Friday, November 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Need to spread awareness about cervix
Screening programme at Bilaspur & Mandi by PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
With more than 40 per cent of women in India suffering from cervix cancer, the highest anywhere in the world, the Cytology Department at PGI will soon be launching a screening programme in Bilaspur and Mandi districts in Himachal Pradesh, jointly with the Regional Cancer Centre, Shimla, to tackle the problem.

“The global figure for cervix cancer has come down to 20 per cent due to public health programmes targeting the problem, but the lack of funds and manpower in India, still poses a challenge to the medical fraternity here,” revealed Prof A. Rajwanshi, head of the Cytology Department at PGI. He said the other factors for the high incidence of the cervical cancer in India was lack of education and awareness coupled with scant medical facilities in majority of the places.

Dr Rajwanshi, said in the state of Himachal, the incidence of cervix cancer was even higher than the national figure of 40 per cent due to factors like illiteracy, poor hygiene and lack of medical facilities in the remote and far flung areas. He added if the programme proves to be a success, they would extend it to other districts of the region.

“We have been sending proposals to the government time and again so that screening programmes can be started, as cervix cancer is curable if detected timely and proper diagnosis given,” he said. He said in majority of the western countries, screening programmes had been launched where it was mandatory for every woman above the age of 35 to undergo tests and undergo if any abnormality is detected.

He said seeing the high incidence of cervix cancer India would need over 4,000 pathologists every year to bring the situation under control. He said factors like early marriage, many children, infection and trauma were responsible for high cervical cancer.

Dr Rajwanshi, however, regretted that due to lack of education in India, women were rather reluctant to undergo screening. He said the PGI, which had adopted Dadu Majra village for launching the screening programme, specifically the Scheduled Caste women, a few years back was forced to abandon the project due to the reluctance of the women to undergo tests.

Dr Rajwanshi, said the 32nd Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Cytologists will be held at PGI from tomorrow. “ More than 400 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the conference, where the application of advanced techniques like electron microscopy, image analysis and immunochemistry in the challenging discipline of cytopathology will be discussed,” he informed.

Stressing on the pivotal role of cytology in the early detection of lung cancer, he said deliberations would also focus on the cytological diagnosis like tuberculosis and fungal infections apart from a workshop on pulmonary cytology and CME on malignant lymphomas.



Nurses, technicians join anti-OPD chorus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
After the resident doctors’ refusal to join evening OPD, it now seems to be the turn of faculty members, nurses and technicians, virtually forcing the PGI authorities to put a question mark on the December 2 deadline for starting the facility.

With various employees’ associations, including the PGI Nurses Welfare Association, and technologists expressing their reluctance to join evening OPD, the PGI today officially admitted that a decision on sticking to the December 2 deadline would be taken in due course. Till recently, the PGI Director had been emphatically stating that the December 2 date, would not be postponed even if it meant running it with the help of faculty and consultants.

With a majority of the faculty members too opposed to the idea of joining evening OPD, they would be holding the general body meeting of the faculty association tomorrow to decide the future course of action. “Majority of us are of the firm opinion that it will not be possible for us to join evening OPD and the most unfortunate part is that the authorities have never bothered to take us into confidence before taking a decision,” said a faculty member.

The president of the PGI Nurses Welfare Association, Mr Lakhwinder, said being understaffed, they were in no position to join evening OPD duty. “With a shortage of almost 140 nurses as it is we are overburdened. If the evening OPD is started, we will need much more nursing staff to do the double shift,” he said.

Meanwhile, the resident doctors today said they were still waiting to hear from the Director. They added that with the staff council meeting held yesterday proving to be inconclusive, they would take a final decision a day before December 2.



St Stephen’s are fencing champs
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 28
St Stephen's School, Sector 45, with 24 points were adjudged the overall winners in the UT Inter-School Fencing Championship in below-19 section that concluded today at St Joseph's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh. Hosts finished second with 18 points, while Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, secured third and fourth place, respectively.

In the UT Inter-School Karate Championship in below-14 section (girls), eves of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, were declared winners. Second place went to Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, while Government Model High School, Sector 44, got third place.

Selection trials

The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association will hold selection trials for the Federation Cup and Handicapped National Body Building Championship to be held at Bhilai, Chhatisgarh, from December 13 to 15. According to Mr Sunil Walia, president of the association, the trials will be held on November 30 at 5 p.m. at office of the association at Bon Sante-SCO 62-63, Sector17-A.

Athletics meet

The annual athletics meet of Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, Chandigarh, was held today at Sports Complex, Sector 46. More than 300 mentally challenged children with all grades of disability took part in various athletics events.

The winners in different age groups are: Six-eight yrs: Soft-ball throw — Vishal 1, Nitish 2. 9 to 12 yrs: Softball throw — Vinit 1, Ankush 2. 100 m race — Ankush 1, Vinit 2. Girls: Softball throw — Anita 1, Nisha 2. 100 m race — Nisha 1, Anita 2. 13 to 15 yrs: boys: shot put — Sandeep 1. Obstacle race — Chintoo 1.

Above 16 yrs: boys-Shot put — Abhinav 1, Rajesh 2. 200 metre race — Taranpreet 1, Vinod 2. girls: 200 m race — Anu 1, Sarika 2. Lower ability — Sabab1, Romy 2. SBT- Satwinder 1, Kamal 2.

Karan Chopra excels

Karan Chopra outplayed Vishva Rakshet 51-47, 54-57 and 47-44 in the Senior Snooker section of the XVIIth Haryana State Senior and Junior Billiards and Snooker Championship played here today at Panchkula. In another tie, B.Khurana beat Mandeep 20-47, 54-37, 65-39 and 45-21. In the junior snooker section, Ankur Nanda and Ankit reached the semifinal.


Mr D.S. Rathinam, Chairman, Technical Committee of the Sports Karate Federation of India, has been honoured as Karate Pitama by the Martial Arts Sports Organisation Board of India in association with the Sports Authority of India. This was stated by Mr Ravinder Talwar, President, Sports Karate Federation of India.



Uncertainty clouds roller skating team’s future
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 28
No decision has been taken by the Chandigarh Roller Skating Association about finalising the UT roller hockey team for the 32nd National Games which are scheduled to begin only 15 days from now. As per the directives of the Games Technical Committee of the National Games, eight states had qualified for the speed event, six for the artistic event while six for roller hockey. Chandigarh was one of the qualified unit in roller hockey, with Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana being the other units.

Chandigarh Roller Skating Association was supposed to select and form the team. But on November 18, Hony Secretary of the CRSA, Mr Jagpal Singh, shot off a letter to the COA stating that as nine senior roller hockey players were suspended for a period of three years in December 2001 by the association, so the boys will not form part of the UT team for the National Games. But CRSA remained silent over the selection of the women’s team.

On November 26, Mr Reet Mohinder Singh, Joint Secretary, COA, wrote a letter addressed to Mr Jagpal Singh stating that since latter gave an assurance that teams would be selected after proper selection trials, so CRSA was requested to finally select the UT Roller Hockey team in both men’s and women’s sections by November 30, failing which it will be presumed that CRSA was not interested in sending the team. A copy of the letter was sent to the Secretary, Roller Skating Federation of India.

Meanwhile, RSFI also wrote a letter after a series of verbal requests were made to the president to hold the trials and field the team. The RSFI president, Mr Pradeep Ganeriwal, wrote a letter to the Director Sports, UT, with a copy to the COA with a request to the former to hold the said trials so that city players in both men’s and women’s section do not remain deprived of their right to participate.

But acting wise, CRSA on November 27, wrote a letter to the Joint Secretary, COA that CRSA will conduct the selection trials on December 2 and would submit the list by December 3. Interestingly, the letter is silent about the venue of the said trials and whether trials for both men’s and women’s teams would be held or not. Sources told this correspondent that if there was problem from nine skaters who were suspended, CRSA could have selected other skaters. Also there was no dispute in regarding the women’s team, then why its team was also not selected by CRSA when they were having nearly 15 days to hold the trials?

Sources said the trials to be held on December 2 were just an eye wash and by not fielding a strong team, the city’s genuine chances of winning a medal in the National Games will recede. However, the COA to be on the safer side has acted wisely by sending a list of 10 men and 10 women skaters to the organising committee to avoid any last minute hassles at the games venue.



Weightlifting title for Sec 26 college
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 28
The GGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, clinched the overall championship in the Panjab University Inter-College Weightlifting Championship (Women) held on the university campus yesterday. The Government College for Girls, Sector 42, bagged second place, while the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, Chandigarh, got third place.

In other matches, the gold medal winners were: Harwinder Kaur in below 48 kg, Anita in below 53 kg, Ashima in below 58 kg, Munshadi Khatum in below 63 kg, Jasvir Kaur in below 69 kg, Jagdeep Bawa in below 75 kg while Deepika in the above 75 kg section.


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