Sunday, February 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


A hospital for vision
Shivani Bhakoo

Mansuran, February 22
Most government hospitals are dismissed for not providing good medicare to the needy. However, the Government Hospital here is an exception. People, particularly the old and needy who are weared down by other hospitals can walk in here for treatment specially for eye diseases.

Dr Ramesh, MD, Director Eye Bank, Mansuran, said more than 15,000 routine eye surgeries have been conducted free of cost here. Patients come from places like England, Nepal, Assam, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” Dr Ramesh added.

The hospital has three doctors and more than 20 para-medical staff. Everyone here works for the noble cause of eye donation. By the grace of god, we are able to create awareness among the masses that they could provide vision to many if they pledge to donate their eyes. We try to motivate them with love and affection, but the movement of eye donation is very tough, said Dr Ramesh.

Dr Parvesh, another doctor said that they feel proud to say that without any government aid or grants, they were able to provide quality service to the patients. “Transparency in profession is must. We involve the common man, public servants, political figures, NGOs, religious leaders “, said Dr Parvesh.

The hospital staff has also prepared a play against the practice of female foeticide. The hospital OPD days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Over 15 patients are operated on each surgery day. In 2000, more than 25,000 patients visited the OPD and in 2001, more than 29,000. The indoor patients in 2001 numbered 1200.

“The NGOs and other social organisations provide medicines and food for patients”, said Dr Ramesh.

Mr Jaimal Singh Dang, a patient said “ the hospital is a ray of hope for the poor and elderly”.

The hospital authorities also organise seminars, lectures and exhibitions to provide health education to the villagers.


AIDS awareness campaign
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 22
To combat the recent surge in AIDS, the Bengal Institute of Health Sciences has developed a long-term social campaign strategy to train special AIDS counselors who will impart community education at the doorstep. For this purpose, it has started a course called Certificate in AIDS and Family Education (CAFE) programme in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Open University. The inauguration of the counselling session was held on the institute campus at Jalaldiwal village recently. According to the spokesperson for the institute, there is a recent surge in death due to suspected AIDS in villages around Raikot. Eleven in Manuke, three in Rajoana and two in Burj Hari Singh died recently. These certified counselors can work as doorstep educators in the rural areas about safe sex, HIV and STD in adolescents, women and high-risk groups.

Inaugurating the project, Dr P.S. Jassi, former Director Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, and consultant of Unicef said that AIDS was a cluster of diseases where the body’s defense system was weakened by human immuno deficiency virus (HIV) and vulnerable to other infections. Sixty per cent of AIDS cases in India manifest as TB.


Khalsa college athletic meet results
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Harpreet Kaur, student of BA (I) dominated the track and field events, clinching six titles on the concluding day of the 42nd Annual Athletics Meet of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines here today.
A football match in progress during the Rural Sports Festival at Buddhewal village on Saturday
A football match in progress during the Rural Sports Festival at Buddhewal village on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari 

She proved her supremacy over others and bagged gold medals in the 50 meters, high jump, 800 meters, 200 meters, 100 meters hurdles and 100 meters race.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP, presided over the prize distribution function. Speaking on the occasion, he advised the students to work hard to achieve higher goals in the life. He announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the college.

Dr Varinder Kaur, Principal of the college ,read out the annual report listing students' achievements during the last year. NCC cadets presented a guard of honour to the chief guest. A PT show aerobics presented by the students was highly appreciated by the gathering.

Results - 50 meters: 1 Harpreet Kaur, 2 Manjinder Kaur, 3 Jaspreet; 1500 meters: 1 Manjinder Kaur, 2 Harkamal, 3 Anuradha; 4x100 meters race: 1 Harpreet Kaur, Joginder Kaur, Jagdeep Kaur and Rajvinder Kaur, 2 Jaspreet Kaur, Manjinder Kaur, Kamal and Parneet, 3 Aarti, Sonia, Upneet and Sandeep.

Mali race: Ram Kirpal (first), Chhedi Ram (second), Sham Lal (third); Sack race: Jagdeep (first), Gurpreet (second), Manjinde (third); high jump: Harpreet, 2 Malika, 3 Sandeep; 800 meters: Harpreet Kaur (first), Manjinder Kaur (second).

Spoon and potato race: Manpreet Kaur (first),Mani (second), Jatinder Kaur third; Rope skipping: Parmeet Kaur(first), Rajvinder Kaur (second), Pridhi (third); 200 meters: Harpreet Kaur (first), Sukhpreet Kaur (second) Ravinder Kaur (third).

400 meters race: 1 Kamaljit Kaur, 2 Harpeet Kaur, 3 Kanchan; 100 m hurdles: 1 Harpreet Kaur, 2 Manpreet, 3 Harkanwalpreet; long jump: 1 Amanjot, 2 Rajwinder, 3 Kamaljit Kaur; Javelin throw: 1 Rajinder Kaur, 2 Sandeep, 3 Parveen.

Non -teaching race (women): 1 Balbir, 2 Surjit Kaur, 3 Bhagwant; Inter-class march past: 1 B A (III), 2 BSc; Lucky dip: 1 Surinder Kaur, 2 Krishna, 3 Darshan Singh.

Tug of war: 1 B A (I), 2 B A (II); 100 mts: 1 Harpreet Kaur, 2 Sukhpreet Kaur, 3 Ravinder; Obstacle race: 1 Ravinder, 2 Maninder, 3 Manpreet; Guest item: 1 Ms Randhawa, 2 Ms G

DMCH soccer meet

The inter-batch football tournament of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, which was scheduled to be held from February 18 to 24 here at the Government College for Boys ground and could not commence due to the inclement weather, had been rescheduled.

According to a press note issued by the organisers here today, the meet will now be held from Februray 24 to 28.

A cricket match between the medical students and the staff will also be held on Februrary 28, the note said.

Annual athletics meet

The annual athletic meet of the Malwa Central College of Education for Women here will be held on Februray 26.

According to Dr Ravinder Kaur, Principal , Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP will be the chief guest at the prize distribution function.

Cricket tourney

Dr B. R. Ambedkar Memorial Cricket Tournament to be organised by the B R Ambedkar Youth Federation (Punjab unit) will begin at the SDP College for Women ground, Quilla Mohalla on Februray 23.

Mr Kala Hans,President of the Federation, said more than10 teams of the city are expecteed to take part in this tournament.

Lalton Kalan sports

The Yuvak Sewavan Club in association with the Gram Panchayat will hold the annual sports festival at Lalton Kalan village from Februray 28 to March 2, according to Mr Tarlochan Singh Grewal, general secretary of the club.

The main attraction of this festival will be kabaddi (52 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg and open), bullock cart races, volleyball and dog races. The competition in this festival will be conducted according to the rules laid down by the Punjab Rural Sport Promotion Council, Mr Grewal informed.


Govt college wins in volleyball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Government College, Ludhiana beat Phillaur in the volleyball (smashing) on the second day of the 50th Annual Sports Festival being jointly organised by the Sports Club and Gram Panchayat at Budhewal village near here today. In football (seniors), Ghungrali Rajputan recorded 3-1 victory over the Kharar Football Association while Mukandpur College prevailed upon Fine Switch Gear, Phagwara 1-0.

In other matches, Panjeta beat Pahruwal ‘B’, Mehlo beat Uplan and Gill defeated Pahruwal ‘A’.

In the football (one village), Sahabana beat Bhudel 1-0, Ghugrali Rajputan outplayed Ramgarh 1-0 and Kulianwal got the better of Budhewal 2-1. In football (50 kg), Kulianwal outclassed Bhudel 2-0. In the bullock cart race, as many as 80 participants took part and the following six emerged leaders today: Harinder Singh of Lakhimpur, Lal Singh of Nandpur, Kuldeep Singh of Dugri, Pappu of Bhoaypur, Hakam Singh of Kalsipur and Gurmail Singh of Juliawad.

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