Saturday, May 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Lecture on healing mind, healthy body
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
“Life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to that.” These views were expressed by Dr Prem Masand, radiation oncologist, Ever healthy Hospital, Brahmkumaris, Mount Abu, Rajashtan, while delivering the 36th public health lecture, organised by the health education cell of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with Brahmkumaris Ashram, Ludhiana, in the Dumra Auditorium last evening.

Dr Prem Masand, gave a talk on the topic, “Healing mind and healthy body”.

In his lecture, Dr Masand talked about the strength of human mind which decided the quality of life of every individual. He stressed that one should try to experience self-realisation by breaking the condition of mind. He said that mind underwent stress due to some specific reasons like fear due to pre-conceived notions, non-acceptance of reality, unnecessary worry about past and future, low self esteem, narrow outlook, sense of insecurity, wrong perception about the people and events. Due to these factors, frustrations came in life, which started from an individual and spread in group due to its infectious nature. He said that these negative emotions badly affected our body system and resulted into various diseases like CAD and ulcers whereas positive emotions brought positive results and led to better health.

While talking about the problem structure, he said after the initiation of every action in life, a stage came where stagnation occurred in life. If a person did not use his creativity and will power to come out of that situation, it led to depression. He revealed that two types of personalities had been identified by psychologists, which easily fell prey to stress. Type A personality was always in panic, ambitious, and highly anxious. Non expressive type included suppression of feelings. Studies showed that more than women, men were unexpressive about their emotions. Bottled-up feelings in humans caused disturbances in the immune system.

Dr Masand stressed that one should be confident about oneself and keep faith in the abilities instead of relying on what others said. Channelise negative thoughts into positive ones. One should try to break negative conditions of mind to do away with fear and anxiety. Always accept life as it comes. One should not waste energy in trying to change the things which one could not. Always be gentle and loving in your conduct towards others. Learn the principle of forgive and forget. Never feel touchy about small things. In a moment of crises, take action to come out of problem. Do not remain stuck up.Sharing feelings by talking and communicating with each other could also help stressed out people.

Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, convener, health education cell, and Medical Superintendent (P) conducted the stage. Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal, DMCH, delivered the welcome address. Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, DMCH, introduced the chief guest. Dr S. N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Mr Dharam Veer Bector, Vice-President, DMCH Managing Society, and Mr Prem Nath Gupta also attended the function. 



‘Be emotionally involved with 
mentally-challenged kids’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
Ek Prayaas, an institution for children with special needs, organised a seminar yesterday on the school campus. Aim of the seminar was to discuss the day-to-day problems faced by the mentally-challenged individuals and their family members, and also to inform them about the concessions and benefits provided to them by the government.

Mr C.S. Ravindran, secretary, RCI Zonal Committee North, and Dr B.P. Mishra, clinical psychologist, DMCH, were the guest speakers. On behalf of the management and staff of Ek Prayaas, Ms Samira Bector, president, welcomed the guest speakers and the parents.

Dr Mishra advised the parents to be emotionally involved with the children and spend maximum possible time to train them in different activities. He also advised the parents to give rewards to the children for the smallest achievement to inculcate self confidence. Since these children are slow learners, a lot of repetition is needed in all activities using scientific techniques suggested by the professionals.

The main aim is to make them self-dependent so that they are no longer a burden on the family and society. In the end, Dr Mishra appreciated the good work done by Ek Prayaas in short span of five years. Mr C.S. Ravindran enlightened the parents about the concessions and benefits given by the government.

Railway concession — 75 per cent in all classes and trains other than Shatabadi and Rajdhani; Income tax concessions under section 80 DD provides for a deduction in respect of expenditure incurred on the medical treatment, training and rehabilitation of the handicapped child has been raised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 41000. Section 88B provides an additional rebate from the net tax to a disabled person for more than 65 years; Educational allowance: Children of Central Government employees will get Rs 50 per month as allowance; insurance schemes; special scheme for these children in which after paying the premium for number of years (depends upon the scheme ), the individual gets financial support every month till he lives; government has also released a monthly pension scheme of Rs 200 for such children; Parents whose income is upto Rs 1,200 can get the aids and appliance free of cost from rehabilitation centres and parents whose income is more than this gets 50 per cent discount; national trust will take full care of the disabled children of the parents who are below poverty line if the case is properly referred by the individual or association; NHFDC (Rohini, Delhi) gives loans to disabled adults for pursuing any vocation at a very low rate i.e. 2 per cnet to 4 per cent.

For further information parents can contact district rehabilitation centres, national institutes and its regional centres and also district social welfare officers.

Mr Ravindran also stressed that parents were not aware of such facilities and they don’t come forward to fight for their rights. He said these children were special children of God and for them ‘we together have to fight.’



Medical camp at village
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
A multi-speciality medical camp was organised at Raunie village, 15 km from Khanna, for the benefit of people of Raunie and the surrounding villages.
The camp was organised by the Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, Raunie, in the memory of late Mata Pratap Kaur, who had donated 25 bigas to the gurdwara.

This was the first comprehensive medical camp organised at this village. The camp was inaugurated by Jathedar Purpoor Singh, president,Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Addressing the gathering, Dr J.L. Joshi, Acting Director and Principal, Christian Dental College, expressed gratitude and appreciation of the efforts of the committee in aiding the CMCH to provide services at Raunie. Dr John Abraham, Medical Superintendent, CMCH, gave an insight into the CMCH outreach programme for the benefit of rural population. Giving a reference of the rural centres at Rauwal, Narangwal and Laltonkalan, he added that such centers would help rural public to avail the best of medical care at their own villages.



SHO suspended
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 23
On the directions of the State Election Commission, the SHO of Khanna city has been suspended on the charges of negligence in the polling duty in the Khanna Municipal Council elections held on April 5. However, the order of his suspension was issued by the commission on April 8. The State Election Commission, Mr C.L. Bains, taking a serious note for delay in the implementation of the order, said he would write to the authorities concerned to take action against the official guilty for this delay. 

During the municipal council poll in ward No 17, more than 270 ballot papers were torn by Congress candidate Ashok Tewari in the presence of SHO City Baldev Singh Brar. The presiding officer on the duty said in his report to the State Election Commission that the ballot papers were torn in the presence of the SHO and he had not taken any action. On the report of the presiding officer, the commission, ordered the suspension of the SHO. But the SHO went on leave and joined at the same post after one week. The charge of the city SHO has been given to Mr H.S. Riar.


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