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Panel to review renewal of homoeo practitioners illegal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
A member of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, Dr P.S. Ranu, has alleged that the three-member Appeal Committee, constituted by the state government for the renewal of registration of the homoeopathic practitioners whose registrations have been recently cancelled due to non-renewal, is illegal, un-constitutional and utter violation of the Punjab Homoeopathic Practitioner Act, 1965, and the Homoeopathic Central Council Act, 1973.

Dr Ranu said the Punjab Homoeopathic Practitioner Act came into existence on June 25, 1965, and the Central Act of Homoeopathy, enacted by Parliament on December 19, 1973 came into force in Punjab on September 15, 1978.

The Central Council of Homoeopathy, with the previous sanction of the Union Government, made regulations, the Homoeopathic Central Council (Registration) Regulations, 1982, which are mandatory to be followed by all the states when the Central Act is in action. Even this has been quoted in previous two judgements of the Supreme Court and by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Hence the action of the Punjab Homoeopathic Council regarding removal of the names of the practitioners as per the state register by bringing the amendment in the State Act itself, is not in conformity with the regulations about registration framed by the Central council.

According to Section 25 of the Homoeopathic Central Council Act, 1973, if name of any person has been removed from a state register of homoeopathy on any ground, other than that he is not possessed of the requisite medical qualification or when any application by the said person for restoration of his name to the state register of homoeopathy has been rejected, he may appeal in the prescribed manner to the Central Government, whose decision shall be binding on the state government and on the authorities concerned with the preparation of the state register of homoeopathy.

Dr Ranu, who is also the member of the state homoeopathy council, has appealed to the Punjab Government for reviewing its decision as any amendment in the state Act after the Central Act is in force should be at par with the Central Act which is mandatory for every state. He alleged that the Council was working headlessly without any Chairman since last two years and it was unfortunate that every Chairman was an illegal appointee and was removed by the intervention of the high court.

He warned the government that if the decision was not reverted within a month, he shall be constrained to take up the matter to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


World Anaesthesia Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
The World Anaesthesia Day was celebrated by the Department of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here today. All anaesthesiologists of DMCH and Hero DMC Heart Institute assembled at the Anaesthesia Department of DMCH in the morning. There was a lecture by Dr Rishav Goyal and Dr Surjit Garg on “Cox-2 inhibitors in anaesthesia practice”.

Dr Tej. K. Kaul, Prof and Head of the Department of, Anaesthesiology, dwelt at length on the history of anaesthesia and present-day anaesthesiologists role in pre-operative care of the patients. He stressed upon the young anaesthetists to have an inquisitive mind for research and provide excellent care to all the patients.

Prof Daljit Singh, officiating Principal DMCH, was the chief guest on this occasion. He impressed upon them for the development of safe anaesthesia.

Dr Kaul said that it was on this day in 1846 that the first successful anaesthesia and pain relief during a surgical procedure was achieved.

The person who achieved this feat was Dr William T.G.Mortan, whose grave bears the inscription “Before whom, in all times surgery was agony, by whom pain in surgery was averted and annulled, since whom, science has control over pain”.

It can be said that the foundation of the speciality of anaesthesiology was laid down in 19th century and the systematisation of the scientific art was accomplished in the 20th century. As of today, the techniques have become sophisticated, the instrumentation for administering anesthesia and monitoring patients responses have been infinitely refined and the substances used to achieve the effect have been multiplying.

Dr Naveen Laiker, Executive Indian Society of Anaesthesia, Ludhiana, and Chief Anaesthetist Sidhu Hospital, said, “modern anaesthesia has advanced unbelievably. Day-care surgery is possible because of high-tech anaesthesia. It is now possible to walk in and walk out consciously out of operative room. Today, anaesthetist’s role is not only in giving anaesthesia to a patient for painless surgery but also in critical care management in intensive care unit. There, a patient is struggling between life and death and is on life support system with the help of artificial respirators and ventilators.

Today’s Anaesthetist is a critical care physician and a Pulmonolgist. Now the patient should always ask for the facilities of Anaesthetist in Nursing home or hospital while planning to go through some minor or major surgery”.


Top cardiologists to attend seminar
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
Padma Bhushan Prof M. Khalilullah, a former Professor and Head, Department of Cardiology and Director, G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi, will deliver the 21st Dr L.H. Lobo Memorial Oration at the Christian Medical College and Hospital on October 18 on “Newer approaches in the management of cardiovascular diseases”.

The event is organised annually in memory of the former Principal of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, and is being organised by the Dr L.H. Lobo Memorial Trust and the Department of Cardiology of CMC, Ludhiana.

Dr Rajneesh Calton, Professor and Head of the Cardiology Department at the CMC and the Organising Secretary for the conference informed that a scientific symposium on “Recent advances in acute coronary syndromes” will be held after the oration . Dr D.S. Gambhir, President of the Cardiological Society of India, will be delivering the keynote address in the symposium on the “Non surgical management of Cardiovascular Diseases”. Eminent cardiologists from various parts of North India will give deliberations on various aspects of heart diseases. Prominent physicians and cardiologists from Punjab and the adjoining states are expected to participate in the conference.


Nirdosh wins TT title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 16
Nirdosh Sood, a student of local Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, added another title to her kitty when she emerged champion in the Punjab State Open Table Tennis Ranking Tournament (under-14) held at the Bhagat Singh Indoor Stadium, Sangrur, recently.

According to Mr Baljeet Singh Gill, sports in charge of the school, Nirdosh defeated Ritu of Jalandhar, 2-1, in the pre-quarter-final. In the quarter-final, she defeated Aruna of Amritsar, 2-1.

In the semifinal, she got the better of Mohanjeet Kaur of Ropar, 3-2 and set up a title clash with Meena of Ropar. She defeated Meena, 3-0, to clinch the title.

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