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Heart surgeries by robots soon: Trehan
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, March 9
Hold your breath for a while. India is going to introduce heart surgeries by robot. It will be a reality within two years, says world famous cardiac surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan . According to Dr Trehan, during the experiments the robots have shown exceptional accuracy in performing these surgeries. He says that India is going to be the world’s best centre for heart surgeries soon. People from all over the world, including the developed countries like England, Canada, USA, and Africa, will be landing in India for this purpose.

As the cost in India would be as low as one tenth of that in Europe or the USA, so the patients will prefer India. Moreover, India has become best equipped with latest technology for conducting such surgeries and patients from middle east and other countries have already started landing in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai for heart care.

Dr Trehan, Executive Director and Chief Cardiovascular Surgeon, Escorts Heart Institute And Research Centre, New Delhi, who was in city said in an interview with Ludhiana Tribune that those heart patients who have no hope of treatment or cure right now, the time is not too far when the solution of their problems will also be found. Moreover, heart surgeons will soon be performing surgeries without using their hands as the voice operated robots will do everything for them, Dr Trehan said.

There is a bright ray of hope for the patients suffering from coronary artery diseases (CAD) as the artificial hearts and pacemakers will be available with the cardiovascular surgeons in the next 2 to 3 years, disclosed Dr Trehan. The CAD is the major cause in majority of deaths. Fifty per cent of the CAD patients generally do not have warning symptoms.

While disclosing some amazing factors, Dr Trehan said that in a short span 600 million people(above 40 years of age) out of the total Indian population of over one billion would be suffering from various heart diseases. It was a disturbing fact that there was an international prevalence of CAD. The Indians were prone to CAD more as compared to the USA, Africa and other countries.

The people living in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Kerala were at the higher risk of Coronary Artery Diseases due to their rich diet of milk products and less physical activity. About 4to5 lakh people die every year in the country due to CAD. “Urban people were more affected by CAD than the rural people”, added Dr Trehan.

Dr Naresh Trehan informed that in the year 2000, more than 3800 bypass surgeries were performed at Escorts Heart Centre, New Delhi, which is a record in itself.

Cardiac Screening with MRI and hi speed spiral CT were the two unique tests which could identify the CAD at an early stage and reduce its occurrence which is otherwise four times more likely to develop. The other tests like ECG, TMT, ECH can be the good recorders but not the predictors.


DMCH doctor to attend SAARC conference
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 9
Dr J.S.Sekhon, In charge of the Oncology Division of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has been invited to attend the SAARC conference on Oncology to be held at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr Sekhon will talk about the latest developments which have taken place in the management of acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a type of blood cancer. This will be the first conference of South Asian Association of Regional Countries in which delegates from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be participating.

Dr Sekhon has also been invited to Regional Cancer Conference to be held at Kot Kinabalu in Malaysia from March 23 to 25 as a faculty member to present his research data in the field of chaemotherapy in gall bladder cancer found in Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and west Uttar Pradesh. He will also be talking about two new combinations of drugs for the treatment of the gall bladder cancer. 


Civil hospitals to get modern facilities’
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 9
Private medical practitioners can now send their patients to Civil Hospital for medical check-up at subsidised rates. This was announced today by the Managing Director of the Punjab Health System Corporation, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, at the Civil Hospital. He was on a visit to the hospital to inspect the working of hospital and to see arrangement about construction of the new building.

He said that civil hospitals will get modern facilities and more infrastructure soon and Rs 250 crore had already been spent out of the Rs 422 crore project started by the corporation which is financed by the World Bank.

He added that the construction of building of local Civil Hospital having 100 beds facility will be started next month and will be completed within a year and the hospital will get all modern facilities including new x-ray machine, ultrasound scan machine. Commercial complex will also be built within hospital premises, he said.

Mr Aggarwal inspected the emergency and OPD rooms and was satisfied about the functioning of the hospital. When asked about the progress about stopping the un-registered medical practitioners to do the medical practice, he evaded the question.

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