States to share $100 million for pandemic planning

first_imgJan 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced the release of $100 million appropriated by Congress recently to help states prepare for a potential influenza pandemic.The money is the first installment of $350 million included in the $3.8 billion emergency appropriation for pandemic preparedness that Congress passed in late December, said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt.Leavitt has been stressing the message that state and local governments must take the lead in dealing with a pandemic at ground level, and he did so again in announcing the funding. “Pandemics happen globally but must be managed at the state and local level, and these funds will help communities meet that responsibility,” he said in a news release.The $100 million will be divided among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County, and the seven US territories. Each state will get $500,000 plus an additional amount based on population.The state shares range from $622,102 for Wyoming to about $6.7 million for California, according to the HHS release.”The remaining $250 million from the appropriation will be awarded later this year in accord with guidance that will require progress and performance,” HHS said.The agency said states and cities will use the money to step up their planning and to conduct drills to test the plans. “The focus is on practical, community-based procedures that could prevent or delay the spread of pandemic influenza, and help to reduce the burden of illness communities would contend with during an outbreak,” the statement said.Leavitt made the announcement today at pandemic planning “summit” meetings in Vermont and West Virginia. The meetings are part of a series of forums that are expected to be held in every state over the next few months.The recent appropriation came in response to President Bush’s request on Nov 1 for $7.1 billion for pandemic preparedness. That included $100 million for state and local preparedness, an amount that some public health organizations criticized as too small.The pandemic planning money is in addition to federal funds to help state and local governments prepare for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. For fiscal year 2006, Congress recently appropriated about $824 million for that purpose, according to the “CSTE Washington Report” of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.See also:Jan 12 HHS news releaseDec 28, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic funding, liability shield clear Congress”last_img read more

Boost health, edu facilities in Ukhand to stop migration: Gen

first_imgRawatDehradun, Nov 5 (PTI) Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today held lack of education and health facilities responsible for continued migration from the hills of Uttarakhand and said creation of better facilities in these sectors would stop people from leaving their homes.Citing the example of his own parents who had to move to a big city from their home in the hills for better educational facilities, he said compulsive or distress migration must stop.Gen Rawat said the people of Uttarakhand join the armed forces in large numbers and when they retire they settle either in Roorkee or Dehradun.”None of the retired soldiers think of settling down in their own villages because there arent enough facilities or employment opportunities there,” Rawat said during a panel discussion as part of RAIBAAR programme held at the chief ministers official residence here.RAIBAAR is an initiative to bring together distinguished people from Uttarakhand on a single platform to promote the hill state as an investment destination.The Army chief also said that the states potential in mountain biking and other adventure sports should be fully tapped which could be a great source of revenue.He suggested that retired soldiers hailing from border villages in the state can be involved in the home stay programme of the tourism department.”If they (retired soldiers) offer home stay facilities to tourists and it becomes a source of income, they may return to their villages,” the Army chief said.Noted lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi said there are many creative talents in Uttarakhand and suggested that a centre for promotion of creative arts be opened in the state.advertisementHe said tourism has great potential but the opportunities must be tapped in a manner which does not disrupt the delicate Himalayan ecology.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the RAIBAAR programme has thrown up a number of positive suggestions on which his government will work on priority basis. PTI ALM NSDlast_img read more

PM Modi mans the wild with Bear Grylls: What he said about nature, his childhood, his message to youth

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi donned a new hat on Monday — that of an intrepid explorer as he set off on an adventure with Bear Grylls, the host of Discovery’s Man Vs Wild. The duo was taking a trip through the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand in an effort to promote environmental conservation.PM Modi showed the nature-loving side of his personality as he walked with Grylls, travelled in a raft and even helped the latter make a spear.PM Modi on Monday became the second world leader after then US President Barack Obama to feature of the hit show where the host takes viewers on a wild journey into nature reserves.In Discovery channel’s, “Man Vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi”, he braved the rain and cold in the jungles of Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, and as the host put it, the PM was a “great sport”.The episode was quite a hit, with the hashtag #ManVsWild trending on number 1 in India and number 2 worldwide.In India, #ModionDiscovery was trending at number 2.PM Modi talked with Grylls on a range of topics, ranging from his personal life to his political life to his love for nature.Here are top quotes from the Man Vs Wild episode with PM Modi:On his childhoodPM Modi joked that he was not a good student as a child. He also talked about his humble beginnings.”I didn’t have a sophisticated childhood. When I went to school I kept myself perfect, I didn’t have an iron at home so used keep burnt coal on cooper bowl to iron my shirt.”advertisementOn his years in the HimalayasPM Modi shared how he left home at the age of 17 and stayed in the Himalayas. He said, “I wanted to make a decision about my life. But before that, I wanted to understand the world. I wanted to see the spiritual world. For that, I went to the Himalayas. I love nature. I met people in the Himalayas, stayed with them. It was a wonderful experience and I spent a long time there.”On natureWhen asked by Bear Grylls if he was ready to travel through the tiger-heavy region of Jim Corbett park, PM Modi said, “I don’t think we should consider this experience dangerous. If we live in harmony with nature, nothing can go wrong.”On taking a vacationWhen Grylls asked whether he ever dreamt of becoming a prime minister, Modi said his focus has always been the development of the nation.”The focus has been always been on one thing and that is development. And I am satisfied with that job. Today, if I consider this time as a vacation, then I must say I am taking a vacation for the first time in 18 years,” Modi said.On how he felt on becoming PMOn being the country’s prime minister, Grylls asked whether he ever pinched himself.”It never occurs to me who I am. I am above all this. When I was a chief minister and even now as the prime minister, I only think of my work, my responsibilities. My position never goes to my head,” PM Modi.On if he feels fearModi said he never had a good answer about “nervousness” as it was not a part of his temperament.”My problem is that I have never experienced such fears. I am unable to explain it to people what nervousness is and how to deal with it because my in-built temperament is very positive. I see positivity in everything. And because of that reason, I am never disappointed.”On his message for the youth”If I have to tell anything to the young generation then I will say we should not think of our life in pieces. If we think of our life as a whole then there will be ups and downs. If you are going down don’t think about it because the way up starts from there,” PM Modi said.On adopting a baby crocodilePrompted by Grylls, Modi also talked about the time he brought home a baby crocodile from the pond where he had gone to bathe.My mother said to me this is wrong. You cannot do this. You should not do this, put it back. I went and put it back,” the prime minister said.On Swachch BharatPM Modi said, “The people of India can make India clean. Personal hygiene is in the culture of the Indian people. We need to develop the habit of social hygiene. Mahatma Gandhi has done a lot of work on it and recently we are getting good success in this. I believe India will succeed in this very soon.”advertisementOn his experience on Man Vs Wild”I really enjoyed today. All my memories from my time in the Himalayas came back to me. It reminded me of the days I spent on the banks of Narmada river. And, whether it is a river or pond or a waterfall, in my younger days, when I was learning to meditate, all these things held an important place. Today again I was reminded and felt that happiness, which I felt in the past. It was a heartwarming experience.”READ | Man Vs Wild: My position never goes to my head, PM Modi tells Bear GryllsREAD | Man Vs Wild: PM Modi tells Bear Grylls if he was a good student or notREAD | Man vs Wild: This is my first vacation in 18 years, says PM ModiREAD | Man vs Wild: PM Modi says he never experienced fearWATCH | PM Modi features on Man Vs Wildlast_img read more