Doctors from different departments, all closely involved in the fight against COVID-19 since the last one year, addressed common apprehensions, questions and concerns with scientific evidence and logic.
Since the vaccination drive began on January 16, Chandigarh has not been able to achieve targets due to low turnout. On February 22, at 14 sites, the target was 3,579, while 667 were given the vaccine.
While doctors and nurses have come forward for the vaccination, other employees, said PGI Director Professor Ram, have been hesitant and they need to understand that the vaccine will give protection for six to nine months, check the spread of infection and break the chain.
As part of the show of solidarity, citizens demanded the release of all political prisoners and also called out to people to rise against “incarceration of democratic voices and the authoritarianism of the government”.
A red board installed on the roundabout warned, 'Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted' and another one prohibited people from standing here. But that did not dampen the spirits of about 20 people, who stood near the Rose Garden.
There is no need to say much, as the collective consciousness is hard to miss. There is no stage, no leaders, no slogans, no drama, just the power of the people, united for a cause, standing together for the basics -- land and food.
“There are just minor side-effects like pain, fever and body aches, which are good signs, for it means our body is responding well to the vaccine. Except for minor pain, I have experienced nothing and am now back to work and a normal routine, said PGIMER Professor Madhu Gupta.
“We have to remember that the first shot of the vaccine won’t give the immunity desired, it’s only after the second dose that our immunity levels will go up, but not 100 per cent," said Medical Superintendent Dr VK Nagpal.
“The protest sites are an equal space, an idyllic world, where there is no caste, class, religion or barriers of any kind. There is no divide here, no greed, no individualism and no power struggle," said a former Panjab Universirty Professor Manjit Singh.
We don't expect any side effects, maybe just some pain at the injection site, and mild fever. Some anxiousness and apprehension are normal, and I think it is in the case of any vaccination we take, but we are here for any help", says medical superintendent Dr VK Nagpal.
"This struggle is not only about Punjab and Haryana, it has gone beyond this. What do you want, community or corporate-led agriculture? The farmers are directly confronting the corporate... This protest is in defence of democracy and we are reclaiming the republic," said P Sainath.
No single food is recommended over another and variety is the key. The immune-protection of many of these nutrients is based on their antioxidant capacity and consumption of one particular food in excess can result in loss of the same.
“There was no other place where I could be, after all these are my people and I stand by them, their demands and their fight and this protest is as much mine, as it its theirs," said director Rajeev Kumar.
The selection committee is expected to sit for a round of faculty selections from December 19 to 24 and then again in January, and the letter has seen the light of day a few days before the start of the important and valuable process.
The 17th Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav by Suchetak Rangmanch opened on Friday at Punjab Kala Bhawan, with the theatre group dedicating the three-day festival to the farmers, supporting and standing by their demands.
In Chandigarh, Professor Chavan was instrumental in starting comprehensive rehabilitation services in mental health for persons suffering from mental illness, mental retardation, cerebral palsy (CP), autism and multiple disabilities.