Mumbai buzz: Heatstroke deaths at government function | Extra BEST buses on Eid-ul-Fitr… and more

Mumbai news recap: 14 deaths due to heatstroke, NEP's 4-year UG courses, More BEST buses on Eid, Digitisation gives Nair hosp an edge, and more.

Sunstroke deaths in Kharghar at Maharashtra government event

At least 14 people died on Sunday from sunstroke during the Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony held in Kharghar, which is located in the Raigad district neighbouring Mumbai. The event was organised by the Maharashtra government, and the chief guest was Home Minister Amit Shah.

The cause of death has been confirmed by health officials after port-morterm. It was also found that two of the deceased also suffered from co-morbidities. The award ceremony was held in an open ground and attended by several lakh people, most of them followers of spiritual leader Appasaheb Dharmadhikari.

The arrangement for drinking water was made outside the venue and it was insufficient for lakhs of people.

Source: The Indian Express

Read more: Mumbai weather report: How hot will it be in April?

Mumbai’s third hottest April in 10 years

The IMD issued a heatwave warning for Mumbai and Thane as the temperature crossed 37 degree celsius for two consecutive days. The temperature touched 38.8 degree celsius at Santacruz on Wednesday, making it the third hottest April day in a decade.

On the day when 14 people died in Kharghar, the temperature in Navi Mumbai was 42 degree celsius. The season’s highest temperature in Mumbai so far has been 39.4 degree celsius on March 12th.

Source: Times of India

A man has covered his head with a cloth to avoid heat. He is walking next to Mumbai's black-and-yellow taxi.
It is recommended to drink water frequently when out and cover the head with a hat to avoid extreme effects of heat. Pic: MS Gopal, Mumbai Paused

State to offer four-year UG courses in line with Centre’s NEP

Starting this academic year, state’s universities and colleges will introduce four-year undergraduate degree programs in arts, commerce, and science. This will be the first phase of implementing Centre’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in Maharashtra, it will not include professional courses like technology, pharmacy, law, and teaching.

The Government Resolution (GR) mentions that students will be provided with an exit options at the end of the second, fourth and sixth semesters, and will earn certification, diploma and basic Bachelor’s degrees respectively. They will receive a Bachelor’s degree with Honours/Honours with Research on completing all eight semesters.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Additional BEST buses on Eid-ul-Fitr

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply And Transport (BEST) will be running additional services in parts of the city on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday. About 165 extra buses has been prepared for the same.

In a statement, the BEST said that in anticipation of the additional traffic in areas — such as Mohammed Ali Road, Haji Ali, Shivaji Nagar, Andheri, Juhu Chowpatty, Malvani, Jogeshwari, Mahim, Dharavi, and Antop Hill — the BEST will operate extra bus services.

Source: Mid-Day

A BEST-operated bus on the streets of Mumbai
Ridership on BEST buses is high, with the number of passengers per bus per day crossing 1,000. Pic: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0

TISS-Mumbai study claims digitisation helped Nair hospital improve services

A study by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) concluded that digitisation at BYL Nair Hospital led to better treatment outcomes, faster diagnosis, shorter hospital stays and fewer errors compared to Sion Hospital and KEM hospital. The two still operate on manual systems.

Nair Hospital implemented the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in 2018. The study found that digitising helped the hospital cut down on time spent on diagnosing medical conditions, surgery wait time and cancellation rate. It also helped it improve accuracy of lab reports, utilisation of radiology reports, and mortality rates.

Source: Times of India

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