Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji was presented cheques of Rs. 37,85,951 by Chief Whip Narender Bragta on behalf of the people of Jubbal-Kotkhai area of Shimla district towards ‘HP SDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund.
The major contributors towards this Fund are Rs. 25 lakh by Shri Durga Mata Temple Trust, Hatkoti, Rs. two lakh each by Pickup Union Kuddu and Prakash Chand and Brothers, Rs. 1.64 lakh by Yuva Morcha Kotkhai, Rs. 1.50 lakh by Laxmi Cooperative Society, Dharounk, Rs. one lakh by Temple Committee Jharag, Rs. 50,000 by Dr. Om Prakash Sharma, Rs. 39100 by Sikander, Rs. 31000 by Inder Dhanta, Rs. 30,000 by Surender Sharma, Rs. 25800 by Ashoka Justa, Rs. 25500 by Krishan Panaik , Rs. 21000 by Pankaj Thakur,etc.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Ji has expressed grief over the demise of film star Rishi Kapoor who died at Mumbai today morning.
Expressing his sorrow, Chief Minister said that Rishi Kapoor was a versatile actor, who in his about five decades of illustrious career won the hearts of millions by his acting skills in films like Bobby, Naseeb, Karz, Coolie, Chandni, Prem Rog, Henna etc. He said that his contribution to Indian film industry was immense and will always be remembered as an fine actor and a thorough gentleman.
He prayed the Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members for this irreparable loss.
Helpline service proving to be boon for many:
Helpline service started by the State Government to deliver prescribed medicines to patients at the behest of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has proved a boon to Mohan, a resident of village Kullah, Post Office Jarwa of Sirmour district who urgently required medicines of kidney transplant, but was finding it hard to get the life saving drugs due to curfew imposed in the State and lockdown in entire country, in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mohan is not the only patient who has benefitted from this service. Thousands of patients, especially patients with kidney transplant, heart surgeries, anti-cancer medicines and psychiatric patients in remote areas of the State have also been benefitted from this service. These patients are now being provided medicines at their doorsteps by procuring them from Chandigarh, Dehradun and other parts of the region. Medicines were delivered to patient Bimla of village Malang PO Tandi of Lahaul valley via flight and to Bij Ram of Pangi through road.
Curfew was imposed in Himachal Pradesh from 24th March, 2020 in the wake of COVID-19. Although some relaxations were given to chemists during curfew, but still the general public and patients were facing difficulties in procuring the medicines. The timing of opening of chemist shops was limited, medicines were not available with local chemists, some medicines were of specialized nature and there was no mode of transportation for some patients.
0177-2626076 and 0177-2626077 and toll free number 1070:
It is worth mentioning here that the State Government led by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur acting as harbinger for the people of the State, started the helpline at State Level with two landline numbers 0177-2626076 and 0177-2626077 and toll free number 1070 on 4th April, 2020. Any person requiring medicine can place his request on these numbers and medicines would be made available at chemist shop nearer to his home where he can make payments after getting the medicines. This service has proven boon for more than 948 patients with drugs inspectors acting as bridge between the patients and chemists and have ensured delivery of medicines to needy patients during the curfew.
90% of the requests delivered through helpline:
Till date, as many as 1059 requests have been received on this helpline and more than 90 percent requests of the medicines have been delivered and the remaining are under process. The medicines were not only made available to patients from local chemists but were also made available from outside the state and were even delivered in the remotest areas of Himachal Pradesh like Kalpa, Sangla, Pooh and Nichar in Kinnaur district, Nirmand and Anni in Kullu district, Neogal Sari and Nerwa in Shimla district.
In-spite of the difficult geographical conditions of Chamba district, all the essential medicines like anticancer, antiepileptic, antipsychotic and antihypertensive have been arranged from Pathankot, Jassur, Tanda and Chandigarh etc. were successfully delivered to many needy at their home or nearest possible place in the remote areas like Tissa (Churah area), Bharmour and Pangi. Although maximum requests in Chamba were from remote areas yet medicines are being provided to them without any failure and these patients have thanked the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and expressed their gratitude for this unique initiative of the State Government.
In district Kangra essential medicines were provided to patients in response to the requests received through CM Helpline and District Helpline. Several life saving medicines were provided at the nearest medical stores or were delivered at the doorsteps of patients. The medicines which were not available in district were procured from Pathankot and Chandigarh.
people stranded are also being provided medical assistance:
In addition to this, due to proactive efforts of the State Government about 250 Himachali students stranded in Goa were also provided medical assistance. As many as 575 vendors have been authorized for home delivery of medicines in the State. These includes 20 vendors in Bilaspur, nine in Chamba, 32 in Hamirpur, 44 in Kangra, 19 in Kullu, one in Lahaul-Spiti, 93 in Mandi, 125 in Shimla, 165 in Sirmour, 40 in Solan and 23 in Una district.
courtesy: CMO Himachal Pradesh