Department had issued directions to make all the colleges and university campuses tobacco-free two and a half months ago. As a part of this directions were issued for taking steps such as slogan writing and appointing Nodal Officers for creating awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco amongst the students. Now the Higher Education Department has sought information about the steps taken by these educational institutions to make the campuses tobacco-free.

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Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Health Department, Sh. Rajiv Arora said that a strong health system has been established in all the districts of the state.

Chandigarh, April 7 - Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Health Department, Sh. Rajiv Arora said that a strong health system has been established in all the districts of the state.

Speaking as the chief guest during the video conferencing programme organized on World Health Day today, he said that Ayushman Yojana and Health and Wellness Centres are important steps in this direction. The plan has focused on implementing health components in the public and private sector for implementation by the Department. He appreciated the department and said that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Haryana's health workers worked with great courage and during this time also did not leave behind the TB programme so that patients were not neglected.

Mission Director, National Health Mission, Sh. Prabhjot Singh said that the public is availing health services free of cost. All health workers performed exceptionally during COVID-19 pandemic and are still performing brilliantly. World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 and this year Haryana Health Department has given the theme of State TB eradication.

Director General, Health, Dr. Veena Singh said that it should be encouraged in a new way and more and more patients should be benefited. She said that the achievements in the health sector were appreciated by the Haryana government and everyone is encouraged to continue working in the same manner. During this time techniques for making healthy food were also taught and a puppet show was organized for health education and TB awareness. Additional Director General, Health Dr. VK Bansal was also present on the occasion.

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Three held for conspiring to steal Rs 16 crore from dormant account

Chandigarh, April 7: In a major crackdown, Haryana Police has arrested three persons from Jind district for plotting to commit a fraud worth over Rs 16 crore using information of a dormant bank account of a Kanpur based branch of ICICI bank.

Disclosing this here today, Director General of Police (DGP), Haryana, Sh. Manoj Yadava informed that cyber criminal gang was busted after a team from the Cyber police station, Panchkula got secret information that some people were attempting to transfer Rs 16 crore from a dormant account.

“Upon getting input, our cyber team immediately swung into action and three accused were arrested at first by conducting a raid at village Malvi in Jind”, he added.

Sh. Yadava also congratulated DGP Crime Mohd. Akil, DIG Cyber Crime Sh. Pankaj Nain and their entire team for dealing with cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner across the state.

Initial probe reveals that these scammers planned to siphon off funds from a Kanpur based branch of ICICI bank. They accessed the email linked to it, managed to fraudulently update a new mobile number in this account to receive OTP. The fraudsters needed 48 more hours to transfer the fund but were apprehended. A beneficiary account where they planned to transfer the funds has also been identified.

Three arrested among the four accused were identified as Jagbir and Kaptan, both residents of Jind district and Imran, a native of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

A Case has been registered in this connection. We are looking for who all are involved in it. One more accused is yet to be arrested in this connection. Further probe is underway.