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Conference on hospital administration on Feb 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
To promote India as a favoured health destination for overseas patients, the process of getting accreditation for hospitals and health institutes in India, meeting the international standards is being initiated.

The first ever national conference on hospital administration at PGI on February 21, will discuss the issue of promoting medical tourism, which has been envisaged in the central health policy. “There is a lot of potential for promoting India as a health destination but the biggest hitch is the absence of a body which can provide accreditation to institutes which meet the laid down international medical standards,” informed Dr A.K. Gupta, Medical Superintendent and head of Hospital Administration department at PGI.

He said since the waiting period for surgery in some of the countries like England was very long, India could provide medical facilities to patients from abroad. He said efforts were already being made to have an agency which would give accreditation to hospitals and institutes which meet the laid down international standards. He said other facilities like single window service need to be extended to facilitate the travel, treatment and other arrangements for foreign patients.

Dr Gupta, informed that a number of important issues will be discussed at the conference on Hospital Administration and the latest trends. “The objective of organising the conference is to deliberate and evolve strategies to be adopted by hospital administrators pertaining to important issues like finance, legal and ethical issues, marketing and updating technology and its optimum utilisation,” he stated.

“Preparedness and medical care during emergency situations like epidemics and accidents is another important issue in hospital administration, which will be discussed at length during the conference,” said Dr Gupta. He said with the corporate sector entering the health sector in a big way the issue of cost containment had become very crucial. One entire session will be devoted to discussing role and challenges faced by hospital administration in prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.

The scientific session will also discuss the legal and ethical aspects in Organ Transplant, especially in view of the controversy surrounding the kidney scam. Other topics that will be discussed by panel of experts from all over the country includes biomedical waste management, quality assurance, accountability of hospitals to the public, state and judiciary.

There is an acute shortage of hospital administrators in the country as there are only 500 such trained professionals. More than 150 delegates from all over the country will attend the two day conference.



Plea on medicine supply

Chandigarh, February 19
The member of the recently dissolved Lok Sabha, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, has demanded regular supply of medicines to the Central Government Health Scheme Dispensary in the city.

In a letter to Union Minister of Health Sushma Swaraj, Mr Bansal said a large number of beneficiaries were being deprived of the necessary medical care, as the dispensary had no medicines.

He added that the bills of beneficiaries availing of permissible medical services from other recognised institutions were also not being reimbursed, he said.



Cyclists to pedal from Lahore to Delhi
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, February 19
A relay cycling event from Lahore to Delhi, spanning more than 500 km, will be the highlight of the first-ever All-Punjab Games, involving East Punjab (India) and West Punjab (Pakistan), to be held from December 5 to 11 this year. Patiala will host 10 disciplines, while Mohali will play host to one discipline.

In a brief interaction, Raja K.S. Sidhu, secretary general of the Punjab Olympic Association, who attended a meeting between the representatives of the two countries on January 30 at Lahore, said he discussed the matter with Mr S.S. Dhindsa, president, Cycling Federation of India, and president, Punjab Olympic Association, regarding the possibility of holding the cycling event. The latter told him that the two sides had agreed to the proposal put forth during the meeting.

Mr Sidhu said Patiala would be the main venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and other disciplines of sports i.e. athletics (men and women), swimming (men and women), hockey, basketball, kabaddi (Asian and Circle), volleyball, tug-of-war, cycling (men and women), weightlifting and wrestling. Mohali will play host to clay pigeon shooting events in both trap and skeet.

Mr Sidhu said a total of 350 players, including officials, will cross over from Wagah. He said the Chief Minister Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was also in Pakistan at that time, personally extended the invitation to the Chief Minister, Punjab (Pakistan), Mr Parvez Elahi, to inaugurate the games. Mr Sidhu said the President, Olympic Council of Asia, and President, International Olympic Committee, were likely to come for the games.

He said the meeting coincided with another meeting of the representatives of SAF Games, which will be held from March 29 to April 6 in Islamabad. He said though the hosts accorded hospitality to the visiting delegation, they had to wait for nearly eight hours before they were allowed entry by Pakistan authorities.



The Gurukul holds sports meet
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 19
Niharika and Hridey, both from Dronacharya House, bagged first prize each in the 50m race in the inter-house sports meet of The Gurukul held on the school premises here today. It was a fun-filled day for students who competed in athletics and other games.

Mr Sanjay Thareja, Chairman of the school, inaugurated the meet. He announced that the winners would get prizes and certificates at the school’s annual function.

Results: Tug-of-war: (winners) Hemant, Dipin, Rishabh, Rahul, Arjun, Ridhima, Twinkle, Niharika, Chitwan and Ankita; (runners-up) Raghav, Hemsal, Hargun, Arjun, Mohit, Simran, Aishwarya, Navalpreet, Aradhika and Tejli.

Relay race: (girls) Simran, Aishwarya, Navpreet and Aradhika)-1, Nikita, Yamini, Mrinal and Sakshi-2, Shivangi, Kanika, Sukoon and Garima-3; (boys) Arka, Hridey, Chandan and Shantam-1, Yatin, Manjeet, Siddhant and Rushabh-2, Angad, Ashish, Amir and Gaurish-3.

50m race: (girls) Niharika-1,Yamini-2, Nikita-3. (boys) Hridey-1,Tenmay-2, Nitesh-3.

Camel race: Antariksh and Dhruv-1, Deepanshu and Vivek-2, Paramdeep and Shivam-3.



HP cricketer writes to BCCI chief
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 19
Rajiv Nayyar of Himachal Pradesh has written to the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), apprising him of the injustice done to him by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

Nayyar, who has been playing for the state since 1986 and has the distinction of playing in 92 Ranji Trophy matches, has alleged that the president of the HP Cricket Association, Mr Anurag Thakur, has deliberately kept him out of the state team for reasons best known to him.

Nayyar, who was in the city today, said he was still fit to play and his achievements should be taken into consideration.

He belongs to Chamba and has so far completed 6,800 runs with 19 centuries and 35 fifties in Ranji matches at an average of 45.80, which is a state record.

He said he was conferred with the Shri Parshuram Award by the state government in 1997.

Nayyar in his one-page letter has stated that Mr Thakur first dropped him from the captainship, then changed his batting order form one to number seven and later dropped him from the team. Nayyar said for the past eight years he had been playing in the Minro County cricket matches in the UK.



MC earmarks more funds for water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation today earmarked more funds for water supply in Mani Majra and four villages within the MC limits to improve services in rehabilitation colonies and streetlighting in the city.

The Committee hiked the allocation for streetlighting from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 70 lakh, for four villages from Rs 45 lakh to Rs 1 crore, for rehabilitation from Rs 1.05 crore to Rs 2.75 crore and landscaping from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore.

A sum of Rs 3 crore has been set aside to improve water supply in Mani Majra. It may be re-collected that Mani Majra faced a major water crisis last month. Already, it has been decided to link Mani Majra with the phase IV of Kajauli water works. At present, Mani Majra gets its supply through tubewells.

To make up for these hikes, the MC will set up a resource generation committee which will look at new avenues for generating money like advertisement panels at important places. To make good for these expenses, the committee proposed that departmental expenses and administrative expenses be reduced from Rs 30 lakh and Rs 60, respectively. The new allocation for these two expenses will be Rs 15 lakh each.

The committee allocated the following sums for the Kajauli water drinking water supply project ( Rs 24.60 crore), sewerage treatment plant (Rs 7.04 crore), re-carpeting of roads ( Rs 5.50 crore), purchase of hydraulic platform for the fire department ( Rs 3.50 crore), garbage transportation (Rs 7.04 crore), improvement of water supply (Rs 2 crore) and dumping ground (Rs 1.73).


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