Saturday, February 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Advanced Cardiac Centre soon
Rs 30-cr project to take off on Feb 14
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
If all goes as planned, in the next two-and-a-half years, the city will have a fully functional 175-bed Advanced Cardiac Centre (ACC) with its own helipad at the PGI, the only one of its kind run by a government organisation in the North.

The Rs 30-crore mega project takes off on February 14 when the Union Minister for Health, Dr C.P. Thakur, lays the foundation stone of the ACC. Conceived as one of the five major projects to be started by the PGI during the Ninth Five-Year Plan, the construction of the ACC is likely to be completed in the next two years.

Three out of these five projects, the Advanced Eye Care Centre, the Bone Marrow Transplant Centre and the Advanced Paediatric Centre, Phase II, are under way with the APC Phase II and the Bone Marrow Transplant Centre likely to be completed within the current financial year.

The ACC will be a self-contained separate hospital service designed to provide modern and up-to-date facilities for the prevention, detection, treatment, cure and rehabilitation of all forms of cardiovascular diseases.

The Centre will also be providing comprehensive training facilities for the DM and MCh courses in cardiovascular diseases along with a PhD in related sciences. Training facilities for the MD training programme in general medicine, BSc (Nursing) in cardiovascular diseases, laboratory technology and a course in profusion technology will also be started at the Centre. The centre will, however, retain an outpost in Nehru Hospital. A similar liaison will be maintained for the training of students for various courses.

Located at one of the arterial roads of the institute, next to the Advanced Paediatric Centre, the centre will occupy 261000 sq feet area in the campus. The building is shaped like a cross linked by a circular block.

The basement will house the parking while the emergency, blood bank and OPD with labs will be on the ground floor. Teaching and administrative work will be done on the first floor while the second and third floors will have faculty rooms, general wards, the ICU and private rooms.

Centrally airconditioned, the centre will have a helipad attached to a bed-lift. The main entrance/lobby will have bed/patient lifts and service lifts apart from stairs and ramps for vertical movement.

With the growing incidence of cardiac diseases, specially in the North, the centre aims at providing world-class cardiac healthcare. 


Cancer Survivors’ Day today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh February 8
Cancer Survivors’ Day will be observed in the city tomorrow. A function will be organised by the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, a city-based support group for cancer patients, at the DAV College, Sector 10, at 4.30 pm.

Prof B.N.S. Walia, former director, PGI, will be the chief guest on the occasion. Shobha Koser, one of the founder members of the Pracheen Kala Kendra, will encapsulate the true spirit of survival in a dance. Students of St Stephen’s School will enact a one-act play to create awareness about cancer.


Chemists harassing me, says Drugs Inspector
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 8
The District Drug Inspector has accused the District Chemist Association of harassing him by trying to implicate him in criminal cases as he was turning the heat on them over the sale of prescription drugs to addicts.

The Inspector, Mr Deepak Puri, has alleged that local chemists not only tried to get him booked in a criminal case on charges of trespass but also tried to implicate him in a corruption case. He has alleged that now he has received threats.

However, the District Chemist Association denies these allegations. It claimed that it has been campaigning against prescription drugs to addicts, asking the members not to sell drugs without a prescription from their customers.

Mr Sanjeev Goyal, general secretary of the association, when contacted, said it was an attendant of a patient admitted in the local Civil Hospital who had complained to the local police that Mr Puri had forced all drug stores in Sector 6 to close down on January 25.

“When Mr Puri had come for checking here, he found that the pharmacist was not present at one of the shops. In fact, the pharmacist had gone to have his meals, but Mr Puri chose to think otherwise and alleged that the chemists were indulging in various malpractices. Though the issue was later resolved, the local chemists have no role to play in his being whisked away by the police,” he said.

Mr Puri has already written to the Civil Surgeon, alleging that he is being harassed by the chemists. He has said that it was only after the Civil Surgeon had asked him (Mr Puri) to check the practice of underhand sale of prescription drugs, upon receiving orders from the Deputy Commissioner and the State Drug Controller, that he had started checking drug stores in Panchkula.

He has further alleged that after he had found irregularities in the functioning of 10 drug stores and show-cause notices were issued to these by the Licencing Authority, that chemists began implicating him in cases.


Dinesh, Anu adjudged best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 8
Dinesh and Anu Bala were adjudged best athletes among boys and girls section, respectively, in the 47th Annual Athletics meet of the Government College of Education, Sector 20 which concluded here this evening. Dr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director Sports, Panjab University, gave the prizes. He advised young athletes to lead a physically fit life. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Harjinder Singh, a lecturer in the Physical Education.

Volleyball tourney

AG, Uttar Pradesh, outscored AG, HP, Shimla 17-25, 25-21, 25-18 and 26-24 to wrap up the All India Audit and Accounts (North Zone) Volleyball Tournament played here today. The match was well contested with both the teams showing exemplary performance. Ravi Kant Yadav, Satinder Pandey and Niranjan Rai played well for the winners, while Bhupinder, Sanjeev and Suresh showed their form for the losers.

Mr Nand Lal, AG (Audit) Punjab, gave away the prizes, while Ms Mohua Chatterjee, Principal AG (A&E), was also present on the occasion.

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |