70 Gynaecologist trained for providing tele-medicine consultations to pregnant women

• 90,463 Ante-Natal Checkup registered from April to June

• 12,479 COVID-19 tests of pregnant women conducted in their third trimester

Chandigarh, August 1: To ensure the safety of pregnant women from the corona virus, the Health & Family Welfare Department imparted the special training to 70 Gynaecologist for providing tele-medicine consultations to pregnant women. Besides this, separate labor rooms are set up in all district hospitals to conduct the deliveries of COVID-19 positive pregnant women.

Giving details in a press release, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that instructions have been issued to all Civil Surgeons to promote the tele-medicine consultations of Gynaecologist as well as general OPD services which are available on the eSanjeevani App. He said that now the app is easily available on android mobile, so there is no dependence on laptop/pc. Anyone can avail free services of online-consultations by using their mobile phones. It has proved as a boon for pregnant women who did not want to attend Normal OPD fearing the risk of contracting COVID-19. However, ANC programme has continuously remained functional in all HWCs/SCs since lockdown to ensure the services in rural areas.

Mr. Sidhu said that a total number of 90,463 ANC registered from April to June, 2020 and 63,827 deliveries took place in the State.

He further said that COVID-19 test is made mandatory during the third trimester of pregnancy under which 12,479 pregnant women tested for COVID-19 from April to June, out of which 118 were tested positive. He said 56 deliveries of COVID patients were conducted successfully in government facilities as 20 normal and 36 LSCS. He assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure quality health services across the Punjab.

The Minister said that Mother & Child Healthcare services continued unabated in state as our health care staff conducted safe deliveries and provided Antenatal care to Pregnant Women. Regular instructions were also being disseminated from state to All Districts on continuation of non-COVID essential services.

The State Government has fixed the rates of private hospitals providing the treatment facilities to the corona patients and also instructed the private institutions to provide tertiary healthcare services to patients referred by the Govt. hospitals.


Mission Fateh

Education department has set new standards in online education under the guidance of Vijay Inder Singla

More than 25 lakh students are taking advantage of online education

Chandigarh, August 1-The Punjab School Education Department has not only ensured the safety of the students during the Corona-19 epidemic but has also set new standards for the continuation of the study of the students during this difficult period.

The School Education Department under the guidance of Education Minister, Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, first time started the process of online admission and online education for the safety of students during the Corona disaster as it is still not possible to open schools in these circumstances keeping in view the social distancing. In this process, students from more than 19000 schools across Punjab are being imparted online education. Apart from pre-primary, online education is being imparted to more than 9 lakh primary school students and more than 14 lakh students from 6th to 12th standard. As a result, enrollment in government schools has increased by nearly 1.5 lakh this year. It is important to mention that the students of private schools are also taking benefit from the lectures being given on Doordarshan.

Under the guidance of the Education Minister, Education Secretary Mr. Krishan Kumar not only initiated the process of online education by implementing this unique initiative at the grass root level but also achieved better results by taking the initiative in this field as compared to private schools. As a result, 1.5 lakh more students were enrolled in government schools in the state in the session 2020-2021 as compared to the session 2019-2020. At the same time the Department of Education also carried out the work of distribution of free books and uniforms.

The work of the education department was not only limited to online education but government schools also set a new milestone by taking the first term (July) papers of 6th to 12th class students online. The Department of Education has taken 20 marks paper in each subject. The students have shown lot of interest in the online test and the teachers also assessed the students online by downloading various apps on their mobile phones. These initiatives of Department of Education, teachers and students have created new possibilities in the field of education.





Chandigarh, August 1: Despite a months-long lockdown, the Punjab Water Resource Department has made over 100 promotions of the officers/officials of Group A, B and C during the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that with the concerted efforts of Water Resources Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria a total of 104 officers/staff had been promoted during curfew and lockdown. Many of these officers were on the verge of retirement and some are retiring in the near future.

Giving details, the spokesperson said that 5 Supervising Engineers (SE) had been promoted as Chief Engineers while 25 Executive Engineers as Supervising Engineers. Similarly 43 JEs/ Assistant Engineers have been promoted as Sub Divisional Officers (SDOs) and 31 Revenue Clerks / Chief Revenue Clerks as District Collectors (Jilhedaar) . He said that several Jilhedaar have already started training, which would give further impetus and accelerated the pace of the functioning of the department.

The work done by the staff/officers of the department during curfew and lockdown has been lauded many times by the Water Resources Minister.

Pertinently, the Water Resources Department is very important for the farmers of Punjab and as per the directions of the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, the department has done exemplary work during the lockdown. Even during the lockdown, the officers/staff of the department were engaged in cleaning of drains and minors. Apart from this the officers/ staff of Water Resources Department have provided Rs. 1.60 crore as assistance to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to fight the corona virus. Likewise, the work at the Shahpurkandi Dam project was in full swing despite restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. He said that the Water Resources Department had resumed the construction work of Shahpurkandi Dam project on April 29, 2020, ensuring all the safety measures mentioned under 'Mission Fateh' to prevent Covid-19. He said that this project is expected to start power generation by August 2023, which would further improve the irrigation system and environment friendly power generation in the state.


#MissionFateh : Department of Medical Education and Research pulls up socks for combatting Covid 19 more efficaciously

Provides Specialized Training to Medical Colleges, District Hospitals And Grassroots Front Line Workers

Chandigarh, August 1-Under Mission Fateh, the Department of Medical Education and Research is taking steps to combat COVID-19 through specialized training of medical colleges, district hospitals and front line workers , working at the grass root level by adopting the latest approach instead of traditional methods.

Disclosing this here today Principal Secretary Medical Education and Research Mr. DK Tewari said that in order to provide health services at the district level to fight with COVID-19, department has directed the district hospitals to trace the contacts of positive patients, set up containment zones and evaluate the facilities of category 1 and 2. Apart from this, 3-3 doctors have been deputed to help each district.

He further said that training in patient sampling, treatment guidance and nodal faculty for each district was provided. In addition a Tertiary Care Survey was conducted in the state, which was based on 76 parameters. During the survey, 218 private hospitals have been identified and selected to provide adequate health services to the patients as and when required.

He said that the department has constituted a team of specialist doctors who,if required, provide guidance to the medical colleges, district hospitals and the front line workers working at the grass root level through phone and video conferencing. In this process of imparting training Prof K.K. Talwar ( Advisor Health and Medical Education , Government of Punjab ) , Moderated by Prof Bishav Mohan ( Department of Cardiology , DMCH Ludhiana ), Prof. G D. Puri , Dean & HOD Anesthesia , PGIMER , Chandigarh ) Dr. Vikas Suri , Additional Professor of Medicine , PGIMER , Chandigarh ) Dr Anup K Singh , Associate Professor of Medicine , Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine , Lenox Hill Hospital , New York , USA ) Dr Ajit Kayal , ST George's University Hospitals , NHS foundation Trust ) Dr Sandeep Kataria , Consultant of Anaesthesia , Bronx New York ) Prof. Nitish Naik , Professor of Cardiology , AIIMS , New Delhi ) Prof Ambuj Roy , Professor of Cardiology , AIIMS New Delhi ) Prof. Rajesh Mahajan , Professor of Medicine , DMC Ludhiana ) Prof. Ravinder Garg , Professor of Medicine , GMC Faridkot ) Prof. RS Sibia , Professor of Medicine , GMC Patiala ) Prof Raman Sharma , Professor of Medicine , GMC Amritsar ) Prof Nitin Malhotra , Professor of Medicine , CMC Ludhiana with special input and color - coded concept from Dr Sahil Goel ( DMCH Ludhiana ) , Prof. Gurpreet S Wander ( DMCH Ludhiana ) , Dr Sarju Ralhan ( HDHI , Ludhiana ) , Prof Vishal Chopra ( GMC Patiala ) , Prof Akashdeep ( DMCH Ludhiana ) Dr Tanu Singhal ( Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Mumbai ) & Mr Raja Gupta ( DMCH Ludhiana ) provided special inputs regarding training.

He said that for the first time various medical colleges of Punjab are working in unison with full vigor to combat this new disease by coordinating efficiently at this level.

Lauding the team of doctors led by Prof. KK Talwar, who proved to be instrumental in combating Covid-19, Mr. Tewari said that due to their guidance, Punjab became able to fight a decisive battle against Covid 19.



Department sets up 40-bed isolation facility in Ranjit Sagar Dam Hospital and quarantine facility for 125 people at Shahpurkandi township

Chandigarh, August 1-Punjab Water Resources Department has fully geared up to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The department has set up an Isolation Centre in Ranjit Sagar Dam Hospital, besides establishing a quarantine facility at Shahpurkandi Township to effectively deal with the deadly pandemic.

Chief Engineer Ranjit Sagar Dam Mr. S.K. Saluja said that a 40-bed isolation facility has been created in the Ranjit Sagar Dam hospital and regular sanitization and disinfection of township, hospital, banks, ATMs, Security Barracks, Offices and Police Station has also been carried out at the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project Shahpurkandi township to ensure the safety of the patients, doctors, paramedical staff and employees from COVID-19.

A quarantine facility for 125 people has been established with help of civil society group for the migrant labourers in the Keshav Hall, Shahpurkandi township, he said.

Besides, deploying around 12 vehicles of the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project with Pathankot district administration for COVID-19 related duties, he said that around eight officers of the Ranjit Sagar Dam project are performing the duty of executive magistrate to ensure execution of directions/orders of the state government in the Pathankot district.

The Chief Engineer said that SE Headquarters of Ranjit Sagar Dam has been appointed as district COVID Awareness Officer to sensitize people of the district. Various awareness material like videos, mosaic, posters etc were developed by the officer and his team to spread awareness among masses. Apart from this, a rational and scientific awareness about the spread and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic was bought among the dam employees through posters, videos, training on Diksha App and awareness camps etc.

During lockdown essential services like electricity, water supply and sanitation services in Ranjit Sagar Dam township worked efficiently so as to ensure the comfort and safety of the residents of the township, he added

A special estimate for RANJIT SAGAR DAM hospital containing items like PPE kits, masks, gloves sanitizers, disinfectants, bed sheets etc. was sanctioned for the safety and security of the patients, doctors, paramedical staff and to enhance the capacity of health infrastructure at RSD project during the COVID-19.

To ensure the safety of security personnel, he said, a large number of essential items like sanitizer, mask, gloves were distributed to the PESCO security personnel, local police, fire fighting staff and local media persons.