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Experts get together to make eye TB rare
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
Tuberculosis could be something virtually unheard of in the western world, but an increasing number of patients in India stand the risk of losing their vision as a result of its infection in the eye.

“Ophthalmologists in the West are not even willing to acknowledge that there could be tuberculosis infection in the eye, but seeing its prevalence in India, we need to address the issue urgently as it can lead to permanent loss of vision,” says Prof N.A. Rao, from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Prof Rao, an eminent name in the field of ocular inflammatory diseases, is here to attend the International symposium on Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammations, beginning at the PGI. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the American and British Journals.

Prof Rao, says it is important to improve awareness about eye tuberculosis as a person suffering from it will show a negative X-ray and it is only with the help of peculiar symptoms like a geographical pattern in the retina which looks more like a map, that the diagnosis can be made.

He says due to lack of awareness and professional skill among the general ophthalmologists, there is delay in diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in the eye, as a result of which there is considerable vision damage. “In the Indian setting the moment a patient complains of blurred vision, redness and other peculiarities, he must be examined for tuberculosis,” he stresses. It is high time that we stop depending completely on the western medical journals and find solutions to problems peculiar to our country, he added.

The head of Ophthalmology at PGI, Prof Amod Gupta, says one of the important objectives of the symposium is to convince the West that the problem of eye tuberculosis in India is based on facts so that we can arrive at a common ground.

Prof Gupta says the endeavour should be to sensitise the ophthalmologists so that they can detect it and give treatment accordingly.

“There is a huge gap between demand and supply, as for a population of one billion we hardly have about 40 specialists in this field, which needs to be developed as a sub-speciality,” says Prof Gupta.



Verma opens transit camp for patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today stressed the need for evolving an organised system to provide medical care to all patients in various city hospitals.

Inaugurating an advanced transit camp set up by an NGO, Lifeline, at the PGI sarai, he said with the concept of nuclear families and the social fabric undergoing a sea change, many patients remained unattended in hospitals. The advanced transit camp, would make it convenient for unattended patients to stay here for a longer period with volunteers of Lifeline taking care of them.

Justice Verma regretted that there were times when patients were left unattended deliberately by family members at hospitals due to economic reasons. He urged Lifeline to extend a similar facility for unattended patients at other hospitals.

He said the help extended by Lifeline was of great help to people belonging to the underprivileged section of society.

Speaking on the occasion, PGI Director Prof S.K. Sharma, said the PGI was under tremendous pressure due to patient load from the entire region. He requested the Administrator to get a new school building constructed. A plot for the same had been allotted by the PGI for construction of the same.



Tennis qualifying rounds begin 
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 7
Local lad Gursher Singh Harika improved his chances of qualifying for the main draw in the boys singles in the ITF Junior Grade 3 Tennis Tournament, the qualifying rounds of which began here today at the CLTA tennis stadium, Sector 10.

Meanwhile, top seed Krishank Shah of India and Kevin Benchetrit of Israel moved into the final round in the boys singles. After getting a first-round walkover, Shah defeated Pavel Popovic of Syria in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Neil Rajpal, who had upset second seed Tejasvi Rao of India 6-2, 6-2, continued with his winning spree by defeating Neil Rajpal of Canada 6-1, 6-2. Umarao Jamolkhol of Uzbekistan, Harika Singh Gursher (India) and fourth seed Lior Barbash of Israel also advanced into the final round with straight-set wins over their respective rivals.

Among the following eight girls four will qualify for the main draw to be held from Monday. They are Eleonora Sitdjemileva (Uzbekistan), Jilke Nelord (India), Vishaka Sheron (India), Kim Yeon-Ju Kim (Korea), Iryina Matichyk (Ukraine), Chen Chai-Li (Tpe), Anushka Kapoor (India) and Dariya Bykodarova (Russia).

Todays’ results:

Boys singles (first round) — Pavel Popovic (SER) b Raj Kanwar Singh (IND) 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3; Omri Barbash (ISR) b Simran Singh Cheema (IND) 7-5, 6-2; Kazuya Ono (JPN) b Pimon Mazharul Islam (BAN) 6-2, 6-2; Kevin Benchetrit (ISR) bTejasvi Rao (IND) 6-4, 6-3; Neil Rajpal (CAN) b Vinod Moorthy (IND) 6-2, 0-6, 6-0; Umarov Jamolkhol (UZB) b Sasivarman Sabanathan (SRI) 6-1, 6-0; Shimpachiro Ikeno (JPN) b Kunal Pawa (SIN) 6-1, 6-3; Gursher Singh Harika (IND) b Fariz Mohammed (IND) 6-4, 6-0; Manjit Singh (IND) b Izreek Singh Randhawa (IND) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Guy Kobi (ISR) b Rishu Yadev (SWE) 6-1, 6-0; Lior Barbash (ISR) b Shotaro Suzuki (JPN) 6-0, 6-0; Navinder Pal Singh (IND) b Dilpreet Gill (IND) 7-5, 6-1; Siddharth Hande (IND) b Prithul Mondal Henry (BAN) 7-5, 6-2; Krishna Karsolia (IND) b Sasith Wickremasinghe (SRI) 6-4, 6-2.

Girls (Singles) First Round — Jilke Nelord (IND) b Bahar Paul (IND) 6-3, 6-2; Vishaka Sheoran (IND) b Nikunj Kamal (IND) 6-0, 6-1; Chai-Li Chen (TPE) b Niroshita Mandanala (IND) 6-0, 6-3; Sanjana Kapoor (IND) b Anushka Kapur (IND) 6-4, 6-1;

Boys (Singles) Second Round — Krishank Shah (IND) b Pavel Popovic (SER) 6-1, 6-3; Kazuya Ono (JPN) b Omri Barbash (ISR) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0; Kevin Benchetrit (ISR) b Neil Rajpal (CAN) 6-1, 6-2; Umarov Jamolkhol (UZB) b Shimpachiro Ikeno (JPN) 6-3, 6-1; Gursher Singh Harika (IND) b Tekeru Yamamoto (JPN) 6-2, 6-4; Lior Barbash (ISR) b Navinder Pal Singh (IND) 6-1, 6-4 and Guy Kobi (ISR) b Manjit Singh (IND) 6-1, 6-2. 



Saupin’s School holds sports day
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 7
It was a day of fun for students of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, as they took part in their annual sports day at Sports Complex, Sector 46.
Schoolchildren in various age groups took part in the sports day. Students took part in various races as well as cricket and football matches.

Clover House was declared the overall winner, while Sycamore House finished runner-up.

Earlier, Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI Schools, UT Administration, who was the chief guest, took salute from the march past. Ms J. Saupin, director principal of the school, highlighted the achievements of the school.

Results: Overall winners: Clover House and runner-up: Sycamore House.

Boys’ relay race: Div A: Sycamore House-1, Maple House-2, Clover House-3. Div B: boys’ relay: Clover House-1, Maple House-2, Sycamore House-3.

Girls’ relay race: Div A: Aspen House-1, Maple House-2, Clover House-3. Div B: Maple House-1, Sycamore House-2, Aspen House-3.

Cricket: Div A: boys: Sycamore House, girls: Maple House. Div B: boys: Clover House, girls: Maple House.

Football: Div A: boys: Sycamore House, girls: Maple House. Div B: boys: Clover House. Girls: Clover House.



Chandigarh eves drub HP in kabaddi
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 7
Chandigarh eves sailed past Himachal Pradesh 25-19 on the second day of the 16th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Circle Kabaddi Association here today.

For Chandigarh, Jaspreet Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Sandeep Kaur scored six, five and five points, respectively, as raiders, while Devinder Kaur, Reeta Rani and Sukhpreet Kaur scored five, four and three points, respectively, as catchers. For Himachal Pradesh, Kalpana, Veena and Nisha scored five, four and three points, respectively, as catchers.

In other matches of the day, in women section, Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 37-15, Haryana beat Uttar Pradesh 42-24. In men’s section, Uttar Pradesh beat Madhya Pradesh 45-13, Himachal Pradesh beat Chandigarh 41-38, Punjab beat Karnataka 42-21, Haryana beat Rajasthan 27-12, while Punjab beat Delhi 60-40.

Annual sports day: Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, organised its annual sports day on their school premises today. Mr Ram Muktiji Aggarwal, former chairman, Sarvhitkari Education Society, was the chief guest, while Mr Jagdish Mitter, president of the school, and Ms Vidya Bharti, sports in charge, presided over the function.

Students from pre-nursery section to Class V took part in an impressive march past. Various races like three-legged race, chati race, hop race and balloon race, besides yogic exercises were held.


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