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Proper critical care training needed for paramedics :Delhi HC

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today stressed the dire need for proper critical care training to paramedics while hearing a plea by a woman whose mother had died of cardiac arrest due to medical negligence.

The court sought response of the Delhi government on the plea by the woman, a neuroscientist in the US, seeking direction to frame binding critical care guidelines for Delhi government-run and private hospitals.

She also prayed for a direction to provide basic and advanced critical life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to all doctors and nurses under their jurisdiction.

“You (Delhi government) need to do something about it. Her mother was taken from one hospital to another. Paramedics should be trained more,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher said.

The woman, in her petition filed through advocate Jai Dehadrai, highlighted the “criminal neglect” suffered by her mother “at the hands of two hospitals and five doctors who blatantly refused to admit or treat her while she laid helplessly dying in her car”.

The victim had died on February 9 last year after she was refused an entry into two private hospitals in east Delhi.

Dehadrai said the woman was not seeking any compensation from the hospitals but wanted directions for framing guidelines for hospitals.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 31.

The plea also sought a direction to the Delhi government and Directorate General of Health Services to permanently shut down and cancel the medical licence and permission granted to the two hospitals, alleging they were “nothing more than death traps”.

It also sought cancellation of licences and degrees of the five doctors who were allegedly directly responsible for causing the death of the victim by denying her treatment.

“Direct the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Directorate General of Health Services to draft binding medical guidelines for all private and government hospitals in Delhi to ensure admission of dying/critical patients brought in an emergency situation and specifically the victims of cardiac arrest.

“Set up a commission of inquiry under the stewardship of a retired high court judge to investigate and ascertain the quality of emergency healthcare facilities provided in the National Capital Region of Delhi,” the plea said.

It said when the woman was taken to the first hospital, the MBBS doctor there neither attend to the emergency situation nor provide any treatment and refused her admission. The doctor also asked the attendant to take the victim to another hospital, the plea said.

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Kerala Floods: Diageo India donates 1 crore for the Kerala relief fund

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Thiruvananthapuram | India’s leading beverage company Diageo India on Sunday donated 1 crore rupee towards the Chief Minister Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) for the flood-affected people of Kerala.

Kerala is facing one of the worst floods in his history with the loss of 21,000 crores already been suffered by the state. Around 6,80,247 people have been forced to stay in relief camps due to constant rains and flood like situation in the state. Chief Minister P Vijayan has appealed to the citizens of Kerala to stay ‘united as one’ to tackle this difficult situation faced by the state.

Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan today met Diageo India’s officials and acknowledged their contribution towards the relief work of the state. After meeting the Kerala Chief Minister, Diageo India COO (South) Mathew Xavier said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time. It is our endeavour to support communities during tough situations, and our contribution is a step towards rebuilding the state. We will continue to provide any additional help that the state may require in the days to come.”

Meanwhile, the MET department has informed that the state could get a relief from rains in the next 24 hours. Similarly, the red alert warning has removed from the major districts in the state except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made an Aerial review of the situation in the flood-affected regions of Kerala along with CM P Vijayan. PM Modi has announced a relief package worth 500 crores for the state of Kerala.  An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those critically injured is also been announced by PM Modi.

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President Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala

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New Delhi | President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today to enquire about flood situation in the state.

“He acknowledged the grit and resilience of the people of Kerala in coming together in this trying hour. Assured the people of the state that entire nation was with them,” Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted today.

President Kovind expressed satisfaction that the Union and state governments were working together and in synergy in rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit state. “He praised relief agencies such as NDRF and public officials at state and central level for their response and commitment,” it said.

The death toll has touched 197 in the past 10 days. Many people are still stranded in their homes with no food and sheaths of water around them.

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Contribute 1 month salary for Kerala flood relief; Puducherry CM to MPs,MLAs

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Puducherry | Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today urged all MPs from the union territory and MLAs to contribute one month’s salary to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund.

The contributions can be made to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and it would be forwarded to the Kerala Chief Minister’s distress relief fund, he told reporters here.

He said readers’ associations, members of the public and others could also contribute in kind, all of which would be despatched to Kerala. The Puducherry government had already announced an assistance of Rs one crore on its part to the fund.

Kerala has been ravaged by heavy rains in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8, which has claimed the lives of 197 people.

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