Tuesday, November 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Sex education for adolescents stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Increasing sexual crimes, rising cases of AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and unwanted pregnancies are the doings of confused adolescents deprived of systematic and organised sex education in educational institutions.

Problems of adolescents and challenges before them formed the central theme for the seven-day Asia Region Workshop on “Family and Life Skills Education for Adolescents”, which began at the Commonwealth Youth Programme: Asia Centre in Sector 12 here today.

Inaugurating the workshop being organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, and the Asia Centre, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Vikram Verma, said the ministry had drafted a scheme of financial assistance for the development and empowerment of adolescents.

Highlighting the problems being faced by adolescents, Mr Verma said the gradual breakdown of the joint family system had an adverse psychological impact on the youths under stress due to consumerist culture, lifestyle influences of the West, peer pressure and explosion of the electronic media.

The workshop, he observed, on an entirely new theme, had assumed greater significance in this context and hoped that it would successfully address the problems being faced by today’s adolescents.

Referring to the need for sex education, he said it was essential that it be imparted through trained teachers, this being the only bottleneck in its implementation.

The guest of honour, wellknown sexologist, Dr Prakash Kothari, in his keynote address, “Adolescent sexuality—a virgin territory”, said that the subject of adolescent sexuality warranted serious action.” After all, we are speaking about one-third of the total population. We are speaking about people with the least amount of awareness, most amount of untapped energy and malleable sense of values and adventurism,” he added.

Later, addressing a press conference, Dr Kothari said television was the best medium to impart sex education in the absence of trained teachers. “Only one Napoleon is needed to win the war and the solution to all problems of adolescents lies in giving education to children right from the time they are born,” he said.

Quoting from his experience as a sexologist, he added that misconceptions with regard to sexuality were rampant in society. “ The information available on television and the Internet provides less of knowledge and more of titillation. So, the catch lies not in exhibiting our own knowledge but in conveying through the drug-free, anti-anxiety approach of examples,” he explained.

Earlier, the regional director CYP, Ms Raka Rashid, welcomed the participants from six Asian Commonwealth countries of Bangladesh, Brunei, Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She reiterated the fact that for any youth-development work to be effective, working with adolescents was necessary.

In his welcome address, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr PK Mishra, said the youth being a vital component of the country’s population, the government was framing special policies and schemes to address the need of adolescents.



Plan for ‘child scan’ in 10 schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
To be introduced in 10 city schools, the Apollo Child Scan plans to eliminate “lifestyle-related medical and health risks faced by today’s stressed child in a highly competitive world. And if all goes well, some of the state governments could be adopting the model for implementation in government schools.

“Research conducted at prominent schools and colleges in several parts of the country revealed alarming information pertaining to the health status of students, as by leading a more and more westernised lifestyle, they are prone to high level of stress and tension,” explained Dr Adrian Kennedy, who is the brain behind Apollo Child Scan. Apart from being the senior vice-president (Lifestyle Unit), he looks after the Corporate Health and Preventive Care Department in Apollo Hospitals.

While the Apollo Child Scan will be launched in Delhi schools on Children’s Day, 10 schools in the city will have access to the facility from December .” Initially, the child scan will be launched in 10 city schools, with a health team comprising a psychologist, nutritionist, physiotherapist, and an exercise trainer evaluating the child’s medical status, physical and mental growth,” said Jimmy Dhaliwal, a former international basketball player, who will run the show in the city.

He said if any of the state governments in the region show keenness, they would make child scan available at government schools. He added that the Haryana Government had also shown interest in the child scan.

“With nominal charges of Rs 200 per annum, we will evaluate the child’s medical status, fitness levels, nutritional profile, stress level and mental and physical growth,” elaborated Dr Kennedy. Through a unique computer software release for each child, a personal health report advising the child on the kind of food, exercise, stress coping method and mental fitness strategies will be issued, he added.

“Unfortunately, in India the child’s health gets neglected not because the parents do not care for them but simply for the reason that they are ignorant about the kind of stress that a child is subjected to keeping in mind the high scholastic pressure and parental expectations,” opined Dr Kennedy.

The consequences of the high-pressured lifestyle has resulted in psychosomatic breakdown amongst younger children, manifesting itself in headaches, sleep disorders and even diabetes. Older children frequently resort to escapism through alcohol, tobacco and narcotics.

Dr Kennedy said that more than any other disease, it is lifestyle which has emerged as the biggest killer in the world, as it manifests itself innocently as increase in blood pressure, diabetes, hyderlipidemia, finally resulting in heart attack, cancer and AIDS. He explained that the Health Scan was a world patented software, which had been created and researched for several years.

Under the Corporate Health and Wellness programme, the Apollo Group was taking care of the health of thousands of executives all over the country. He said for this, a tie-up between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Apollo was in the offing.



All set for pulse polio round
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 11
A meeting of the District Coordination Committee was held here today under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Satwanti Ahalawat, for a Sub-national round of the pulse polio campaign to be held on November 17 in the district.

Briefing about the campaign arrangements, she said 69,000 children upto 5 years of age were in the district and for smooth functioning of the campaign, 295 booths would be set up and 10 mobile teams would be arranged to cover all children.

She said polio drops would be administered from 8 am to 4 pm at bus stands and railway stations would also be covered. She said 1,173 workers, including 254 health workers, 445 ICDS workers and 474 teachers and NSS workers and 52 supervisors from the Health Department, would ensure the effective implementation of this programme. She said 53 government vehicles had been requisitioned for proper distribution of vaccine under the cold-chain system.

The Deputy Commissioner directed all heads of departments to keep their vehicles on road and make these available to the Health Department for four days. She directed the Health Officers that priority might be given in risk pockets like slum areas, poultry farms, brick-kilns and migratory labourers. Mrs Ahalawat appealed to all NGOs, Rotary Clubs and other welfare organisations that they should give full cooperation during the campaign.

Dr B.S.Chaudhary, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, gave a briefing about the programme to the officers and steps being taken by the different departments towards achieving zero-polio status for the district. He said the total polio cases in the country were 854 till November 2, out of which 699 were in UP and eight cases belonged to Haryana, which included four in Faridabad, two in Sonepat, and one each in Ambala and Gurgaon. He said a cycle rally from Red Bishop would be organised on November 15 by the Rotary Club to create awareness among the masses. Routine immunisation of children and the administration of booster drops to children of one and a half years of age would be carried out. During the campaign 92,000 polio doses would be given in the district, he added.

The meeting was attended by ADC S.K.Goyal, DDPO Rajesh Jogpal, CTM Ritu Chaudhary, Estate Officer, HUDA, Monika Malik, SDM, Kalka, Sushil Sarwan, other senior officers of district administration and about 50 members including different Government officers of the district and NGOs like the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, the All-India Medical Association and the Family Planning Association of India.



Kidney removed using advanced laparoscopy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Taking another step forward towards its growth, GMCH-32, here, has carried out a new technique in the surgery of the kidney. Using the keyhole procedure of surgery that does not require a big incision on the stomach, doctors from the Surgery Department have successfully carried out Advanced Laparoscopy to remove an infected and dead kidney from a 45-year-old woman from Himachal Pradesh.

The new technique is the first of its kind to be carried out in this part of the country. With this the patient recovers in about 3 days, experiences less pain, has less chances of acquiring infection and has the obvious cosmetic advantage. In the traditional method, a 10 to 12 centimetre incision is required on the stomach to remove the kidney. Consequently, the patient endures more pain, recovery takes at least two weeks and chances of developing infection are high. The Department of General Surgery, GMCH, since its inception in 1993, has been performing various laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. A workshop was held on October 5 and 6 this year with the theme to keep abreast of latest development in the field. The department carried out a radioisotope scan, which showed an infected and dead kidney. The Head of the Surgery Department, Prof A.S. Bawa, says in such cases the only option is to remove the kidney. Traditionally this requires surgery lasting up to 5 hours besides the postoperative care and hospitalisation expenses incurred by the patient. It took the team of Prof Bawa, Dr Balbir Singh and Dr Harsh Kumar about 3 hours and 30 minutes to remove the kidney. “We aim to bring this down to 2 hours,” says Professor Bawa, The new technique is part of the advancements made in the keyhole surgical operations making it possible to be used in surgeries for other organs of the body.

Explaining the procedure, he said three small one-cm-wide incisions are made. One incision is used to send in the camera, while the other two are used to send in the small-sized equipment. The blood supplying arteries are cut and clipped with specially designed clips to prevent the flow of blood. The infected kidney collapses into a jelly kind of thing and is easily pulled out from one of the small incisions.



Yoga meet from Nov 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The 27th National Yoga Championship will be organised by the Punjab Yoga Association from November 25 to 28 at Patiala under the auspices of the Yoga Federation of India, according to Mr K.C. Sharma, president, Yoga Federation of India.

The competitions will be held in the age groups of 8-11, 11-14, 14-17, 17-21, 21-25,25-35, 35-45 and above 45 both for males and females.

The annual general meeting of the Yoga Federation of India will be held on November 24 at Patiala at the venue of the championships.

Kapil Dev Trophy

The UT Cricket Association will be organising the Inter-College League-cum-Knock-out Cricket Tournament for the Kapil Dev Trophy from November 16 at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, DAV College, Sector 10, and Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh. All matches will be played of 45 overs whereas the final will be of 50 overs. There will be an entry fee for Rs 500. The last date for the receipt of the entry fee is November 14, which will be sent to the association’s office in the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium according to the secretary of the UT Cricket Association.

Snooker meet

In today’s matches in the junior snooker section, Sumit Talwar and Gagan Makkar reached the finals.

Sumit Talwar beat Gagan Nagpal 3-0 Gaurav who had made a major upset of the tournament in the senior section by defeating second seeded Tarun Kumar, could not perform well today. Sumit showed good snooker. The scores were 67-30, 72-31 and 59-43 in favour of Sumit Talwar.

In the other semifinal, Gagan Makkar beat Pramod Kumar 3-1. The scores were 56-6, 22-52, 47-37 and 56-28 in favour of Gagan Makkar.

Kho-kho meet

The following are the result of the All-India Inter-Zone Inter-University Kho-Kho (Men) Tournament being played at the PU grounds:- (Semifinal) : Panjab University, Chandigarh, beat Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, by one turn and 10 points. DAU, Indore beat Pune University by 2 points.

Tennis results

Parijat, Parul Verma, Karan Kumar, Raghav Gupta and Varun Chandra moved into the quarter finals of the boys U-14 singles category at the Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship being played at Mount Carmel Total Tennis Academy here.

The following are the results: Boys u-14 second round:- Raghav Gupta b Akshay Chopra 6-2; U.Vashisht b Varinder Singh 6-0; Karan Kumar w/o Simarveer Singh : Parul Verma b Gurmohit Singh 6-2; A.V.Puri b Sohail Goel 6-0; Balwinder Singh b Uday Brar 6-2; Parijat b Arshdeep Singh 6-4; Yuvresh Bansal b Ashutosh 6-2; Sidharth Baidwan b Mandeep Gill 6-1; Navtest b Aviral 6-0; Navdeep Singh b Ravi Kant 6-1; Varun Chandra b Akash Bansal 6-1; Ravneet S. Saini b Sidharth 6-0; Raghav Deep b Vishal 6-0; C. Verma b Tushar 6-0; Akshit b Harry S. Amor 6-3.


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