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Painless delivery safe: expert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
Labour analgesia, commonly known as painless delivery, was safe for the mother and the child, said Dr P. Chari, PGI, Chandigarh. She said that the Indian belief that the mother and child developed a bond due to the pain mother goes through childbirth was baseless.

She was speaking at an CME on the advancements of regional anaesthesia, organised today at Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC&H). An oration in the memory of Dr Frank N. Prior, an eminent anaesthetist and former Head of Department of Anaesthesia, was also organised on the occasion. Mr Chander Shekhar, IGP, Punjab, inaugurated the programme.

Giving details of the CME, Dr Lalita Afzal Head, Department of anaesthesia, said that it was Dr Priorís dream that the techniques of inducing anaesthesia should be developed and enhanced keeping in view the difficulties an independent anaesthetist faced who did not have any institutional support and had to work with limited facilities.

Dr I.O. Samuel, an anaesthetist from Belfast, UK, and one of the first students of Dr Prior, today delivered the second Dr Frank Prior oration. He spoke about the advances in intensive-care medicines which was a subject close to Dr Frank Newton Priorís heart.

About 150 anaesthetists from Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi attended the CME. It ended with an interactive session between the audience and the faculty. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, also attended the CME.

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Seminar on foeticide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
A seminar on female foeticide was held by the International Council of Ayurveda (ICA). It was attended by 30 midwives and female health workers.
Dr Ashok Sharma , the project manager of the reproductive and child health (RCH) SOSVA, Chandigarh, spoke about ways to root out female foeticide. Dr Singla explained the PNDT Act. Dr Parveen Bala discussed methods and techniques of safe delivery. Jagdish Pal Mehta gave an emotional appeal to the project with song.

Prof Baldev Singh, Lecturer, English, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jagraon (Ludhiana) said that it was a matter of concern that every year 8000 women died at the time of the child-birth. Certificates were given away to midwifery trainees. 

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Medical representatives protest

Ludhiana, March 16
A delegation of local unit of the Punjab Medical Representatives Association met representatives of the management of M/s Sun Pharma Industries Ltd. Mumbai to protest against the anti-worker policies of the management as it had earlier transferred the entire field staff, consisting of about 15 members, out of Punjab to far off places in India. But these staff members did not join their places of posting and looked for other jobs. The management, then in retaliation, tried to implicate them in false police cases. The Sun Pharma management also got the services terminated of those former staffers who had joined other jobs, the association alleged. OC

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