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Ghaziabad: 31 banks sanitised today at Navyug Market, Ambedkar Road, Kaushambi and DM office


Fire Department has come forward to assist Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) in sanitization of several public places. Today, the department sanitized several banks with a mixture of water and sodium hypochlorite (1%). The GNN is providing the sanitization solution to the Fire Department for this work. At least, 31 bank premises were sanitized in a drive today. These include SBI, ICICI, HDFC, CBI, Maharasthra Bank, Allahabad Bank among others, mostly in areas like Navyug Market, Ambedkar Road, Kaushambi and collectorate.

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G’bad Nagar Nigam officials & employees contribute Rs 3 lakhs towards CM fund to fight corona


Officials and employees of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) pooled in Rs 3 lakhs that was donated to Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to help in the fight against corona. Earlier, Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh had appealed to the staff to come out to donate for the noble cause and set an example. Singh has once again appealed to the general public to also come forward and make a contribution towards the CM fund.

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G’bad: Sanitisation in & around Hindon Elevated Road done by GNN


Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) staff is working hard to sanitise the city and in line with this today a full-scale sanitization drive of areas near and under the Hindon Elevated Road was carried out by the GNN staff, it was informed by. Zonal Sanitary Officer, Trans-Hindon Area, DK Agrawal.

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FICCI flags concern over illicit trade during COVID-19


FICCI CASCADE  (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) jointly with The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), issued a statement warning consumers about the risks and growing availability of fake, falsified and substandard medical, healthcare and other products.Both organizations, known for mitigating illicit trade across industry sectors worldwide, reports a surge in ineffective, fraudulent products that undermine public health and efforts to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE said, “Arresting the sale of illicit goods at the time of this unprecedented crisis needs our immediate and unwavering attention. It is well known that illicit trade exacerbates unemployment, bleeds the economy and causes tremendous harm to the health and safety of the people. The current situation which is already witnessing a severe socio-economic distress, sale of fake and smuggled goods will only worsen the problem. Stern actions should be taken to see that criminals do not profit from this pandemic by selling illicit products.”

Jeffrey Hardy, Director-General, TRACIT said, “Emergency response measures to protect people from the COVID-19 virus must include the urgent need to protect them from fake, falsified and substandard medical products and medicines. Someone wearing a falsified or substandard surgical face mask is not only at risk of exposure, but it creates a false sense of security that can actually accelerate the spread to others.”

Worldwide reports indicate an increase in the availability and type of fraudulent medical products intended to exploit the fears of consumers, which includes illicit offerings of falsified versions of treatments such as Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin that will harm or kill already vulnerable patients. Joint operations by the World Customs Organization, Europol and Interpol have resulted in asignificant increase in seizures of counterfeit and unauthorized face masks and hand sanitizers.

“Expectations are that the availability of fakes and fraudulent products on the Internet will increase dramatically, especially with the closure of retail stores and the imposition of population distancing strategies,” said Hardy. “People must be especially careful with the social media, where outright fraud and advertising of fakes is already a major problem,” he added.

While the Indian government is continuously intensifying efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus by enacting various measures to support public health systems, safeguard the economy and ensure the safety of its citizens, illegal operators are taking full advantage of the pandemic. It is evident that they will use shortages in the supply of some goods to increasingly provide illicit alternatives such as food and grocery items, medicines, sanitary and medical products, indoor sports equipment, cigarettes, liquor etc., both online and offline.

In the long run, FICCI CASCADE and TRACIT expressed concern that the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need for a strong international policy framework to combat the illicit trade of fake, falsified and substandard medical products and medicines.


Integrated control room to fight COVID-19 inaugurated by CM at Lucknow


Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched an integrated disaster management control room for COVID-19 at Lucknow today and said that a control room is the backbone for rein in disasters and hence all district magistrates should designate a nodal officer and make the control rooms in their districts functional 24 X 7.

The CM said that these control rooms should reach out to the public to give them all information regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine health centres as well as  help in better management of supplying relief material to public including food packets. He also inaugurated a Geo-Spatial based Mobile Application and Geo-portal for Comunity Kitchen & Shelter Homes’

The CM said that that the integrated contro room will be linked with all district control rooms and hence will increase efficiency in fighting corona.

The integrated control room will soon be linked to other important dial services such as 112, 1076, 1090, 108 and 102. The toll free helpline no for the integrated control room is 1070.

So far 1,166 community kitchens and 2,266 shelter homes in various districts are being geo-tagged and being uploaded in the app.


Indian Railways converts 2,500 coaches as isolation coaches


In order to supplement the national efforts in combating COVID 19, Indian Railways has put all its might and resources behind national efforts. In a short span of time, it has achieved almost half the initial task of 5,000 coaches by being able to convert 2,500 coaches. In times of lockdown, when manpower resources are limited and have to be rationalised and rotated, different Zones of Railways have almost done an impossible task of so many conversions in such a small span of time. With the conversion of around 2,500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for contingency.

Once the prototype was approved and conversion action was started quickly by Zonal Railways. On an average, 375 coaches are being converted by Indian Railways in a day. The work is being carried out at 133 locations in the country. These coaches are equipped as per medical advisories issued. Efforts are being done to ensure best possible stay and medical supervision as per the needs and norms.

It may be noted that these isolation coaches are being prepared only as a contingency and to supplement the efforts of the Ministry of Health in fighting the COVID 19.


G’bad Nagar Nigam ZSO says sanitation employees being ‘safeguarded’ from infection while at work


Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) is taking adequate steps to protect their employees from the threat of getting infected by virus, as instructed by Municipal Commissioner Dinesh Chandra Singh. In all zones of the GNN namely Kavi Nagar, City, Mohan Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Vasundhara zones the protocol to safeguard the sanitation staff is being followed strictly and they have been handed over cloth masks (re-usable), gloves and apron with head gear to safeguard themselves.

Elaborating on the move, Zonal Sanitary Officer, Trans-Hindon Area, DK Agrawal said that all sanitation employees using hand machine for sanitization are being given apron, masks and gloves so that they can be adequately protected from infection. He also pointed out that the GNN is taking all care to see that their employees work with all important safeguards so that they can perform their task in a more efficient manner.

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G’bad Municipal Commissioner urges staff to wear multiple-use face masks made of cloth


In view of World Health Organisation and Govt guidelines and to save the sanitation workers from likely possibility of disposing of infected masks, Municipal Commissioner, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN), Dinesh Chandra Singh today distributed multiple-use face masks made of cloth. These masks were distributed to all sanitation works involved in sanitizing, daily sanitation, fogging and such tasks. The officials including the city Health Officer were also handed out these masks and they were asked to wear these themselves and to encourage their subordinates to do so. The Municipal Commissioner told them that the masks can be used again after washing them with detergent.

Meanwhile fire tenders belonging to the fire department were also pressed into action today in association with the GNN. These fire tenders were used for sprinkling water and sodium hypochlorite solution in Mussorie area where as per GNN communication, three corona positive cases were found and hence an area falling in 3 km radius was sanitized.

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Noida: At least 289 persons in lock-up for violating lockdown


Noida Police has registered 507 FIRs, seized 373 vehicles and has challaned 4740 vehicles for violating the lockdown. Also 289 persons have also been arrested. According to Noida Police Commissioner Alok Singh the lockdown is being implemented strictly and violators are being booked. He also said that barrieers have been put up at important crossings and places and all vehicles are being checked to see whether they are following the diktats of the government. He also urged the public to follow the lockdown and to stay in their homes.

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Researchers at IIT Kanpur developing cost-effective surgical mask for preventive measures against COVID-19

Scheme of virucidal coating of surgical masks for resisting attachment of virions and inactivation of any adhered virions. Pic courtesy PIB

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body under Department of Science and Technology, is supporting a research by a team of scientists from IIT Kanpur for developing a protective coating that would greatly help in making medicated masks and medical wear (PPE) for fighting COVID-19.

The team would be developing the coating using a combination of common polymers containing anti-microbial properties and re-purposable anti-viral molecules and materials used would make it a cost effective solution. Doctors and nurses, treating COVID-19 patients and hence susceptible to contamination due to their nature of work, will immensely benefit from this as it would add a layer of security for them while treating COVID-19 patients. Cost-effectiveness of the project would also help in mass-scale production.

The researchers from the Department of Chemistry in IIT Kanpur will be designing the virucidal coating using polymers which can resist attachment of bacteria and virus. An additional protection will be included to the polymer coating using molecules that can either destabilize and/or neutralize corona viruses and other viruses like influenza. The combination of anti-microbial polymer coating and functionalized drugs is also expected to provide a synergistic antiviral effect.

“While the most used varieties of masks work by filtration and retention of pathogens and aerosols based on their size, immobilizing anti-microbial and anti-viral ingredients on the fabric can be useful in critical environments, and for extending the life, re-usability and safer handling and disposal of masks. This additional defense will be especially valuable if it can be added at a fraction of the cost of the mask”, said Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology.

The researchers in the team include, Prof. M.L.N.Rao, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian

Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Dr Ashis K Patra, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Dr Nagma Parveen, Assistant Professor, Department of  Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The team aims to establish a basic prototype within 3 months and further, collaborate with potential industrial and/or start-up partners for its potential large-scale applications.

The team will apply the proposed combination of polymer and repurposed drugs for coating standard healthcare utilities such as surgical masks, medical wear which can help in making medicated masks and medical wear (PPE). This system is expected to greatly help as preventive measures against infection caused by corona viruses and other flu viruses like influenza in healthcare settings where doctors and nurses are susceptible to contamination in treating infected patients. The cost-effectiveness of the design by using common polymers, repurposable anti-viral/virucidal drugs, and agents may also allow the cost-effective mass scale production of the medicated masks for the larger utilization in hospitals and for general use.