Gaurav Saigal

Gaurav Saigal

Gaurav Saigal is principal correspondent and has over 10 years of experience. Has reported from Varanasi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh with Hindustan Times. In Lucknow he covers health, medical education and also writes on transport. Has been reporting on outstation political and special assignments. Piror to HT has worked for agency and websites.

Articles by Gaurav Saigal
New Delhi: A sanitation worker receives the first dose of Covaxin vaccine, at Hindu Rao Hospital, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist) (PTI02_16_2021_000173A) (PTI)
New Delhi: A sanitation worker receives the first dose of Covaxin vaccine, at Hindu Rao Hospital, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist) (PTI02_16_2021_000173A) (PTI)

UP launches Covid vaccine drive for elderly: 22.5K to get jab today

By Gaurav Saigal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:08 AM IST
Apart from the government hospitals, approximately 1,544 private hospitals in the state will also facilitate inoculation from March 4, with some of them beginning today itself. The approximate population of 50-plus people in the state is 35 million
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Being engaged in routine duty, too, became a reason for some of the absentees.(HT Photo )
Being engaged in routine duty, too, became a reason for some of the absentees.(HT Photo )

Health workers blame ‘confusing messages’ on missing Covid vaccine shot in UP

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:15 PM IST
Health officials said medical conditions such as allergy or fever could be ignored but the SMSes were very clear.
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KGMU, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. (HT file)
KGMU, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. (HT file)

Lucknow’s KGMU begins genome sequencing of new Covid-19 strain

PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:46 AM IST
Apart from KGMU, the genome sequencing study will also start at Bananas Hindu University, Central Drug Research Institute, and National Botanical Research Institute
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The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)

31,700 health workers to be vaccinated across Uttar Pradesh on Saturday

By Pankaj Jaiswal, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:41 AM IST
The state has so far received over one million vaccine doses against 1.1 million sought for the first phase
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Officials said 134 people came to Lucknow between December 9 and 21 from the UK. They are required to undergo testing and have to be kept in isolation as per the Centre’s guidelines.(AP)
Officials said 134 people came to Lucknow between December 9 and 21 from the UK. They are required to undergo testing and have to be kept in isolation as per the Centre’s guidelines.(AP)

Uttar Pradesh: Many UK returnees switch off their mobile phones

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:16 AM IST
If they do not contact the health department by Friday, it will seek the help of police to track them down for sampling and monitoring
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Special fridges to store Covid-19 vaccine arrive in Lucknow

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:41 AM IST
The first round of vaccination will be for healthcare workers and their list is being prepared. The list has already crossed the 40,000-mark and should be final by next week
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Construction work is going on in 22 districts for making exclusive vaccine depots, while repair is under way in 27 other districts.(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative use)
Construction work is going on in 22 districts for making exclusive vaccine depots, while repair is under way in 27 other districts.(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative use)

UP races against time to build 2,03,938L cold chain storage for Covid-19 vaccine

By Gaurav Saigal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:22 AM IST
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ward boys, lab technicians, cleaning staff and clerks working in hospitals are expected to be among the first to be vaccinated for Covid-19.
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Image for representation(REUTERS)
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UP races to meet cold chain target for 1st phase of Covid-19 vaccine

By Gaurav Saigal | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:36 PM IST
The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination is expected to immunise over four crore people in the state with the focus on frontline corona warriors, including health workers.
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A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a woman in Noida on November 19.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a woman in Noida on November 19.(Reuters)

Covid-19: UP districts see surge in cases in fortnight

By Rajesh K Singh and Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 10:23 AM IST
Meerut leads the list with 126% rise in 15 days. Other districts that have shown a rise in daily cases in two weeks are Lucknow, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Gautam Buddha Nagar, and Ghaziabad
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Coronavirus patient have been made to wait for hours in ambulances before they are admitted to hospitals.(HT Photo/Representative)
Coronavirus patient have been made to wait for hours in ambulances before they are admitted to hospitals.(HT Photo/Representative)

Covid patients in UP’s capital wait 2-4 hrs in ambulance before admission

By Gaurav Saigal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Hospitals say they are introducing measures to ensure Covid patients don’t have to wait for admission
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Gynaecologists say many pregnant women never visited a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic until complications surfaced.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)
Gynaecologists say many pregnant women never visited a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic until complications surfaced.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)

‘Missed abortion’ cases in Lucknow as women avoided clinics due to Covid fear

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 01:29 AM IST
Family members said they avoided contacting doctors because they were apprehensive about the women being more vulnerable to infection during pregnancy.
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Experts say that testing positive for Covid-19 immediately after getting cured was the effect of the residual virus.(Representative photo/REUTERS)
Experts say that testing positive for Covid-19 immediately after getting cured was the effect of the residual virus.(Representative photo/REUTERS)

Cured patients testing positive for Covid-19 again due to ‘harmless residual virus’

By Gaurav Saigal| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hidustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 12:26 PM IST
Most of these patients had gone for a test after completing treatment to check the virus load in their bodies.
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King George’s Medical University is understood to be the first institute in Uttar Pradesh to use plasma from asymptomatic people to treat active Covid-19 patients.(HT PHOTO)
King George’s Medical University is understood to be the first institute in Uttar Pradesh to use plasma from asymptomatic people to treat active Covid-19 patients.(HT PHOTO)

Lucknow’s KGMU pins hopes on asymptomatic donors for Covid-19 plasma therapy

By Gaurav Saigal| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2020 10:06 AM IST
Although these donors have developed antibodies for the Sars-Cov-2 virus, they have never tested positive for the Covid-19 infection earlier nor were they hospitalised.
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A testing camp organised by the UP government for getting members of the legislative council tested for coronavirus at A Block Darulshafa in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)
A testing camp organised by the UP government for getting members of the legislative council tested for coronavirus at A Block Darulshafa in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)

In Uttar Pradesh, doctors grapple with triple challenge in war against Covid-19

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 02:05 PM IST
Vacancies in the Provincial Medical Services have increased the pressure on doctors during the fight against the pandemic, leading to a tussle between the government doctors and administrative officers
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All the three women are back to their normal lives and are in touch with the hospital. They will be screened again after a few days.(REUTERS)
All the three women are back to their normal lives and are in touch with the hospital. They will be screened again after a few days.(REUTERS)

Three women part of coronavirus vaccine trial

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 12:49 PM IST
The women are 18, 22 and 24 years of age and are pursuing graduation and post graduation in Gorakhpur.
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The hospital has received a letter from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and is waiting for statutory permission from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).(REUTERS)
The hospital has received a letter from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and is waiting for statutory permission from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).(REUTERS)

Two Uttar Pradesh hospitals set to begin human trials of India’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin

By Haidar Naqvi and Gaurav Saigal| Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, Kanpur/Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2020 03:57 PM IST
Prakhar Hospital in Kanpur is looking at a sample size of 50 people in the first phase and another 150 in the second phase of the human trial. The Rana Hospital, meanwhile, is awaiting a safety certificate before the trials can begin.
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About 170 people who face high risk of contracting the coronavirus infection will be given BCG vaccine doses.(HT Photo/Representative use)
About 170 people who face high risk of contracting the coronavirus infection will be given BCG vaccine doses.(HT Photo/Representative use)

KGMU Lucknow’s trial is important to understand if BCG can prevent Covid-19

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 10:29 PM IST
KGMU is the only centre in Uttar Pradesh to conduct such a study.
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Anyone among them falling ill due to coronavirus can avail treatment at their hospitals of choice, listed by the health department for such patients.(Representative image)
Anyone among them falling ill due to coronavirus can avail treatment at their hospitals of choice, listed by the health department for such patients.(Representative image)

Ayushman Bharat likely to cover Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2020 09:03 AM IST
The Ayushman Bharat health scheme could soon include Covid-19 in the list of ailments for which insurance cover is to be provided.
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A blood donor e-pass issued by the KGMU made the donation possible.(Representative image/Getty Image)
A blood donor e-pass issued by the KGMU made the donation possible.(Representative image/Getty Image)

KGMU e-cards come in handy for blood donors

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2020 11:42 PM IST
The duly filled and signed e-cards are issued by the blood bank and transferred via WhatsApp to the donor.
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Members of the team tackling coronavirus cases on day eleven of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, at KGMU in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Saturday, April 04, 2020.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)
Members of the team tackling coronavirus cases on day eleven of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, at KGMU in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Saturday, April 04, 2020.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)

It takes a hospital: How a 2-yr-old is getting better in Lucknow’s KGMU

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2020 12:19 PM IST
The child is fourth in the family to test positive for Covid-19 after his mother and grandparents. The grandparents have been cured and are about to be discharged from the Base Hospital in Lucknow.
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Harkeerat Singh has written to different authorities in the state, volunteering to be the first to undergo human trial for any vaccine to fight corona.(Reuters)
Harkeerat Singh has written to different authorities in the state, volunteering to be the first to undergo human trial for any vaccine to fight corona.(Reuters)

UP man offers to roll up his sleeve for human trial of Covid-19 vaccine

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 10:55 PM IST
Harkeerat Singh, who worked for the National Health Mission in 2017-18 and is presently staying in his village in Prayagraj.
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The investigation was carried out by testing samples of patients afflicted with other severe illnesses that make them vulnerable to the Covid-19 infection.
The investigation was carried out by testing samples of patients afflicted with other severe illnesses that make them vulnerable to the Covid-19 infection.

Search for community transmission begins, all samples negative

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2020 09:20 PM IST
Doctors started investigations at King George’s Medical University here to cross-check the possibility of community transmission of the coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, but all the samples tested negative in this connection, officials said.
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Kanika tests corona positive for third time

By Gaurav Saigal and Anupam Srivastava, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2020 07:48 PM IST
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In the summary prepared for the doctors in New Delhi, they mentioned the severity of the burn injuries and the organs that appeared to be affected by the burn injuries.(HT Photos/Amal KS)
In the summary prepared for the doctors in New Delhi, they mentioned the severity of the burn injuries and the organs that appeared to be affected by the burn injuries.(HT Photos/Amal KS)

Unnao woman’s condition serious, medical staff struggle to find her veins

By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 10:39 PM IST
The burns were deep and doctors administered her (injectable) fluids via her legs as major part of her body, including chest and abdomen, had severe burn injuries.
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