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Nine out of 10 COVID-19 patients in Dubai unvaccinated: Dubai health authority

Health|: Dubai: Nine out of ten COVID-19 patients hospitalised and admitted to intensive care unit in Dubai are unvaccinated, a senior health official announced on Saturday. According to Dr Alawi Al Sheikh Ali, Deputy Director General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), eight out of ten people who tested positive for COVID-19 were also unvaccinated. “Studies have shown that the vast majority of COVID-19 infections are detected among those who did not receive the vaccine,” Dr Alawi said. He added that several studies conducted in coordination with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Dubai Data of the Smart Dubai Department, have proven the efficiency of vaccines and it has also been proven that they are compatible with the studies announced globally. In an interview with Dubai TV, Dr Alawi revealed that more than 2.3 million people have so far taken the COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai after six months of launching the first vaccination campaign in the emirate. He clarified that 83 per cent of target groups and eligible people have received the first dose while 64 per cent of them have taken the two doses. Dr Alawi revealed that 20 per cent of the target groups in Dubai have not taken the vaccine at all. “This is an important message to everyone. We need to reduce the number of infections among all target groups. Our ambition now is to vaccinate 100 per cent of the target groups," the Deputy Director General of DHA said, calling on everyone to take the vaccine in order to avoid any possible repercussions that may result from COVID-19 infection.

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Nine out of 10 COVID-19 patients in Dubai unvaccinated: Dubai health official

Health|: Dubai: Nine out of ten COVID-19 patients hospitalised and admitted to intensive care unit in Dubai are unvaccinated, a senior health official announced on Saturday. According to Dr Alawi Al Sheikh Ali, Deputy Director General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), eight out of ten people who tested positive for COVID-19 were also unvaccinated. “Studies have shown that the vast majority of COVID-19 infections are detected among those who did not receive the vaccine,” Dr Alawi said. He added that several studies conducted in coordination with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Dubai Data of the Smart Dubai Department, have proven the efficiency of vaccines and it has also been proven that they are compatible with the studies announced globally. More than 2.3 million people vaccinated In an interview with Dubai TV, Dr Alawi revealed that more than 2.3 million people have so far taken the COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai after six months of launching the first vaccination campaign in the emirate. He clarified that 83 per cent of target groups and eligible people have received the first dose while 64 per cent of them have taken the two doses. Dr Alawi revealed that 20 per cent of the target groups in Dubai have not taken the vaccine at all. “This is an important message to everyone. We need to reduce the number of infections among all target groups. Our ambition now is to vaccinate 100 per cent of the target groups," the Deputy Director General of DHA said, calling on everyone to take the vaccine in order to avoid any possible repercussions that may result from COVID-19 infection.

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India: Egg-selling cobbler’s son cracks civil services exam

India|: Patna: Where there is a will, there is a way. A cobbler’s son, who sold eggs on the streets to continue his studies, has become an inspiration locally in Aurangabad district in Bihar by cracking the coveted state civil services examination through grit and dedication. Birendra Kumar, 27, a resident of Aurangabad district in Bihar, has qualified for the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) examination in his first attempt and will be appointed as the supply officer. Due to intense local media interest in his story, there are crowds of job aspirants at his mud-built rented house in a dingy locality of the town seeking the secrets of his success. Father's death Kumar’s father Bhikhari Ram was a cobbler who repaired shoes/slippers in the villages to run his family of five, which included three children. After his death in 2012, the family came into deep financial trouble as the responsibility fell on the shoulders of his elder brother Jitendra Kumar, who struggled hard to make both ends meet. Eventually, Kumar was forced to sell eggs on the streets to save his family from starvation and also to continue his studies. He continued selling eggs from a small kiosk near the office of the local district magistrate until he finally cleared the examination. He, says it feels good to taste the fruit of success after battling adverse circumstances. “I would sell eggs in the day and rigorously study at night. I would also study at the kiosk when there were no customers,” said Kumar. There were moments of self-doubt, he admitted, given his humble background and simple education, as students from well to do families had the advantage of top coaching classes and a proper environment for studies. “I used to feel in the beginning that cracking the examination was beyond my capacity. Then I worked to overcome my weakness while thinking over the qualities that will help me stand out among hundreds of thousands of aspirants,” he said. According to him, he didn’t get a fancy education; rather he did his schooling from a village government school and completed graduation from a local sub-divisional town college. Kumar said he turned more serious towards his studies after being motivated by a senior named Rajiv Kumar, who changed his life. “He told me there was nothing called ‘humble family background’. All that matters is hard work and more hard work,” said Kumar, who is the first member in his family to get a government job. He is happy the next generation will not have to face such hardship in their lives, and have access to good education and living conditions. “My family reeled under extreme poverty. So much so that fulfilling the basic needs was tough for us. But I hope the next generation will not have to pass through such trying circumstances and do odd jobs to stay alive,” Kumar said. He said he hugely misses his mother who is not there to see his success. “I miss my mother a lot. She passed away in January this year. She often told me that working hard pays off eventually. That motivated me to put in a lot of effort into his study,” recalls Kumar, who now wants to try his luck in the Union Public Service Commission.

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India: Egg-selling cobbler’s son cracks civil services exam

India|: Patna: Where there is a will, there is a way. A cobbler’s son, who sold eggs on the streets to continue his studies, has become an inspiration locally in Aurangabad district in Bihar by cracking the coveted state civil services examination through grit and dedication. Birendra Kumar, 27, a resident of Aurangabad district in Bihar, has qualified for the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) examination in his first attempt and will be appointed as the supply officer. Due to intense local media interest in his story, there are crowds of job aspirants at his mud-built rented house in a dingy locality of the town seeking the secrets of his success. Father's death Kumar’s father Bhikhari Ram was a cobbler who repaired shoes/slippers in the villages to run his family of five, which included three children. After his death in 2012, the family came into deep financial trouble as the responsibility fell on the shoulders of his elder brother Jitendra Kumar, who struggled hard to make both ends meet. Eventually, Kumar was forced to sell eggs on the streets to save his family from starvation and also to continue his studies. He continued selling eggs from a small kiosk near the office of the local district magistrate until he finally cleared the examination. He, says it feels good to taste the fruit of success after battling adverse circumstances. “I would sell eggs in the day and rigorously study at night. I would also study at the kiosk when there were no customers,” said Kumar. There were moments of self-doubt, he admitted, given his humble background and simple education, as students from well to do families had the advantage of top coaching classes and a proper environment for studies. “I used to feel in the beginning that cracking the examination was beyond my capacity. Then I worked to overcome my weakness while thinking over the qualities that will help me stand out among hundreds of thousands of aspirants,” he said. According to him, he didn’t get a fancy education; rather he did his schooling from a village government school and completed graduation from a local sub-divisional town college. Kumar said he turned more serious towards his studies after being motivated by a senior named Rajiv Kumar, who changed his life. “He told me there was nothing called ‘humble family background’. All that matters is hard work and more hard work,” said Kumar, who is the first member in his family to get a government job. He is happy the next generation will not have to face such hardship in their lives, and have access to good education and living conditions. “My family reeled under extreme poverty. So much so that fulfilling the basic needs was tough for us. But I hope the next generation will not have to pass through such trying circumstances and do odd jobs to stay alive,” Kumar said. He said he hugely misses his mother who is not there to see his success. “I miss my mother a lot. She passed away in January this year. She often told me that working hard pays off eventually. That motivated me to put in a lot of effort into his study,” recalls Kumar, who now wants to try his luck in the Union Public Service Commission.

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‘More efforts needed to end polio in Pakistan’

Pakistan|: Islamabad: More efforts are needed to reach the levels of government leadership, drive, and use of real-time data to beat Polio in Pakistan, according to the disease monitoring body of Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Shahina Maqbool in The News International said that while the Polio Oversight Board (POB) has acknowledged the Pakistan government’s commitment at the national and provincial levels to end polio, the monitoring body believes “more is needed to reach the levels of government leadership, drive, and use of real-time data” as efficiently witnessed in the country’s COVID-19 response.” The POB has called upon the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health to strengthen government leadership of the Polio Eradication Programme by appointing senior officers of the Ministry of National Health Services to the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication; ensure regular engagement at the NEOC, and participating in review meetings with provincial Chief Secretaries and Ministers of Health following Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIAs). According to The News International, Shahina said: “Similarly, while energetic leadership is available at the NEOC and PEOCs, more government staff need to be engaged in the programme at all levels.” The POB sees the current trough in virus transmission as an important opportunity to be capitalised because the “next six months are critical to setting up the programme to stop transmission in 2022.” Concluding an important meeting in Islamabad, the visiting members of the highest decision-making body in GPEI has offered strategic direction to Pakistan’s future efforts for polio eradication with a set of recommendations encompassing three key stakeholders--the government of Pakistan, GEPI partners, and the NEOC. According to a copy of the recommendations, the POB has encouraged the government to continue domestic financing of the polio programme in 2022 through development of a PC1. Importantly, it has also advised NEOC to update the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) for Polio Eradication on priority basis, capturing agreed activities of the entire partnership; and to signal any updated resource requirement on an urgent basis for 2021 and 2022. The POB has recommended that the Chief Secretaries and Ministers of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh “protect their hard-won gains by routinely reviewing the programme’s success in reaching chronically missed children in priority communities,” and that the Chief Secretary and Minister of Health in Balochistan engage Deputy Commissioners on performance management accountability linked to quality improvements in the polio programme.

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Afraid of needles, COVID-19 vaccine? 12-year-old student in Dubai has a solution

Health|: Dubai: Taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine turned out to be a happy experience for 12-year-old Siddharth Menon. The perky, micro blogging, preteen from grade 8 of Gems Modern Academy loves Mathematics and History and wants to be a career diplomat when he grows up. Soon after his first vaccination dose, Siddharth immediately tweeted about the experience, tagging a whole lot of people. A cheerful post-vaccination tweet In the tweet, Siddharth — displaying wisdom and eloquence far beyond his age — recently uploaded his photograph getting vaccinated, saying: “Had to miss the class for this one. Luckily I missed only one because of the vaccination drive at this centre was so well-organised! Thank You UAE! We are privileged indeed!” ‘I was very afraid of needles’ What was not mentioned in the tweet, however, was the fact that Siddharth was afraid of needles but managed to overcome the fear. Sharing this story with Gulf News, Siddarth hoped his experience would help allay similar fears in others too. “For many days, I could not get my head off the thought that I would willingly submit to an injection. The school authorities had told us that we would have to take the vaccine. I am afraid of needles and was very nervous. However, I went ahead and took the appointment at the designated Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Centre in Al Twar, near my home. “My throat was dry and I felt a bit agitated in anticipation of the sharp jab. However, as soon as I entered the centre and was greeted by a very cheerful health-care professional who got my name registered, I felt better. The centre was very well-organised. The room where I was to receive the vaccination was very cosy and the nurse very friendly. As I sat on the chair, she made me laugh. I felt completely at ease.” ‘Happy thoughts calmed me’ Siddharth said: “She took my blood pressure, which was normal as I had already begun deep breathing and was thinking about happy memories — like my happiest birthday, the time I had my favourite meal and the happy memories of a family outing. I thought of my grandparents with whom I have spent many a happy summer and am longing to meet them again. I did not feel any pain as I received the jab. It was over so soon. I feel very happy that I took this decision.” Siddharth's social media post after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Image Credit: Screengrab Siddharth added: “I experienced a slight stiffness in the area of the jab, but that subsided quickly. It was certainly worth taking a holiday from school. I am looking forward to my next dose on June 23. That will provide me immunity and a chance of attending regular school from September.” ‘Be safe and keep the community safe’ “I want to tell all other 12-year-olds, not be afraid of the injection. It is easy to deflect the pain by thinking of a happy memory and relaxing. Just a second of discomfort can keep you safe and protected from this terrible virus and that is worth the trouble definitely. We are blessed to be in the UAE, where the authorities have taken all the necessary precautions to protect people of all ages from the pandemic. It is our responsibility now to go ahead and make sure we all are safe. All of us must play our part so that we can win together this battle.”

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Afraid of needles, COVID-19 vaccine? 12-year-old student in Dubai has a solution

Health|: Dubai: Taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine turned out to be a happy experience for 12-year-old Siddharth Menon. The perky, micro blogging, preteen from grade 8 of Gems Modern Academy loves Mathematics and History and wants to be a career diplomat when he grows up. Soon after his first vaccination dose, Siddharth immediately tweeted about the experience, tagging a whole lot of people. A cheerful post-vaccination tweet In the tweet, Siddharth — displaying wisdom and eloquence far beyond his age — recently uploaded his photograph getting vaccinated, saying: “Had to miss the class for this one. Luckily I missed only one because of the vaccination drive at this centre was so well-organised! Thank You UAE! We are privileged indeed!” ‘I was very afraid of needles’ What was not mentioned in the tweet, however, was the fact that Siddharth was afraid of needles but managed to overcome the fear. Sharing this story with Gulf News, Siddarth hoped his experience would help allay similar fears in others too. “For many days, I could not get my head off the thought that I would willingly submit to an injection. The school authorities had told us that we would have to take the vaccine. I am afraid of needles and was very nervous. However, I went ahead and took the appointment at the designated Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Centre in Al Twar, near my home. “My throat was dry and I felt a bit agitated in anticipation of the sharp jab. However, as soon as I entered the centre and was greeted by a very cheerful health-care professional who got my name registered, I felt better. The centre was very well-organised. The room where I was to receive the vaccination was very cosy and the nurse very friendly. As I sat on the chair, she made me laugh. I felt completely at ease.” ‘Happy thoughts calmed me’ Siddharth said: “She took my blood pressure, which was normal as I had already begun deep breathing and was thinking about happy memories — like my happiest birthday, the time I had my favourite meal and the happy memories of a family outing. I thought of my grandparents with whom I have spent many a happy summer and am longing to meet them again. I did not feel any pain as I received the jab. It was over so soon. I feel very happy that I took this decision.” Siddharth's social media post after receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Image Credit: Screengrab Siddharth added: “I experienced a slight stiffness in the area of the jab, but that subsided quickly. It was certainly worth taking a holiday from school. I am looking forward to my next dose on June 23. That will provide me immunity and a chance of attending regular school from September.” ‘Be safe and keep the community safe’ “I want to tell all other 12-year-olds, not be afraid of the injection. It is easy to deflect the pain by thinking of a happy memory and relaxing. Just a second of discomfort can keep you safe and protected from this terrible virus and that is worth the trouble definitely. We are blessed to be in the UAE, where the authorities have taken all the necessary precautions to protect people of all ages from the pandemic. It is our responsibility now to go ahead and make sure we all are safe. All of us must play our part so that we can win together this battle.”