Wednesday, June 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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And now, pocket-friendly heart surgery
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 25
The increasing number of heart ailments have prompted the medical fraternity to set up advanced health care units where the patients can receive proper treatment and care at a pocket-friendly cost.

One such measure has been taken at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital run by the government in the Capital. The hospital has started providing facilities comparable to that of the best private hospitals and at one-eighth of the charges collected by these privately run hospitals.

More than 300 major heart operations, including 100 bypass surgeries, have already been successfully performed at the new Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department (CVSD) of the hospital and at a cost that ranges between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000.

Patients are assured of complete medical treatment at a cost they can afford. Private hospitals are notorious for charging exorbitant sums of money and the cost incurred from treatment in a private hospital can run into lakhs, which becomes a problem for the working class. But RML has already received notes of thanks from patients who have benefited from the hospital’s services. Dr Vijay Gupta, Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Head of the Department, said normally a private hospital charged around Rs 150,000 to Rs 200,000 whereas in RML the same facilities were offered at a cost ranging between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 for heart surgery.

Dr Gupta added that the department, which started functioning in July last year, could undertake heart operations of at least 400 patients annually with two operation theatres providing facilities comparable with the best cardiac surgical centres in the world. The facilities include two fully equipped independent and air-conditioned operation theatres with special regulation system in operation theatres and a six-bed intensive care unit. Each bed is linked with separate HP six channel monitors and Seimen’s 300 ventilators.

Apart from this there are infusion pumps and defibrillators, central air and suction supply. Besides, the blood gas analysis device makes it a highly modern and sophisticated department.

The department consists of a team of 43 persons, including highly experienced physiotherapists, dieticians and trained nurses to cater to the needs of these sensitive patients.



Burn cases blamed on use of cheap 
electrical gadgets
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 25
At least 800 persons every year sustain burns in this city and elsewhere in the district. The number of women who suffer burns is significantly high.

It is incorrect to say that most of these women are burnt to death for dowry, say some doctors in government and private hospitals.

The number of cases has been rising for the past few years. But most of them are related to accidents. Doctors concede they could occur as a result of the pressure being faced by the women in their in-laws’ houses. Many of those who report with burns seem to have suicidal tendencies, according to many doctors.

Though the number of patients coming to the hospitals with burns is on the rise the number of beds remains limited. As a result, these patients are referred to Delhi and Rohtak. Burns can be thermal, electrical or chemical in nature. Most of the mishaps occur at home. Fire is the main cause of the burns.

Treatment for burns is costly. And there is a need for adequately trained personnel at various levels. So measures for reducing the cost of treatment are urgently required.

Many doctors feel that modernisation is responsible for the increase in burns cases to a large extent. A plethora of appliances and gadgets have been introduced in the market. As some of them are expensive people tend to buy cheaper and substandard electrical appliances. This can cause mishaps.

Also, in homes where a single room is being utilised for cooking, living and sleeping, accidents are a natural risk. In these rooms inflammatory material invariably lies next to the cooking device. Coupled with the hectic pace of life, accidents may occur.

Doctors have said time and again that prevention is the best cure for it. Parents should make children aware of the dangers of fire and the hazards associated with using electrical gadgets. The school curricula should include lessons on burn injuries. Last but not the least, laws for fire safety should be strictly enforced.

Lack of a burns unit in the local Civil Hospital has forced the burn patients to get treatment from Delhi or Rohtak. Consequently, they have to spend more money on transportation and treatment.



Mithun Manhas helps ONGC enter final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 25
Delhi Ranji Trophy team captain Mithun Manhas played a brilliant all-round role (5 for 23 and 33 n o, 4x4) to help Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) beat Rohtak Road Gymkhana by five wickets to enter the final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital on Tuesday.

ONGC will take on Indian Airlines in the final to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on June 27. Mithun Manhas was adjudged the man of the match.

The match was reduced to 32 overs a side as Monday’s heavy rain had fully soaked the ground, and the match could begin only after the ground became fit for play.

ONGC won the toss and elected to field, and the decision paid rich dividends as Mithun Manhas exploited the conditions to rattle the Rohtak Road Gymkhana batsmen, who eventually crashed all out for 130 in 28.5 overs.

For the strong ONGC batting line-up, it was not very difficult to achieve such an easy victory target, with Manhas also excelling with the bat.

Scores: Rohtak Road Gymkhana: 130 all out in 28.5 overs (Gagan Malik 38, 3x4, 64b, Raja Gurmeet Singh 31 n o, Chetan Sharma 24, Mithun Manhas 5-0-23-5, Amit Bhandari 2 for 20, Amit Sharma 1 for 17, Pradeep Jain 1 for 31).

ONGC: 133 for 5 in 23.1 overs (Sandeep Sharma 37, 6x4, 28b; Mithun Manhas 33 n o, 4x4, 40b; Gagan Khoda 31, 1x6, 2x4, 31b; Abhishek Sharma 2 for 21; Nitish Kumar 1 for 16; Vikas Kapoor 1 for 22; Vivek Khurana 1 for 30).



Shooting squad for Commonwealth Games
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 25
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra is among the 15 senior shooters picked by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for participation in the World Championship to be held in Lahti (Finland) from July 2 to 16, 2002. The NRAI will also field an 11-member junior team for the World Championship.

The World Championship is held once in four years and has the maximum quota place to win for the 2004 Olympic Games to be held in Athens. Abhinav Bindra, who has so far failed to qualify for the Athens Olympic Games, also figures in the 26-member Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Manchester (England) in the last week of July.

The teams for the World Championship are: Seniors: Abhinav Bindra, Ashok Kumar Shahi, Sameer Ambedkar, Samaresh Jung, Ved Prakash, Jaspal Rana, Mahavir Singh, Ashok Pandit, Vivek Singh, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh, Anwer Sultan, Anjali Ved Bhagwat, Suma Shirur and Anuja Tere.

Juniors: Kuldeep Singh, Abhijit Konduskar, Gagan Narang, Ronak Pandit, Zakhir Khan, Deepak Sharma, Raj Kumari, Meena Kumari, Sindhu U, Chetanpreet Kaur and Shweta Chaudhary.

Officials: Prof Sunny Thomas (national coach), Tibor Gonezol (foreign coach), Marcello Dradi (foreign coach), Sanjeev Bahl (coach) and Randhir Singh (armourer).

The team for the Commonwealth Games are: Charan Singh, A P Subbiah, Abhijeet Konduskar, Abhinav Bindra, Sameer Ambedkar, Samaresh Jung, Vivek Singh, Jaspal Rana, B L Dhaka, Mukesh Kumar, Mahavir Singh, Manavjit Singh, Anwer Sultan, Naveen Jindal, Saravdeep Mann, RVS Rathore, Moraad Ali Khan, Anjali Ved Pathak, Raj Kumari, Meena Kumari, Kuheli Gangulee, Suma Shirur, Shweta Chaudhary, Sheila Kanungo, Sushma Rana and A. S. Rao.

Officials: Baljit Singh Sethi (manager), Prof Sunny Thomas (national coach), J. Singh (coach), D. Bhatia (coach), Tibor Gonezol (coach), Marcello Dradi (coach), J. G. Yarur (coach) and D K Shukla (armourer).



Aditya leads in Amit Varma Golf
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 25
Aditya Singh, a 15-year-old student from Sanskriti School, emerged as the overall leader with a score of 70 in the Boys A Division on the opening day of the Amit Varma Memorial Golf Tournament at the Delhi Golf Club course on Tuesday.

Aditya was followed by Dinesh Kumar (73), Deepak Kumar (75), Mayali Talwar (76), Divya Kapoor (83) and Sonavi Chopra (85).

Ajeetesh Sandhu led with 77 in the B Division. He was closely followed by G Bhullar (78), Viraj Ghadhoke (79), Divya Kapoor (83), Meghna Bal (89) and Upasana Madan (97). In the C Division, Fathebir Singh with 67 was leading the pack.

In the lower order were Md Rashid Khan (68), Kanishk Madan (70), Abhinav Lohan (70), Neeta Singh (81), Garima Seghal (83) and Jyotika Bami (84).

Sher Ali led in the Special Division with a score 74. Others following him were Chiragh Kumar (76), Divij Talwar (78), Mayali Talwar (76), Pragya Mishra (81) and Divya Kapoor (83).

A record number of entries have been received for the junior tournament as such a tournament is being held in the country for the first time.

“It just goes to show how popular the game is getting with the younger generation”, said Romit Bose, who teaches a lot of top-ranked junior golfers at the national level and is actively involved in the Junior Golf Development Prrogramme run by the Delhi Gol Club.

Romit Bose and Ali Sher are the teachers of the golf programme.

They teaches especially to the students and to the national level players.



Cricket match ends in a tie
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 25
Modern School, Vasant Vihar and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji Academy played a limited-over cricket match, which ended in a tie.

Modern School, batting first, scored 241 all out in 29 overs. A 94-run partnership for the tenth wicket between Sumit and Sanjay was the highlight of their innings. In reply, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji Academy also scored 241 all out in 29.4 overs.

Scores: Modern School: 241 all out in 29 overs (Varun 82, Vikrant 35, Harpreet Singh 4 for 57, Varun 3 for 49). Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji Academy: 241 all out in 29.4 overs (Rajul Mehrun 36, Amit Guman 24, Sumit 41, Sanjay 36, Hemant 5 for 30).



Golf team selection trials at Jaypee Greens
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 25
The trials to select the Indian teams for the Asian Games 2002 at Busan (Korea) and the World Amateur Championship to be held in Malaysia, will be held at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in Greater Noida on June 27 and 28.

All leading players of the country will participate in the trials. Trials will be held at three other golf courses before the team is finalised.

The tee-off will be held on June 27 at 12 noon and on June 28 at 7.30 am.

The Jaypee Greens Golf Resort has been designed by Greg Norman.



Efforts on to modernise construction work: Mayor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
Jaishree Panwar, Mayor of Delhi today announced that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was making concerted efforts to modernise the works of construction and strengthening of roads as well as various development works being carried out in areas under its jurisdiction.

She said that, henceforth, the roads will be constructed very quickly by using wet mix macadam. Under wet mix macadam, the metalling is laid by means of a paver as a result of which, the road is constructed quickly.

Now, the mix of metal/stone aggregates with earth/moorum will be brought to the site ready to be used and laid by the paver. She also disclosed that Engineering Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has also finalised the rates to be adopted for using ready mix concrete in strengthening of major road network.

She said that quality mix of concrete will be manufactured in concrete plants and will be brought to the sites ready to lay. The new technique will ensure more durability and good quality of roads besides curbing delay in repair andconstruction of roads, she stressed.

The Mayor also informed that dense carpeting works of various roads were being done by using the most modernised technique available anywhere in the world.

Modern materials like crumb rubber, modified bitumen have been prescribed for municipal works. Sample of materials as per specifications are also being displayed at municipal laboratory for guidance of contractors as well as municipal staff.

Mrs Panwar further informed that hitherto the contractors were not opting for allotment of municipal contracts owing to delayed payment. Keeping this in view, the civic body has formulated a novel scheme of payment to contractors. Henceforth, cut-off date of payment will be made uniform throughout MCD for particular head of account so that contractor would be able to know the period within which payment will be made to him prior to tendering for contract.


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