YK MYK WHY VACCINATION DRIVE FAILED DESPITE WORLD'S LARGEST CAPACITY OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI SUNDAY, 23 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—19 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 23 C SHUTTLER PALAK QUALIFIES FOR TOKYO PARALYMPICS SPORTS Morning India Health workers get ready for door to door Covid survey MI NEWS SERVICE Sky will be partly cloudy. HRD CALLS MEETING ON PENDING CLASS 12 BOARD EXAMS NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Education has called a crucial meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue of pending Class 12 board exams, which were postponed in view of the second wave of COVID-19, Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said. The meeting will be chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Minister for I&B Prakash Javadekar will be in attendance. "I recently held a meeting with the state education secretaries in this regard. The consultative process will be further strengthened through a highlevel meeting to be chaired by Hon'ble Defence Minister Shri @rajnathsingh Ji," Nishank tweeted on Saturday. "All the state government education ministers and secretaries have been requested to attend this meeting and to share their valuable views with regards to upcoming examinations. This virtual meeting will take place at 11.30 am on 23rd May, 2021," he added. US CDC WARNS AGAINST POULTRY-RELATED SALMONELLA OUTBREAK WORLD CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,66,44,303 TOTAL DEATH: 2,96,094 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 166,623,322 TOTAL DEATH: 3,460,583 RANCHI: After the completion of a virtual training programme of MOICs(medical officer in-charge), ANMs(auxiliary nurse midwife), MPWs(multipurpose workers), CHOs(community health officers) of Jharkhand, thousands of ANMs, CHOs and MPWs are now taking part in a three days hands-on training programme intended to prepare them for RAT testing and door to door survey across the state. Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren has directed the officials of the health department to plan and initiate a door to door campaign to identify potential Covid-19 cases especially in the rural areas of the state. Subsequently, Additional Chief Secretary of health Arun Kumar Singh released a letter to all the deputy commissioners detailing the plan module for the door to door campaign. NHM Jharkhand has been given the responsibility of hands-on training of frontline workers for RAT testing and identification of potential Covid-19 patients based on the symptoms. Even though it is a big task A health worker measuring the pulse of villagers with the help of an oximeter at Sarang Panchayat near Turup village in Ranchi on Saturday. ANI to cover three crore people thousands of health workers and other stakeholders including sakhi mandal didis are being trained to make door to door survey a success. The training schedule started with virtual(video call) sessions for all the MOICs and ANMs. During the training programme, all the participants were briefed about the concept of the door to door campaign programme. Later, they were explained about the Covid appropriate safety behaviour to follow while going for survey, symptoms to look for in a patient and RAT testing. After completion of the virtual training programme, which was mainly attended by 188 MOICs and more than 2000 ANMs/MPWs from across the state, a three days hands-on training programme of RAT testing commenced on Wednesday, May 21. The training programme is being conducted in every block across Jharkhand. Commuters traveling during a heavy rainfall in Kolkata on Saturday. ANI Mixing of two different COVID vaccines is still being analysed, says Niti Aayog NEW DELHI: Taking two jabs of two different COVID vaccines is "theoretically possible", but more in-depth research is needed in the matter, Dr VK Paul, Member Health NITI aayog said on Saturday. Addressing a press conference here today, Paul said, "You asked me if a person can get inoculated with a vaccine different from the one he received in the first dose. Scientifically & theoretically's possible. But recommending this, is an evolving situation. No robust scientific evidence. Only time will tell." According to a study conducted by the Spanish university, a combi- nation of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine was entirely safe and effective in controlling the spread and prevention of the disease. The study conducted by the Carlos III Health Institute in Spain found that the first dose of AstraZeneca followed by the second dose of Pfizer was absolutely safe and effective. The university has backed its findings with the result of a clinical trial in which 673 participants aged below 60 years participated. Covid crisis in India a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries: IMF LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON: Observing that the ongoing "catastrophic" second wave of COVID-19 in India is a sign that the worst may be yet to come, the IMF has said that the situation in the country is a warning of the possible events in low- and middleincome nations that have seemingly escaped the pandemic till now. A report co-authored by International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Ruchir Agarwal and its Chief Economist Gita Gopinath on Friday also said that under the business-asusual scenario, the vaccine coverage in India is expected to remain under 35 per cent of the population by the end of 2021. The ongoing catastrophic second wave in India, following a terrible wave in Brazil, is a sign the worst may be yet to come in the developing world, it said. While India's health system held up fairly well in the first wave, this time its health system is so overwhelmed that many people are dying because of a lack of medical supplies like oxygen, hospital beds, and medical care, the report said. "India is a warning of possible events in other lowand middle-income countries (LMICs) that so far have seemingly escaped the pandemic, including in Africa, it said. For India, the report said, current bilateral purchases of vaccine plus coverage from COVAX will cover about 25 per cent of its population by the first half of 2022. To get to 60 per cent coverage, India will need to immediately place sufficient vaccine orders of about 1 billion doses through contracts that incentivise investment in additional capacity and augmentation of the supply chain. In this context, the authorities' recently announced financing of about USD 600 million to the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to boost production capacity in the near term is a welcome step, the report said, adding that authorities estimate that two billion doses will be available by the end of 2021. ANMs, CHOs, MPWs and sahiya didis are being trained by block training teams. Apart from the testing format, frontline workers are being trained in reading oximeter results, temperature and other related symptoms which will help identify the potentially infected patient, who can later be shifted to testing centres for Covid-19 testing. During the door to door survey, the frontline workers’ team will visit every house- hold in the respective panchayat. Every household will be surveyed for any positive cases in the house, any death in the last two months or any person with Covid symptoms. In case any member of a family is found to be positive, the team will ensure that other members of the family also get tested. A testing centre will also be functional for the same. Also, if somebody is found to have Covid symptoms they will be taken for testing at the earliest. A quarantine centre will also be functional in each panchayat to ensure that anyone who is found positive stays away from the other people of their family. A CHO accompanied with a sahiya will be appointed at every quarantine centre to keep a check on every patient’s health condition. Anyone showing any kind of deterioration in their health can be immediately shifted to the nearby Covid care centre. An infected patient who is mildly symptomatic and fits to be isolated at home will be provided with the Covid care medical kit with all the necessary information and medicine inside. Barge tragedy toll climbs to 66 MUMBAI: The Indian Navy has recovered six more bodies from the Arabian Sea as it launched rescue efforts with diving teams and specialised vessels to search for the remaining missing persons after the tragedy that befell Barge Papaa-305 last Monday, officials said here on Saturday. With this, the toll has shot up to 66 and another around 10 are still reported missing, while 188 persons have been rescued safely so far. On Saturday morning, the INS Makar and INS Tarasa set out for the Bombay High Fields, around 175 km off Mumbai, to make an underwater search for the wreckage of Barge Papaa-305 and an anchor-handling tugboat, Varaprada, using experts and special equipment. INS Makar is a lead ship of the Makar-class of Catamarans used for hydrographic surveys by the Navy for producing navigational charts and is capable of collecting marine environmental information by conducting limited oceanographic surveys. INS Tarasa is a Navy patrol vessel of the Car ON SATURDAY MORNING, THE INS MAKAR AND INS TARASA SET OUT FOR THE BOMBAY HIGH FIELDS, AROUND 175 KM OFF MUMBAI, TO MAKE AN UNDERWATER SEARCH FOR THE WRECKAGE OF BARGE PAPAA-305 AND AN ANCHOR-HANDLING TUGBOAT, VARAPRADA, USING EXPERTS AND SPECIAL EQUIPMENT. Nicobar-class in the series of four Water Jet Fast Attack Craft. Besides, a p81 long-range multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft conducted reconnaissance missions over the designated areas along with helicopters like ALH, Seaking and Chetak, besides ships such as INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, INS Betwa and INS Beas that are still in the vicinity to trace more bodies. "To augment the ongoing SAR operations for the crew of Barge Papaa-305 and Tug Varapradha, the specialised diving teams onboard INS Makar (with sonar) and INS Tarasa sailed out early morning today from Mumbai for carrying out an underwater search," an Indian Navy spokesperson said.