Sunday, February 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Stalwarts to join Marathon of Hope today
Tripti Nath

The Canadian High Commissioner, Mr Peter Sutherland, will flag off the annual Terry Fox run from the main gate of the Canadian High Commission on Santipath here on Sunday morning.

The non-competitive event organised in memory of Terry Fox (who lost his battle with cancer in 1981 at the age of 22) is aimed at raising funds for cancer research. All donations for the run are voluntary and funds raised will be donated to the Cancer Foundation Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences for its research programme. Funds are raised by corporate sponsorships, sale of T-shirts and raffle tickets by individual donations.

Last year, Rs 10 lakh were donated to AIIMS from the run. Registration for the five-kilometre run will begin at 9 am. Flying Sikh Milkha Singh and India’s cricketing legend Kapil Dev will join Mr Sutherland in flagging off the run.

Former Indian squash champion, Bhuvneshvari Kumari has also agreed to support the worthy cause.

Terry Fox of British Columbia, Canada, was only 18-year-old, when he was diagnosed as suffering from ostogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and had his leg amputated six inches above the knee. During his stay in the hospital, Terry was moved by the suffering of cancer patients and decided to run across Canada, more than 8,500 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, to raise money for cancer research. He called his run the Marathon of Hope. He began his journey from Canada’s East Coast on April 12, 1980. He ran 42 km a day through Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario.

On September 1, 1980, after 143 days and 5,373 km, Terry was forced to stop his run when his primary cancer spread to his lungs. Terry’s dream has been kept alive not only in his home country but more than 50 countries, which organise the run every year. The money raised during the run for cancer research is awarded to an accredited cancer facility. The Terry Fox run now attracts over 1.5 million participants around the world every year and has been credited as the largest, single-day cancer research fundraiser in the world.

New Max director

E.N.T Specialist Dr Narottam Puri has taken over as the Medical Director of Max Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Max India Limited. Former honorary senior consultant, Department of E.N.T, Sant Parmanand Hospital and Consultant E.N.T surgeon, Maan Hospital, Dr Puri has taught in the Department of E.N.T, Maulana Azad Medical College. He has been a sports commentator for three decades.

As Medical Director of Max Healthcare, Dr Puri will facilitate development of medical strategy, service profile and delivery strategies and also provide direct leadership to the company’s ENT programme as head of department.

Managing pain

The 18th annual conference of the Indian Society for Study of Pain will conclude here on Sunday. Organised by the Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the conference has brought together 300 delegates from various parts of the country.

The theme of the ongoing conference is `Acute Pain Management’. A continuing medical education workshop was also held at the hospital. Eminent physicians in palliative medicine spoke on the occasion.

Gadgets for pain relief were also demonstrated during the conference. These include continuous infusions, patient controlled analgesia, nerve stimulators, implantation devices, radio frequency ablation, acupuncture and acupressure.

According to Dr V.P. Kumra, Chairperson of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, pain is one of the most challenging problems in the field of medicine and allied sciences. ``It is more dreadful than death and was described by John Milton as a perfect misery – the worst of all evils man can ever face.’’

Dr Kumra said that deliberations at the conference would cover all aspects of pain including pathophysiology, various modes of pain relief, ancillary methods as acupuncture, hypnosis, psychotherapy and the latest technologies of pain relief as radio frequency stimulation and implantation devices for chronic pain relief.

He said that alleviation of pain has always been the objective of clinicians. Primitive culture relied on remedies as massage, rubbing, sun bath, heat and acupuncture therapy but pain management became a speciality of medicine only in 1950s after Dr John Bonica set up the first pain clinic.

Various medicinal plants and seeds were used for pain relief till the end of the 18th century. A new era in pain relief began with the discovery of N20 and its analgesic properties by Joseph Priestley (1772) but it was on October 16, 1846, that WTG Morton used for successful surgical anaesthesia. This was the turning point in the history of pain management. This was followed by the discovery of new and safe drugs and techniques in the field of pain medicine.

Dr Kamra said that although anaesthesiologists have taken a lot of interest in pain management, it still remains a multi-discipline science technology necessitating contribution of physicians, physiotherapists, neurophysicians and neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, psychologists and anaesthesiologists.

Treatment of Hemophilia

The President of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and Irish Hemophilia Society, Mr Brian O’ Mahony, flew in from Canada recently to take up the cause of persons suffering from hemophilia. Mr Mahony requested the outgoing Health Minister; Mr Shatrughan Sinha to commit government support to import the anti-hemophilic factor needed for replacement of factors 8 and 9 in the blood. Hemophilia is a hereditary and incurable bleeding disorder in which the person bleeds excessively. It is caused by absence of factors 8 and 9 in the blood. The WFH also sought the co-operation of the government for starting research to facilitate indigenous productions of anti-hemophilic factor.

The government is said to have sanctioned some money for purchase of anti-hemophilic factor and distribution to persons suffering from hemophilia. The HFI imports anti-hemophilic factor. Responding to requests from 63 chapters in various cities for supply of anti-hemophilic factor, HFI sends the factor to patients. The HFI was set up in 1983 by Mr Ashok Verma, Executive Director of the federation.

Mr Verma decided to set up the network in India from his house in Greater Kailash after getting treatment for hemophilia overseas. HFI began organising the import of anti-hemophilic factor. A registered non-profit organisation, HFI supports 8,300 persons with hemophilia. It represents India as a national member organisation in the World Federation of Hemophilia headquarter in Montreal, Canada. WFH has member organisations in 102 countries and is recognised by the World Health Organisation.

Mr Mahony pointed out that the life expectancy of a person with severe hemophilia in India is only 19 years. In comparison, the life expectancy of a person with severe hemophilia abroad is 68 years.

He expressed satisfaction over the government’s commitment to buy anti-hemophilic factor for free distribution to persons with hemophilia. He stressed the need to declare hemophilia a disability.

The WFH President said that his interaction with persons with hemophilia and doctors have convinced him that India has the medical expertise and infrastructure to provide hemophilia care.

AIOS new Vice-president

Dr Ajit Sinha, Director of A. B. Eye Institute, Patna, has been recently elected vice-president of the All India Opthalmological Society (AIOS) at its annual meet in the National Capital. The Society is the nodal organisation for ophthalmologists across the country.

Former president of Eastern India Opthalmological and Bihar Opthalmological Society, Dr Sinha has chaired several sessions at the AIOS and Asia Pacific conferences.

Cancer survivors’ day

Cancer Sahyog, an emotional support group for people living with cancer and their families, will celebrate cancer survivors’ day on February 8 afternoon at Dilli Haat.

Mr P.K. Ghosh, secretary, Cancer Sahyog said that while children who have survived cancer will present a fancy dress show, adult survivors will stage a play. Two cancer survivors will also share experiences at various stages of the illness with other survivors. Cancer Sahyog will give away endurance and bravery mementoes to two survivors, who have contributed to cancer care. Those selected for the honour are Harmala Gupta, founder of Cancer Sahyog and Can Support and Vibhuti Bhushan Chakraverty, who set up the Laryngectomee Club of Kolkata.

About 500 persons including 150 cancer patients from Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida and oncologists from various hospitals are expected to attend the function.

According to Mr Ghosh, the Director of Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, Dr (Mrs) Vinod Kochupuillai, Associate Professor, IRCH, Dr Lalit Kumar, Colonel Ranga Rao, Head of the Department of Oncology, Army Research and Referral Hospital, Dr Rajeev Aggarwal, Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are likely to turn up for the celebrations. The youngest and the oldest cancer survivors will light the lamp at the function.

Cancer Sahyog was formed on August 1, 1991, by a group of seven survivors and care givers. Today, its 53 members provide emotional and psychological support to cancer patients and their family members. Its volunteers attend cancer clinics at Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Army Research and Referral Hospital and Batra Hospital.

Herbal cure for diabeties

Surya Herbal Limited which claims to be the first Ayurvedic ISO 9001 certified company, has launched X-Diaba, a herbomineral approach for arresting, stopping and curing diabetes. A chronic metabolic disorder, diabetes is characterised by an increase in sugar levels in the body.

X-Diaba is a combination of some of the best anti-diabetic herbs and minerals. The capsules contain Basant Kusumakar Ras (with gold and pearl) which provides strength to the brain, heart and the kidneys. It also contains Vijay Saar, which is known to regenerate activity of the pancreas. Other herbs are Gurmar, Karela and neem extracts. A pack of 20 capsules is available for Rs 200. Surya Herbal Limited has a manufacturing unit in Noida. The automation of the entire process meets the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) spelt out in World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

Special Chyawanprash

Mayar India Limited, a division of Mayar Group, committed to launch a gamut of Ayurvedic and personal care products this year, has launched Sivananda Special Chyawanprash.

Formulated from an exclusive recipe of 54 herbs, the Chyawanprash promises to provide immunity against everyday ailments. It is available in three packs of 1 kg (priced at Rs 175), 500 gms for Rs 95 and 250 gms for Rs 55. The special Chyawanprash has Amla, a potent anti-oxidant, which provides mental and physical nourishment while Keshar, Ashwagandha and Vidarikanda help overcome physical exhaustion, stress, general debility and ageing. Ingredients as Giloy, Pippali and Vasa prevent cough and cold and benefit asthma patients while Elaichi serves as an appetiser and digestive aid. All Mayar products are ISO certified.


Ayurvedic dispensary without doctor, compounder
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 1
The president of the Haryana Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has sent a letter to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, as well as the Health Minister, Dr M L Ranga, drawing their attention to the sorry state of affairs prevailing in the Ayurvedic dispensary of Pali village. He said the Ayurvedic dispensary in the village, which has a population of about 4,000, has been running without a doctor or a compounder.

The Ayurvedic dispensary has only one midwife on its staff. Besides, it has no building of its own and has been operating from the village Panchayat Bhavan, where basic facilities like electricity and drinking water are unavailable. He said this was particularly deplorable since other villages of the region such as Bawana Gujar, Cheetadungra, Gothra, Majra and Bhalkki also banked upon this Ayurvedic dispensary for treatment.

He said it was all the more agonising as Pali village was an integral part of Bawal constituency, from where the present Health Minister, Dr M L Ranga, has entered the Vidhan Sabha.


Aryavrat Club bag under-17 crown
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 1
Vishal Chauphla produced an all-round performance, scoring 46 runs and claiming three wickets for 15 runs, to guide Aryavrat Sports Club to a 21 runs victory over St Giri Public School, in the final of the first St Giri Under-17 Cricket Tournament at the Central School ground, Rohini.

Vishal Chauphla was named the Man of the Match. Aman Preet Singh Lamba got the Best Batsman of the tournament award while the Best Bowler award went to Sanjay Khera. Gaurav Saini was adjudged the Best wicket-keeper.

Scores: Aryavrat Club: 247 all out in 43.2 overs (Aman Preet Singh Lamba 53, Vishal Chauphla 46, Manish Vishnoi 33 n o, Deepak Shoukeen 33, Sanjay Aggarwal 31, Sanjay Khera 4 for 27, Mohit Danial 3 for 32). St Giri Public School: 226 all out in 41.4 overs (Gaurav Saini 52, Bhupender Yadav 41, Dinesh Bindal 35 n o, Vishal Chauphla 3 for 15, Virender Solanki 3 for 27).


Northern Rly women triumph
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 1
Northern Railway had mixed luck when their women triumphed while the men had to settle for the second position in the PNB-All India Railway Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.

In the women’s title clash, Northern Railway edged out Western Railway while in the men’s challenge round, Western Railway got the better of Northern Railway 3-1, albeit in the tie-beaker shoot out.

In an even fight in the women’s final, Northern Railway, after a barren first half, slotted home the match-winner in the 14th minute of second half through Sandeep Kaur, who converted a penalty corner.

In the men’s final, both Western Railway and Northern Railway fought it out hard, but neither team could score during regulation time.

In the tie-breaker session, while Western scored thrice, Northern could sneak in just one goal. Gurusev Singh and Chandrapal hit the bull’s eye to give Western a head start after Sandeep fumbled for Northern off their very first attempt. Though Ajinder Pal Singh converted the second penalty hit for Northern, Bikramjit Singh and Raju were off the mark. Inder Sigh Negi muffed his hit for Western, but Shivendra Singh was bang on target to give Western a convincing victory in the end.


Moonlight lose, qualify for soccer semi-final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 1
Moonlight Club, despite suffering a 1-3 defeat at the hands of New Delhi Heroes, qualified for the semi-final of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA)-SAIL Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium practice ground on Saturday.

The match was shifted to the Nehru Stadium due to water-logging at the Ambedkar Stadium.

Though Moonlight were the first to open the account when Dharmender headed in following a flag kick in the 11th minute, New Delhi Heroes charged in like a bull in a China shop to shoot home three goals to record a facile victory.

Praveen Rawat netted the equaliser in the 26th minute while G. Kamei lobbed over the Moonlight custodian and into the goal to put Heroes in the lead.

And ten minutes from close, Kamei found the mark yet again with a solo effort to consolidate the lead. New Delhi Heroes topped Pool B with 12 points from four matches. Moonlight finished second on six points, off two wins and two defeats. In the double-leg semi-finals, Moonlight will taken on Hindustan while New Delhi Heroes will clash against Indian Air Force (New Delhi).

Sunday’s fixture: Hindustan vs Moonlight (1 pm); New Delhi Heroes vs Indian Air Force (3 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.


Sanaa loses to Thai girl in final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 1
Sanaa Bhambri crashed at the last hurdle when she lost to Motinee Tangphong of Thailand in the girls title clash at 7-6, 7-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the ITF Juniors Grade 3 Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association court on Saturday.

In the semi-finals, Sanaa Bhambri outplayed Iryna Isymha 6-2, 6-2 while Motinee got walkover from Ankita Bhambri.

Somdev Devvarman will take on Dmitry Ivanov of Uzbekistan in the boys singles final. In the semi-finals, Somdev outplayed Gafur Ishmatov of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-0 while Dmitry defeated Karan Rastogi of India 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Somdev has also put himself in line for a double crown as he and Karan Rastogi defeated Nick Cavaday and Max Jones of Britain 6-2,6-4 to enter the doubles final.

The Indian pair will take on Vikas Punna and Chatwinder Singh in an all-Indian final. Vikas and Chatwinder defeated Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray of Britain 6-1,6-4.


Madan Lal in semis

New Delhi, February 1
Madan Lal Academy defeated Sumit Dogra Academy by three wickets and entered the semi-final of the first Chetan Sharma Academy Under-12 Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground. Ishaan Bakshi, who scored a dashing 42, was declared the Man of the Match.

Scores: Sumit Dogra Academy: 140 for 8 in 25 overs (Himanshu Rawat 36, Balvinder Singh 22, Tarandeep Singh 20, Kunal Kumar 3 for 18). Madan Lal Academy: 143 for 7 in 24.3 overs.


Separate SIs in all districts to brief Press
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, February 1
All nine police districts in the Capital will now have a special officer each dedicated to the needs of the media and to disseminate information about incidents of crimes in their respective districts.

At present, the officers who are called Sub Inspector (Press) are attached to the office of the Public Relations Officer of the Delhi Police and operate from the Police Headquarters in Indraprastha Estate.

The decision to have such an officer in each of the district has been taken at the highest level, as it is felt that the media required accurate briefing about incidents in the Capital, especially when the senior officers, including the district Deputy Commissioners of Police, are otherwise engaged and are unavailable to the media at times. This resulted in a lot of kite flying and inaccurate portrayal of news.

With each district having a dedicated officer, it would be easy for both the media as well as the police officers to maintain a constant liaison. Reporters on the beat have repeatedly complained that often the DCPs are not available to brief them about incidents in their respective districts.

Other officers, when they are contacted, usually express their helplessness, as they are not authorised to provide information to the media. This has led to a lot of rancour.

Senior Delhi Police officers said that the district DCPs will now be required to brief the district SI (Press) who in turn would remain in touch with the media and answer its queries.

As an experiment, the scheme was started in the West district on the Republic Day and the feed back had been very positive, a senior police officer said. It would now be extended to the other eight districts. This is in keeping with the Delhi Police’s resolve of transparency. 

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