Times of India | 1 month ago | 30-11-2022 | 09:12 am
AHMEDABAD: City hospitals registered 361 cases of dengue in the first 26 days of November. A statement from the AMC health department said that in the November 1-26 period, city hospitals recorded 63 cases of malaria, 23 cases of falciparum and 28 cases of chikungunya. In the same period, hospitals registered 523 cases of diarrhea, 335 cases of jaundice, 426 cases of typhoid and one case of cholera. In the January 1-November 26 period city hospitals have registered 1,232 cases of malaria against 987 cases in the entire 2021. Similarly, hospitals have registered 1,232 cases of falciparum this year against 138 cases last year. AMC data shows that 27 cases of swine flu have been registered in November 1-26 period.
AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) budget for 2023-24 was presented and passed in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) board meeting on Wednesday. The AMTS budget has provisions for Rs 574 crore. It will add 200 regular buses and 100 electric buses to its fleet this year. It will run an average of 1,109 buses daily.The opposition criticized the budget, saying while AMTS has a total debt of Rs 3,870 crore, it is planning to spend more on new buses instead of using the existing fleet properly.
AHMEDABAD: In the limited window of two days, the civic bodies received suggestions from 450 people for its municipal budget. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had invited suggestions from citizens on what should be included in the budget for 2023-24. In all some 500 suggestions were received, said a senior AMC official. New drainage connections and strengthening of the water supply network were among the more common suggestions. A number of these suggestions came from the Hanspura, Bopal, Ghuma, Vatva, Nikol and Nana Chiloda areas, mainly seeking improved water, drainage and road facilities. Other suggestions were building of more community halls, party plots, libraries, reading rooms, parks, swimming pool and senior citizen parks.
The state government is likely to extend the deadline of applying for regularisation of illegal construction applications by payment of impact fee. The last date for filing applications is February 17 and less than 10,000 applications have been received from across the state. Against this, only 2 applications have been cleared till now.In Ahmedabad city alone, including AMC and AUDA areas, more than two lakh applications are expected. AMC has received 5,065 applications till date and only two have been approved. Two hundred and thirteen people have applied in AUDA areas but not a single one has been approved.The state government had in October announcedthe impact fee scheme according to which illegal constructions made before October 1, 2022, would be regularised by charging fees. The notification was issued on October 17 last year and the deadline for filing the application was February 17. Poor response so far The Assembly passed a Bill to this effect in December. As per its provisions, an applicant will have to pay a fee within two months of filing the application.A senior official of the state urban development department said the response to the scheme is poor and time is needed for clearing the applications. The applications which AMC and AUDA have got are both from residential and commercial categories. Explaining the delay in clearing the applications, a senior AMC official said that initially there was delay in guidelines from the government.Then the staff was busy with election duty. Besides, the staff will have to visit the spot to take measurements and then calculate the impact fee. The effort would require deployment of huge force and time beyond the February 17 deadline. Surat, too, has got poor response. There are many provisions for fire safety, parking and other regulations and the scheme lacks clarity, an SMC official said. So few people are coming forward.The state government has fixed rates for illegal construction ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 18,000 per square metre. For violation of parking rules, the fine would be 15% of jantri rates for residential and 30% for commercial.
AMC sealed 290 properties on Wednesday for non-payment of taxes while making a recovery of property tax dues of Rs 3.41 crore. The action was taken by the Assessment and Tax Collection Department of the civic body at the direction of Municipal Commissioner M Thennarasan.The central zone saw 54 properties being sealed, North zone 49, South zone 40, West zone 21 and North West 48. Maximum 78 properties were sealed in the East zone.AMC’s Revenue Committee Chairman Jainik Vakil said, “To make the campaign for tax recovery more effective, the engineering department will snap drainage and water connections besides sealing a property as a last resort. Moreover, the defaulter’s name will be loudly announced using dhol players.”Vakil further said, “Those owing Rs 50,000 or more tax dues will be issued notices. If they fail to pay up, the defaulters’ names will be published in newspapers. If nothing works, then the property will be sealed followed by its auction to recover dues.”
The AMC has so far created 17,915 Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) cards among slum dwellers of the city as part of the Centre’s move to create a unique health ID for all Indians. ABHA provides a person with a unique 14-digit health ID (ABHA ID) that will have his/her complete health record in one place.A person/medical practitioner can add, maintain and access this record using the ID and the same can be shared with doctors and hospitals. The record will have details of prescriptions, lab reports and even previous hospital records.At present, AMC’s ABHA card records only details of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Those in the know said it is similar to an Aadhar card but for health records and will allow a person to access his/her medical records from anywhere in the country.Dr Rashmi Patel, Public Health Manager, AMC said an Aadhar card is mandatory to generate an ABHA card. “At present, the focus is on NCDs and ASHA workers help create the unique ABHA IDs,” said Dr Patel.Dr Kinnari Mehta, Reproductive Child Health Consultant, AMC said ASHA workers visit households and ask people about hypertension, diabetes and three types of Cancer- Oral, breast and Cervical etc all of which are NCDs,” said Dr Mehta.She said later an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and Field Health Workers (FHW) visit respondents who reported symptoms of any of the NCDs and screen them. “If needed the person who was screened is sent to an Urban Health Office for tests, diagnosis and treatment. They will also be referred for tertiary care if it is required.”How ABHA card helps• An ABHA card has a patient’s details like name, address, area, Aadhar and mobile number. The card remains with the beneficiary.• Every time anyone wants to access the details on the ABHA card they will have to seek an OTP from the person in whose name the card is made.• This means the details of ABHA cannot be accessed without the knowledge of the card owner.• For those who may not have mobile access, a biometric system is also available to help them access it.• The 2,000 private nursing homes, 82 Urban Health Centers, 10 Community Health Centers and four AMC-run hospitals will eventually be able to access the details of a card with the card owner’s consent.