Sunday, September 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Lack of facilities turning hospital into referral centre
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 13
The 100-bed civil hospital in this district headquarter has virtually turned into a referral hospital as it lacks most of the basic medical facilities. According to a report, the doctors on duty in the emergency ward feel “relieved” by getting rid of serious cases by referring the patients to either PGIMS at Rohtak or to Delhi for further treatment.

The patients are advised to visit the trauma centres or get themselves treated at one of the private nursing homes. During the current year, as many as 442 patients suffering from various diseases were refused admission in the civil hospital as there were no adequate facility for their treatment. Injured patients are often administered first aid and referred to Delhi or to the PGIMS at Rohtak.

According to reports, this practice is being followed by the doctors posted in the community health centres or the primary health centres, who also refer such patients to the civil hospital, Sonepat, for further treatment. This has resulted in the flourishing of the business of private nursing homes and clinics.

The authorities of the Health Department complained about the shortage of funds and specialists doctors. On the other hand, many people in the area suspect a “deal” between the government doctors and the owners of the private nursing homes and clinics.

According to the figures available, as many as 38 patients, suffering from various diseases, were referred to other hospitals in Delhi or PGIMS, Rohtak, in January this year for treatment.

In certain cases, the referred patients died while being shifted to the other hospitals. It is alleged that the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for providing an emergency ward, equipped with all modern facilities, for such cases were being ignored. However, Dr H. R. Singhal, Medical Superintendent of the Civil Hospital, claimed that only patients in critical condition were being referred to Delhi or PGIMS at Rohtak.


The disabled pledge to donate their eyes
Tripti Nath

In a noble gesture that surpassed celebrity messages for eye donation, a group of visually impaired persons pledged their eyes for donation at a function held at Venu Eye Institute here to mark the National Eye Donation day.

The group was led by Mr Ashwini Kumar Agarwal, Director, National Association for the Blind. According to the Venu Eye Institute, the persons who pledged their eyes suffer from visual impairment due to reasons other than corneal blindness. They have healthy corneas, which can be donated for restoration of sight.

The initiative taken by the visually disabled persons has been acknowledged by the institute as “the strongest message ever to promote eye donation.”

The Venu Eye Institute, a registered charity set up in 1980, has been rendering preventive, curative and rehabilitative eye care services in North India. The Institute has drawn attention to the abysmal state of eye donation in the country by citing statistics.

According to the Eye Bank Association of India, “India is home to nearly 11 lakh persons suffering from corneal blindness. Of the 90 lakh registered deaths in the country in 2002-03, only 19,000 pairs of eyes were donated instead of the potential 90-lakh pairs of eyes. Statistics for the National Capital are equally grim. Of the 60,000 registered deaths in Delhi last year, only 1079 pairs of eyes were donated.”

Eye bank workers at Venu Eye Institute opine that such a poor response is due to lack of motivation about eye donation and myths come. They feel that awareness on key facts about eye donation is essential.

The basic facts about eye donation are as follows: Eyes are donated within 6-8 hours of death. One eye donation gives sight to two people. Only the cornea is used for transplanting. Total removal time is 15 to 20 minutes. People of any age, sex or blood group can donate eyes. Spectacle wearers and persons suffering from hypertension and diabetes can also donate eyes. Eyes are never bought or sold. All religions endorse eye donation.

Ms Tanuja Joshi, Director, Venu Eye Institute said, “ It is a matter of great sorrow and shame that in spite of such a large number of eyes that can be donated, we are unable to restore the sight of even five per cent of those who can be helped. The tragedy of the situation is that corneal blindness affects mainly children and young adults who have a long life ahead of them.”

Sensitising jail staff on mental health of inmates

The Tihar jail known for its exemplary reforms in prison management, is organising a one-day workshop on Tuesday to educate prison staff on the mental health of jail inmates. The workshop has been planned by SEVAC (Sane and Enthusiastic Volunteers of Kolkata) with the support of the Director General, Prisons, Mr Ajay Agrawal. Former Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranganath Mishra, will inaugurate the workshop at Tihar. Chief Secretary of Delhi, Mrs Shailaja Chandra will preside over the workshop.

Explaining the significance of the workshop, Mr Sunil Kumar, Law Officer at Tihar said, “When a person steps into jail, he is very depressed. If he is neglected, he can develop suicidal tendencies. The objective of the workshop is to educate the jail staff on ways of dealing with such persons. SEVAC, authorised by the National Human Rights Commission to conduct such workshops, will hold an interactive session on sign and symptoms of mental illness. The SEVAC team will also educate the jail staff on a mental health manual devised by them.”

Mr Kumar said that over 200 members of the jail staff from jails in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are expected to participate in the workshop. The participants include jail staff and doctors of Tihar.

Dr Rajat Ray, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, will deliver the valedictory address.

Tihar jail has 80 doctors including three psychiatrists for 13,000 inmates.

Pulse polio today

Sunday will be a busy day for parents who have newborns and children under five years of age. The Delhi government is organising the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme on Sunday.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit formally launched the programme by administering Pulse Polio drops to a number of children at her official residence on Saturday.

The Delhi Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr A. K. Walia, office-bearers of WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, DMA and senior officers and doctors of Delhi government and local bodies were present on the occasion.

Mrs Dikshit said that only three polio cases have been reported so far in the National Capital compared to 24 polio cases last year.

Delhi Health Minister said that more than 7000 polio centres have been set up in hospitals, dispensaries, schools, community centres and anganwadi centres.

For your eye care

Euphrasia eye drops diminish the stress and trauma caused to our eyes by environmental pollution
Euphrasia eye drops diminish the stress and trauma caused to our eyes by environmental pollution.

SBL, a homeopathic medicines manufacturing company, has launched Euphrasia eye drops for conjunctivitis and day-to-day eye care.

Euphrasia officinalis (eye bright) is a well known homeopathic medicine used widely for its therapeutic properties in treating various problems including burning, irritation, redness, dryness, photophobia, swelling, Lachrymation (watering) and agglutination of the eye lids besides seasonal infections like conjunctivitis.

Dr Beena Thomas, Head of the Research and Development department of SBL says, “SBL’s Euphrasia eye drops has been specially designed to meet the growing demand for a high quality homeopathy medicine to help us relieve the stress and trauma caused to our eyes by environmental pollution, the excess of an IT lifestyle and common viruses.”

SBL, the only homeopathic company in India with ISO 9001: 2000 certification, was started in 1983 under the name Sharda Boiron Laboratories Limited, in collaboration with Laboratories Boiron of Lyon, France. Dr Jugal Kishore is the founder Chairman of SBL.


Air Force, Shahdara move up
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 13
Defending champions Indian Air Force, New Delhi and Shahdara Club dashed the hopes of City Club and New Delhi Heroes respectively in Group B Super League matches of the Delhi Soccer Association Senior Division Football League at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday. Air Force downed City 2-1 while Shahdara blanked N D Heroes 4-0.

Air Force have now collected four points form three matches while City have only three points from as many matches. Air Force took the lead in the 8th minute through inside-right R Thapliyal. Sonam Ram of Air Force and Rajeev Saini of City were sent out by referee Rizwan Ul-Haq for rough play. In the 31st minute, Air Force enhanced the lead in the 42nd minute through P B Sangdingliya. Faiz Alam reduced the margin for City.

Shahdara fully dominated N D Heroes, and scored at will. Dharam Singh Negi put Shahrada in the lead in the 24th minute. In the second half, N D Heroes played without their custodian Sanjay as he was given the marching orders by referee Abdul Saleem for handling the ball. Veer Singh Negi, Pramod Rawat and Sidharth Bhandari scored the other goals.

Sunday’s fixtures: Tarun Sangha vs Indian National (2.15 pm); Hindustan vs Shastri (4 pm)— Ambedkar Stadium.


Uttam wins a thriller to bag Hindu Open
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 13
In a thrilling encounter, Uttam Singh Mundy recovered in time from a certain choke to win the Hindu Open title beating young challenger C. Muniyappa on the second play-off hole at the Cosmo-TNGF Course today. The two were tied at six-under 282 for the tournament after the completion of the stipulated 72 holes. This was the sixth leg of the hero Honda Indian Golf Tour and marked the end of the ‘Southern Swing’.

Vijay Kumar who was in contention till the front nine, finished third with just a stroke behind the leaders while the overnight leader Rahul Ganapathy ended up fourth with 284. Ashok Kumar played a superb final round of four-under 68 to be placed in the joint fifth position along with Feroz Ali with a total of 285. Amritinder Singh carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole enroute to a total of 287 for a sixth place finish. The winner walked away with a cheque of Rs 1,13,400 while Muniyappa had to be content with Rs 78,400.

The Hindu is celebrating its 125th anniversary today. Uttam could not have celebrate bit better than with a victory. But was not that easy a tale as the tall bearded pro from Kolkata realised.

With a clear lead of two storkes on the final hole, Uttam chose to a 3-iron on the tee and mis-hit in the rough on the right. He chipped and went way left of the fairway. Muniyappa who was in the centre of the fairway landed on the green much to the cheers of the 500 strong local crowd. Uttam’s third shot went over the green from where he chipped but two putted for a double bogey.

Muniyappa missed the birsdie as the ball lipped out and the scores were tied. this was after Uttam had fired eight birdies and the Bangalore lad had sunk six birdies in the stipulated round.

On the first play off hole, both the players fumbled with their tee shot with Uttam on the left and Muniyappa on the right. While Muniyappa tried to go over the free which blocked his shot, he invariably hit into it and the ball bounced back onto the fairway.

On the second play-off hole, Uttam hit edge of the green on his tee shot on the dog-leg par-4 first hole while Muniyappa trying to match his shot, was out of bounds on the left. After being five-on, he conceded the match. This marked the first win for the Kolkata pro at Chennai.

Meanwhile, Amritinder Singh shared the limelight with a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. Incidentally, he was playing with Yusuf Ali who carded the first ace of the tournament. Using a 9-iron off the tee on the 147-yard hole, he holed it after the ball landed one -feet right of the hole before rolling. “I am used to getting disappointed for I have 13 hole-in ones without any rewards,” said Amritinder.


Brothers drub Youngsters
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, September 13
Brothers Club defeated Youngsters Club by 4-2 in the PNB Delhi State Hockey League at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.

Naveen put Youngsters in the lead in the 19th minute and Manpreet equalised for Brothers in the 25th minute. Manpreet struck two more goals in a two-minute span to complete a brilliant hattrick as Brothers took a comfortable lead.

Though Youngsters scored another goal through Rohtas, to reduce the margin, Brother consolidated their lead when Jaspreet Singh hit home in the 45th minute. Stance Club beat Tribal Sports Club 3-0. All the goals came in the first half. Amar scored the first two goals in the second and sixth minute while Sashi found the mark in the 24th minute to get the third goal. Delhi Star beat Punjab Olympians 3-2, after leading by 1-0 at half time.

Markas scored three goals in a row to record a hattrick for Delhi Star. Rahul scored both the goals for Punjab Olympians.

Chatta Nagpur Blues beat New Star 4-2, after leading by 2-1 at half time. Sypirian scored the first and third goal. Anil hit home the second goal and Bimal accounted for the fourth goal for Chota Nagpur. Parvinder Singh scored both the goals for New Star.

Tribal Heroes drew with Invaders 1-1. Lovneet Singh scored the goal for Invaders while Kujured equalised for Tribal Heroes.


North to meet West

New Delhi, September 13
North Zone will take on West Zone in the title clash of the Sahara J K Bose Cricket Tournament on Sunday. In the semi-finals, hosts North Zone defeated East Zone by 29 runs while West Zone crushed South Zone by eight wickets.

North, put into bat, scored 250 for seven in the allotted 30 overs. In reply, East, despite a fine knock of 126 (58b, 11 sixes, 7 fours) by Tauheed Ali, fell short of the target by 29 runs, at the National Stadium. At the Modern School ground, West restricted South to 81 for eight in 25 overs and then reached the target easily.

Scores: North Zone: 250 for 7 in 30 overs (G S Vivek 50, Rajsekhar Rao 43, Jaswinder Sidhu 41, Rakesh Thapliyal 40 n o, Rajeev Kumar 2 for 33). East Zone: 221 in 29.4 overs (Tauheed Ali 126, Rakesh Dubey 40, Rakesh Thapliyal 3 for 50, Indraneel Basu 2 for 33, Sunil Narula 2 for 39). South Zone: 81 for 8 in 25 overs (K Moses 28 n o, Uday 3 for 12, Sailesh Nagrekar 3 for 17). West Zone: 82 for 2 in 9.3 overs (Sanjeev Samyal 29 n o).

Sarwan deadly

Deadly bowling of 3 for 23 by Sarwan Kumar and a fine knock of 47 by Abhishek Kumar helped Mohali Cricket Association beat Paschim Vihar Sports Complex by 99 runs in the Jayanti Devi Under-17 Cricket Tournament.

Scores: Mohali: 210 all out in 40 overs (Abhishek Kumar 47, Rahul Prasad 45, Harpreet Singh 32, Hemant Joshi 3 for 22). Paschim Vihar: 111 all out in 29.4 overs (Madan Singh 26, Amanpreet Singh 21, Sarwan Kumar 3 for 23, Parminder Singh 2 for 24, Sukhmeen Singh 2 for 28). OSR

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