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Civil hospital: Where patients told to buy their
own medicines
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 11
The emergency patients in the 100-bed civil hospital, Sonepat, are asked to buy their own medicines, as the hospital cannot afford them. Yes, this is the condition in the government hospitals run by the Health Department of the state government. Even the stock of basic medicines is reportedly running out in these so-called cash-strapped hospitals.

According to a report, the patients in the hospital are routinely asked by the staff nurses and doctors on duty in the emergency ward to arrange their own medicines, as the hospital does not have the necessary funds. Not only this, even cleaning and disinfecting material are not made available.

According to hospital sources, the attendants of the patients have to be asked to purchase the medicines from the market. Attendants have to travel all the way to Sonepat-Bhalkgarh Road to buy the medicines leaving their patients unattended. The hospital’s inability to provide the basic medicines has left the attendants of the patients in a state of despair.

But for hospital staff the non-availability of medicines is nothing new. This is a routine problem, they say. When this correspondent made a series of attempts to contact the medical superintendent and other doctors they were not available for comments.

Almost all the patients brought to the emergency ward of the hospital are either referred to Delhi or PGI at Rohtak for further treatment. The doctors on duty in this ward always remain ready to refer the emergency cases to Delhi or Rohtak in order to save themselves from the wrath of the parents of the patients.

In spite of a considerable increase in the budget for medicines during the last two decades, the hospital and other health institutions in the district fail to meet the demand of the medicines, thanks to the failure of the civil surgeon to ensure the supply of medicines and other life saving drugs in the health institutions despite the representations made by the medical superintendent of the local civil hospital and their heads of the community health centres, and primary health centres.

A survey conducted by this correspondent has revealed that in most of the dispensaries in the rural area, even the common drugs are not available. This has resulted in the increase of malaria and water-borne diseases in the villages. Many doctors posted in the rural dispensaries interviewed by this correspondent said that since the patients wanted “instant cure recourse to antibiotics had become essential”.

They also pointed out that even ignorant and uneducated patients say that dependence on old and simple mixtures and tablets was like travelling in a bullock cart.

The people are not satisfied with the supply of cheap medicines. A prescription from a specialist or for that matter from any government doctor is hardly honoured by the health institutions for want of medicines. The poor man has to depend on the private chemist.

Lack of human approach in government hospitals and dispensaries is stated to be the main reason for mushroom growth of private hospitals and nursing homes in the city and elsewhere in the district.

The government has provided hospital buildings, doctors and other paramedical staff, but what is now required is the quality of service. Also in certain areas, the condition of the buildings is deplorable. Cracks have also been appeared in the building of the civil hospital in the city.

While the population of the city, which is a district headquarter in Haryana, has increased manifold during the past three decades, medical facilities have lagged behind in the absence of adequate attention from the authorities.

Pilferage of medicines from the store of the civil hospital, Sonepat was the main cause of the scarcity of the medicines and other goods. The local purchase system had been stopped for the last one year or so on account of the vigilance inquiry against the staff.


Four Indian boys break into ITF top 10 ranking
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 11
The All-India Tennis Association (AITA) can derive a lot of satisfaction from the fact that the money and effort it invested on the junior talent in the country is now showing solid results.

The Wimbledon girls doubles title victory by Sania Mirza was the most precious jewel in the AITA crown, though the Federation had a lot more to cheer about as four Indians broke into the top ten of the world’s boys doubles rankings. And a record number of 42 girls and 49 boys achieved international ranking with 20 girls and 19 boys making it to the ITF junior rankings in singles and doubles, and the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup teams qualified for the World finals.

Leading the pack in the boys’ doubles rankings was Arun Prakash Rajagopalan with a No 5 slot followed by Divij Sharan at No 8, Somdev Dev Barmana and Karan Rastogi at joint ninth position. Divij Sharan said he needed to brace up his game a lot more tightly to hit the top slot in the coming months.

The Indian boys also made their mark in the singles rankings with Rastogi placed at 19th, Rajagopalan ranked 38th, Dev Varman ranked 53rd and Tushar Liberhan ranked 78th.

AITA secretary Anil Khanna said it was a commendable performance by the juniors by any yardstick, and the effort and resources put in by the AITA was now showing results.

The year 2003 got to a sensational start when Sania Mirza caught international spotlight with her girls doubles title triumph. Her success in the girls section has boosted the confidence of Sania to try and earn a place in the elite 20 of the women’s rankings.

She said she was indebted to the AITA for its support throughout her tennis career. Close on the heels of Sania’s victory came Isha Lakhani’s girls singles title win at the Asian Closed Junior Tennis Championship, to become the first Indian girl to win the Grand Doubles title in the Asian Junior Tournament.

Eighteen-year-old Arun Prakash Rajagopalan annexed the Asian Closed Junior Tennis singles title and reached the doubles semi-final at the Orange Bowl Key Biscayne Championship in the United States. It was a fulfilling year for the promising youngster who won the doubles title and reached the singles semi-final of the ITF G2 Tournament at Pretoria, South Africa, in July. He maintained his winning form by capturing the doubles’ and singles’ titles in the ITF G2 Hong Kong Open in October.

Seventeen-year-old Divij Sharan reached a career-best ranking of six in the ITF doubles league when he won four titles in the ITF G2 tournaments in Pretoria, Osaka Mayor’s Cup and the Hong Kong Open. He also reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Closed Junior Tennis Championship held in New Delhi.

Karan Rastogi and Somdev Dev Varman together pocketed five titles to share the 9th place ranking.

They ended the year on a high note by lifting the doubles title in the Asian Closed Junior Tennis Championship. Rastogi is now preparing himself to test the waters in the Australian Open later this month.

Mr Anil Khanna said the AITA was putting in consistent efforts to give a fillip to junior tennis in the country, as it was the only federation to organise the largest number of tournaments in Asia. He added that the AITA would maintain the momentum this year as well, and would also expand the scope of the National Tennis Academy in Gurgaon to provide “international class training facilities to players”.


SA annex C’wealth Cricket Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 11
South Africa handed out an emphatic 250-run defeat on Bangladesh to annex the Commonwealth Under-19 Cricket Championship Trophy at the Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad.

South Africa, batting first, piled up 369 for three wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Abraham De Villier and Imran Khan put on a mammoth 230-run partnership for the opening wicket to give South Africa a blazing start.

De Villier cracked 192, off 144 balls with three sixes and 27 fours, while Imran Khan scored 96, off 109 balls with two sixes and ten fours.

After the exit of Imran Khan, J Dumity played a quickfire knock of 59, which contained two sixes and three fours.

Faced with a formidable total, Bangladesh crashed to the deadly bowling of Henrich, who scalped four wickets for 31 runs, and Bangladesh were all out for 119 in 33.3 overs. Sheikh Nizamuddin showed some resistance to remain not out on 45 while Rasel Parvez scored 26.

Abraham De Villier of South Africa was adjudged the man of the match as well as the man of the tournament and the best batsman. Philander of South Africa won the best bowler award while Rasel Parvez of Bangladesh got the best wicket-keeper award. Vikram Dhariwal of India, who scored consistently, was given a consolation prize.

Scores: South Africa: 269 in 50 overs (Abraham De Villier 192, Imran Khan 96, J Dumity 59, Sheikh Nizamuddin 2 for 79).

Bangladesh: 119 in 33.3 overs (Shfeikh Nizamuddin 45 n o, Rasel Parvez 26, Henrich 4 for 31, A Phangiso 2 for 25, Thyssen 2 for 16).


Sonnet down Gyan Bharati in Rajiv Gandhi tourney
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 11
An all-round performance by Yogesh Nagar (4 for 53 and 88 n o) and an unbeaten knock of 56 by Vikas Garg helped Sonnet Club defeat Gyan Bharati South Delhi Academy by seven wickets in the second Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Under-17 Cricket Tournament.

Scores: Gyan Bharati: 190 for 8 in 35 overs (Varun Sudan 75, Ankur Julka 42, Yogesh Nagar 4 for 53, Darshan Kajaria 3 for 25). Sonnet Club: 191 for 3 in 30.2 overs (Yogesh Nagar 88 n o, Vikas Garg 56 n o).

Bharat National enter final

An attractive knock of 80 by Sameer Khurana and deadly bowling of 3 for 37 by Dushyant Kumar helped Bharat National Public School defeat Dronacharya Cricket Foundation by two wickets and entered the final of the Nehru Public School Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the Nehru Stadium. Dronacharya: 176 all out in 39.4 overs (Shrey Gupta 87, Lakshay Mohan 30, Dushyant Kumar 3 for 37, Vighu Sharma 3 for 42).

Bharat National: 180 for 8 in 38.5 overs (Sameer Khurana 80, Abhishek Sehgal 29, Lakshay Mohan 3 for 31, Shrey Gupta 2 for 44).


Youngsters beat CWC
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, January 11
A fiery spell of 3 for 14 by Amit Choudhary helped Youngsters Club beat Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) by 45 runs in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the RSC ground. Youngsters scored 173 for 7 in 30 overs.

Scores: Youngsters: 173 for 7 in 30 overs (Sunit Sharma 39 n o, Jitender Gulia 20 n o, Rakesh Raman Jha 2 for 29, Ashwani Anand 2 for 15).

CWC: 128 for 8 in 30 overs (Sunil Sudan 34, Lalit Yadav 22, Amit Choudhary 3 for 14, Kamal Baniwal 2 for 28).


Civic authorities told to pay salaries to
employees regularly
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 11
The Haryana Government has directed the municipal councils and municipal committees in the state to ensure payment of salary to their employees before the end of the first week of the month.

According to a report, Director, Urban Development, has noted in a circular addressed to all civic bodies in the state that the employees of municipal councils and the municipal committees were not getting their salaries regularly.

Moreover, the letter also noted that the municipal funds were not being judiciously used by the civic bodies.

The director has reminded the civic authorities of their obligations under Section 57 of the Municipal Act, 1973, which states that funds should not be spent on anything before the payment of the salaries of the employees.

The government, the Director stated in the circular, had repeatedly advised the civic bodies to pay the salaries of the employees before the end of the first week of every month. However, these directions had been ignored, he regretted.

The Director has further stated that violation of Section 57 of the Municipal Act, 1973, would be viewed seriously and the Executive Officer or secretary of the municipal councils or municipal committees concerned would be held responsible for these lapses.

The local audit examiner has also been advised not to clear payment of any other bill prior to the payment of salaries, pension shares and provident fund contributions of the municipal employees. The employees of the municipal council have not been paid their salary for the past two months. Similar was the situation in other civic bodies.

This has caused widespread resentment among the employees of the Sonepat Municipal Council and other civic bodies in the state.


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