Shimla: In a shocking case, a married woman died at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla—a leading government health institution on Tuesday after she had slipped into coma following her wrong diagnosis at a private clinic as being “HIV positive” case.Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday ordered a high level prove into the incident admitting that it’s shocking and distressing to know about such a loss of young life, apparently she had been passing through a mental agony about wrong HIV test. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I have asked Director of the health services to look into the incident and submit a report within a fortnight. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will also try to help the family,” he declared in the state Assembly. The issue was raised by Rohru Congress MLA Mohan Lal Brakta, who pointed out that the woman, who was married only some months back was in shock and distress when she learnt about her HIV test. He demanded strict legal action against the private clinic and grant of appropriate compensation to the family. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe woman, as par her family, was rushed to a private clinic at Rohru on August 21 when her condition became critical. She was some months pregnant. “Doctors at the private hospital initially asked the family to arrange some blood but soon took a decision to refer her Shimla’s government hospital, 110 km from Rohru,” recalls her brother Des Raj. On reaching Shimla, she was taken to Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH), where the doctors performed a surgery. Her condition was stable till August 22. “It was only when her husband Harish Kumar was briefed about her being a HIV positive case, and advised to undergone his screening, she overheard it. Thereafter she went into coma and never recovered,” brother says. Later, referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital, she was again subjected to a fresh HIV test at Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO). Her blood samples were tested negative. “But it was too late for her to know that she is not a HIV positive, as declared by the private clinic of Roohru. We lost her in error of judgement or negligence by doctors, who were supposed to save her life,” says Des Raj, who also works at IGMC Shimla.
VICTORIA – Victoria is the latest Canadian city to move ahead with a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.Councillors have given third reading to a bylaw that would fine businesses $100 if they sold or provided plastic bags.Adoption of the bylaw is expected in early January and, if approved, it’s to effect in July, with enforcement beginning in 2019.Businesses would be required to ask customers if they need a bag, and charge 15 cents for a paper bag, or $2 for a reusable one.Bags used for packing bulk foods, dry cleaning or prescriptions would still be provided.The Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo voted earlier this month to stop using plastic bags, but delayed further action while it determines if it has the authority to impose a ban.Montreal is banning single-use plastic bags on Jan.1, and a website using content from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association says three communities in Quebec, two in Manitoba and one in Alberta already prohibit their use.B.C.-based Greener Footprint Society, which focuses on waste reduction in Canada, says Canadians use between nine billion and 15 billion plastic bags every year, enough to circle the Earth more than 55 times.Fraser Work, Victoria’s engineering and public works director, says the bag ban in the B.C. capital has broad support.“There’s a lot of people in the city that are really excited about a move to rid ourselves of the millions of plastic bags that are going into the community and the hundreds of thousands of which are ending up in the landfill,” he says.Victoria Coun. Jeremy Loveday says there are better options than single-use plastic.“We would be really encouraging the reusable bags that can handle up to 100 uses or more,” says Loveday.Vancouver has not banned plastic bags, but as part of its 2040 Zero Waste Goal, it is drafting a strategy aimed at reducing or ending the use of single-use bags, coffee cups and takeout containers.A final report on the zero waste strategy is due before council in 2018.