Friday, October 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Family awareness camp
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 3
In a family awareness camp held at a dispensary in Khuda Alisher village, women coming for ante-natal check-up were given folic acid tablets to avoid anaemia and were advised to get tetanus toxoid injected. A free eye check-up camp and cataract operation was also held in the village. Free medicines were provided to around 150 OPD patients, while 20 were identified for cataract operation.

According to a press note, the awareness camp — organised by the Servants of the People Society with SOSVA (N) — was attended by around 500 villagers. As many as 33 patients were examined, including 14 children. They were urged to adopt preventive measures after 15 cases of viral infection came to the notice of the organisers. A lecture on family welfare was also delivered.

The eye camp, organised with the help of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department as a part of World Elders’ Day celebrations, was attended by people of neighbouring villages as well. The society secretary added that the first lot of patients would be operated upon on October 5.



New dialysis machine at GH-16
Our Correspondent

Two are not enough

Even though Sector 16 General Hospital has acquired a second dialysis machine, doctors insist a third machine is also needed. “This one for patients suffering from Hepatitis and AIDS, besides kidney problem”.

‘’In the absence of an additional machine for such patients, we are forced to send them back,’’ claims Dr G S Sandhu. “We just cannot take chances”. He adds, “For every 10 patients visiting us for dialysis, at least one was suffering from Hepatitis or AIDS”.

Chandigarh, October 3
Kidney patients will not be forced to shell out extra money after rushing to private clinics for dialysis. Another machine, imported from Japan, has been installed at General Hospital Sector 16 for the convenience of the patients. With this the number of dialysis machines has now increased to two.

The installation of the new machine assumes significance as the patients were earlier being forced to pay double the amount at private clinics and hospitals. General Hospital doctors add that dialysis, to be performed twice a week in cases of both acute and chronic renal failure, was costing approximately Rs 3,000 per month in General Hospital, while in a private clinics one had to pay something like Rs 12,000.

Despite inadequate number of machines, dialysis had been given to over 400 patients with extra efforts put in by the department doctors and staff members, sources in the hospital add.

Sources further claim that dialysis, in case of chronic renal failure, had to be performed throughout the life or till kidney transplant operation was performed after spending huge amounts, “unaffordable” for a large number of patients.

“The additional machine, costing about Rs 7 lakh, will go a long way in solving the problems being encountered by the patients in their weekly treatment,” says Dr Gurmohan S Sandhu in charge of the dialysis section. “The hospital has full infrastructure, treatment plant, cardiac monitors and the additional machine would enable us to treat more patients. It would also reduce the workload on PGI as both haemo dialysis and peritoneal dialysis are performed here”.

Giving details, Dr Sandhu asserts, “The number of patients coming to the hospital was more than we could accommodate for the simple reason that the process takes about four hours for every patient. That’s the reason why the need for having another machine was being felt. Now we can treat four, instead of two patients, daily”.

The first machine, Dr Sandhu says, was installed in January this year when the dialysis unit was inaugurated. “The process here”, he adds, “is the cheapest. Even PGIMER and GMCH Sector 32 are charging more”.

Regarding the fee structure, Dr Sandhu reveals, “The patient initially has to pay about Rs 700. For the next two or three visits he has to shell out Rs 200. The initial cost includes dialysis fees and other charges. After performing dialysis with the same material for three or four times, the process starts afresh. That means you have to pay Rs 700 again. The charges are almost double at private hospitals and clinics”.



AIDS awareness talk at MCM College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The NSS volunteers of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, were exposed to an exhaustive talk on AIDS awareness by Dr N.M. Sharma, project director of the State AIDS Control Society, at the college, here today.

Students were given data-based information about the spread of AIDS and means to check it. He said AIDS had become a social and medical problem with 3.97 per cent persons infected with HIV virus. He informed the students of an immuno-deficiency clinic at PGI which was rendering useful service for treatment of AIDS.

Dr Sharma listed illiteracy, ignorance and falling moral standards as the three reasons for the spread of AIDS. He added that the Indian value system and age-old traditions work as a safeguard against the spread of AIDS.

NSS camp

Volunteers of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, visited Burail village, their adopted area, to undertake various activities related to health and nutrition, literacy, vermiculture, cleanliness and inculcate hygiene awareness in the villagers.

Rallies were taken out to promote cleanliness, judicious use of water resources and to discourage the use of polythene bags. Volunteers are also being trained in short-term courses such as home appliances and electrical repairs, food preservation and clay modelling. In addition, special lectures on health, environment, waste management among others are also being organised from time to time.

The on-going 10-day NSS camp was inaugurated on September 27 with the launch of two major campaigns of “Each One, Teach One” and “Save Environment”.



DAV School bag basketball title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 3
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, emerged winners in the Fifth Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament, which concluded at New Public School, Sector 18, here this evening.

In a thrilling final, DAV cagers got the better of SD Public School, Sector 32, by 68-53 with half-time score of 36-21. Rajinder Pal was the highest scorer (88 points) for the winners followed by Balraj and Mandeep with 17 and 14 points, respectively. For the losers, Amritpal basketed 26 points, Ashdeep and Jaspreet with13 and 10 points, respectively. Mr Inderjit Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, UT, was the chief guest and gave away prizes. Ms Rani Rao Rajinder Singh, daughter-in-law of Late Rao Jai Singh, was guest of honour. The winners were awarded Rs 4,100 while the runner-up Rs 3,100.


Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal, KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, has been appointed by the Roller Skating Federation of India as team leader of the Indian women roller hockey team. It will take part in the World Roller Hockey Championship for Women to be held from October 6 to 12 in Portugal.

The team is: Reetika Sharma, Anuja Chauhan, Heena Bharti, Suruchi Chandel, Amrita Singh, Raysha Rajput, Chandita Kamboj, Anmola and Manvi.

Roller hockey champ

Chandita KambojChandita Kamboj, a Class VIII student of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, will represent the Indian roller hockey team in the senior women’s section for the World Roller Hockey Meet to be held in Portugal from October 12. Earlier, Chandita, popularly known as Neha, had been a member of the Haryana skating team which won gold medal in the national skating meet held at Vizag and Faridabad in 2001 and 2000, respectively.

She is also a member of the Haryana Women Cricket team, which will take part in the National Women Cricket Championship.

Hockey tourney

The Chandigarh Women Hockey Association (CWHA) will hold the UT Women Hockey Tournament for below-18 section at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, on October 7 and 8.

According to Mr J.P.S. Sidhu, secretary, CWHA, entries will close on October 5 at 5 pm with Mr O.P. Ahlawat, coach.

Table tennis

Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, bagged the UT Inter-School below-17 girls’ table tennis played here on Thursday. In the final, they defeated St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, by 3-1.

Finals: Taranpreet Kaur lost to Geetinder Kaur 9-11, 13-15, 14-16; Amanpreet Kaur b Shefali Saluja 11-4, 11-7, 11-5; Vijay Lata b Shubhangi Garg11-7,11-6,11-8; and Ramanpreet Kaur b Geetinder Kaur 11-8,11-7,11-5.



Kochhar wins Popli Golf Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Dr G.S. Kochhar, playing his usual handicap, won the D.C. Popli Memorial Golf Trophy organised by the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik at the Chandigarh Golf Club here yesterday.

Dr Kochhar, who returned three birdies also dropped three shots , to be at par with his handicap (36 points). The match was conducted on a stableford basis.

Navtej Singh won the prize for the highest gross score and the longest drive at hole number two. Lt-Col A.P.S. Dhillon won the prize for hitting the ball nearest to the pin at hole number three.

The special prize for ladies putting was won by Ann Charu Bhandari after a tough competition.

Dr J.S. Gujral, former Head of Cardio Thoracic Department, PGI, and at present Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University, gave away the prizes.

The annual feature is sponsored by Sushil Popli in memory of his father Mr D.C. Popli.


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