Tuesday, December 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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HEALTH

Silent stones removed from child’s kidney
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 10
Children with silent stones in their kidneys (having no pain), if not treated at proper time, can face the most dangerous condition as the stones can cause kidney damage and in such a case except for kidney transplant, no other option remained viable for the patient.

“Though in adults kidney stones can nowadays be removed easily by keyhole surgery but in children it is difficult to do so due to the small size of their kidneys”, said Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, urologist and transplant surgeon at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, who conducted one such case recently.

Dr Aulakh said that a 12-year-old child was brought to the DMCH with pain in abdomen and pus in the urine. She was diagnosed as having stones in the kidney. The stones were removed from the bladder by a process known as PCNL by Dr Aulakh and his team of doctors. Dr Aulakh said, “In this process a telescope is passed into the kidney through 1 cm hole in the skin, stones are fragmented and then fragments are removed. The entire operation of removing the stone was done via 1 cm hole instead of 10 to 15 cm incision, which is used conventionally for the open operation”.

Dr Aulakh said that the patient was alright and had been discharged from hospital. He also said that with the availability of this technique children could go to home the very next day and there was less pain.

The procedure was used to remove stones of any size and also to remove stones left after failure of extracorporeal lithotripsy. Generally the problem of kidney stones was rare in children but in cases of structural abnormality or some metabolic disease, it was more common.

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Diabetes becoming common among Ludhianvis
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, December 10
Around 30 to 40 per cent of the total patients suffer from diabetes in the city and the percentage is further expected to increase up to 45 in the next few years. Sedentary life-styles, food habits, side-effects of pesticides, genetic factor and viral infections to some extent are the major responsible factors of this increase.

Dr Parminder Singh, an endocrinologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said that if they received 60 to 70 patients in their OPD daily, 50 out of them suffered from diabetes. Dr Parminder admitted though the incidence of diabetes was fast increasing in the city, one of the reasons was awareness among people (disease is detected now).

“Diabetes is such a disease that if it is left uncontrolled, the incidence of brain stroke increases two times in the patient, heart attacks become four times prominent and kidney failures become 17 times higher. A person can become blind also”, said Dr Parminder Singh.

Type 11 form of diabetes was the most common among city residents. “People lead stressful lives, take junk food and do less physical work. The problem is more frequent among people above 30 years of age. Such people have to be careful about their dietary patterns and maintain their blood sugar level”, said Dr Parminder.

The endocrinologist further added that it was fortunate that illiterate people from villages, unaware of the fact that they were suffering from diabetes, go to quacks for the treatment. Dr Parminder gave an example of Mohan Singh, a 40-year resident of Buraj Chakka village, who went to a quack at Machhiwara and returned with badly bruised feet, but his wounds were incurable now as the patient suffered from diabetes. “The patient complained of numbness in his feet and legs. The self-styled doctor forced the patient to put both his feet in boiling hot water. And the result was badly damaged feet which cannot be cured”, said Dr Parminder Singh.

Dr Harkanwal, Head of the Medicine Department of Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, said the number of diabetic patients had definitely been increasing in the city. “In the OPD of 100-150 patients, 50-60 patients suffered from diabetes”, said Dr Harkanwal.

One of the major causes for diabetes was sedentary lifestyles. People should try to lead tension free life and do exercises regularly. These exercises were the best preventive measures to avoid diabetes, but these should be prescribed by a medical professional depending on the age and capability of a person, she said. One should take proper controlled diet of green vegetables, pulses, cereals (avoiding potatoes and sweet potatoes).

Dr Ajit Kang, a gynaecologist at the City Nursing Home, said that it was sad that the incidence of diabetes was fast increasing among pregnant women. “The genetic factors, excessive weight gain in pregnancy or diet can be responsible for diabetes among pregnant women. It is difficult to control diabetes in pregnant women. If it is not controlled properly, there are greater chances of abortion or they give birth to still-born (dead) babies. In pregnancy the blood sugar level has to be strictly controlled. There can be many complications in the delivery and most of these are the Ceasarian deliveries”, said Dr Kang.

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New pacemaker a boon for heart patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 10
A new technique has been evolved for the treatment of heart disease (cardiomyopathy). In this technique a special pacemaker is implanted. This stimulates heart by giving small currents at multiple sites so that the heart’s function and contraction improves. This is called Buiventricular pacemaker.

In this technique of special pacemaker heart muscle is made to contract in a synchronised and coordinated way, (cardiac resynchronization therapy — CRT). This therapy is very new in the treatment of heart failure and has been performed at Sigma Heart Institute and Research Centre by Dr Raman Chawla, Senior Consultant Cardiologist and Interventionist.

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Farmtrac hockey cup from December 15
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 10
Top hockey outfits of the country will be seen in action during the fifth All India Farmtrac Cup Hockey Tournament, to be organised by the Ramesh Chander Memorial Society for Sports at Burlton Park Stadium in Jalandhar from December 15.

According to a press note issued by Mr Nitin Kohli, honorary secretary of the society, in the tournament, recognised as ‘A’ grade championship by the Indian Hockey Federation, six teams in the men’s section — Punjab Police, Bharat Petroleum, BSF, Punjab & Sind Bank, CISF, Indian Oil — will vie for top honours while four teams — Haryana XI, Sukhjit Starch Mill, SAIL and Amritsar XI — will fight it out in the women’s section. Similarly, four outfits, Escorts Ramesh Chander Academy, Namdhari Academy, Bhaini Sahib, Mehta Academy and Sports School, Jalandhar, will take part in the boys u-15 category.

The tournament offers one of the highest prize money for hockey in the country. The prize money details are as :- (Men)- winner- Rs. 1,00,000/-, runner-up- Rs. 50,000/. (Women)- winner- Rs. 40,000/-, runner-up- Rs.25,000/-, male player of the tournament- Rs.10,000/, woman player of the tournament- Rs 5,000/-, (Boys)- winner- Rs. 20,000/- and runner-up- Rs. 10,000/-. The men’s final will be telecast live on DDI , the women’s final will shown on the local Doordarshan Channel, Jalandhar.

Mr Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, will inaugurate the tournament on December 15 at 9.45 a.m.

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Sports festival concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 10
The Thapar Academy, Sansarpur, managed to get past Star Club, Jalandhar, 1-0 to win the hockey title in the 21st Captain Manjeet Singh Gill Memorial Tournament organised by the Gill Sports Club and Gram Panchayat that concluded at Dhamot village, near here, yesterday. Charanjit Singh scored the all important goal. Narinder Singh of Star Club was named best player of the tournament.

In kabaddi (open), Dasmesh Club, Tony Kalakh pipped International Club, Moga, 33-31, while in the women’s section, Jalandhar trounced Nawanshahr 32-19. Jyoti of Jalandhar was declared best raider. In kabaddi (57 kg), Mahela Chowk outplayed Ramgarh 19-17 and in 62 kg, Jandali got the better of Babbarpur 25-23.

In football, Dhaheru beat Falond Kalan 2-1 and in cricket, Gill Sports Club, Dhamot, defeated Sarodh by two wickets. Navtej Singh of Gill Sports Club was adjudged best batsman.

Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab, Mr Sadhu Singh Gudani, MLA, distributed the prizes. They also announced a grant of Rs 1.5 lakh to the organisers and for development of the village.

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