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Covid 3rd wave may hit kids, BMC prepares pediatric wards

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Preparing for a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which is expected to hit kids, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Maharashtra government are gearing up by setting up Pediatric Covid Care Wards in the city and elsewhere, officials said here on Tuesday.

Taking an early initiative, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last week directed all district collectors and municipal commissioners in the state to be ready for the Covid third onslaught which may also hit children in a big way.

Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray who is Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburban District has held discussions with BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar, Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal and other top officials in this regard.

Among other things, he suggested to the BMC to create separate Pediatric Covid Care Wards anticipating the next wave and the demographics it may target.

“Since last year, our jumbo covid care centres also have units of Covid +ve dialysis and maternity care as well. As the virus mutates and targets different age groups, our response to it must actively mutate as well,” said Aditya Thackeray.

As per latest health data of the Public Health Department, nearly two-thirds of the state’s infections reported now are in age groups below 50, with the highest new cases reported in the 31-40 age (22.09 percent), 41-50 years (18.15 percent), 21-30 age (17.51 percent).

Children in the 0-10 years account for 3.04 percent, and older children-and teens in the 10-20 years are more than double at 6.80 percent, of the state’s new cases, giving rise to huge concerns as the situation is vastly different from the 2020 first Covid-19 hit.

The Pediatric Covid Care Ward is slated to come up at the NESCO Jumbo Covid Care Centre in Goregaon east suburb of Mumbai – and 700 beds are expected to be added.

This would include 300 for a dedicated Pediatric Covid Care Ward comprising Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with a capacity of 25 beds each to cater to the infants who maybe hit.

Apart from that, the BMC is planning to build four oxygen plants and maintain of adequate stock of medicines like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections, masks, PPE kits, etc.

“In the 2020 first wave mostly the adult and senior citizens were affected. In the current second wave (from February 2021) young men/women and children are also getting affected. We have to be alert for the third wave Also we have to account for the fact that the vaccination drive has not yet been opened for the under-18 age groups,” a senior BMC official expressed his concerns, requesting anonymity.

Besides wide-ranging consultations shall be held with the Covid-19 Task Force, medical experts and other stakeholders, on the strategies that need to be adopted for the third wave, likely to slam the state around July, as warned by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar recently.

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NCB mumbai seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone & cash worth Rs.18 lakh on July 29th, Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on

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NCB Mumbai in its continuous fight against Drug Suppliers and Peddlers in Mumbai had launched 02 operations in various places of Mumbai and seized 183.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) along with cash worth Rs. 18,00,000/- on 29th July and intercepted 03 persons including 01 lady. Officers said Interrogation of accused persons is going on.

On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai raided Chawl at Amina Nagar, Idgah Maidan, Meghwadi, Jogeshwari East and intercepted one person named Abrar Khan & seized 80 grams of Mephedrone with Cash worth Rs. 18 lakh from his house search on 28th July. He was supposed to deliver MD drugs to someone at near his residence at Jogeshwari East. On personal search a packet containing MD drugs of weight 80 gram was found. In the search of accused House cash worth Rs.18 lakhs was found. Further investigation is under process. Abrar Khan is a criminal in Meghwadi area having Police cases registered at Jogeswari Police station & Santacruz Police Station in the year 2006 & 2009 u/s 302, 324 and 326 of IPC. He uses minor children for drugs trafficking i.e. Ecstasy, Corex, Mephedrone, etc. at Meghwadi area. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 72/2021.

On reliable information, NCB Mumbai busted a drug cartel which was run at Three Star Hotel in Andheri (E), Mumbai and seized a total 103.4 grams of Mephedrone (Commercial Quantity) on 28 July and intercepted one lady who was the peddler of the wanted suspect Jai Prakash Bhatt. In follow up operation on 29th July, NCB Mumbai intercepted one person named Rohan Pandey from Marol Naka. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused lady is engaged in drug distribution, consumption and other illegal activities. Further investigation is going on. NCB Mumbai registered this case under the Crime No. 73/2021.

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Thief dies after consuming pill in Bengaluru during police raid

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A notorious chain-snatching thief allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison during the police team’s raid on his hideout on Thursday, the police said.

The police said that based on a tip-off, Shankar was to visit the temple on Thursday, before changing his hideout in Chintamani to elsewhere and when he saw police teams coming, he consumed a pill and died instantly.

“We suspect he might have consumed cyanide laced pill but it is not confirmed yet as we are awaiting a post-mortem report,” a police officer from Hoskote police station told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

According to Hoskote police, the deceased is identified as Shankar, 48, hailing from Madanapalle town of Andhra Pradesh while his accomplice Chandrashekar, 52, resident of Bengaluru, has been arrested by the Bengaluru city police.

Hoskote police said that the duo are notorious chain-snatchers who mainly operated in K.R. Puram and other parts of IT Corridor of the city which includes Whitefield, Sarjapura, Electronic City and others.

“After snatching chain, Shankar often visited a temple situated in Pillagumpe, a small village that is located in Hosakote Tehsil of Bangalore Rural district in Karnataka,” the police explained.

Pillagumpe village is situated just 20 kms from KR Puram in Bengaluru which has now transformed into an industrial town.

The police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.

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Kin of 2 Bikru massacre victims join Uttar Pradesh Police force

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The kin of two Bikru massacre victims who were killed in an ambush by slain gangster Vikas Dubey last year in July, have been given jobs by the government.

Vaishnavi Mishra, daughter of deputy Superintendent of Police Devendra Mishra, who was killed along with his aides in the Bikru ambush, has been appointed as an officer on special duty (OSD) by the state government.

Umesh Kumar, the brother of constable Bablu Kumar, has joined as a trainee constable in the Kanpur Police Commissionerate.

Vaishnavi Mishra had applied for the post of OSD. After a year-long process, Vaishnavi has finally got the appointment.

Vaishnavi was initially posted at the police headquarters, but now she has been transferred to Kanpur Police Commissionerate. She has joined the police office and is being trained by the concerned officials.

Remembering her father, Vaishnavi said, “I believe my father is always going to be part of my life. At one point, it seemed as if everything was over. But my mother and other family elders inspired me. I also received huge support from my relatives and friends, and I decided to join the state police.”

Constable Bablu Kumar was posted in the Bithoor police station when the Bikru massacre took place.

Bablu’s younger brother Umesh had applied for a government job.

After clearing the physical and medical examination, Umesh has now been selected in the state’s police force. He has also been given posting in the Kanpur Police Commissionerate.

A senior official in Lucknow said that the family members of the remaining six martyrs would soon be given jobs as per their qualifications soon.

Eight policemen were ambushed in the Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest Dubey and fell to bullets fired from rooftops on July 3.

Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter in the morning of July 10 when a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he reportedly tried to escape from the spot in Sachendi in Kanpur.

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