Sunday, July 22, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Committed to patients’ cause
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
Unlike other hospitals, CMC runs a Department of Medical Social Welfare to take care of social, psychological and financial needs of the patients admitted in the hospital.

In 1971 the Department of Medical Social Welfare was set up in the hospital by Ms F. Manus, who directed this social service programme of the department along with Ms M. Hill until her retirement at the end of October 1975.

The appointment of two Indian medical social workers in November, 1972, was the first milestone towards the Indianisation of the department. The appointment of Mr A.H. Khan, Mr S. Inam, Mr H. Williams, who have postgraduate degrees in medical and psychiatric social work from Indian universities, helped to complete the task of Indianisation of the department in 1975.

Mr A.H. Khan, Head of Social Welfare Department, said that they had the comprehensive responsibility of providing social, financial and psychiatric counselling to the patients as well as their family members. So far we have provided counselling to about 3000 cancer patients. While we provided emotional support to 45% of the patients but financial support was required by 100% patients. But this does not mean that the hospital has to provide all the financial help. Actually, we are the liaison agents between the patients and many NGOs that are doing charitable work. Since I am the Secretary of Guru Gobind Singh Charitable Trust, we give directions to the needy patients to seek financial help from them.”

Social workers are actively engaged to social group work, community organisaiton to deal with the area of practical problems of admission and stay during OPD treatment, interpretation, emotional support, socio-economic study and investigation, counselling, follow-ups for test, investigation and help with financial need.

Mr Khan and Mr Honey Williams motivate the people to accept the financial responsibility, try to deal with depression that arises due to long sickness, provide emotional support to relatives, provide marriage counselling and help arrange the stay of the relatives.

“Since we are specialised in dealing with the social problems that may have caused the disease or may be coming in the way of complete recovery, we decided to use social case work. We provide concrete services to bring out a change in the environment favourable to the individual and psychological hope to change the feeling, attitude and behaviour of the individual. We also give counselling so that patients will accept their problems and build up an optimistic outlook towards life. Financial help is also given towards the cost of treatment. Vocational guidance and shelter are also provided,”said Mr. Khan.



Oral health education programme launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
Indian local branch of the Dental Association today launched project ‘Smile through the Millennium’ at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. The programme was inaugurated by Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, Mayor, MC Ludhiana. Ms K. Virdi, Principal of the school was the guest of honour.

Dr Rajiv Bali, president, IDA, Ludhiana, welcomed the guests and audience. Dr Rajesh Bhanot, secretary, IDA, Ludhiana and chief coordinator of the programme in his address elaborated that the programme would cover 1.2 lakh school going children in more than 100 schools in both rural and urban areas.

The children will be educated and motivated about dental health care. Dr Vikas Jindal gave a lecture on dental care. He talked about the dental diseases and its prevention.

Dr Puneet Girdhar, state secretary IDA, Punjab state branch said each and every student covered under the project would be given an oral hygiene gift hamper, including a toothbrush and a toothpaste.

This programme will be completed in three months and an Oral Health Week will be celebrated from October 21 to 28. In this programme “beautiful smile”, on the spot painting elocution and college competitions will be held and the winners of these competitions on the state level will be sent for competitions at national level.



St. Thomas shooters lead in championship
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 21
Three students of St Thomas Senior Secondary School established lead over others on the second day of the 10th Ludhiana District Shooting Championship being organised by the District Rifle Association at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today.

In .177 open sight air rifle for junior men (individual) Gaurav Singla and in .177 peep sight air rifle for women (individual) Samheet Kaur gave superb performance by scoring 232 and 289, respectively, out of 400 points. Another student of this school, Mankaran Singh, led in the .177 open sight air rifle for sub-junior men with 189 points.

Three shooters from Master Tara Singh Memorial College gained lead over their rivals. In the events .177 open sight air rifle women Individual and in open sight air rifle junior women individual Anita Rani shot 287 points to maintain lead over other contestants.

In .177 open sight air rifle for sub-junior women Manpreet Kaur, a student of Master Tara Singh Memorial College, shot 259 points to gain lead. Another student of this college, Kamaljeet Kaur, with 330 points established lead over others in air pistol for women and junior women.

Other leading positions after detail seven on the second day were: .177 open sight air rifle men individual — Subedar Harjinder Singh 180/400; .177 peep sight air rifle men — Ankit Jain of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School 161/400; air pistol men individual — Davinder Singh 324/400; air pistol junior men individual — Rahul Bansal of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School 304/400; air pistol sub-junior men-individual — Ishatdeep Singh of Master Tara Singh Memorial School 236/400.

Throwball meet

A one-day Ludhiana District Throwball Championship will be held at the Sargodha Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Gurdwara Kalgidhar Road, on July 22, according to Mr Varinder Singh Virdi, president, District Ludhiana Throwball Association.



Punjab Govt owes 250 cr to pensioners
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, July 21
The Punjab Government may have to pay an extra amount of Rs 250 crore to about 50,000 former employees, who retired on or after January 1, 1996, on account of less payments made while calculating their commuted pension.

In a writ petition filed by a retired teacher, Mr Nihal Chand, and 105 other petitioners have demanded the difference of payment, which according to them was not made in accordance with the Punjab Government notification dated 21.7.1998. In CWO 7895 under Articles 226 and 32 of the Constitution, petitioners have stated that they have been paid the commuted pension at the rate of 40 per cent for 12 years, whereas the notification entitled them to payment for 15 years. Thus they have been deprived of 20 per cent of their pension amount.

Pensioners have mentioned about CWP 16531/1998 filed by Mr Haridner Paul Singh Sidhu, a retired Punjab government director. This petition was decided in a lok adalat on February 17, 2000, and government was directed to pay the difference with 12 per cent interest. Government in his case moved to the high court against the lok adalat decision. Here the petition was dismissed after the Advocate General agreed to honour the decision. Pleader of the Punjab Government put up a review petition in the Supreme Court, but the court dismissed the same because Advocate General had already accepted the decision of the lok adalat in the high court.


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