Monday, February 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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‘1 dies of TB every minute’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 23
“Private medical practitioners should work with a spirit of commitment for identifying and treating TB patients,” said Dr C.P. Bansal, Director, Health Services, while inaugurating a seminar on TB for the integrated medical practitioners here today.

Stating that India was facing the burden of more than one-third of TB cases worldwide Dr Bansal informed that one person was dying of TB every minute in the country. Dr Bansal said private practioners were generally the first point of contact for a considerable number of patients and hence they could support and encourage effective TB control.

Dr P.K. Shridhar, state TB Officer, said in Chandigarh, the TB control programme was launched in January, 2002. A 15-bed indoor facility had been started at Chest Clinic in Sector 22, besides two treatment units in Sector 22 and Poly Clinic, Sector 45, he said.

Dr T.M. Aggarwal, the president of NIMA, Chandigarh, emphasised the role of integrated medical practitioners in the implementation of various health programmes.


Heart check-up camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute, Chandigarh, organised a heart check-up camp at Raipur Rani today.
The locality was selected in view of a survey conducted by the Department of Community Medicine of the PGI which showed that 16 per cent deaths were due to coronary artery disease in the area, particularly at Raipur Rani, according to Dr Ravi Inder Singh, Medical Director of the institute.

During the camp, 252 patients suffering from cardiac ailments were examined. 78 ECGs were done and medicine given free of cost.

The management of the hospital has agreed to provide treatment at economical charges to the 54 patients who required further treatment.

Dr Shashi Jindal, a senior cardiac surgeon, said studies were needed to be done to find out the exact cause of the high incidence of this disease.


100 attend CME on renal disorders
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 23
A continued medical education (CME) on common renal disorders in children was organised by the Department of Paediatrics was held in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here today.

Over 100 delegates from all over the region, including Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana took part in the CME.

The CME comprised comprehensive talks on the management of high blood pressure in children, obstructive uropathy, urinary tract infections, hematuria and nephrotic syndrome. The speakers included Dr. KLN Rao from PGI, Dr. Bagga from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Gulati from SGPGI, Lucknow and Dr Sanjay D’Cruz from GMCH.

The CME concluded with a highly informative panel discussion on acute and chronic renal failure where issues about dialysis and transplantation were touched upon. Prominent personalities from PGI, including Dr Walia, Dr Bhakoo, Dr Mehta, Dr Lata Kumar and Dr Narang were also present on the occasion.


Rohan pedals to glory
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 23
Rohan Kakkar of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, displayed his prowess by winning two titles in the Chandigarh Road Cycling Championship here this morning at Lake Club circuit. More than 80 cyclists took part in the races in senior, junior and sub-junior sections. Rohan bagged honours in the under-14 section. Dr Ajaib Singh, Senate member, and Director Adult Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, gave away the prizes.

Results: 5 km boys under-14 yrs: Rohan Kakkar (Tender Heart-33) 1, Rahul Anand (Tender Heart-33) 2, Akshat (Tender Heart-33) 3. 5 km mass start boys under-14 yrs: Rohan Kakkar (TH-33) 1, Rahul Anand (TH-33) 2, Mukul Mehta (TH-33) 3. 5 km time trial men: Ajit Singh (DAVC-10) 1, Pamod Singh (DAVC-10) 2, Balwant Singh (SGGSC-26) 3. 5 km time trial boys under-18 yrs: Manmohan Singh (Sarvhitkari-40) 1, Parmesh Kumar (GMSSS-35) 2, Tarunbeer Singh (DAVC-10) 3. 5 km time trial boys under-16 yrs: Gaurav Sagar (Sanjay Public-44) 1, Shakti Singh (MRA-27) 2, Tajeshwar Singh (St Kabir-26) 3. 5 km time trial girls under 14-yrs: Amol (Sacred Heart-26) 1, Loveleen (TH-33) 2, Ashi (SDPS-32) 3. 5 kilometre time trial women: Chetna (SGGSC-26) 1, Rupinder Kaur (SGGSC-26) 2.

Win for UII-XI

A superb all-round performance by Sidharth Sharma, who scored 60 runs and claimed two wickets for 25 runs, enabled United India Insurance-XI to beat Estate Office Employees XI-by 12 runs in a league match of the Inter-Institutional Cricket Tournament played at PEC cricket grounds here today.

Brief scores: UII-XI: 133 runs all out (Sidharth Sharma 60, Raj Kumar 21, Rakesh 18, N.K. Sidhu 16, Vijay Bhasin 4 for 36, Gurdeep Rana 2 for 17, Sameer 2 for 16). ESTESA-XI: 121 runs for nine (Rajneesh Chappy 37, Gurdeep Rana 33, S. Joshi 16, Rakesh Dhawan 4 for 20, Sidharth Sharma 2 for 25).

In another tie, Government Medical College-XI outclassed Dainik Bhaskar-XI by two wickets in a closely contested match.

Brief scores: Dainik Bhaskar-XI: 159 runs for eight (Ajay Singh, Satish 24, Jasbeer 18 n.o., Sanjeev Massey 3 for 28). GMCH-XI: 161 runs for seven in 22.4 overs (Bhopal 32, Sanjeev (Jr) 27, Harish Kumar 19 n.o.).

Sport meet ends

The two-day Fifth District-Level Panchayati Raj Sports Meet concluded here this evening at Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, Panchkula. Mr Sampat Singh, Finance Minister, Haryana, announced a Rs 21,000 grant to the organisers. Poonam Devi of Morni was adjudged best athlete. In the discus throw, Shikha Bedi of Pinjore won first place, while in high jump Rajni of Pinjore finished first. In tug of war, Barwala area got first position.

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