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Renal ailments on the rise
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 27
Renal diseases are becoming common ailments, affecting people of all age groups, including children, which are found to be suffering from infection of the urinary tract, kidney or bladder stone, congenital malformation, cancers, blockage of kidney tubes and vesicoureteral reflux.

These diseases continue to have a major impact on health and growth of the children unless timely diagnosed and treatment are initiated.

These observations were made by Dr B.S. Aulakh, an eminent urologist and transplant surgeon of the region, working at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here.

He said in the absence of proper treatment of renal diseases among children, immature kidneys could suffer permanent damage. As a result a large number of kids affected with the ailment would not be able to blossom into healthy youth.

He was of the view that for early detection of renal ailments, children must be made to have thorough urine and renal examination, including ultrasound scanning.

Dr Aulakh said he recently had operated upon a three-year-old child who had a massive abdominal distension and was not responding to a variety of treatment given at several places.

On investigations, the child was diagnosed with an enlarged and non-functional kidney, occupying most of the abdomen. The patient had also reported minimal fever due to infection.

“The infected kidney was removed through small incision and the post-operative recovery was uneventful. The child was later discharged in a stable condition without any complication.”

Dr Aulakh said patients from all age groups were being treated for different kidney diseases.

The prevalence of cancer of prostate, kidney, urinary bladder and testis was common among old persons.

“Apart from traditional surgeries, the department is performing keyhole surgeries for the past three years, which have a better cosmetic results and speedier post-operative recovery.”

Claiming that the DMCH happened to be the pioneer of keyhole kidney surgery, he said even donor kidney had been taken out for transplantation through this procedure a number of times in the past.

The Urology Department at DMCH was equipped with ultramodern techniques of laparoscopic adrenal removal, all types of endoscopic procedures for enlarged prostate and stones.

In a word of advice to people, Dr Aulakh asked them to remain on guard against kidney problems by taking proper care of their blood pressure, blood sugar, sufficient water intake and balanced diet.

Any renal or kidney problem should be treated at the earliest to prevent long-term complications.



State ill-equipped to handle disaster
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 27
The outbreak of disease and loss of human lives in Mumbai after the recent floods should serve as an eyeopener for the local authorities here. The state of Punjab, particularly its industrial capital, Ludhiana, faces the threat of outbreak of seasonal diseases with disaster management plan nowhere in sight.

These observations were made by Dr J.G. Jolly, Emeritus Professor, Transfusion Medicine and former Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, while addressing a press conference at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today.

He said with burgeoning population and abject insanitary conditions in the mega city, the outbreak of diseases like leptospirosis, cerebral malaria, dengue and hepatitis was only a matter of time.

Dr Jolly, a pioneer in voluntary blood donation movement in the region, emphasised the need for strengthening and properly equipping, in terms of trained professionals, infrastructure and equipment, the departments of transfusion medicine in all major medical institutions because blood transfusion was the foremost requirement in the treatment and management of these diseases.

“In the wake of the voluntary blood donation movement not yielding the desired results, coupled with indifference and apathy on part of the respective governments to the malpractices like trading and commercialisation of blood, there is a dire need to focus, not only on promoting voluntary blood donations, but to ensure economics and safety of transfused blood.”

To drive home the point that blood was still being purchased and sold in a big way all over the country and a majority of recipients ran the risk of contacting several transmissible diseases like the HIV, hepatitis B and C, along with sexually transmitted diseases, Dr Jolly said against the average requirement of 8 million units of blood for patients afflicted with diseases and victims of disasters.



Workshop against drug addiction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 27
Various organisations from all over Punjab will converge on Punjabi Bhavan here tomorrow for a workshop to deliberate on means and ways to be adopted for a drug-free Punjab. The workshop is being sponsored by Chandigarh-based voluntary Health Association of Punjab.

According to Mr Manmohan Sharma, executive director of the Voluntary Health Association, drug menace in Punjab had assumed alarming proportions and if all sections did not work for its eradication, the traditional valour of Punjab would remain confined to history textbooks alone. Drug abuse in the state had seriously hampered social, economic and moral fibre of the society and drastic measures were needed to reverse the trend.

A number of voluntary organisations were doing rehabilitation work in Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda and Amritsar. Drug abuse was not limited to a particular section of society and drugs were affecting young men, women and girls in rural and urban areas.

Mr Sharma lamented that all kinds of drugs, ranging from poppy husk to heroin and brown sugar, were available in abundance. The easily obtainable alcohol-rich cough mixtures were a new threat.

How widespread was the use of these drugs could be gauged from the mushroom growth of chemist shops in rural areas towns and cities.

Mr Sharma said the workshop at Ludhiana was an attempt to involving religious, social and political organisations to chalk out a war on drugs. Women activists of Ropar district would also participate.



Karamjit eyes a medal at world boxing meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 27
After carving a niche for herself in the game of boxing in a span of about five years, Karamjit Kaur has been training hard these days to win a medal in the World Women Boxing Championship slated to be held in Russia in October this year. With a number of medals already in her kitty, Karamjit Kaur is attending a national camp under the watchful eyes of national boxing coach Anup Kumar at the SAI Centre, Hisar.

A 23-year-old, stoutly built, Karamjit Kaur has recently made waves when she won a gold medal in the 3rd Asian Women Boxing Championship held at Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Competing in the middle-weight category, Karamjit Kaur won top honours and brought laurels to the country as well as her alma mater, GN Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana.

Karamjit, daughter of a farmer from Mandi Gobindgarh near Ludhiana, took up the game in year 2000 and ever since she had gone on to scale new heights in the game, which is considered to be a men’s forte. She participated in the First Asian Women Boxing Championship held at Bangkok in 2001, but missed a medal there.

However, Karamjit tasted victory during the National Games held in Punjab. She bagged five medals, including four gold, in these games. In the next edition of the National Games at Hyderabad, she had to content with a silver medal where she went down fighting to international player Mary Kom of Manipur.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Karamjit Kaur expressed hope that during the forthcoming World Championship, the Indian contingent had a fair chance of finishing among position holders as a number of ‘tested’ pugilists, including those from north-eastern states, comprise the squad.

Meanwhile, Ms Manju Chawla, Principal of GN Khalsa College, Model Town, has felicitated the young boxer for her outstanding performance. She wished Karamjit more success in future tournaments. Ms Jaswinder Kaur Ahluwalia, head of the physical education department, along with Ms Neeru, lecturer in the department and other faculty members, joined Ms Chawla in extending good wishes to Karamjit.



Academy cagers for national camps
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 27
The Baba Lodhiana Academy being run here at Guru Nanak Stadium by the Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) in assistance with an NRI, Mr Harjinder Singh Dhanoa, has proved a milestone in preparing cagers for future national and international events. The academy selects young promising boys and girls and imparts training to them. It has succeeded in its endeavour as a number of boys and girls have been selected for national camps to be held at different places for the preparation of national meets.

Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, PBA, released a list of trainees of the Baba Lodhiana Basketball Academy picked up for the national camp. These include: Jagdeep Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Talwinder Singh, Snehpal Singh and Mandeep Singh, who are attending a camp at Indore for the FIBA-Asia Cup to be held at Doha from September 9 to 15; Sukbir Dhillon, Gurpreet Singh, Yadwinder Singh (jr), Gulveer Rana, Kanmoni and Gurbhej, will undergo training at the camp scheduled to be held at Ludhiana from September 5 to 25 for the forthcoming 19th FIBA-Asia Junior Basketball Meet to be conducted in China next month; Kiranjeet Kaur, Nagma and Harminder Kaur have been selected to attend the national junior camp for girls to be held at Bhilai from September 5 to 25.



Tagore Public School shuttlers win
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 27
Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, won in both categories (U-14 and U-19 years) in the boys’ section of the 14th Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Badminton Tournament, which concluded at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar here today.

Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal of BCM School, distributed the prizes.

Results: girls (U-14)-Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, 1, Gobindgarh Public School 2 and Satluj Public School 3; (U-19)- Kundan Vidya Mandir School 1, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 2 and Satluj Public School 3.

Boys (U-14)-Tagore Public School 1, DAV Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar 2 and Kundan Vidya Mandir School 3; (U-19)- Tagore Public School 1, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 2 and CFC Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, 3.


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