Sunday, August 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Hands-on experience at chest summit 
Tripti Nath

The three-day chest summit beginning at Ashoka Hotel here on August 30 will enable pulmonogists gain hands-on experience at five workshops on mechanical ventilation, invasive homodynamic monitoring, blood gas, pulmonary/lung function test and resuscitation or ABCD technique (Airway, Breathing, Circulation and Drug technique) which are part of emergency management. The workshops are scheduled for the opening day.

While the first workshop will go on for six hours, the subsequent workshops are of three hours each. The workshops will be inaugurated by Dr T. P. Bose, Senior Consultant in Chest Medicine at Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, and Medical Superintendent (in charge of Chest Medicine) at Orthonova Hospital in South Delhi.

The conference is being organised by the Foundation for Chest Critical Care and Sleep (FCCS) with support from Glaxo Smithkline, CIPLA, Nicholas Piramal, Zydus Cadila, Pharmacia and Astra. Prominent among those attending the summit are Dr Marc Zelter, President European Respiratory Society, Dr David Shelledy, President, American Association of Respiratory Care, Dr Mark Eliot, senior faculty member at University of Leeds, UK and Dr Nicolino Amro Sino, Head of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Intensive Care, Scientific Institute of Gusasago, Italy. From the Indian side also, well known pulmonogists are attending the conference. These include Dr S.K. Jindal from PGI, Chandigarh, Dr J.S. Suri from Safdarjung Hospital, Dr J.N. Pandey from AIIMS, Delhi, Dr V.K Vijayan and Dr S.N. Gaur from Patel Chest Institute, Dr D.S. Kulpati from Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr Ajit Vigy from Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, Dr Virender Singh from SMS Hospital, Jaipur, Dr P. Bhattacharya and Dr Ranjan Das from Kolkata, Dr Farooq Udwadia from Breach Candy, Mumbai and Dr Chugle from Bombay Hospital.

According to the FCCS President, Dr Bose, the conference will address current global challenges in respiratory diseases, tuberculosis and interstitial lung disease. Dr Bose says that the respiratory diseases are on the rise all over the world.

A book ‘Pulmonogy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ authored by the organising secretaries of the conference, Dr Bose and Dr Vikram Sarbhai, will also be released at the conference. Dr Sarbhai is a chest physician at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre.

Book on AIDS

The five year-old Modicare Foundation committed to awareness and prevention of HIV AIDS, is looking forward to the release of ‘The Positive Side’, a book authored by its Vice-Chairman, Samir Modi. Published by Roli books, the book deals with HIV positive persons. It comprises 20 stories on HIV positive persons and how they are going about their lives. The 134-page book priced at Rs 1,295 also has short inspirational poems composed by the Foundation and Contract Advertising.

The book will be released by Delhi Chief Minister at ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton & Towers on Tuesday. The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion on ‘Has Indian society turned its face away from HIV?’

According to Modi, the apathy towards HIV prompted him to write the book. “I thought of writing the book two-and-a half years back. We wanted to spread the message that HIV positive people are living with dignity and living life to the fullest,’’ he said.

Mr Modi said that the target audience of the book includes the general community, non-government organisations, libraries, schools and persons living with HIV. The book is priced at Rs 1,295.

The Modicare Foundation is running a health and hygiene programme for eight brothels on GB road, the Capital’s red-light area. It is also running a programme on life skills for children in the 16 to 18 age group in 31 schools in Delhi.

In the second year of the programme, the Foundation has addressed 11,000 students on health, hygiene and HIV. The Foundation is also bearing the medical expenses of five HIV positive persons in Delhi. These include three men, a woman and a child. Modicare is one of the three companies in India to have instituted an HIV policy.

Artery diseases

The Indian Medical Association, Escorts Heart Institute and Heart Care Foundation of India have urged the government to start a cardiovascular control programme. At a recently concluded conference on coronary artery disease organised by IMA, New Delhi branch, Escorts Heart Institute and the Foundation, experts from various institutions, stressed the need for starting such a programme. According to

Dr K. K. Aggarwal, President, IMA, New Delhi branch and Executive Vice-Chairman, HCFI and Dr Ashok Seth, Director, Cath Lab. Escorts Heart Institute, the experts warned that if corrective measures are not taken by the year 2013, coronary artery disease will exceed the number of cases of infections in the country.

They said that it is unfortunate that India does not have a national programme for cardiovascular diseases when it has similar programmes for asthma, HIV AIDS, iodine deficiency, nutrition and TB.

In a representation to the government, the experts have said that CAD is non-communicable, preventable, predictable and curable. They have drawn the government’s attention to the fact that the cardiovascular deaths in India are likely to increase from 28 million in 1999 to 49 million by the year 2020 and that one-third of all deaths in India will be cardiovascular by the year 2015. At present, CAD in India is about 10 per cent in persons above 30 years. Over six crore persons in India have CAD which is reversible. Smoking, high blood-pressure, obesity and non-vegetarian food are not the main risk factors for Indians. Specific risk factors for Indians are abdominal obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, insulin resistance, high triglyceride, low HDL cholestrol, high blood-pressure and smoking (metabolic syndrome). 13 to 17 per cent of the Indian population suffers from metabolic syndrome.

The specialists have suggested that screening of cardiovascular disease start at he age of 30 instead of 40. The cardiovascular control programme should involve detection of blood pressure at an early stage and age. Other suggestions made by the experts are introduction of healthy lifestyle programme among school children, reorientation programmes for all general practitioners, examination of first degree relatives of heart patients for timely detection of heart disease and compulsory inclusion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in teaching programmes in schools. They have further suggested that coronary bypass surgery be made more affordable. They have urged the government to encourage and assist industrial houses who are willing to invest in cardiology sector in developing indigenous disposable and stents used for either angioplasty or bypass surgery.


The Apollo group of Hospitals known for world class healthcare facilities is determined to extend quality services to people in smaller cities. Addressing a symposium on the latest advancements in telemedicine in India at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here on Saturday, Dr K. Ganpathy, Director of Telemedicine and senior consultant, neurosurgery at Apollo Hospital, Chennai said that telemedicine is one of the most efficient tools to take quality healthcare to the masses.

"After establishing the infrastructure to service people in big cities, Apollo Hospitals group is utilising the development in IT and telecom to ensure that similar quality services are made available to people in smaller cities as well," he said.

Spelling out plans for the growth of telemedicine, Dr Ganpathy said that Apollo Hospitals has recently signed an MoU with Anna University, Chennai, to establish telemedicine centres are 240 engineering colleges affiliated to the university. The group also plans to set up telemedicine centres in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh, Ghana, Oman, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Apollo Hospitals group operates 16 telemedicine centres in India covering interiors of North East, rural Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and coastal South India. It claims that more than 3850 patients have benefitted from the technique till now. The Group also provides the facility to seven military hospitals in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Telemedicine facilitates the transfer of valuable opinion and interpretations to complex medical cases besides transfer of patient data and images using the Telemediocine software MedIntegra. It also helps in lowering the cost of travel for patients living in smaller cities to bigger centres for treatment. The telemedicine facilities are also used for Continuing Medical Education (CME) for local doctors in smaller cities.

Two shifts

The Outdoor Patients Department (OPD) of Nehru Homoeopathic Hospital, Defence Colony, has started functioning in two shifts. Delhi Health Minister Dr A.K. Walia announced this while inaugurating a homeopathic dispensary at Karkardooma in East Delhi recently. Dr Walia said that the OPD of Nehru Homoepathic Hospital will now function for 12 hours from 8 am in two shifts on all seven days and gazetted holidays. The hospital runs special clinics for treatment of various diseases.

According to the treatment schedule, the hospital runs clinics for skin and respiratory diseases on Tuesday, gynaecological problems on Wednesday, cardio vascular diseases on Thursday, renal/gall stones and paediatric clinic on Friday, arthritis and pscychitraic clinic on Saturday and geriatric clinic on Sunday.


Surfeit of cricket action in Haryana
A. Gulati

Rohtak, August 24
Plethora of action will keep Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) busy during the entire forthcoming domestic cricket session. According to the fixtures of 2002-2003 domestic cricket season, Haryana has to host as many as 28 matches of different tournaments recognised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

HCA secretary Ranbir Singh Mahendra told the NCR Tribune that besides hosting all the 15 North Zone Ranji one-dayers, Haryana will play hosts to Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Karnataka in the Ranji four one-dayers in this season.

The Haryana versus Jammu and Kashmir tie is to be held in J&K. According to Mr Mahendra, two matches of BCCI’s under-15 tourney (against J&K and Punjab), three matches of under-19 tournament (Haryana vs Delhi, Punjab and Himachal), two matches of under-17 tournament (Haryana vs Punjab and J&K) and the under-25 cricket ties to be played by Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are to be hosted by HCA. Mr Mahendra said that the exact venues of these matches will be disclosed within a few days.

However, it is understood that all the four grounds available in the State which have hosted first class fixtures in the past namely TERI Oval (near Gurgaon), Nehru Stadium (Gurgaon), Nahar Singh Stadium (Faridabad) and Maharaja Aggarsain Stadium (Rohtak) are the likely venues of Ranji Trophy matches.

It may be recalled that BCCI has decided to restructure it’s premier domestic cricket tourney - Ranji Trophy from this year. According to the new format three best placed teams in the last year’s zonal league are accommodated in the elite 15 and rest in the plate 12.

The 15 elite teams from all the five zones are divided into two groups called group A & B. The group A comprises eight teams and group B consists seven. For this year Railways, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Andhra, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Rajasthan have been placed in Elite group A whereas Baroda, Punjab, Orissa, Assam, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been included in Elite group B. Plate A group comprises teams of Goa, Saurashtra, Kerala, Services, Vidharbha and Tripura. The plate group B besides Haryana includes Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir.

Of late, Haryana contributing a good number of players to the Indian team.


Delhi Audit maintain winning streak
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 24
Defending champions Delhi Audit scored their fifth straight victory when they beat Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) 3-1 to collect full points in a Senior Division match of the Delhi Soccer Association Institutional League at the Ambekdar Stadium in the Capital on Saturday.

In another match, IGPCL defeated Railway Board 2-0. Delhi Audit, who have secured 15 points from five matches, as against four points from as many matches by ESIC, were shocked out of their wits when ESIC took the lead in the 15th minute through mid-fielder Surinder Singh Bisht, who weaved his way past the rival defence to slot home past the custodian.

But the lead could not last long as Neeraj Chowdhry pulled back the equaliser in the 30th minute. In the second half, Sameer Jung put Delhi Audit in the lead in the 62nd minute while Subhash Negi completed the tally.

In the second match, veteran Balwinder Raj put IGPCL in the lead in the 25th minute while Ram Singh added the second goal in the 59th minute. IGPCL have collected six points from three matches while Railway Board have earned three points. There will be no match on Sunday.

Monday’s fixtures: DDA vs BSNL (7.45 a m); Zakir Hussain College vs Northern Railway (9 pm); UDM vs Customs and Excise (2.30 pm); Oriental Bank vs Central Sectt. (4 pm) — Ambedkar Stadium.


All-FCI final in Hockey League

New Delhi, August 24
In an all-Food Corporation of India (FCI) final, North Zone will clash against Headquarters at the Shivaji Stadium on Monday at 3.30 pm.

FCI, North Zone pipped Indian Airlines (Recreation Club) by a lone second-half goal in the first semi-final. In an engrossing duel, both the teams played it tough, but no goal materialised for a long time as the defence of both the teams held out stoutly. Eventually, Vipul, who has been a consistent scorer for FCI, broke the ice when he blasted the ball in off a penalty corner in the 24th minute of second half.

In the second semi-final, FCI, Headquarters toyed with Delhi Customs 3-0. Prabhakar Singh, another prolific scorer for his team during the Delhi League, struck the first goal in the 28th minute and second goal in the 35th minute. Vikram Rana added the third goal in the 49th minute. The final will be played on August 26, Monday. OSR


DDA Football beat Vidya Bhawan
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 24
Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Football Academy beat Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan School 5-0 in the Nivia Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital. Apex School and Modern School, Noida got walk-overs from Tagore International and Vasant Valley schools.

Sunday’s fixtures: CRPF School vs Bhawan Samoi (9.30 am); Salwan Public School vs Navyug School (11 am); Ryan School vs G S Panipat (12.30 pm); DPS Mathura Road vs Apex School (3 pm); Vasant Valley vs St. Marks (4.30 pm) — Ambedkar Stadium.

Amit shines with bat

New Delhi: A dashing knock of 56 studded with eight fours by Amit Ghuman and deadly bowling by Amit Kumar (3 for 37) helped Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji Academy (Senior) beat Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji Academy (Junior) by 59 runs in a limited-over match at the Guru Harkishan Public School ground, Vasant Vihar.

Scores: Ranjit Singh Academy (Senior): 182 all out in 29.5 overs (Amit Ghuman 56, Harpreet Singh 3 for 23, Lakshman 2 for 23). Ranjit Singh (Junior): 123 all out in 25.5 overs (Rohan 31, Sachin Dhaka 29, Amit Kumar 3 for 37, Parteek Jain 2 for 23).


Avneet stars in Meera Model School win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 24
Fine all-round display by Avneet Singh studded with eight fours and four for 26 and deadly bowling by Nishant Kumar helped Meera Model School defeated St. Anglish Public School by 160 runs in the league match of the Ram Jas Inter-School under-17 Cricket Tournament at Ram Jas School ground. Avneet declared Man of the Match.

A fiery knock of 98 by Jagdeep Singh paved the way to Salwan Public School, Rajender Nagar, beat DL DAV School, Shalimar Bagh, by a huge run rate on Friday. Jagdeep Singh was declared the Man of the Match. Putting to bat first, DAV School scored 198 for eight in the allotted 35 overs. love Sahrawat hit a quick 56 with the help of seven cracking boundaries.

Soumik Chaterjee blasted 44 runs while Sahil Grover 2 for 28 and Jitender Kataria 2 for 28.

Score: Meera Model School: 254 for 8 in 35 overs ( Avneet Singh 60, Arvind Larka 50, Nitin Katara 3 for 43, Sanjeev Tomar 2 for 60. St. Anglish School: 94 all out I 17.2 (Nipun Kumar 20, n o, Nishant Kumar 4 for 13, Avneet Singh 4 for 26.


Academy Club win

New Delhi, August 24
In the Delhi State Hockey League for Clubs, Academy Club beat MBS XI by 7-0. Three goals came in the first half. Sandeep Kumar opened the account in the tenth minute. Sudhir scored a brace of goals in the 12th and 39th minutes. Then Sanjeet Kumar went on a scoring spree, slotting home the third, fourth, fifth and seventh goals.

In another match, Rajput Club beat Youngsters Club by 5-2. The winners led by 2-0 at half time. Kuldip scored a brace, slotting in the first and fourth goals in the 10th and 38th minutes. Vikas also struck a brace of goal, in the 24th and 35th minutes, respectively. Nitish completed the scoring for Rajput Club. Manoj and Alok were the marksmen for Youngsters Club. OSR


Finance panel approves Rs 12 crore for amenities
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
On August 4, Finance Minister Mahender Singh Saathi got the Expenditure Finance Committee to approve the release of Rs 12.77 crore for undertaking new projects. Barely three weeks have lapsed since then and he has doled out another tranche of Rs 12 crore.

The Expenditure Finance Committee met today and approved the Rs 12-odd crore for construction of concrete structures of school buildings in Mandawali and Fazalpur, strengthening of the road extending from the flyover in Loni to the Yamuna bridge in East Delhi, and widening of the road link connecting NH-8 to Old DG Road that will feed Dwarka in West Delhi.

After hauling up the councillors, legislators and bureaucrats alike for not spending the money that he so liberally extends them, he has got the Expenditure Finance Committee to approve the funds for undertaking new projects that will be executed by the Department of Public Works (PWD).

The August 4 meeting of the Expenditure Finance Committee, which has Mr Saathi as chairman, had earmarked Rs 9.11 crore from the corpus for a dental college and hospital at Maulana Azad Medical College. Rs 1 crore had been set aside for launching the centrally-sponsored “Deen Dayal Hath Kargha Protsahan Yojana” to promote handloom industries. A sum of Rs 40 lakh had been earmarked for the payment of interest to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the construction of a hospital at Jahangirpuri in East Delhi and another Rs 10 lakh for the purchase of 62 flats for government employees. The committee had also set aside Rs 1.93 crore for widening and strengthening of Road No 236 at Vikas Puri in West Delhi and Rs 23 lakh for construction of service road and footpath in some sectors of Prashant Vihar in Rohini in West Delhi.

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