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'The severe cases are mostly unvaccinated people'
Last updated on: December 28, 2021 14:46 IST

'In our ICUs, the majority are unvaccinated people.'
'Out of the hospital, in the community, we see that -- whether you are vaccinated or whether you're not vaccinated -- the symptoms are more or less the same.'

IMAGE: Karol Bagh market seen packed with shoppers amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, December 27, 2021. Photograph: ANI Photo

South African general practitioner Dr Angelique Coetzee, 61, was the first doctor to swiftly put the world on alert, in mid-November 2021, to the rise of a possible significant new and worrying variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes COVID-19.
In her practice in Wonderboom South, Pretoria, Dr Coetzee suddenly and very astutely observed patients coming in with a different set of clinical symptoms caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant of COVID-19 and promptly but cautiously took action.
Her timely measures helped the world prepare for the onset of Omicron much quicker than it did for Delta.
Chairperson of the South African Medical Association, Dr Coetzee has treated over 800 COVID-19 patients, 110 of them suffering Omicron.
In the first of an exclusive two-part interview, Dr Coetzee tells Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com, "The symptoms are less severe. We're not saying that you're not going to get sick. If you get sick, and you get severe disease, you will get a pneumonia and you will be very sick. But the majority of people have gotten light disease or mild disease."

IMAGE: Government Civil Hospital staff in Ahmedabad throw flower petals on Prafulbhai Dave, 48, following his discharge after recovering from Omicron, December 27, 2021. Photograph: PTI Photo

You are right in the middle of the Omicron situation over there in South Africa. In your view right now: What's the good news? And what's the bad news?
The good news is still that the majority of people are getting mild disease.
And the South African numbers are down this last three days -- but that can be because it's festival season and people don't go and test. But the infectivity rate is more or less the same which is 27 per cent.
The death rate is very low. And that's about the only big thing I can tell you.
We have also stopped the track and tracing of contacts, because it's not worth it. We have stopped quarantine for people who were in contact with someone who was positive.
That's where we are.

What would be the rate of vaccination in South Africa -- the percentage roughly?
Roughly about 44 per cent of the adults.

But you feel sure the Omicron situation is not as bad as it was for Delta, even though only 44 per cent adults are vaccinated in South Africa?
These are two different diseases.
For Delta, on the community level, also we saw severe cases -- a lot.
For Omicron, we don't see that lot of severe cases at the community level. So, the symptoms are less severe. We're not saying that you're not going to get sick. If you get sick, and you get severe disease, you will get a pneumonia and you will be very sick. But the majority of people have gotten light disease or mild disease.

IMAGE: Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital has opened a special Omicron ward. Photograph: PTI Photo

The people who you are seeing in your practice -- who are vaccinated, either once or twice -- are definitely mostly getting light disease?
Yes. The majority.
In our ICUs, the majority are unvaccinated people.
Out of the hospital, in the community, we see that -- whether you are vaccinated or whether you're not vaccinated -- the symptoms are more or less the same.
However, the severe cases are mostly unvaccinated people.

And the severe cases are amounting only in a few deaths? Not that many deaths?
Yes. On December 24: We had 18,800 people positive out of 64,000 tested; 81 deaths and 320 people, across all facilities, hospitalised.
On the 25th we had 30 deaths 14,800 positive people.
And on the 26th we had 5,600 positive, 41 deaths and 42 hospitalised.

IMAGE: A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Ahmedabad, December 27, 2021. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

From a sort of commonsensical point of view -- for anybody in the world, whether it's in South Africa, whether it's in India -- it is important that we try and put off or push off, as long as possible, our exposure to any of the variants of this virus -- not get sick from them, so our immunity has a chance to get stronger and stronger.
And then when we eventually contract COVID-19, our immunity will be strong enough to deal with it well?

Yes. You will most probably only get then mild disease.

So, it's all about how long we can keep pushing off getting in contact with the COVID-19 virus. Would that be correct?
What is important is that you need to tell your people the symptoms. If you know the symptoms, it means you know when you are sick and then you can isolate if you are sick.
But if you don't know the symptoms and if you don't know what means severe disease and if you don't know what means mild disease, then how are you going to know that you are sick?

Have you ever got COVID-19?
Me? No! Never! And I have seen so many COVID-19 patients.

You're very careful?
I follow the same (right) principles. I've been vaccinated. I wear my mask. Wash my hands. My rooms have good ventilation. I don't use the air con. I open my windows.

And the mask you wear is an N95 mask?
Only an N95 mask.
And no other protective gear. Nothing.
Wash my hands. Yes, I do exactly what I am telling my patients.

Do you meet people regularly?
I am full-time practice. Up until now I have seen 110 Omicron patients. I see patients every day. I examine them. I see them physically. They come into my consulting rooms every day, except now over the holidays, the festive season.

IMAGE: Dr Angelique Coetzee. Photograph: ANI Photo

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that still is quite different from meeting somebody socially, taking off your mask and eating with them? Isn't that correct?
(Tartly) I'm not stupid (laughs). I don't go meeting such people. I'm telling the people not to do that (for their protection). And I won't do it either (laughs)!

I must ask you this because people, for whatever reason, feel it is safe to socialise outside their smaller family groups and take off their masks and dine together.
I will only eat with my family who I know are vaccinated, when we are all together, that's fine. I don't have a problem with my own very close family. But you won't see me go socialising.
I will go to the shops and buy my food, but wear my mask. And, you know, our shops are very strict -- you have to put your mask on. And you have to sanitise (using sanitiser provided by the shop) when you go in.
I think the sanitising is useless. But you know what? It will help some other people. That's what we do. They are very strict in South Africa, in the shopping centres and in the malls with this. They are very strict.

Why do you feel sanitising is useless?
How do I know what is in that sanitiser. Is it 70 per cent alcohol?!

I just say yes and use it -- it's fine with me. But if in the surgery (in her consulting rooms) I really touch people, I use the correct things to sterilise afterwards.

'The severe cases are mostly unvaccinated people'
Should Bitcoin be Banned in India? | Crypto Bill 2021 | Dhruv Rathee
Dec 16, 2021


Dhruv Rathee

6.52M subscribers

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Renuka ji Dam Project to play an important role in drinking water supply and hydro power generation
16th January 2022

Rivers are precious gift of nature and have been playing an important role in the development of various civilizations. The rivers flowing in Himachal Pradesh not only add to its natural beauty but also contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the state. Dams and Reservoirs constructed on the rivers in the state are also providing support in strengthening the economy of the state by means of surplus power generation besides enhancing agricultural activities. Specific plans are being prepared for various river basins, which have been found to be technically feasible and economically viable for efficient management of river waters in the state.
Lately, The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation stone of Renuka ji dam project in the state from Paddal Maidan Mandi during his visit to the State on 27th December, 2021. Renukaji Dam Project is a National Project conceived as a storage project on Giri River in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The dam site is about 40 km away from Nahan, near famous Renukaji Shrine.
To exploit the power potential of Giri River initial investigation work was started by the then Government of Punjab in 1942. In the year 1964 Government of Himachal Pradesh started investigation on two projects and work on one of the projects viz. Giri Hydroelectric Project was started in 1970s and completed in due course.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Renuka ji dam was accepted by Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Department of Water Resources in the year 2000 for total price of Rs. 1224.64 crore. However, due to some reasons much progress could not be made on the project. DPR of the project was again accepted by TAC in the year 2015 with estimated cost of Rs. 4596.76 crore. However due to non-signing of Interstate Agreement between beneficiary states, the work on project could not be initiated.
After vigorous pursuance by Government of India, the Interstate Agreement amongst six beneficiary States viz. Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh was signed on 9th January, 2019. After signing of the agreement DPR was once again accepted by TAC of the Ministry of Jal Shakti on 9th December, 2019 for Rs. 6946.99 crore. In this, total cost of water component is Rs. 6647.46 crore and Government of India will bear 90 percent of expenditure of this component i.e. Rs. 5982.72 crore.
The Project envisages construction of 148 meter high rock fill dam, which will store the monsoon discharge leading to formation of a 24 kms long reservoir. The Live Storage of dam will be 498 Million cubic meters which shall be used for supplying drinking water at 23 cubic meters per second to National Capital Territory of Delhi and it will fulfill about 40 percent of drinking water requirements of Delhi. It will also generate 200 Million units of energy in a surface power house with 40 MW installed capacity which shall be utilized by Government of Himachal Pradesh.
The construction of project is expected to start by December 2022 and will be completed in six years. The approximate employment of 13.14 lakh man days will be generated for skilled, semiskilled and unskilled youths of the State. In line with Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy, programs will be run for skill enhancement of local youth to increase their employability. Catchment Area Treatment plan works with total outlay of Rs. 160,34,25,000 has been included in plan as well. After commissioning of the project one percent of annual revenue will be distributed to the beneficiaries in the affected area every year.
Renuka Ji Dam project would go a long way in the development of tourism and adventure activities along with ensuring direct and indirect employment opportunities to youth which will further improve the socio-economic scenario of the area.

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Manali & Shimla will see good snowfall.
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Total whiteout in 3 Himalayan States for this weekend.

Manali & Shimla will see good snowfall.
All parts of Himachal Pradesh, UK, J&K will see snowfall on Sunday.

Killing of dogs in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh | Dogs of Spiti - A Hindi short film (Documentary)
Premiered Jan 8, 2022


Peepal Farm

392K subscribers

Dogs are killing and eating dogs in Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, due to changes in their environment in the past few years. Same factors have contributed to man-animal conflict.

Moved by the plight of stray dogs, a local family decided to reach out to our animal rescue - 400km away - near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. We confirmed the ground reality, and decided to help.

This short film is about our journey to Spiti Valley, and our quest to understand and work towards solving the problem. This film has the answers we found.

Part travelogue, part documentary...we've kept it real. Since we couldn't take you to Spiti with us, we've tried to bring Spiti to you. Hope your experience watching it as good as ours making it.

Killing of dogs in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh | Dogs of Spiti - A Hindi short film (Documentary) | Hindi short story about dogs killing and eating each other in Spiti.

Spiti valley mein pichle kuch saal mein aaye parivartan ki wajah se kuch saalon se kutte ek doosre ko khaane lage hain. Inhi karno se Insaan aur janwaron mein tanaav ho gaya hai.

Stray dogs ki durdasha dekh, ek sthaniya parivaar ne humein sampark kiya. Hamare animal rescue 400kms door, Dharamshala, Himachal ke nazdeek hai. Hum wahaan gaye, jaanch partal ki aur unki madad karne ki thaan li.

Yeh short film humare Spiti valley ke safar ke baare mein hai, jahan ham is samasya ko samajhne ki aur hal karne ki koshish karte hain.

Hum aapko Spiti toh nahi le jaa paye, lekin iss film ke madhyam se hum Spiti ko aaapke paas laye hain. Umeed hai ki aapko yeh film dekhne mein utna hi achha lage aaya ho, jitna humein ise banaane mein laga.

00:20 - Introduction to Spiti
01:09 - Leaving for Spiti
02:10 - Yaks in Shimla
03:37 - Team reached Rampur
03:47 - Leaving for Chicham
05:32 - How to reach Spiti
06:35 - Dogs attacking dog
08:14 - Finally reached Chicham!
08:46 - Losar celebrations
10:06 - Life in Chicham
11:22 - Conflict between dogs and humans
13:10 - Where it all began! Visit to Key monastery
15:00 - Reached Kaza
17:26 - Dog feeding program begins
17:53 - Dog food recipe
18:15 - What do the people think about dogs?
20:45 - Heading to Khurik
25:00 - Setting up in Rangrik
26:04 - Meeting in Kaza with Gram Panchayat and locals for sterilization program

To support this project, you can GPay or PayTM to 9999429144. Our UPI id is [email protected]
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