Saturday, January 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Timely action averts fire at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
Panic and confusion gripped occupants of PGI’s Nehru Hospital today for almost two hours when a fire was averted in one of the operation theatres at the fourth floor of the hospital.

The incident happened at about 1.30 pm when the doctors and nurses in one of the operation theatres in the OT complex on the fourth floor smelled smoke and started winding up the ongoing operation and raised an alarm. The fire tenders were called immediately who then got the complex evacuated.

The firemen found smoke emitting from one of the air handling units of the air conditioning diffusers in the OT. The firemen confirmed that the cause of the smoke was a short circuit in the air conditioning plant which supplies to the OT.

The hospital authorities decided to shut down the working of this particular operation theatre complex which houses four OTs. The rest of the operations which were scheduled for the day in these theatres have either been postponed or carried out at some other theatres.

According to eyewitnesses, there were at least 2,000 people in the building when the incident happened but they came to know about this only when the fire tenders arrived. This led to some panic and confusion among them.

The Nehru Hospital houses more than 15 major and minor operation theatres, nine of which will now remain closed. According to sources, on an average six to seven major operations are carried out on the fourth floor every day along with minor surgical procedures. This is the first time that the operation theatre is being closed this year.

The PGI’s Public Relation Officer informed that the fourth floor OTs will be made functional as soon as possible. “The operation theatres will require fumigation to make them aseptic and made functional,” she added.

The Director and Deputy Director of the PGI are in New Delhi for a meeting. 


18 leprosy cases detected in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
As many as 18 hidden cases of leprosy have been detected in the city as part of the modified leprosy elimination campaign which ended here today.

Third in the series of campaigns organised by the UT Health Department, the campaign has lasted a month. Aimed at increasing public awareness regarding identification of the disease, its cure and prevention of disability, the campaign is being regarded as highly successful.

During the campaign, awareness messages to the community were given through radio, strip announcements in the local city cable television, newspaper advertisements, wall paintings, distribution of handbill and pasting of posters on leprosy were undertaken. The target areas included urban slums and villages.

The message was also spread through schoolchildren. About 95 schools in and around the city were covered under the programme in the various sections where the students were informed about the disease by specialists. Quiz competitions among children were also held in each category. Three winners were announced in each school were given prizes worth Rs 46,050 on the spot. The winners will be awarded certificates on the Anti-Leprosy Day on January 30.

Medical and paramedical health personnel were trained to detect and treat leprosy. A total of 335 such personnel received the training over a period of eight days. About 41 general practitioners who worked in the target areas, were given a refresher course as part of the programme.

Two days of voluntary reporting of cases (VRC) was announced in the city. About 25 centres were set up in the urban slums and villages. A total of 98 suspected cases were reported. Eighteen out of these were confirmed to be suffering from leprosy. Free medicines were given on the spot and they have been called to hospital for follow up treatment. NGOs were also actively involved by the Health Department in the campaign.


City eves triumph in kabaddi meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, January 18
Chandigarh eves trounced Gujarat in a one-sided match on the opening day of the 14th Senior National Circle Style Kabaddi Championship which began here today at the Sector 17 Football Stadium. The venue saw a large number of spectators gathered at the venue as circle style kabaddi is normally uncommon in this region.

In another match, Haryana girls outplayed Chhattisgarh, 65-29, while Vidarbha defeated Orissa. In the men section, Gujarat beat Uttar Pradesh while Vidarbha outclassed Orissa.

Earlier, Ms Lalit Joshi, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, inaugurated the meet. Capt Jagbir Singh Randhawa, newly elected President of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, also graced the occasion.

Badminton meet

Panjab University campus overpowered SPN College, Mukerian, 3-1, in the men section of the Panjab University Inter-college Badminton Meet played here today in PU Gymnasium Hall. In the women section, the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, went down fighting to the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 0-2. In men section, SPN College, Mukerian, beat BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, 3-0.

Results (men) — PU campus b SPN College, Mukerian, 3-1, (Gurdev b Vikas 7-0,7-1,7-3; Vipan lost to Harpreet 7-6, 3-7, 3-7,1-7; Gurdev and C Khamba b Vikas and Harpreet 7-2,7-2,7-3; Sandeep b Nikhil 7-1,7-1,7-2; (women) — Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, b GCG-11, 2-0, (Nazma Parveen b Ankit 7-0, 7-0, 7-1; Nazma and Sangeet b Nidhi and Nirmal 7-8, 7-4, 8-6, 7-5.

Tennis meet

The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, went down fighting to Dr BRA Agra, University, Agra 1-3 in the North East Zone Inter-University Tennis Meet here today at the PU tennis courts. In other matches of the day, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, beat CSJM University, Kanpur, 3-0, GB Pant University, Pantnagar, defeated BRA Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, 3-0 while Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, got the better of GK University, Hardwar, 3-0.

Kho-Kho tourney

The UT Sports Department will organise an Inter-school kho-kho and kabaddi tournament for boys and girls for under-19 section under the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports scheme titled, “Promotion of sports and games in schools”, from January 28 to 30 at coaching centres at Sector 42 and Government Model Middle School, Sector 42, respectively.


Auction of sites on Jan 25
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 18
The Haryana Urban Development Authority will auction sites for nursing homes, clinics and schools here on January 25.

The auctions in Sectors 2, 20, 21, 25 and 26 would feature sites for a nursery school.

A primary school site each will be auctioned in Sector 25 and Sector 26.

One high school site in Sector 21 and one government college site in Sector 14 will also be auctioned.

A nursery school building in Sector 17 and a primary school building in Sector 12-A will also go under the hammer.

Nursing home sites in Sectors 12-A, 14, 15 and 25 will also be put on auction.

The sites for schools, nursing homes and clinics will be auctioned on freehold basis.

However, doctors, education societies, institutions and trusts participating in the auction will have to get themselves registered.

Transfer of the plot or the building will not be allowed.


Holiday on Jan 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
The Chandigarh Administration has declared a holiday on January 21 (Monday) on account of the birthday of Sri Guru Gobind Singh. The holiday will be under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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