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On women’s day, Maharashtra gives females exclusive vaccination centres

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In an unique gesture to mark the International Women’s Day being celebrated globally on Monday, Maharashtra government has set up 189 special vaccination centres exclusively for females, an official said here.

“To mark this significant day, we have set up an average of 5 vaccination dedicated only for women in each of the 36 districts in the state,” a health department official told IANS.

At all these special centres, elaborate arrangements have been made to welcome women trooping in for the vaccination doses along with other facilities and presence of female staff, he added.

Of the 189 centres spread across the state, Thane district has been allotted the maximum – 19 – special women vaccination sites.

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On Ramzan eve, Maharashtra mosque turns into blood donation camp

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In an unusual but welcome step on the eve of the holy Ramzan month, a mosque in Maharashtra’s Beed became the venue for a blood donation camp as the state grapples with a huge shortage of blood, an organiser said on Tuesday.

The blood donation camp was organised by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India at the Takiya Mosque in which hundreds of people voluntarily participated, Rafid Shahad, Maharashtra South SIO Zonal Secretary, said.

From the drive conducted all day on Monday, the SIO collected around 150 units of blood which will be handed over to the authorities, said SIO member Khizer Shaikh.

SIO South Maharashtra Zonal President Salman Khan said that the organisation has carried out similar blood donation drives in the wake of the severe blood shortages experienced in Maharashtra since the past few weeks.

“We have conducted around a dozen similar camps in Mumbai, Thane, Latur, Jalna, Solapur, and Beed and collected around 500 units of blood. We have appealed to the Muslim community to come forward for the humanitarian cause on the Ramzan eve and they have responded in large numbers,” he said.

Other SIO volunteers pointed out that during the holy month of fasting, Muslims around the world get into a spiritual and charitable mode and blood donation is one noble way of assisting the government in the ongoing Covid pandemic challenge with the huge scarcity of blood in the state.

They assured that all Covid and safety protocols are strictly followed for the blood donation drives and over the next few weeks, many more such camps shall be held across the state.

The state is currently in the grip of a blood shortage and appeals have gone out from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, Congress President Nana Patole and others asking people to come forward and donate blood or organise blood donation camps.

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Maharashtra Gudi Padva tragedy: 10 die due to Oxygen shortage

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In a shocking tragedy on Gudi Padva, at least 10 Covid-19 patients have died in the Vasai town due to alleged shortage of medical oxygen, officials said here on Tuesday.

According to relatives of the deceased and local authorities, at least 10 persons may have directly succumbed to the alleged scarcity of oxygen.

There are over 7,000 ‘active cases’ in Vasai, of which at least 3,000-odd need regular oxygen facilities.

The maximum deaths are reported from the tertiary care centre, Vinayaka Hospital, Nala Sopara, but the hospital authorities have rejected the contentions saying all patient were serious comorbids who succumbed in a single day and there is no oxygen shortage.

Nala Sopara MLA Kshitij Thakur said, “I wish to draw the attention of PM Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to the development and appealed for help.”

“There is an acute shortage of oxygen in the Vasai taluka. Notably, the supply can run for only three hours. Unfortunately, three lives have already been lost due to no oxygen supply in our area. I request to look into this serious matter and provide ample oxygen supply to the tehsil. This will prevent any more loss of lives,” Thakur urged.

He also appealed to CM Thackeray, deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Health Minister Rajesh Tope to intervene in the matter.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Leader of Opposition Pravin Darekar and ex-MP Kirit Somaiya slammed the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for the deaths

“The government must take serious note…It seems to focus only on lockdown…A but we also need oxygen beds, ICU beds, ventilators, Remdesivir, etc,” Darekar added.

“This is not an auspicious development on Gudi Padwa,” he rued.

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CBI summons former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday

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Moving ahead in its probe into the allegations of corruption and misuse of office, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on April 14.

“We have asked Deshmukh to record his statement on April 14 at our office here,” a CBI official related to probe told IANS.

This is for the first time that the CBI has summoned Deshmukh for questioning after it registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) on April 6 into allegations of corruption and misuse of office on the orders of the Bombay High Court.

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