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Health mela a big success
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 9
If statistics are an indication, then Swasthya Jagrukta Mela being organised by the UT Health Department in Sector 22 polyclinic has been a huge success. According to a nodal officer, over 4,000 patients got themselves registered on the second day of mela.

Giving details, the officer revealed that the faculty of medicines checked over 1200 persons. At least 600 patients were examined by the faculty of surgery, while 350 were checked by faculty of orthopedics. For skin-related problems, 657 patients were examined, while 600 were checked up for eye and ENT problems. More than 180 ECGs and 650 tests were conducted.

The three-day mela is being organised as per the directions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Stalls have been set up for various systems of medicine including allopathy, homeopathy and ayurveda. The community is also being informed about the various national programmes on tuberculosis, malaria, goitre, leprosy, sexually-transmitted diseases, blindness and dental hygiene being run by the health department.

The Director, Health Services, Dr C.P. Bansal, said such camps and melas would be held in near future also so that maximum number of residents could benefit. A team, comprising the Senior Regional Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Subash Chander and Chief Medical Officer representing Government of India, Dr Alka Kothari also visited the mela.



ITF meet good exposure for youngsters
Our Sports Reporter

My job is over: Ramesh Krishnan  is  seen relaxing after her daughter Gayatri lost to Yana of Israel in straight sets in the first round of the singles event in the ITF junior tennis meet.
My job is over: Ramesh Krishnan is seen relaxing after her daughter Gayatri lost to Yana of Israel in straight sets in the first round of the singles event in the ITF junior tennis meet. Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Chandigarh, February 9
The presence of players from more than 15 countries has given a fillip to the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament being held in the city.

The meet has also given encouragement to the local players to exhibit their talent. Today three local boys, Jitin Bishnoi, Kinshuk Sharma and Gursher Harika, and two girls Inayat Khosla and Alipt Sandhu, also got the chance to  play amidst stiff competition. However, barring Jitin, all others lost.

Out of 32 main draw boys players, seven are from Israel along with a lone girl participant from the same country. Mr Kawaljit Singh, Director (Tennis), CLTA, and an international coach said it was a fact that for the past many years, more players from Israel have evinced interest by playing in India. He said this was because they feel more comfortable playing here. They get valuable points by playing three ITF tournaments here in India. He said few years back, Andy Ram of Israel had even walked away with men singles title.

After Israel it is the players from Uzbekistan, Kazakhastan, Ukraine who always take keen interest in playing in India. Most of the players from these countries are accompanied by their parents.

Kawaljit said gradually, India has been favoured because of conducive climate, better hospitality and excellent playing surfaces. He said even players from Chandigarh have now been playing in various European countries.

Golf tourney

The next EGTF junior golf coaching programme will be held at Chandigarh Golf Club on April 3. The year 2003 saw a rapid increase in the number of boys and girls taking the golf as a sport. In fact, total number of juniors playing golf at the Chandigarh Golf Club almost trippled. According to Mr Ajay Gujral, a teaching professional, the explosion of the junior golf will continue at club. He said there were a number of reasons for the same.

Jyotsna to lead

Ms Jyotsna of the Government College of Education, Sector 20, will lead Chandigarh women team in the 12th Senior women national football championshp to be held at Bhopal from February 10.

Other members of the team are: Shelly Sharma, Vandana, Rajandeep Kaur, Gurjeet Kaur, Sarabjit Kaur, Sudha, Punita, Deepa, Neetu Chaudhary, Balwinder Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur, Pinky Sharma, Soni Bhandari, Suvidha, Kamaljit Kaur, Suman, Anjana Dogra and Shruti Kapania.



Four ETOs on deputation to Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Chandigarh Administration today took on deputation four Excise and Taxation Officers. Two of the officials are from Punjab and two from Haryana. The four are - Magneesh Sethi and G.S. Saini from Punjab. Ashok Yadav and R.K. Chaudhary from Haryana.


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