Gaurav Saigal

Gaurav Saigal is principal correspondent and has over 10 years of experience. Has reported from Varanasi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh with Hindustan Times. In Lucknow he covers health, medical education and also writes on transport. Has been reporting on outstation political and special assignments. Piror to HT has worked for agency and websites.

Articles by Gaurav Saigal

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting: Uttar Pradesh being used as transit point for spurious drugs

Counterfeit or misbranded drugs worth ₹67.60 crore seized from across Uttar Pradesh in last three years, according to FSDA data

Of the 24 samples seized in Varanasi in the last week of April , 21 failed their lab tests (PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
Updated on May 19, 2023 11:26 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

UP plans to relax rules for re-employed govt doctors

This is in wake of vacant positions in some districts and requirement of doctors in others. It will also ease the burden on OPDs across all government hospitals in UP

The current strength of doctors in the government sector in Uttar Pradesh is over 14,000 against the 19,000 sanctioned posts. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 18, 2023 07:24 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

No more breaking rules at hosps with CCTV cameras as taskmaster

All 167 district hospitals getting cameras to ensure no dereliction of duty by staff, and reduce instances of tussle between patients/attendants and employees, says DG- Medical Health

Each hospital will have 16 strategically located closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, whose monitoring will be done by a dedicated team at the state health directorate headquarters. (For representation)
Updated on May 16, 2023 12:25 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Ganga Praharis out to save Indian Skimmer eggs in Haidergarh town of UP’s Barabanki

These villagers are being trained to become Ganga Praharis, who will learn to identify and protect Indian Skimmer eggs.

Training of local people underway to identify skimmer nesting spots. (Sourced pic)
Updated on May 15, 2023 11:03 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Ayurveda, Homeopathy students to soon be taught human anatomy using cadavers

Medical students in Ayush colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be able to study human anatomy using cadavers, following recommended amendments to the Uttar Pradesh Anatomy Act of 1956. The changes will have to be approved by the state government and will necessitate the provision of dedicated storage space for cadavers. The move is designed to equip Ayush students with knowledge they need to treat patients effectively, according to Dr Arvind K Verma, director of Homeopathy in Uttar Pradesh.

For representation only (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 09:28 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

MBBS graduates left in lurch as 3 U.P. med colleges lack recognition

The three medical colleges from which these students pursued their MBBS course include -- Government Allopathic Medical College in Banda, Government Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital in Azamgarh, and Government Medical College in Saharanpur.

Collectively, these three colleges -- all state-run -- have 300 MBBS seats. (Representational photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 08:06 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Govt to tie-up with pvt centres to reduce waiting period for ultrasound at public hosps

According to the data, Uttar Pradesh has 167 district-level hospitals, 873 community health centres, 2,934 primary health centres, 593 urban primary health centres, 18,580 health posts where over 1.5 lakh patients are seen by doctors every day and many of them are prescribed ultrasound.

At hospitals, where ultrasound facility is available, the scheme will reduce waiting list. (Representational photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 05:53 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Dial 108 in U.P, call ambulance to pvt hospital to shift to govt one

Many patients need to shift from a private hospital to a government one, often when the patient’s family runs out of money during treatment at a private facility

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 12:10 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

U.P’s first skin bank for burn injury patients to open at KGMU soon

In deep burn injuries, covering the wound with a skin graft becomes significant as it allows the wound to heal faster. Therefore, the bank is coming up in about 1,500 sq feet in area.

A skin bank is a place where skin from a donor, mostly people who wish to donate organs after death, is harvested and preserved. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Teakwood from Maharashtra’s Chandrapur being sent to Ayodhya for Ram temple

The consignment has about 1,855 cubic feet of teakwood, which will be used to build the main entrance of the temple, the door of the sanctum sanctorum and other doors in the main temple structure

The best teak wood from Ballarpur has been recently selected for the doors of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple as per the advice of experts, in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 11:36 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

U.P. plans All India Institute of Ayurveda

The project is likely to come up in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi is a probable district. A final decision will be taken by the state government.

AIIA is similar to AIIMS or All India Institute of Medical Sciences. An AIIA provides postgraduate/doctoral and post-doctoral teaching, research facilities and quality patient care under the Ayurveda system of medicine. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 11:34 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Climate-smart villages in Uttar Pradesh on the anvil

The initiative encompasses water efficient crop, solar power generation, carbon sequestration and increased income for farmers

Apart from climate forecast at local level, farmers will also be updated about crops that are water efficient. (For Representation)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:54 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Govt hosps in UP may provide diagnostic tests at cheaper rates

State government plans to start Investigation Revolving Fund (IRF) on the pattern of Hospital Revolving Fund; provision of ₹12 crore made for IRF in UP Budget

Under the IRF, there will be an agreement with manufacturers of laboratory equipment and consumables for supply of the same at discounted rates. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 10:15 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

‘U.P. has potential to emerge as key player in river cruise tourism’

The U.P. government is planning to invest over ₹30,000 crore in vessel construction and infrastructure development till 2047.

Officials laid emphasis on encouraging tourism by promoting ‘untapped historical places’. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 09:58 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Uttar Pradesh: Over 250 govt doctors under the scanner for not rejoining duty after sabbatical

Notices will be issued to these government doctors in Uttar Pradesh and they will face disciplinary action if they fail to explain or resume duty

The health department in Uttar Pradesh allows its doctors to pursue higher studies. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 11:17 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

UPMSCL mulling penalty on suppliers who fail to supply medicine

UPMSCL supplies medicine to all government health facilities across 75 districts of the state by way of giving tenders to bidders.

A final decision on the quantum of penalty would be finalised in a meeting of UPMSCL officials soon but this could be between 10% and 20%, as is done for non-MSME sector suppliers (FOR REPRESENTATION )
Published on Jan 23, 2023 11:52 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Fake appointments: Over dozen ex-CMOs of U.P.’s Ballia, seven clerical staff under scanner

Over a dozen former chief medical officers (CMOs) and seven clerical staff of Ballia district’s health department have come under scanner for appointments of over 100 candidates to Class 4 posts between 2007 and 2019 that have been found bogus

A probe was constituted following a complaint lodged on July 18, 2022 and the CDO of Ballia led it. (For Representation)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 11:20 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Plans afoot to digitally map oxygen plants installed in govt health facilities in Uttar Pradesh

Recently, the Uttar Pradesh health department had conducted a mock drill for oxygen plants at 400 locations in 75 districts to check preparedness after reports of an increase in Covid cases in several countries.

The oxygen plants are of different capacities and have been made by different manufacturers. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 01:14 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Unlimited inspiration: At 99, former CDRI director is thinking of doing more for India

The determination of Dr Nityanand, a legendary figure on the Indian drug research scene, remains undiminished despite the march of time

Former CDRI director Dr Nityananand. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 12:01 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Proposal for peritoneal dialysis facility in U.P.

The health department in Uttar Pradesh has prepared a proposal to start peritoneal dialysis for patients under its existing facilities where haemo-dialysis is provided

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 01:16 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

‘Child births in unregistered hosps lead to poor institutional delivery ratio in U.P’

This is for the first time that the health department has linked the issue of unregistered hospitals with poor institutional delivery ratio.

At present, the rate of institutional delivery in Uttar Pradesh is 85%. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 07:13 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Sample collection doubles in UP as 5 fresh Covid cases surface

Till the third week of December, the average daily sample collection was 27,000 and now it has been increased to 50,000 a day

Till now, Uttar Pradesh has tested 12,69,78,771 samples since the pandemic began in March 2020 (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 12:51 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

U.P. places order for fresh stock of Covid vaccine

In the past five days, since December 23, 53962 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered which comes to a little over 10700 doses per day. Of these, the maximum 41603 were precaution doses.

The state has till now administered over 39.06 crore Covid vaccine doses with over 17.69 crore first dose and 16.88 crore second dose (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 12:27 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

90 million Covid booster doses yet to be taken in Uttar Pradesh, vaccine stock adequate, say officials

In view of the recent rise in Covid cases in some countries, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said the state government will formulate a fresh policy for prevention and management of Covid-19

Over 100% of eligible people in Uttar Pradesh have got their first Covid vaccine dose. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 12:57 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, K Sandeep Kumar and Oliver Fredrick, Lucknow/prayagraj/varanasi

‘National dental panel is the need of the hour’

With an increase in awareness as well as a lifestyle where there is more and more social exposure, people in general are aware of the power of a healthy and better smile which can be achieved only by having good oral health: Dr Kohli

Padmabhushan Brig. Dr Anil Kohli, former president of Dental Council of India (Sourced)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 12:22 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

182 ventilators in U.P. public hosps defunct, officials assure repair at the earliest

When asked on the issue, Shruti Singh, director-general of medical health (DGME), Uttar Pradesh, said, “We have the budget for repair. The fund shall be used to get these ventilators repaired soon.”

These machines are critical in the treatment of severely-ill patients. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 08:58 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Uttar Pradesh: Super-speciality doctors to face action for skipping bond duty

The Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial (LLRM) Medical College in western Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut has lodged the first FIR in this connection

According to the bond signed by candidates taking admission in super-speciality courses at state-run medical institutes, they need to serve at a government health facility/medical institute for at least two years after completing their course. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Dec 19, 2022 11:21 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Ambulance purchases under lens in U.P. after complaints of missing features

The complaint filed with the NHM stated ambulances lack a few components that are otherwise available in the specific model of the vehicle.

In all, more than 3,000 ambulances were purchased in different lots. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 08:05 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Get homeopathy medicine in syrup, tablets at dispensaries soon

“We are going to introduce syrup form of medicine along with the already available system of dispensing medicine with those small white balls,” said Dr Arvind Kumar Verma, director Homeopathy department, Uttar Pradesh.

Get homeopathy medicine in syrup, tablets at dispensaries soon (pic for representation)
Published on Dec 04, 2022 08:25 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

NEET-2022: Admission of 15 candidates cancelled in Uttar Pradesh over reservation anomaly

These candidates had got seats in medical/dental colleges in Uttar Pradesh by submitting reservation certificates of other states

Among these 15 candidates, nine had obtained seats in private dental colleges and the remaining in private medical colleges. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Dec 01, 2022 10:34 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow
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