Monday, December 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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HEALTH
 

How to prevent cold and flu

Colds occur throughout the year, but are most common in late winter and early spring. An average child has six colds a year, adults have fewer. All of us have experienced sore throat, running nose, bodyaches and general sense of misery that announces the onset of the common cold. Other familiar signals include a cough, headache and dry sore or sensitive breathing passages. The symptoms of both common cold and flue are somewhat interchangeable because both are caused by the same family of respiratory viruses. The viruses that cause cold and flu are spread by microscopic droplets from an infected personís respiratory system. It may be possible to catch the virus before symptoms show via close contact such as kissing or sharing utensils . However, in general people need to have symptoms, such as running nose or cough in order to be contagious. When your co-worker shows such symptoms, he or she may indeed be spreading contagious droplets to your shared phone, to the doorknob of your office, or to the buttons on the fax machine. There are several reasons due to which children catch colds so often . In school they come in contact with lots of people, children and adults who may be carrying virus. Children do not always have good hygiene: they may wipe their noses with their hand instead of using tissue papers, they may cough and forget to cover their mouth, or they may not wash their hands unless reminded.

Sometimes a cold will lead to serious complications. A bacterial infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia may develop after cold. The flu produces a moderate to high fever, aching muscles and acute fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhoea may also develop. Other complications of the flu, although rare, include inflammation of the brain or the heart.

Prevention and remedies:

Since there are no known cures for colds and flu, prevention must be your goal.

Wash your hands often particularly when you are around people who have colds and flu. If sink is not available, rub your hands together very hard for a minute or so. That also helps break up most of the germs.

Do not touch your face. Cold and flu viruses enter your body through eyes, nose or mouth. Children may catch cold by touching their faces and this way pass the germs to their parents.

Drink plenty of water and vegetable soup. Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you.

Eat foods containing phytochemicals. Phyto means plants and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a boost. So put away the vitamin pill, and eat green vegetables and fruits.

Eat yoghurt daily. Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yoghurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 20-25 per cent. Researchers think the bacteria in yoghurt may stimulate immune system that fight disease.

Do not smoke at home and at public places.

Get plenty of sleep to keep up your resistance. If you can teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand.

Cut your alcohol consumption.

Get a regular dose of fresh air, especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu.

Do exercise regularly.

Herbal or lemon tea and hot water with honey, will help relieve congestion

Do gargles thrice daily.

Take steam morning and evening

Take steam shower as it moisturise your nasal passages and relaxes you.

Avoid spicy food and eating outside.

Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. This will help relieve congested nasal passages.

Remember, in serious condition, consult your doctor.

Dr Anil Dheer

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Hospital needs more staff
Our Correspondent

Khamano, December 15
The building of a government hospital here was completed about a year and six months ago, but no permanent doctor has been posted in the hospital.
It was constructed by Punjab Health Systems Corporation with the help of the World Bank at a cost of Rs 86 lakh. Apart from this, apparatus of Rs 7 lakh have been provided. But it is a matter of shame that the status of the hospital is like a dispensary. Only one doctor, a pharmacist and two Class IV employees are permanent here. Although the corporation has taken the services of two doctors on deputation for three days a week, the position of the emergency ward remains the same. If the hospital is given the status of the community health centre then four doctors, three pharmacists, eight to nine Class IV employees and nurses will be required.

An ambulance van has been provided, but the driver is only one. Even the hospital authorities have not paid the electricity bills for the past many months as the government has not provided funds.

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28 attend cricket selection camp
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 15
Twenty-eight cricket probables are attending a coaching camp at the local SD Government College for Boys grounds. The boys are preparing for the 48th All-India Vinoo Mankad Cricket Championship to be held in New Delhi on December 23. The camp is being organised by the Punjab Schools Education Department (Sports) under the supervision of Ms Rupa Saini, Deputy Director, Sports.

The camp began at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University grounds, on December 5 and was shifted to the present venue on December 12 since the ground on the PAU campus was not having a turf wicket.

Des Raj, a coach with the Punjab Sports Department, has been engaged by the Punjab School Education Board. Two other coaches namely Jugraj and Tarkeshwar Bharti from Dasmesh Public Senior Secondary School, Faridkot, are assisting Des Raj.

The final list of the team will be announced on December 20.

The names of the campers are: Rahul Matto of Amritsar, Vikram Narula of Faridkot, Rakesh of Amritsar, Sonu Mandora of Patiala, Harmanjit Bajwa of Amritsar, Chanandeep of Faridkot, Rinku of Patiala, Tarang Bharti of Ludhiana, Harman of Ropar, Sohit Khajuria of Amritsar, Amit Saini of Ropar, Kunal Sharma of Amritsar, Anmol Sharda of Ropar, Manjot Singh of Hoshiarpur, Shaminder Singh of Faridkot, Shivam Maini of Ludhiana, Mohammad Khalid of Sangrur, Nikhil Moudgil of Ropar, Vishal Sharma of Hoshiarpur, Rajwinder Singh of Ferozepore, Manjot Singh of Faridkot, Sunil Kumar of Jalandhar, Rahul Bangar of Ropar, Satbir Singh of Sangrur, Charanjit Singh of Amritsar, Nagesh Mehra of Amritsar, Jaskaran of Ropar and Sukhpreet Singh of Jalandhar.

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Borstal inmates outplay Amateur XI
Our Sports Reporter


The match between Borstal Jail XI and Amateur XI in progress at Borstal Jail in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) inmates of the jail watch the match. ó Photo Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 15
Borstal Angels, the cricket team of the Ludhiana Borstal jail, today defeated Amateur XI by a margin of 45 runs. After winning the toss, Borstal Angels decided to bat. They lost three early wickets in the first four overs of the game at a meagre score of 14. However, Rahul Raja and Pumma stabilised the innings.

Some hard hitting by Pumma and Kewal for the Angels added to the scoring rate. Both Pumma and Kewal hit a number of sixes in their innings. In fact, Kewal hit three sixes and one four in a single over, while Pumma also hit two sixes in another over. This also boosted the confidence of the Angels and they started playing with added confidence. Rahul Raja played an outstanding innings of 43 runs.

Although the performance of the bowlers of Amateur XI was not bad, three loose overs in between cost them over 60 runs which changed the equation of the game. Afterwards the Angels never looked back, scoring fours and sixes in almost every over and taking their total to a comfortable 158.

In reply, the performance of Amateur XI was dismal. They lost their first wicket in the second over with the score reading 6. The opening batsman was caught at long-on with the individual score of just one. For Amateur XI, Pinku scored 29, while Bawla scored 20 runs. Other wickets fell one after another. They barely managed to take their score to 114 in the 19th over.

Meanwhile, it was an occasion to celebrate for about 325 inmates of the Borstal jail. They shouted, cheered and hooted throughout the game, making it a keen contest. And the happiest person was the Jail Superintendent, Mr L.S. Jakhar, who was leading the Borstal Angels. It was the second consecutive win for the Borstal Angels.

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Dashmesh Sports Fest
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 15
The 74th edition of the Dashmesh Sports Festival will be held at Phalewal village, near here, from January 24 to 27. This was stated by Mr Gumit Singh, president of the Dhashmesh Sports and Welfare Club, today.

He said the dates of the annual festival were finalised at a meeting of the club held at Dashmesh Stadium, Phalewal, today. Mr Manohan Singh, general secretary of the club, said the meet was being organised by the villagers in association with some NRIs and villagers who had settled down in Kolkata.

The club would hold bullock-cart races on January 9 and competition in athletics, kabaddi, veterans' kabaddi, volleyball, shooting, football, dog races and tug-of-war during the three-day festival.

The meeting was attended among others by Mr Jasbir Singh Grewal, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Mr Inderjit Singh (office-bearers of the club), Mr Makiat Singh, Mr Anokh Singh, Mr Sardul Singh, Mr Harjit Singh, Mr Balwant Singh, Mr Gurbachan Singh, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Mr Joginder Singh, Mr Ujjal Singh, Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Gurvinder Singh and Mr Harvinder Singh.

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