Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect health of women

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect the health of women. According to studies, about 88 per cent of Indian women and girls use alternatives to sanitary pads like cloth, rags, hay, sand or ash. Dr Alok Deb, a gynecologist at Woodland Hospital, Shillong, informed The Observer: “Menstrual Hygiene is […]

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Shillong’s pet parents feel the need for home delivery of essential items

Don’t feel safe going to the vet amid pandemic Shillong: Pet parents in Shillong are ruing the lack of home delivery for essential pet items. During the pandemic, they find it safer than stepping out to buy them.  Rudolf Sun, a pet parent, informed The Observer: “It is essential to have home delivery for essential […]

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States’ vaccine wastage should be below 1 per cent, says Centre

National average is 6.3 per cent The Centre has again asked the states to keep their vaccine wastage below 1%. States such as Jharkhand (37.3%), Chhattisgarh (30.2%), Tamil Nadu (15.5%), Jammu and Kashmir (10.8%), Madhya Pradesh (10.7%) are reporting much higher wastage than the national average of 6.3%. The Union health secretary has urged the […]

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In Shillong, coffins are in short supply as Covid deaths mount

Shortage of raw material worries manufacturers Shillong: Owing to increasing Covid-19 deaths, there is a shortage of coffins in Shillong. Shortage of raw material used to make coffins has compounded the situation. Ubalari Shylla, the owner of Dorema Coffins, informed The Observer: “We sell 10-15 coffins and make three coffins in a day, numbers which […]

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Covid-19 does not spread from animals to people, claims PETA

The NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Monday claimed no cases of animals spreading Covid-19 virus have been reported, so humans can take care of pets at home without the risk of being infected. According to a BBC article, scientists say there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role […]

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In second wave, small sporting leagues struggling to survive

Athletes say it’s tough to work out at home Small sporting leagues that depend on training sessions for sustenance are struggling during the second wave of the Covid pandemic. Training centres, too, are running into losses with no players to train. Arun Bhatt, director of the Stadium Football Club, Bengaluru, informed The Observer: “We have […]

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90 lakh vaccine doses ready for states, UTs

The government of India has given over 18 crore vaccine doses to the states and Union territories at no cost. More than 90 lakh doses are now available for distribution to the states and Union territories, according to a  press release posted by the Press Information Bureau.  Venny Shangpliang, a student, told The Observer: “With […]

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In Shillong, 18+ people wait for shots

Some of those eligible doubt efficacy of vax Shillong: Prioritising vaccination for the age group 40-44 has left people above 18 with fewer Covid-19 vaccines. Asha Khongshei, a nurse at Meghalaya’s Rynjah primary health centre, informed The Observer: “We have had 18+ citizens who came to enquire about the vaccine. They are mostly the ones […]

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Fliers hit as IndiGo cancels its Kolkata-Shillong flights

Carrier has now suspended them till May 15 Shillong: The suspension of flights from Kolkata to Shillong has affected travellers badly. Manesh Kumar Agrawal, director, Shillong airport, informed The Observer: “The Umroi Airport of Shillong is fully operational. However, there are no flights coming in.” “We are getting phone calls regarding flight availability to Umroi […]

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Returnees to Meghalaya tired of long wait for Covid-19 test

Have to await their turn in sweltering heat Shillong: A shortage of staff at the Covid-19 testing checkpoint at Umling, Shillong, is leading to a long wait, causing stress to returnees.  An intern at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, who did not want to be named informed The Observer: “It is quite taxing to wait […]

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