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Rajiv Gandhi Hospital to re-start OPD, surgeries from Jan 11

“It is done as a precautionary measure to isolate the Covid patients and their contacts who are suspected or found confirmed with the mutant strains,”

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New Delhi, Jan 10 : Ten months after the Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital was converted into a dedicated Covid facility, the institute is set to resume normal hospital functions Monday onwards.

The hospital will resume the OPD functions and surgeries. However, it will be only available on three days — Monday, Wednesday and Friday, hospital spokesperson, Dr Chhavi Gupta told IANS.

The move will come as a big relief for people, especially the residents of east Delhi and Ghaziabad on whose border the hospital is located. The national capital had reported its first coronavirus case on March 1 when a businessman from east Delhi had tested positive for the infection.

Besides, a bypass surgery is scheduled at the hospital for the first time after the epidemic disease act was enforced in the country to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr B.L. Sherwal, medical director of the hospital, told IANS that preference would be given to patients who had been followed up by the hospital and are waiting for their surgery there. “The hospital would restart the OPD ward from Monday and would perform cardiac surgery as well. However, preference will be given to those who are already in the waitlist,” he added.

Meanwhile, the hospital has still reserved maximum beds for Covid-19. Officials informed IANS that 500 out of 640 beds are still demarcated for the patients infected by the viral disease.

Sherwal said that it is done in anticipation of the surge that may arise due to the mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2. “It is done as a precautionary measure to isolate the Covid patients and their contacts who are suspected or found confirmed with the mutant strains,” he added.

The Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, along with Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, were converted into dedicated coronavirus facilities on March 16 after the outbreak of Covid-19 here.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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