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Persons with organ transplants can perform daring feats: doctor
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
One brain dead patient can give life to eight others besides helping 50 other critically ill patients, says Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor of Urology and Transplant Surgery at Ludhiana’s Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Says Dr Aulakh : “More than one lakh people in India suffer from acute renal failure and need a kidney transplant. On an average 30 patients die every day because they do not get a kidney”. Dr Aulakh, who is the organising secretary of the ninth All-India Transplant Games and SAARC Transplant Olympics to be held in Ludhiana on October 27 and 28, says there an urgent need to create awareness that people with organ transplants— kidney, liver, heart, lung, cornea, pancreas and bone marrow — can also perform death-defying feats, both on and off the playfield.

One brain dead person can give his or her heart, two lungs, liver, two kidneys, the pancreas and even the small intestine to patients suffering from acute failure or damage to these organs. Besides, a brain dead patient can help 50 other critically ill persons by donating the cornea, bones, heart valves, blood vessels, tissues and bone marrow.

Unfortunately, says Dr Aulakh, not many are aware that people with organ transplants live a normal healthy life.

“We hope our spirited competition will slam home the message that every Indian should consider becoming an organ donor,” says Dr Dinesh Jain, a member of the organising committee.

Participants range in age from two to 85 years. In addition to athletic competition, the games will have special workshops for donor families and an educational programme for professionals involved in transplantation. An awareness walk will be held before of the games.

“We are dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well- being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation, maintains Dr Aulakh.

Transplant athletes will compete in track and field events, swimming and tennis at the two-day meet which will draw participants from all over the country.

Besides competitors from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal Bhutan and Sri Lanka (SAARC region) will also compete in this meet.

The objective of holding the Transplant Olympics says Dr Aulakh, is to demonstrate to the public the collective and individual success of the life-restoring therapy of organ transplantation.

It also aims at involving the entire transplant community—including physicians, allied professionals, patients, donor families and related organisations — in a collaborative effort for the promotion of organ donation, besides promoting a mass movement involving school and college students and members of social organisations, including NGOs.

The only requirement for participating in these games is that competitors must be medically fit with no significant complications of chronic organ failure or immunosuppressive therapy. Anyone from 4 to 80 years old who has received a life-support organ transplant more than one year before the games is eligible to participate, Dr Aulakh adds.



Only 50 pc of blood acquired through donation
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

S.P. Trivedy
S.P. Trivedy

Chandigarh, October 1
The country requires eight million blood units to fulfill the annual requirement for blood. Only 50 per cent of this total requirement is met through volunteer blood donation. “Other patients have to make do without it. There is need to have a “red revolution” in the country to ensure that patients don’t die for want of blood,” said Mr SP Trivedy, vice-president of the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immuno Haematology.

Mr Trivedy, who is also deputy president of Federation of Blood Donors Forum, was in the city yesterday on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day. Speaking to The Tribune, he said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines stated that patients requiring one to two units of blood should not be transfused blood as it could be managed by available medicines.

Having donated 130 units of blood himself, Mr Trivedy disclosed that three types of patients - anemic women giving birth, burn cases and thalassaemic patients - are among the main clients for extra units of blood. Out of the total stock of blood available, they consume a major part (1 to 1.5 million packs) of blood every year.

Commenting upon the sale of blood by the private and government blood banks on exorbitant prices, Mr Trivedy said that the Supreme Court’s verdict on blood banks needed revision. “According to the Apex Court the services charges should not exceed to Rs 500 on a unit of blood. The private and the government run blood banks have been charging from Rs 350 to Rs 15,000 or more for one unit of blood claiming to have spent much for examining the blood, negative for various other tests,” he added.



Dev Samaj win title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
IS Dev Samaj eves defeated Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, 43-16 during the final of Shanta H. Singh Memorial Basketball tournament while in the boys’ final, Spring Dale, Amritsar team beat Police DAV, Amritsar, in a close contest (63-62) of Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament. Both the tournaments held at New Public School, Sector 21, here today.

In the girls’ event, Rimpy 11, Jaswant 9 and Amanpreet 7 were the main contributors for the winning team while from the losers’ side, Sheena and Kritika scored 6 and 4, respectively.

In the boys’ category, the main contributors from winning team were Ravdeep 23, Gurvinder 16 and Avi Daman 9 whereas Jobanbir 31, Maninder 16 and Evraj 6 scored for the losing team.

New Public-18 team bagged third position in both the categories. In the boys’ group, they defeated MGN, Jalandhar team (69-54) while in the girls’ category; they defeated GHS team (46-23).

Meanwhile, the winners’ got richer by Rs 3100 while the runners-up got Rs 2100 whereas, the second runner-up had to be content with Rs 1100 only.



DAV-8 emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
DAV Senior Secondary School of Sector 8 registered two victories in the under-14 league of the North Zone Central Board of Secondary Education Hockey Tournament being organised by Shivalik Public School at the Panjab University campus here today.

In their first encounter, DAVSSS-8 defeated hosts Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, 5-0. Rohit and Gaurav scored two goals each while Harsimran contributed one to complete the winners’ tally.

Later, DAVSSS-8 toppled Netaji Public School of Ropar 6-0. Harsimran (3), Yogesh (1), Gaurav (1) and Rohit (1) were the goal getters for the winners.

In the third league match, Netaji Public School, Ropar, handed out a 7-0 defeat to St Soldier’s School, Panchkula. Ramandeep (4), Deba Singh (1), Gurpreet (1) and Sukhbir (1) contributed in the Ropar School’s big win.

DAVSSS-8 also gave good account of them in the under-19 category where they simply swept away Army School of Jammu by 7-0. Narinder (3), Rohit and Gaurav (2 each) were the winners’ scorers.

In the second match, Ganga International Public School, Delhi blanked DAV Public School, Sector 15 by 7-0. Manish (2), Twinkle (2), Deepak (1), Varinder (1) and Bhupinder (1) scored for the Delhi school.



Puneet, Meghna lift TT titles

Chandigarh, October 1
Puneet Kumar of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, and Meghna Kakaria of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, grabbed the sub-junior boys and girls’ title, respectively, on the second day of Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament.

The meet is being organised jointly by New Public School, Sector 18, and Rotary Chandigarh Central under the aegis of CTTA at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23.

Puneet gave a one-sided defeat to Mayank Kapoor of DAV Public School-8 (11-7, 11-5, 11-4) while in girls’ category, Meghna beat Barbie of DAV PS-8 ( 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10).

In the semifinal, under Junior category (boys), Dev Saini beat Mayanl Kapoor (15-13, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6) and Puneet Kumar beat Rajan Mahindra (11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 9-21, 11-8) while in the girls’ group, Meghna defeated Kalyani ( 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8) and Nadia beat Sadhika (11-8, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8). — TNS



Shooting tourney

Chandigarh, October 1
Roopmeet Mann of St Stephens’ School, Sector 45, and Gurmandeep Sidhu of Shivalik Public School were declared ‘Best Shooter’ in girls’ and boys’ categories, respectively, in the 8th Chandigarh State Inter-School Shooting Competition held at Patiali ki Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today.

As many as 19 shooters took part in the meet, out of which 14 were selected. The selected shooters will participate in the Xth All India Kumar Surendra Singh Inter School Shooting Championship 2006, to be held at Ahmedabad from October 27 to 31. — TNS



Inter-varsity swimming meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The five-day All-India Inter-University Swimming Championship will kick off on October 4 at the Panjab University swimming pool here.

In the meet all the three disciplines-diving, water polo and race events will be held. The diving pool, which was not in the use for the last 20 years, has been repaired for the purpose.



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