Sunday, September 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘Govt should lend ear to otologists’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The amount of funds, equipment and training required for treating ear related problems is not being pumped in, especially in the government sector.

“With the cost of ear implant being as high as Rs 7 lakh, there are a lucky few in India who can afford it, so, the government should come forward to support some persons with profound deafness, so that even young doctors can get exposure,” said Dr Y.N. Mehra, a former Dean and Head of the ENT Department of the PGI, at the inauguration of the workshop on microsurgery of the Ear and Update in Otology, in the PGI, here today.

Dr Mehra said, with the two extreme age groups of very old and children up to five being affected the most by deafness, we need to be more serious on the issue. “In our country, the blind evoke a lot of sympathy, though the level of mental alertness among the deaf and the blind is just the same,” said Dr Mehra. He said some medical colleges did not have even basic infrastructure like audiometers and such equipment. Young doctors should take initiative to acquire more knowledge on the subject. Half of the deaf population could be treated through surgery, while the rest needed supportive medical cure.

He stressed the need for giving audiological training to postgraduation students in medical colleges. Otolaryngology and the head-neck surgery had entered the field of general surgeon and made his role obsolete. Dr Mehra said that though microscopes were being used since 1930s, rice microscopes, in 1950, had revolutionised ear surgery. However, some centres did not have the equipment and implants even now.

In his inaugural address, the PGI Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, said he was confident that the surgical demonstrations by eminent otologists would create mass awareness regarding the use of microsurgery in treating various ear conditions. He said the PGI, was one of the leading centres in the country to introduce the middle-ear surgery.

The head of the ENT Department, Dr Naresh Panda, who is also the Organising Secretary of the workshop, said 75 delegates, were attending the workshop. “Live surgical workshops play a big role in training surgeons,” he said. He said the PGI was the pioneer in establishing a full-fledged Neuro Otology department, Speech and Audiology Unit and the BERA analyzer in India. Dr O.N. Nagi, Dean of the PGI, released a souvenir. There will be live surgical workshops involving microsurgery of the ear in two days of the workshop. 


Docs launch helpline for head injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
With maximum number of accidental deaths in India resulting due to head injuries, city-based doctors have launched a helpline for head injury and plastic surgery.

“Since the initial time is very crucial, we have started the helpline for head injury so that within the minimum possible time, the patient is guided to the right place and given treatment at the earliest,” stated Dr Sanjay Bansal, a neurosurgeon. He added that due to lack of awareness and non-availability of treatment , precious time is wasted in seeking medical help, which can result in death or disability.

Giving data, he said during the past one year, 118 persons had been killed out of the 498 injured in accidents in the city. “With accidents in India being as high as 31.80 per one 1000 vehicles, the first hour is called “golden hour”, as time lost could be life lost,” he elaborated.

The main objective behind launching the Head Injury Helpline ( 9814600601) in the city is to create awareness among the people so that so that they could have access to timely medical aid.

Giving details of the Plastic Surgery Helpline, Dr Krishan Mohan Kapoor, a plastic surgeon, said in emergencies like burns, traumatic skin loss, facio-maxillary injuries and hand injuries , definitive treatment should be started as soon as possible. He added that early surgery with very high degree of skill and accuracy can minimise the functional and aesthetic complications.

The number of the Plastic Surgery Helpline for hand injuries and amputation is (9814-600-600), where within the first six hours medical help is sought and adequate functional recovery can be attained. He added that not just patients but even doctors, where this facility is not available , can take direct consultation and clear their doubts.



Timely medical aid vital for kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Even though ailments like high fever, respiratory problems, loose motions, vomiting and low alertness in children may be taken lightly, these seemingly simple problems could result in life-threatening conditions if not tackled properly.

It is only after reviving a seriously ill child by stabilising his respiratory and cardio-vascular functions that further treatment can be carried out, still the life-support provider course for doctors does not figure in the formal curriculum at most of the medical colleges in India.

A two-day “Paediatric advanced life support provider level course” is being organised by the Indian Association of Padiatrics, Chandigarh Chapter, at the PGI for this purpose. Forty doctors from all over the country are attending the course on how to revive a seriously ill child.

The course director, Dr Sunit Singhi, said during the course the doctors are taught how by simply examining a child, they can make out that the patient is in a life-threatening condition. “The treatment for any disease can start only if the blood circulatory, respiratory and consciousness level of the child are under control,” he elaborated.

Dr Singhi said that the importance of life-support provider level course had been recognised even in India, and efforts were on to impart training to maximum number of doctors. He added that the response to the course was overwhelming since it started in 1994. He added that whatever needs to be done to immediately revive a child like giving oxygen, fluids or tubes for respiration is done at the earliest.

He said all that needs to be done, especially in the case of a burn or accident patient, has to be done at the earliest without any delay so that further complications can be avoided. In a large number of cases, a child can be saved by giving him timely medical aid.

Eminent doctors spoke on issues like recognition of respiratory failure and shock, basic life support, cardiac rythm disturbance, resuscitation pharmacology, neonatal resuscitation and rythm disturbances.



Workshop on adolescent health 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
A training workshop with participatory learning for action technique on adolescent health was organised by the Family Planning Association of India , Panchkula branch alongwith the Inner Wheel Club at Hansraj Public School on Friday. As many as 26 high school girls and 19 volunteers of the FPAI , the Inner Wheel Club and teachers participated in the workshop.

The training workshop was conducted by Prof Vidhu Mohan, Head Department of Psychology , Panjab University. Using aids like transparencies and interactive sessions , she dealt with “crisis of adolescence” faced by youngsters.

She discussed various issues like infatuations, physical development changes, and awareness about opposite sex. She explained the psychology at work during adolescence with the help of Johari Window . She explained the physical changes , which occurred during adolescence in young girls and how to identify and cope with rapid changes. Brief questionnaires in analysing physical and emotional changes during adolescence were used as training technique to obtain feedback. Ms Veena Monga, vice president of the FPAI gave an overview of the adolescent health care clinic project and objectives and activities being implemented by the branch. Dr Rajni Thareja, Principal of Hansraj Public School, chaired the session and gave an insight into adolescent health issues. 



Sumit wins snooker titles
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 7
Sumit Talwar proved to be the star player of the day when he captured two titles in the open snooker and junior pool section in the Chandigarh Snooker and Pool Tournament organised by A Triple Syndicate, which concluded here. The other title holders were, Deepak Goyal in senior pool section and Aman Bhasin in the junior snooker event. Later, Mr Sanjeev Kalra, DIG, Administration, Punjab gave away the prizes to the winners. The tournament carried a total prize money of Rs 25000. The winners of various sections were awarded Rs 2000 each while the runners-up Rs 1000 each along with mementoes. The final results: Senior snooker: Sumit Talwar b Deepak Goyal 4-1 (48-67, 61-36, 61-52, 55-8, 72-31, 54-48). semi-finals: Sumit Talwar b Naveen Khosla; Deepak Goyal b Sandeep Duggal.

Senior pool: Deepak Goyal b Sameer Bhalla 9-8; semi-finals: Deepak Goyal b Kamal Kant; Sameer Bhalla b Amar Benipal.

Junior snooker (finals) Aman Bhasin b Sumit Talwar 3-1 ( 56-62, 54-36, 59-50, 56-50).

Junior Pool (final): Sumit Talwar b Aman Bhasin 7-2.



Verification drive by cops today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
As part of the drive launched by the Chandigarh police to ensure security of the residents, on-the-spot verification is being done at 11 different places in the city tomorrow.

A spokesman of the police said residents could bring their servants along with their photographs other relevant documents for verification.

The drive was being launched under the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. The venue of the police station wise on the spot verification as follows:

The drive

Police station



City Club, Sector 8


Police booth in Sector 15 market


Gandhi Samarak Bhavan, Sector 16


Police beat box in Sector 18 market


Police booth in Sector 27 market


Police booth in Sector 47 market


Police booth in Sector 33 market


Police booth in Sector 35 market


Community Centre in Sector 38


Police in Modern Complex



Jhuggis demolished
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
A large number of jhuggis in commercial area of Sector 9 were demolished by Enforcement staff of the HUDA today. 


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