Friday, July 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



Life-saving machines out of order in GMCH-32
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Essential diagnostic and life saving machines worth lakhs of rupees are lying unused due to lack of repair at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Even though this state-of-the-art hospital is hardly five years old, the number of out of order machines is large as long-winding administrative procedures are adding to the delay.

The Automatic Visual Field Analyzer in the Ophthalmology Department to check glaucoma or kalamotia has been out of order for past two months now. The machine is worth about Rs 12 lakh and according to the sources, 10 to 12 patients, who visit the department daily, have to undergo the harassment of being referred to the PGI.

Sources in the department say the machine is under an annual maintenance contract. And the cost of repair of the part, due to which the machine has gone out of order, will cost Rs 1,40,000. And to get a sanction for this big an amount a long procedure has to be followed which is currently under process.

The GMCH was the first hospital in this region to acquire a Colour Doppler Ultrasound when even the Radiology Department of the premier referral centre of the north — PGI, did not have the facility. The machine is used to examine blood vessels and blood flow in a particular organ where there is disturbance due to a certain disease. It is worth about Rs 50 lakh and is lying out of order for more than a year.

The list does not end here. Sources say that ECG monitors of Anaesthesia Department are lying useless in the Emergency Operation Theatre for more than a couple of years. They add that one of these is lying out of order since 1997. The arterial gas measurement facility of the ECG machine in use also does not function because of non availability of the required disposable kit. The machine is used during major surgeries to check the cardiac heart functioning and has the added facility of measuring the body gases. Incidentally, the Double Lumen Tube for cardiac and lung surgery worth Rs 2.5 lakh is also currently not in use, add the sources.

Even the Blood Bank, having the most modern blood component facility, is functioning at a capacity far less than desired. Two, out of three of the deep freezers in the department, are out of order for past two months now and sources say, they require only a couple of thousand of rupees for repair.

As a result the department is not being able to provide an essential blood component, fresh frozen plasma to the patients having the coagulation disorders. Incidentally the coagulometer in the Haematology Department, used to check blood-clotting factors and essential for each and every surgical procedure, is non-functional since quite some time now. As a result, the hospital is using a manual procedure to check the blood clotting factors.

Meanwhile, when contacted the GMCH Medical Superintendent (MS), Prof Raj Bahadur, says that orders for repair of machines has been placed. Repair of a machine, especially if it requires a large amount of money, needs a long technical procedure to be followed, he adds.

Following a breakdown of any machine, the Head of the Department (HOD) concerned writes to the supplier concerned to send a technician. If the cost of repair is more then, the HOD writes to the hospital authorities which gives permission to invite technical persons to assess the quantum of damage. Following this , the technician assesses the damage and the HOD gives a proforma invoice about the price of the damaged part .

After this, the MS moves the case for getting the sanction from the competent authority which, depending upon the amount, could either be the Director Principal or the Secretary Medical Education and Research. Depending upon the case, it is passed on to the Lower Purchase Committee or the Standing Purchase Committee. If the sanction is above Rs 2 lakh it has to pass through the Standing Purchase Committee which meets after every month or so. After getting an approval the order is finally placed.



Special loan scheme for doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
More than 150 doctors attended a doctors’ meet organised by the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 22-B branch, Chandigarh, in association with the Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh, at Hotel Piccadily, Chandigarh, today. Mr J.R. Devgan, General Manager (Operations), explained that the bank was making all out efforts to give focussed attention to the health sector as there was a lot of scope for expanding in health-related services.

With a view to giving thrust in this area, a Medi-Home Flexi Finance Scheme, exclusively for doctors and medical practitioners had been introduced by SBOP with built-in features like competitive margin, rate of interest and quick delivery of loan.

Dr G.S. Kochhar, President, IMA, Chandigarh, welcomed the initiative taken by the State Bank of Patiala in organising the doctors’ meet and offering Medi-Home Flexi Loan Scheme to doctors. He exhorted the members of IMA to avail of financing under this scheme which would also enable them to plan their tax liability. He assured all cooperation and assistance to the bank in making this scheme a big success.

Mr Salil Mishra, DGM, Chandigarh Zone, said the bank was starting the networking of all computerised branches of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula very soon. Our clients will thus be able to do banking anywhere.

Mr Sunil Kowshal, AGM, assured the participants that loan proposals would be promptly processed and sanctioned on merits at all levels. He said this scheme would enable many qualified doctors to start their own ventures in urban/rural areas which unfortunately they might not have done so far due to constraint of funds.

Mr H.S. Anand, Chief Manager, Chandigarh, 22-B branch, explained the various schemes of the bank particularly Total Home Loan Scheme, Education Loan Scheme, Multi Option Deposit Scheme etc.



Private hospitals can get blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
City-based private hospitals and nursing homes can now avail blood and blood components in emergency cases from the Blood Banks at the PGI, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 and the General Hospital, Sector 16 here.

The Chandigarh Administration has regulated the round-the-clock availability of blood and its components for the patients undergoing treatment in private hospitals and nursing homes.

The doctors of the hospitals could contact the in charge of the Blood Banks for requirement of blood in an emergency. A sum of Rs 500 will be charged for handling of blood and its components from the hospitals and homes. The cost is towards the processing and preservation of blood units and not as payment as all blood donation in Chandigarh is on voluntary basis .

If a patient does not arrange for a replacement donor, an additional security of Rs 500 will be taken from the patients. However, the security will be refundable after replacement of blood unit by a suitable donor. The amount will be forfeited if the patient fails to bring the replacement donor within a week.



Greenhorns on golf course
Divya Kaushik

Chandigarh, July 5
Come summer and the Chandigarh Golf Club wears a youthful look. The lawns are dotted with children of all ages, fresh from pool showers and waiting for their turn on the driving range or hot and sweaty after a good round of 18 holes. One can see school children or college students on the greens on which their grandparents had ruled not more than a decade ago. Golf is no longer a game for old gentlemen with plenty of leisure. With time to spare and attitude to boot, these children are ready to go.

Gurbaaz Mann (17), Sandy Lehal (20), Satjiv Gandhi (20), Girish Virk (21) and Amar Bindra (23) are just a few of the regulars one is bound to bump into on the course. Practising with personal or paternal sets. They are definitely hooked on the game. And the rage is not limited to boys, there is a fair share of the fair sex as well. Irina Brar and Guneet Raikhy, both still in school, have already made a place for themselves by winning titles at a few Opens. Golf is not just a mindless exercise of chasing a ball across acres of land any more. It is a passion.

While some of these boys have been playing in the Amateur circuits and winning laurels, there are a few who have graduated to the ‘Pro’ level. Simran Sethi and Ravipreet, both in their early twenties are now professionals and have made the game the mantra of life. Ranjit Singh, caddie turned pro, has been honing his game over the years and hopes to make it big soon. So does Harinder, who has become player from a caddie by working with Gurbaaz and devoting a lot of time and sweat to the game.

Its not just the college crowd holding their own at the club. There are school children as well. Rajat Talwar (16) and Kabeer Chowdhary (15) are making their presence felt while there are children starting at 10 or 12. One does not just land up at the course one day and start playing. This is a game that requires ample training. And there are coaches on the range — the certified ones and the self-styled oldies who think they have the right to correct anyone’s stance, swing, followthrough by virtue of their experience.

Some of these youngsters have grown up in the Golf Club environment, with both parents playing the game, while others have got hooked because of friends. Whatever the reason, these youngsters are the future members of the institution and the way they are going, they will do the city proud when their time comes.



Academy to weed out non-serious youngsters
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh Football Academy, which will complete its first year next month, will have few new entrants this session. Out of total of 24 youngsters at the academy some of them will be dropped who had not performed satisfactorily during the year.

Today the players were asked to appear at the trials which included physical workouts by the youngsters in the presence of experts. The final list of those weeded out will be announced only after the medical tests to be done on July 7.

Meanwhile, the preliminary trials were held for neighbouring states and participants drawn from Himachal Pradesh and Punjab had come to appear. The next phase of the trials will be held in few days for inducting more trainees.

Today in the Sector 42 football stadium, there was mixed reaction to the weeding out of the trainees and some of the parents of these youngsters were of the opinion that these trainees should not have been axed at this juncture. They will face difficulty in getting admission in schools of their choice at this juncture, said one of the parent.

It may be recalled that the academy, a dream venture of the Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), UT Administrator, was began with much enthusiasm last year and the trials were held at different places in Punjab and Chandigarh.

Taekwondo promotion test: The Punjab Taekwondo Association organised a taekwondo colour belt promotion test at Housefed Complex, Phase X, SAS Nagar. Those who were awarded included Deepak Sharma, Manpreet Singh, Amitoj Preet Singh, Ranjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Inderpreet Singh and Deepak Kumar. They were awarded belts in recognition of their performance which ranged from green to yellow and white.




PRIZES DISTRIBUTED: A function for the gold prize winners at the Kandhari Beverages on Monday marked the conclusion of the campaign — Limca ‘Dhan a Dhan’ offer. The prizes ranged from the smallest prize of Re 1 to the largest of 1 kg gold. A total of around Rs 15 lakh was disbursed as prize money and gold in Punjab and Haryana. Mr Manish Saini, Mr Harjeet Singh Walia and Mr Surinder won 10 gm gold each, while Mr Chandana went home with 5 gm gold. The biggest prize winner was Mr Sunil Kumar from Murthal, who won 100 gm of gold.

CLUB FUNCTION: The Chandigarh Club will be the place to be on Friday night as it will celebrate the essence of life the way they do it in Latin America. The club is organising the ‘Santiago Fiesta Latina’ and the night is being sponsored by Santiago Rum- the first Cuban style golden rum in India. Highlights of the night will be classic Latin hits played by DJ, imported Cuban cigars and of course, the Santiago Cuban rum. The DJ will play classics hits from the land of Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Santana. To add to the excitement, there will be many surprise gifts to be won and exclusive prizes for the best dressed female in Latin-American dress.


EMPLOYEES AWARDED: A local restaurant, Pallavi, celebrated its fourth anniversary by honouring its employees at a function, held on the restaurant premises in Sector 5 here on Thursday. Cash prizes to the tune of Rs 10,000, 5000, and 2,500 were given to the employees who had excelled in providing services and performed their duty with dedication. TNS


MCC to provide saplings to residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
As a sequel to the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2001-2002 of the UT Administration that envisages increasing the green cover by planning and implementing afforestation works and inculcating the habit of planting saplings among residents, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has decided to provide them saplings at their doorstep.

Mobile trolleys of the horticulture wing of the MCC, loaded with saplings of various shrubs, will remain stationed at different locations of the city on July 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The saplings will be made available at economical rates compared to their market price. A sapling could be purchased for just Rs 10.

Different varieties of flowering, ornamental and fragrant shrubs, which will be available include Raat ki Rani, Motia, Hibiscus, Muraya, Mehndi, Lagerstronemia, Gulmohari, Acalypha, Chandni, Bauhinia, Din ka Raja, Jatropha, Poincetia, Moarpankhi, Beloperone etc. Eight different locations have been earmarked for the sale of these saplings.

On July 14, one mobile tractor trolley will be stationed at each of the following centres — Community Centre, Sector 46; Garden of Annuals, Sector 44; Math Mandir, Sector 20 and Community Centre, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra. Similarly, residents can purchase saplings from the trolleys stationed at Community centres in Sectors 8, 33, 38 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 28-D.

It was on the occasion of the World Environment day on June 5 that the UT Administrator, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) released the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan for the year 2001-2002 and appealed to residents to participate in making the city greener and environmentally clean. The MCC will also plant saplings in the monsoon season.



MCC notices to nursing homes, clinics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MCC) Medical Officer Health has issued notices to about 30 nursing homes and clinics in the city for misusing the MCC garbage bins by throwing hazardous biomedical waste in them. This was posing serious health hazards to the safai karamcharis dealing with these garbage bins.

In absence of any clearcut policy till now, most of the city nursing homes and clinics had been dumping their waste at regular sites inviting insects and animals, besides spreading highly communicable diseases like AIDS and jaundice.

However, following directions by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC), it has now become mandatory for all nursing homes and clinics to dispose of their biomedical wastes scientifically. For this the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has already reached an agreement with the PGI for incineration of the biomedical waste produced by various nursing homes and clinics in the city. The PGI will start incinerating the biomedical waste of the nursing homes from next Monday, said the IMA president, Dr G.S Kochchar.

Besides this, six major Punjab and Haryana Government offices have been issued notices for throwing their garbage across their respective boundary walls, thereby dirtying the area adjacent to the dividing roads of Sectors 17 and 18. Sources in MC reveal that they have been directed to keep garbage bins within the office premises to collect the garbage and then transfer the same to the MC bins. The confidential papers should also be destroyed on the premises and then shifted to the MC garbage bins.

The orders are to be implemented with immediate effect following which they will be challaned for violating the said directions. The penalty imposed on the defaulters can be as high as Rs 500 per day. Those who have been issued the notices are the Offices of the Punjab AG; the State Bank of India, Udyog Bhavan, Central Revenue Building; Mini Secretariat, Haryana etc. A similar notice has also been issued to the Punjab Irrigation Department building in Sector 18 on the Madhya Marg, which has also been dumping its garbage outside the boundary wall.

Meanwhile, Medical Officer of Health wing representatives are holding separate meetings with the traders of various markets impressing upon them the need to install dustbins outside their shops/showrooms and then transferring the same to the MC garbage bins. This will go a long way in improving the sanitation of the city as often it is found that once the safai karamcharis clean up the place, the shopkeepers throw the waste in the corridors after cleaning their shops.



UT depts reshuffled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The UT Administration today ordered minor changes in handling of various departments. The work of Secretary, Forests and Environment, will be handled by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda. 

The Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, will be Secretary, Local Self Government, in addition to his existing duties. 

The Chairman of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), Mr G.K. Marwah, will also be Secretary, Social Welfare, Industries and Labour and also Printing and Stationery. Mr Karan A Singh, will work as Secretary Engineering, Health, Urban Development, Cooperation, Excise and Taxation, Statistical Cell, Elections, Information Technology, Rural Development, Agriculture, Social Welfare, Science and Technology.

 He will also be the Presiding Officer of the Sales Tax Tribunal, Treasury and Accounts, Planning and also be the Chief Administrator Capital Project.


28 jhuggis removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Enforcement Staff of UT Estate office today removed 28 jhuggis in Colony No 5 on the road leading to the Burail Jail, which had sprung up recently. Besides this, 11 rickshaws were impounded for plying without proper licences; 27 banners were removed from various parts of the city, particularly the shopping areas.

The MC Enforcement Wing, meanwhile, issued 140 challans. These include 80 challans of the rehri, phari vendors in southern sectors, including apni mandi, Sector 45, 23, 24, 37, 38; 27 in Mani Majra and 33 in northern sectors — 7, 8, Lake, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19. The staff also seized their goods lying on the MC land and in the public verandahs.


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