Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Workshop on disability management concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Medical officers were introduced to various aids and appliances available to rehabilitate the disabled suffering from hearing impairment and locomotors disabilities on the concluding day of the three-day workshop on Orientation Training of Medical Officers to Disability Management held at the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

Earlier, they were introduced to various aspects of managing speech hearing disabilities and mental disabilities on the second day of the workshop.

Prof Arjun Dass, Head, Department of ENT, Government Medical College and Hospital, stressed the need for simple and cost effective screening methods to identify the type of hearing impairments and quantum of population suffering from hearing impairments in order to formulate management strategies. He also dwelled on the common preventable causes of hearing loss.

Ms Sandeep Kaur, audiologist-cum-speech therapist, highlighted the importance of alternate way of communicating, such as sign language and lip reading.

Prof B.S. Chavan, Head Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, in a highly interactive session, impressed upon the participants the importance of community-based rehabilitation of the mentally challenged children. Dr Priti Arun from the Department of Psychiatry highlighted the importance of early identification of mental disability in order to assess the special needs of such a child.

In the afternoon, all delegates were taken to the Institute for Blind, GIMRC and Nevadac Prosthetic Centre, Zirakpur, in order to familiarise them with the practical aspects of managing various disabilities. Before taking them on this field visit, Prof Raj Bahadur, Member Secretary, SICOM, and Head, Department of Orthopaedics, stressed on the importance of this field visit so that the delegates could have first-hand knowledge of different methods used to rehabilitate the disabled by these institutions.

Mr Ravi Kumar, audiologist-cum speech therapist, dwelt on the various types of hearing aids available. He also explained the indication for prescribing different type of hearing aids and their method of functioning. Ms Gurvinderjit Kaur, audiologist-cum-speech therapist, outlined the concept of speech and language development and role of speech therapist in rehabilitating the people suffering from such problems.

Dr Ravi Gupta, senior lecturer, Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital, described the role of orthotic and prosthetic devices in rehabilitating the disabled suffering from locomotors disability. He outlined the various types of devices available and indication for their use. Dr P.N. Gupta, senior lecturer, Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital, introduced the delegates to the principles of assessing the extent of locomotors disability and method of certification.

At the end of the teaching session, various delegates expressed their views about organisation of conference and its content. All delegates were extremely moved by their visit to the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, and they donated their daily allowance for three days to the institute. This gesture was highly appreciated by Prof Raj Bahadur, who summed up the goal of this series of workshops. He also thanked the Rehabilitation Council of India for sponsoring this series of workshops.

Dr Sudhir Kumar, organising secretary, expressed his gratitude to the participants and faculty for the success of this workshop. Prof S.B.S. Mann, Director Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, and member, State Implementation Committee, in his address to the delegates, asked them to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of prevention of disabilities. He also gave away the certificates and letters of appreciation to the delegates.



Conference on hepatitis viruses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Department of Hepatology, PGI, will organise a conference on October 7 at its lecture theatre complex.

Prof M.P. Sharma, Prof Shiv K. Sarin, Prof Subrat K. Acharya, Prof Premashish Kar, Dr Randhir Sud, Dr Pradeep Chowbey, Col Paramjit Singh Dhore, Col A.C. Anand, Dr Siddhartha Datta Gupta, Dr Subrat Panda. Dr Gour Choudhuri and Dr Rakesh Aggarwal, Dr Sameer Shah and Dr Ramesh Roop Rai are expected to participate.

The programme includes discussion on the treatment and recent advances on hepatitis-B, C, and E viruses. It also includes the latest in the management of liver tumors and gall bladder cancer.

Another attraction of the conference will be the public forum on viral hepatitis, which will be moderated by Padma Bhushan awardee Prof B.N. Tandon and will have panelists who are experts in the field of hepatology. This will be open to the public between 4 pm and 5 pm at the lecture theatre.



Aashi, Rahul win cycling meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 2
Aashi of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, in below-16 year girls section and Rahul Anand of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, in below-12 boys section, emerged winners in the massed start races conducted by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association here today at the Sukhna lake circuit. Only India made cycles were permitted, as per directions laid down by the Cycling Federation of India. Mr Sawinder Singh, Technical Advisor, CACA, presented medals to the winners.

Results: boys: below-18: 17 km race: Ankur Kaul (DAVC-10) 1,Harsimran Singh Brar (PEC-12) 2, Vaibhav (SN-22) 3. Below-16: 12.6 kms: Gurbir Singh (MMHS-21) 1, Vivek Sharma (DAVC-10) 2, Vaibhav (SN-2) 3. Boys below-14: 8.4 kms: Abhishek Goel (GMSSS-33) 1, Abhinav Sood (GMSSS-33) 2, Amanpreet Singh (GHS-44) 3. below-12: Rahul Anand (TH-33) 1, Ashish (TH-33) 2, Deepinder Singh 3. Girls: below-16: 4.2 kms: Aashi (SGGSSS-35) 1, Kalyani ( SNS-22) 2, Nischal deep (TH-33) 3.

Permission denied

As many as 14 cricket players of SD Public School, Sector 32, were denied participation in the ongoing 4th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament played here at St Johnís High School, Sector 26. According to the press note issued by the host school authorities, the boys produced fake identity cards in the below-16 age group and also they all were students from class XI whereas for participation in the below-16 group, the condition was for a player to be not above class X. DAV Public School which played the match with SD School was declared winner. The boys who were denied permission to play are, Rupinder Jit, Interjeet, Aftab, Satwinder, Summant, Jatin, Harsh, Tenuj, Ajay, Jasmeet, Hari Om, Karan, Gaurav and Abhineet.

In other matches of the day, St Johnís-26 defeated St Josephís-44 by 55 runs in the below-12 section. In other below-16 section matches, St Johnís School-26 beat MSP School by 175 runs, while St Josephís-44 defeated St Peterís School, Sector 37 by 92 runs.

Dilawari cricket

The BBMB XI defeated United India Insurance XI by 111 runs, while the Food Corporation of India outplayed the Central Bank Of India by nine wickets in the second Dilawari Cricket Tournament played here on Tuesday on Gursagar grounds.

Badminton meet

Panchkula shuttlers clinched three titles of the six at stake in the recently concluded Haryana Schools state badminton championships held at Panchkula. The Panchkula players won the boys below-19,17 and the girls below-14 section. Jind players won the boys below-14 title, Faridabad girls below-19 while Bhiwani below-17 girls title.

Results: Boys: below-19: Panchkula b Sonipat 2-0 (Peeyush b Vaneet 15-3, 15-0; Sachin Garg b Pawan 15-9, 15-13. below-17: Panchkula b Sonipat 2-0 (Saurav Kapoor b Naresh 15-2, 15-1; Prateek b Parvesh 15-5, 15-0). Below-14: Jind b Panchkula 2-1 (Gaurav b Prateek 15-13, 17-16: Saurav lost to Sanchit 6-15, 5-15; Gaurav and Vikas b Prateek and Prerak 9-15, 15-12, 15-10). Girls: below-19: Faridabad b Bhiwani 2-0 (Roma b Hema 11-0, 11-0; Roma and Chanchal b Monika and Hema 15-10,15-10). Below-17: Bhiwani b Sonipat 2-0 (Anita b Minika11-2, 11-3; Pratishta b Sheetal 4-11, 11-4, 13-11) below-14: Panchkula b Sonipat 2-0 (Kannu Priya b Parul 11-0, 11-0; Shruti b Akanksha 11-0, 11-5).

CBSE tourney

Aditya Puri of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, won the under-16 boys title, while Vaibhav also of the same school the under-19 boys title in the CBSE (cluster XI) table tennis tournament which concluded here on Tuesday. DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, bagged the under-19 team championship title by defeating Manav Mangal School, Sector 21 at 3-0.The meet was organised by New Public School, Sector 18. Dr Ajmer Singh, Arjuna Awardee, was the chief guest, while Dr G.P. Gautam, OSD Sports, CBSE, Delhi, was the guest of honour.

Executive member

Vinod Vatrana, a former international badminton player of Patiala and employed with the Railways, has been elected executive member of the Rajindra Gymkhana Club, Patiala. It may be recalled that Mr Vatrana had played a vital role in the construction of the new indoor badminton hall of the club.


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