Thursday, March 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Trauma services: teaching programme mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, march 12
With facilities for trauma patients in India being virtually non-existent, Toledo Hospital, Ohio (USA), is keen to start a teaching programme at the PGI as part of worldwide efforts being made by the American College of Surgeons to provide best possible medical care during emergency.

“We are very keen that as soon as the Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI starts functioning, a teaching programme in trauma services is started, which is a badly ignored medical aspect in India,” opined Dr O.P. Sharma, Associate Medical Director of Trauma Services at Toledo Hospital.

He explained that in sharp contrast to the USA, where there was a 20-minute time limit for an accident victim to be shifted from the site to the hospital, in India people kept lying unattended on the roadside for hours together.

Dr Sharma said he had conveyed to the PGI Director his willingness to extend all possible help to start the programme here. “The American College of Surgeons has extended this programme to many countries so that a trauma patient, be it in the USA, Singapore or Germany, is given the same treatment as per guidelines contained in the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), laid down by the American College of Surgeons,” he said.

He suggested that once the under-construction Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI was completed, doctors certified by ATLS could undertake teaching so that better trauma services could be provided, which was much needed in India. Abroad, a trauma team is comprised of paramedics, who if need be, can administer intra-venous fluid and other help while the patient is being shifted to the hospital in an ambulance. Apart from this, a trauma surgeon has to be on duty round the clock, with help from plastic surgeons, orthopaedicians and trauma surgeons.

He said trauma service was an integrated and immediate response, whereby a whole team comprising paramedics, ambulances and doctors swung into action so that the victim was given the right medical aid on time.

He said adhering to the trauma guidelines was not only very demanding but also very expensive. The guidelines have to be strictly followed as complete study material and slides are provided during the training period.

Dr Sharma also delivered a talk on “Role of CT scan in blunt spleen, liver, intestinal and mesenteric trauma” at the PGI today. He said though the ultrasound machine was being used, it was CT scan which was helpful in ascertaining the extent of injury. He said though the spiral CT scan machines, also called Helican, were very good, the latest advancement in the field was the introduction of light scanners.


Harish reaches last eight in TT
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 12
Harish Kumar of Chandigarh has made it to the last eight of the men's singles event of the North Zone IA & AD Table Tennis Tournament being played here at the Sector 23 TT hall. Harish overpowered Prashand of Delhi in three straight games. Others who sailed into the quarter-final of this section include Sham Kumar, Anand, Joginder Bisht, Vikas Sharma, Amit Srivastava, Virender and Saurabh.

Earlier, Delhi Audit bagged the men's team championship. Delhi Audit defeated AG, Himachal, 3-0. Joginder Bisht, Shyam Kumar and Prashant each one their singles matches.

Football tourney

AG (Haryana) will clash with Delhi Audit in the final of the All-India Inter Zonal IA and AD Football Tournament being played at the football ground, Sector 17,Chandigarh. In the semi-finals played on Wednesday, AG, Haryana got the better of AG, Maharashtra, (5-3) in a tie breaker while in the other semi-final, Delhi Audit blanked AG, Rajasthan,4-0.The finals will be played tomorrow at 2p.m.

Chandigarh games

The first ever Chandigarh Games,2002-2003, for men in seven select disciplines will be organised from March 21 to 23. According to Mr J.P.S.Sidhu, Joint Director, Sports, UT, the disciplines will be athletics (100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, 400-m relay, shot put, discus throw, javelin, long jump and high jump, badminton, basketball, boxing, judo, volleyball, wrestling. Entries can be sent to the concerned games’ coaches or the District Sports Officer, UT, at the Sector 42 sports complex by March 18.


Building collapse: demolition ordered 
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 12
The administration today ordered the complete demolition of the building that collapsed yesterday in one of SAS Nagar’s busiest markets. This three-storeyed commercial complex in Phase V, allegedly being built in violation of building norms, had been declared unsafe yesterday. The demolition operation, being supervised by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) started in the evening today and is likely to continue till midnight or till the area is rendered safe.

Serious consequences for the owners, Mr Patvinder Singh and another family member, followed today, with PUDA officials squarely putting the blame of the building collapse on the owner, confirming that he had undertaken construction without approval from them. ‘‘In fact the last communication that the owner had with PUDA was in March 2002 when one of the showrooms was transferred in Patvinder Singh’s name by PUDA after which there has been no contact with the owners.’’ said a source.

PUDA had passed the buildings plans of individual showrooms in 1980 and 1989 when the owners of these showrooms were different. One showroom had a basement and was up to the first floor while the second showroom was of a similar built without a basement. ‘‘This family bought one showroom in 1997 and another in 2002. After which they started the construction. He combined the two showrooms and designed a restaurant on the ground floor with a bakery unit on the second and upper floors.

The restaurant was to be inaugurated next month,’’ said a shop owner in the market.

The SDM had already asked the owner to pay for the demolition of the building and also pay for any damage that might be caused due to the demolition to the life and property of all those involved in the operation. 


SSC dates for physical test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The Staff Selection Commission, North-Western Region, Chandigarh (SSC-NWR) has announced the dates for the physical efficiency test (PET) for those candidates who have qualified the Central Police Organisation (Sub-Inspector) examination 2002 held on January 12, 2003.

Informing this here today, Mr N.K. Virdhi, Deputy Regional Director, SSC (NWR) stated that the call letters asking the successful candidates to appear for the PET had been issued. The test is scheduled to be held at the Frontier Headquarters, BSF, Jalandhar, between March 24 and 27 and April 3 and 4 at Frontier Headquarters, BSF, Jammu. The SSC has asked the candidates to contact it if they do not receive any communication from the organisation by March 20.

Results have been released on “http:/” or may be seen in the commission office in Chandigarh.


UT powermen strike on March 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The executive committee of the UT Electricity Department employees’ body, at a meeting held today, decided to observe a strike on March 26 to demand a review of the proposal of the Chandigarh Administration to turn the department into a corporation. The aim of the strike is also to express solidarity with Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees, who are opposing similar moves in Punjab.

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
123 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |