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World TB Day
Quacks treating TB patients in slums 
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, March 23
Notwithstanding claims by the Health Department of providing free medicine to tuberculosis patients in the district through their directly observed treatment (DOT), thousands of TB patients living in slum areas near the Buddah Nullah are being treated by quacks.

Since the ANMs concerned allegedly never visit these areas, so these patients have to approach certain “self-styled doctors” practising in the area.

The slum areas adjoining the Buddah Nullah, including Shivpuri, Madhopuri, Guru Nanak Pura, Kundanpuri, Sundernagar, Salem Tabri, Chandernagar, and Bihari Colony are a hub of patients suffering from tuberculosis. But rarely have they been approached by any health worker for detection or treatment of tuberculosis.

Ram Sirat, a labourer of the Bihari colony, said there were around 500 jhuggis in the area. Almost every second person in the colony was suffering from chronic cough, he said.

“I have been living in the colony for the past three years but no health worker has approached us for the detection or treatment of disease. I have been taking medicine for TB from a private practitioner”, he said.

According to sources, even big industrial houses have appointed quacks as their “medical officers”. An industrial worker, on condition of anonymity, said because of lack of awareness and education, the migrant population could easily be fooled by their employers.

“These ‘medical officers’ are playing with the lives of the migrant population working in industries. They are working in factories and providing services at low salaries”, he said.

District TB Officer, Dr Anil Verma, on being contacted, said “There are 29 dispensaries in the city and different medical officers are looking after the areas allotted to them. The medical officers concerned will be questioned as to why their ANMs are not visiting these areas. The department will take strict action against the guilty ANMs”.

Meanwhile, the District Health Department will organise a rally from the local Civil Hospital to observe World TB Day tomorrow. A poster-making competition will also be organised.

The Ludhiana TB Eradication Society will organise a TB detection programme from March 24-26. Free testing and full course of TB treatment will be given to the patients.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has also started DOT programme at its premises. Free sputum examination is done at the centre and drugs are given in “patient free boxes” containing the full course of medicine under direct observation.



2000 patients examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 23
To mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, a free medical check-up camp was organised at Mini Rose Garden, Kidwai Nagar here, today. Doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital provided their services at the camp.

More than 2000 patients were examined at the camp. Dr Navin Mittal, Dr Birinder Vij, Dr Anil Kumar and Dr Navdeep Singla from the Medicine Department of DMCH advised the patients. Dr Ashima Taneja, Dr Shweta Gupta, Dr Vijaydeep and Dr Neelam from the Obstetrics and Gynae Department examined the women patients. Children with various ailments were examined by Dr Alpana Beri and Dr Vineet Arora from the Paediatrics Department.

Dr Shailendra Kumbhkarni gave advice to heart patients. Dr R.K.Grewal and Dr Gurvinder provided consultation to patients suffering from eye ailments.



Rape victim operated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Doctors at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital operated four-year-old rape victim after a number of philanthropists poured help in form of cash and kind for her treatment.
Students and faculty of the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, today sent Rs 10,000 to the doctors.

Dr Waheguru Pal Singh said he was overwhelmed with the response of the people over the plight of the girl after the news report was carried in Ludhiana Tribune. He said operation was successful and the girl was responding well to the treatment.



A.K. Sharma is kho kho body chief
Tribune News Service

A.K. SharmaLudhiana, March 23
Mr A.K. Sharma, Superintendent, Custom and Central Excise, was unanimously elected president of the Ludhiana District Kho Kho Association yesterday.
The following other office-bearers were also elected: patron — Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib (MP), senior vice-president — Mr Sumeer Verma; vice-presidents — Mr Davinder Singh Walia, Mr G.S. Maan, Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla and Mr Monish Aggarwal (former Punjab Ranji Trophy player); honorary secretary — Mr Jodh Singh Grewal; joint secretaries — Mrs Surinder Kaur and Mr Gurmail Singh; organising secretary — Mr H.P. Singh; treasurer — Mr Rajneesh Behal; technical coordinators — Mrs Kulwinder Kaur, Mrs Nirinderpal Kaur and Mrs Pawan Kumari; technical adviser — Mr Ved Parkash and Mr N.S. Sidhu.

At a meeting later the new executive committee decided to suitably reward the winning teams as well as the coaches and the sports teachers. The activity centre of the association will be Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana, and its head office will be the Skating Rink at Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana.



SHO shifted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Anil Joshi, SHO, Division No 5 police station, has been shifted to the police lines today. No official has been posted in his place.


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