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

Green corridor, organ donation give new lease of life to three patients in Lucknow

It was the first time that a green corridor was created in Lucknow between a private and a government-run hospital.
Green corridor refers to a special traffic route set up to carry organs for transplant, critical medicines or patients to save human life. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Green corridor refers to a special traffic route set up to carry organs for transplant, critical medicines or patients to save human life. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 11:05 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal and Anupam Srivastava, Lucknow

Ballia’s heart stolen, cops on the heels of culprit

Someone has stolen Ballia’s heart – not metaphorically but quite literally! The heart in the township’s newly installed selfie point was stolen and was promptly reported to the police by locals
The missing heart from the selfie point. (Sourced)
The missing heart from the selfie point. (Sourced)
Updated on May 05, 2022 11:43 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Coming up soon at KGMU: UP’s first skin bank for burn injury patients

The skin bank is coming up on the about 1500 sq feet area at KGMU for which the civil work has begun and shall be completed in a month
A skin bank is a place where skin from a donor, mostly people who wish to donate organs after death, is harvested and preserved (File photo)
A skin bank is a place where skin from a donor, mostly people who wish to donate organs after death, is harvested and preserved (File photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 10:54 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Now, MBBS students to undergo 7-day mandatory AYUSH internship

Under AYUSH, MBBS students can choose from among Ayurved, Yog, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, Sowa Rigpa for their internship.
The 7-day mandatory internship posting of MBBS students will be done at AYUSH hospitals/clinics of community health centre level. (Pic for representation)
The 7-day mandatory internship posting of MBBS students will be done at AYUSH hospitals/clinics of community health centre level. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 15, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Over 600 UP colleges fail eligibility test for running nursing courses

More than 600 colleges in Uttar Pradesh that planned to offer nursing/paramedical courses failed the inspection (test), which is required before beginning these courses.
In all 1,160 colleges had applied for permission to start the courses from the directorate of medical education, UP between 2017 and 2021. A total 200 applicants backed out when the dates for inspection was assigned for their campuses. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE ONLY)
In all 1,160 colleges had applied for permission to start the courses from the directorate of medical education, UP between 2017 and 2021. A total 200 applicants backed out when the dates for inspection was assigned for their campuses. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE ONLY)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 10:50 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Back from Ukraine, medical students in Lucknow resume their studies online

The students who returned from Ukraine have been asked not to worry about the exams for the present semester as these will remain postponed till the war rages on.
Amulya Yaduvanshi is one of the medical students who has returned to Lucknow from Ukraine. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Amulya Yaduvanshi is one of the medical students who has returned to Lucknow from Ukraine. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 12:42 AM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Covid vaccination drive for 12+ children begins in Uttar Pradesh

Even if there is a fourth wave of Covid, Uttar Pradesh is well equipped to deal with it, Yogi Adityanath says while inspecting the special vaccination drive for children
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath interacts with children during a Covid vaccination drive in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath interacts with children during a Covid vaccination drive in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 07:26 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Director raises red flag over changes at homoeopathic college in Prayagraj

Inspection draws attention to the homoeopathic college currently having no beds for homoeopathy patients after a proposal to turn it into a Covid facility. The principal has refuted charges.
After the third Covid wave, it was proposed to convert the homoeopathic college into a level one Covid facility but it could not be done due to technical issues. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
After the third Covid wave, it was proposed to convert the homoeopathic college into a level one Covid facility but it could not be done due to technical issues. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Updated on Mar 14, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Congenital deformities in newborn linked to mother’s health: KGMU study

Factors such as marriages within same (extended) families, diabetes, hypertension, gestational diabetes and uncontrolled sugar levels among mothers have been linked to congenital deformities,” said Dr Shalini Tripathi of the KGMU, who guided the study.
Congenital deformities in newborn linked to mother’s health: KGMU study (file)
Congenital deformities in newborn linked to mother’s health: KGMU study (file)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Goyal highlights “developed UP” during Jan Sampark abhiyan in Lucknow

Since 2017, the government had paid 1.59 lakh cr to sugarcane farmers, which is double the amount paid between 2012 and 2017. The amount paid since 2017 includes dues of the previous government, says commerce and industry minister
Union minister Piyush Goyal campaigns in support of BJP candidate Neeraj Bora from Lucknow North constituency in Daliganj area, Lucknow, on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Union minister Piyush Goyal campaigns in support of BJP candidate Neeraj Bora from Lucknow North constituency in Daliganj area, Lucknow, on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 11:57 PM IST
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Comorbidity key risk factor for Covid positive

Comorbidity is a known risk factor that weakens the body’s resistance against any other infection, doctors said.
Comorbidity is known to further weaken the body (HT File Photo)
Comorbidity is known to further weaken the body (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

UP polls: ECI to review ban on physical rallies, roadshows today

45 districts going to poll in the first four phases in UP have 41,751 active Covid cases of the total 55,574 active cases in state
45 districts going to poll in the first four phases in UP have 41,751 active Covid cases of the total 55,574 active cases in state (For Representation)
45 districts going to poll in the first four phases in UP have 41,751 active Covid cases of the total 55,574 active cases in state (For Representation)
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 05:21 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Covid: Fresh cases dip, but deaths, vaccination of leftover population pose challenge in UP

A total of 2,93,260 Covid cases were reported in the state between January 1 and January 29, according to health department data. Also, 249 deaths were reported within 29 days in UP
The trajectory of the third wave of Covid in UP reached its peak on January 17 when 1,06,616 active cases were reported in the state. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The trajectory of the third wave of Covid in UP reached its peak on January 17 when 1,06,616 active cases were reported in the state. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Updated on Jan 30, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Political rallies in UP: ECI to take a decision today

The filing of nomination papers for phase one of UP polls in 58 assembly segments in 11 districts of western UP culminated on Friday amid strict Covid guidelines issued by the poll panel
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the election to legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the election to legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 05:08 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal

ECI to review Covid situation in UP for decision on rally ban

Filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections commences in 11 districts of west UP on Friday amid strict Covid guidelines issued by the poll panel
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 08:43 PM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal

216 active Covid cases in UP, 7 cities account for 148 of these

Lucknow had the highest -- 47 of them, Gautam Buddha Nagar 30, Ghaziabad 25, Muzaffarnagar 14, Saharanpur 12, Varanasi 11 and Prayagraj 9
The total number of Covid vaccine doses administered in Uttar Pradesh since January 16 (when the vaccination began in the country) crossed the 19-crore mark on Wednesday. (File Photo)
The total number of Covid vaccine doses administered in Uttar Pradesh since January 16 (when the vaccination began in the country) crossed the 19-crore mark on Wednesday. (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 01:13 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal

Genome sequencing: Covid samples from Uttar Pradesh to be sent to Delhi

Health officials say this is being done to avoid wastage of kits that test a fixed number of Covid samples, while the need at present is to test less of them
Genome sequencing is being recommended keeping in view the new Covid variant Omicron that has been reported in several countries and some Indian states. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Genome sequencing is being recommended keeping in view the new Covid variant Omicron that has been reported in several countries and some Indian states. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Dec 16, 2021 10:24 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

World AIDS Day: Around 70,000 HIV infected people in Uttar Pradesh, as per UPSACS estimate

The estimated population of people living with HIV in the state is 1.60 lakh and only 93,000 of them are currently registered with the Uttar Pradesh State Aids Control Society and getting treatment
The 93,000 people living with HIV are already getting medicines from 50 ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) centres in UP. (Picture for representation purpose only)
The 93,000 people living with HIV are already getting medicines from 50 ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) centres in UP. (Picture for representation purpose only)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 01:00 AM IST
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Uttar Pradesh alert over new Covid variant

The health department has sounded an alert about the new variant of Covid ‘B.1.1529’ found in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana. The chief medical officers have been advised to take samples of all travellers coming from these countries for genome sequencing.
South Africa has reported six cases of the new Covid variant ‘B.1.1529’ while Hong Kong has reported one case and Botswana three cases till now. (Pic for representation)
South Africa has reported six cases of the new Covid variant ‘B.1.1529’ while Hong Kong has reported one case and Botswana three cases till now. (Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 11:32 PM IST
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NFHS: Anaemia cases down in UP, can be brought down further, say doctors

Data from fifth-round of national family health survey (NFHS) said anaemia cases among women of all age groups, including pregnant women, have gone down in UP
The NFHS-5 data showed that 45.9% pregnant women between 15 and 49 years of age were found anaemic against 51.0% in NFHS-4. (Pic for representation)
The NFHS-5 data showed that 45.9% pregnant women between 15 and 49 years of age were found anaemic against 51.0% in NFHS-4. (Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 10:19 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

National Family Health Survey-5: Improvement in UP, say major indicators

The findings that were released on Wednesday said many health indicators had improved in UP. Less domestic violence with women was reported in the family survey while the sex ratio also improved.
Doctors said women still needed to prioritise their health, particularly towards ailments such as cervical and breast cancer (Pic for representation)
Doctors said women still needed to prioritise their health, particularly towards ailments such as cervical and breast cancer (Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 12:12 AM IST
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ICMR DG says India watching Covid vaccination among children in other countries

Schools should conduct a short, daily session of about 5 to 10 minutes on Covid protocol for students, says ICMR DG Balram Bhargava
ICMR DG Balram Bhargava at an event in Lucknow on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
ICMR DG Balram Bhargava at an event in Lucknow on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 12:32 AM IST
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34 samples collected in UP’s Ambedkar Nagar after Zika-infected man visits dist

34 people, including four pregnant women, in Ambedkar Nagar district have come under screening after a Lucknow man, who had tested positive for Zika virus, visited their place on Thursday
34 people, including four pregnant women, in Ambedkar Nagar district have come under screening after a Lucknow man, who had tested positive for Zika virus, visited their place on Thursday (For Representation)
34 people, including four pregnant women, in Ambedkar Nagar district have come under screening after a Lucknow man, who had tested positive for Zika virus, visited their place on Thursday (For Representation)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

UP govt increases zika surveillance as case count reaches 11 in Kanpur

In Kanpur, the health department has formed more than 100 teams of auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), Ashas (accredited social health activists) and health department employees to locate pregnant women and screen them thoroughly, said Dr GK Mishra, additional director (health) of Kanpur division
Uttar Pradesh govt has increased zika surveillance after 11 cases were confirmed in Kanpur. (Representational image)
Uttar Pradesh govt has increased zika surveillance after 11 cases were confirmed in Kanpur. (Representational image)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 06:51 AM IST
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ByHaidar Naqvi and Gaurav Saigal

Zika virus: Surveillance intensified, 100 teams formed to screen pregnant women in Kanpur

400 pregnant women in Kanpur extremely vulnerable to Zika virus, indicates statistical analysis by health department
At present, Kanpur has 10 active cases of the Zika virus disease and one of them is a pregnant woman, who is being monitored round the clock. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
At present, Kanpur has 10 active cases of the Zika virus disease and one of them is a pregnant woman, who is being monitored round the clock. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Nov 01, 2021 10:59 PM IST
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ByHaidar Naqvi and Gaurav Saigal, Kanpur/lucknow

6 new Zika cases in UP, Yogi holds high-level meet

Zika in UP: Instructing officials to increase the focus on controlling infectious diseases, CM Yogi Adityanath said frequent and extensive door-to-door sanitisation and fogging drives should be undertaken to stop the breeding of mosquitoes.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked health department to ensure strict surveillance to check the spread of Zika virus in the state. (PTI)
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked health department to ensure strict surveillance to check the spread of Zika virus in the state. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 05:49 AM IST
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ByHaidar Naqvi and Gaurav Saigal, Hindustan Times, Kanpur/lucknow

6 more Zika virus cases in Kanpur, CM asks for strict surveillance

The chief minister said frequent and extensive door-to-door sanitisation and fogging drives should be undertaken to stop the breeding of mosquitoes
All of the fresh cases are among the civilians, unlike earlier when three of the four patients were Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel. (AP)
All of the fresh cases are among the civilians, unlike earlier when three of the four patients were Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel. (AP)
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 09:41 PM IST
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ByHaidar Naqvi and Gaurav Saigal

As Covid cases decline, over 700 hospital beds vacant in Lucknow, other patients need care

Officials of prominent medical institutes in Lucknow say they are waiting for instructions to denotify Covid wards and use them for general illnesses
KGMU Covid care facility in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
KGMU Covid care facility in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 10:36 PM IST
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ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Global Youth Tobacco Survey finds home perfect hideout for UP students to smoke

13.5% of the respondents said they smoke at school, 10.8% at public places and 8.9% at social events while 9.7% students smoke at other random places
GYTS-4 was conducted in 2019 and 3,501 students from 37 different schools, including 12 public and 25 private, participated in the survey. (Courtesy- GYTS report)
GYTS-4 was conducted in 2019 and 3,501 students from 37 different schools, including 12 public and 25 private, participated in the survey. (Courtesy- GYTS report)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 12:19 PM IST
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Ayushman Bharat scheme: Patients in UP may soon get kidney transplant facility

The state has 1.75 crore families (approximately over 8 crore individuals) covered under the scheme and 1.60 crore Ayushman cards have been made against a target of 6 crore
A recommendation has been sent to the National Health Authority (NHA) and soon facilities such as kidney transplant and cornea transplant will be available along with 1,500 other packages already available (Pic for representation)
A recommendation has been sent to the National Health Authority (NHA) and soon facilities such as kidney transplant and cornea transplant will be available along with 1,500 other packages already available (Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 30, 2021 07:22 PM IST
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