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Global conference on war and violence begins
Tripti Nath

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), an affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, are holding an international seminar on ‘War, Violence and Health-South Asian Perspective’ here on Sunday to draw attention to the consequences of war and the global expenditure on arms.

IPPNW is a global federation of sixty national physicians’ groups primarily dedicated to the prevention of nuclear war through the elimination of nuclear weapons. Doctors and medical students from different parts of the country and other South Asian countries are expected to participate in the seminar.

IDPD advocates reduction of expenditure on the arms race. Dr Ron McCoy, Malaysia-based IPPNW President, who is here for the seminar, says that physicians in India and Pakistan bear a heavy responsibility to use their medical expertise and duty of care to create a groundswell of public opinion that will demand of their governments the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary of IDPD, says that South Asia is one of the most deprived regions in the world and is among the lowest in health indicators.

“We have fallen trap in the arms race. After the May 11, 1998 nuclear test by India, Pakistan carried out the nuclear tests on May 28, the same year. This has led to increase in arms race in the region. We need to address problems of hunger and poverty. India and Pakistan spend 37 and 40 per cent of the budget respectively on arms and spend only three to four per cent on health and education.”

Dr Mitra says that health is a basic human right but vast majority of population has no access to proper and scientific health care facilities. They are devoid of clean drinking water and sanitation.

Free treatment to children

Experts at the recently concluded conference ‘Healthcare - Destination India’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries, were prompt in reciprocating the offer of the special invitees from Pakistan.

The Head of the 14-member delegation and Parliamentary Secretary, Health (Punjab), Dr Farzana Nazir, conveyed her government’s commitment to treat thirty Indian children free of cost at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. The announcement was followed by appreciation and applause. The Indian medical community was spontaneous in reciprocating the offer.

Dr K. S. Bhimwal, Medical Director of Rockland Hospital, which specialises in orthopaedic treatment, offered free treatment to five children in need of spinal surgery. He said that the surgery would be done by none other than renowned orthopaedic surgeon and former Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Professor P.K. Dave. He said that Professor Dave, Chairman of the Advisory Board, specialises in scoliosis and would be taking up the cases for Pakistani children.

Another magnanimous offer was made by Manipal Enterprises, which is known for higher medical education among other fields. Mr D. A. Prasanna, Chief Executive Officer of Manipal Enterprises, expressed the desire to host a weeklong stay for a member of the delegation at one of their institutes. He also proposed a twinning programme at the postgraduate level to enable Indian students study in Pakistan for a year after completing two years of the course in India. The offer would also be open to Pakistani students. Mr Prasanna also suggested best practice sharing courses for both countries.

The conference chairperson, Mr Harpal Singh, said that all such offers or “gestures of goodwill” be conveyed to the CII sub-committee to enable them consolidate and forward it to the concerned authorities.

New wing of Ganga Ram Hospital

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital’s new wing scheduled to be inaugurated by President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam here on its Founder’s Day on Baisakhi, will offer 100 more beds, 16 seamless steel operation theatres, four minor OTs with laminar air-flow, a 34-bed Intensive Care Unit, laboratory area, a comfortable waiting place for patients and caregivers and basement parking.

According to Dr S.K. Sama, Chairman, Board of Management, the new wing is spread over 1,30,000 square feet. “The old building of the hospital is spread over 1,70,000 square feet. The new research block has been designed by C. P. Kukreja. This is the second expansion since the hospital was set up in 1954. The first expansion witnessed the creation of two blocks in early eighties. We are only adding 100 beds to the 500-bed hospital. We wish to use the remaining area to decongest our old building. Soon after the inauguration of the new wing, we will start construction of a new block close to the casualty. We propose to start a radiotherapy unit.

Right now, we have 20 beds in the ICU. We are adding 14 beds and shifting the ICU. The cardiac ICU will continue in the old building. The state-of-the-art OTs have been given a coat of antiseptic paint to eliminate any chances of infection. In the space created in the old building, we plan to set up a holistic centre, which will offer yoga, acupressure and acupuncture.”

Medical education

The Department of Neurology, G.B. Panth Hospital, is holding a daylong national CME (Continuing Medical Education) programme on epilepsy in its auditorium on Sunday.

Dr M.M. Mehndiratta, Organising Secretary of the CME programme, says that the endeavour is aimed at educating family physicians, general physicians and neurologists on the latest advancements in the field of epilepsy.

New facilities at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, a 172-bed hospital, is adding to its infrastructure and facilities.

Construction has started for a new block, which would include 120 beds, an OPD (Out-patient department) block and several state-of-the-art facilities.

The Institute, which started functioning on July 1,1996, is also targeting international affiliation to benchmark its facilities. So far, the Institute claims to have treated more than 55,000 patients from the entire North India. A large number of patients from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other neighbouring countries have also been coming to the institute for treatment.

For pregnant women

Pregnant women with low haemoglobin count can now try Optifier capsules, which promise oral iron supplementation. Launched by Gufic Biosciences Limited, these capsules are a combination of Ferrous glycine suplhate and carbonyl iron.

Ferrous glycine sulphate is the ionised form of iron and gets absorbed from the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine.

Although several salts of Ferrous Iron are available in the market like ferrous sulphate, ferrous gluconate, ferrous fumarate and ferrous sucinate, they tend to trigger of side effects as gastrointestinal irritation, nausea and vomiting.


Golden Hawks rout R R Gymkhana
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 28
Golden Hawks defeated Rohtak Road Gymkhana by five wickets in a Super A Division match of the DDCA League at the Yamuna Sports Complex ground.

Scores: R R Gymkhana: 157 all out in 37 overs (Rja Gurmeet Singh 44, Ajit Ranjan 3 for 26).

Golden Hawks: 158 for 5 in 37.4 overs (Vishal Sharma 56, Neeraj Chawla 2 for 26).

Delhi Telecom defeated Ircon Club by five wickets in an A-II Division match at the Yamuna ground.

Scores: Ircon Club: 177 all out in 39.1 overs (Surender Kumar 44, N S Negi 5 for 15).

Delhi Telecom: 178 for 5 in 35 overs (Rajender Ahir 68 n o, Bishan Mittal 32, Amit Kumar 2 for 29).

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) defeated Air Force by five wickets in a Super A Division match at the Air Force ground.

Scores: Air Force: 204 for 6 in 40 overs (PMS Reddy 100, Imran Khan 36).

ONGC: 205 for 5 in 37.4 overs (Sandeep Sharma 60, Amit Dulip 57, Rizwan Shamshad 50, Dhir Kumar 2 for 30).

Delhi Audit defeated South Delhi by four runs in a Super A Division match at the Mohan Meakins ground.

Scores: Delhi Audit: 149 all out in 39.5 overs (Pankaj Joshi 34, Adil Ahmad 2 for 18, Anuj Sharma 2 for 15, Hemant Dogra 2 for 25).

South Delhi: 145 all out in 40 overs (Suriya Kumar 51, K S Rana 3 for 25, Satish Salwan 2 for 25, P P Singh 2 for 25).


Peter Foster, Rohit bowl British HC to victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 28
An all-round display by Rohit Roy (2 for 16 and 47 n o, 3x6, 5x4, 30b) and deadly bowling by Peter Foster (4 for 17) enabled British High Commission defeat Trinidad and Tobago High Commission by ten wickets in a league match of the third Raymond Commonwealth Cricket Tournament at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

The tournament was inaugurated by Australian High Commissioner Penelope Wensely.

Scores: Trinidad and Tobago High Commission: 105 in 24.4 overs (Dhruv Bhatia 53, 9x4, 64b; Peter Foster 4 for 17, Deepak 2 for 11, Rohit Roy 2 for 17).

British High Commission: 106 for no loss in eight overs (Rohit Roy 47 n o, Eashwaran 44 n o, 3x6, 3x4, 18b).

S.K.Soni deadly

A deadly bowling spell of 7 for 9 by S K Soni and a 77-run partnership between Pankaj Chopra and Rajender Prasad enabled South Delhi Campus regain the title in the Delhi University Inter-Staff Cricket Tournament for the fourth time, defeating Kirori Mal College-Ramjas College Combined XI by nine wickets, at the Hindu College ground.

Ramjas College Combined XI:
91 all out in 27.3 overs (Shivender 15, Dhruv 14, S K Soni 7 for 9, Abdul Waquar 2 for 22).

South Delhi Campus: 94 for 1 in 19.1 overs (Pankaj Chopra 57 n o, Rajender 22).


Good response to NCA Coaches’ Course
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 28
The Level-I Coaches Course for North Zone, organised by the National Cricket Academy of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, concluded at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) premises at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Saturday. The course had begun on February 23.

The course generated tremendous response from coaches, physios and trainers from all the Northern States. The course was open to State-level players with two years’ experience in coaching.

Former Test cricketers Madan Lal and Parthasarathy Sharma, along with well-known trainer Tej Kaul, Paras Mhambrey and physio Vaibhav Daga, took classes in the course. The successful candidates will be required to take Level-II test.

Those who attended the course were Manu Nayyar, Ajit Chaudhary, Ajay Verma, Pawan Sharma, Naresh Sharma, Anil Choudhary, Dulal Sarkar, Tejvir Singh and Devender Sharma from DDCA, Harminder Singh, Manmohan Bedi and Darshan Singh from Punjab, Ameek Khan and Mansoor Ahmed Lone from Jammu and Kashmir, Aseem Kumar, Ramesh Thakur, Brijesh Betal, Sharad Chand, Amit Sharma and Ajay Manu from Himachal Pradesh, Maj V K Gaur, J. P Pandey, Harish Bhaskar, S Shashidharan and Vikram Yadav from Services Sports Control Board and Pradeep Jain and Mahipal Singh from Haryana.


Milo-Ryan Minithon at Gurgaon today
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, February 28
The first Milo-Ryan Minithon, hosted by the Ryan International School, will be held at Gurgaon on Sunday at 8 am. The races will be held in three age groups among boys and girls—under-12, under-14 and under-16 in 1km, 2km and 3km respectively.

Cash prizes will be given to the first six finishers and gift hampers for the first 40 places in all age groups. Team championship trophies will be given to the best three schools. Entries close at the Gurgaon School on phone 0124-2580096.

Ryan School had organised Ryan Minithons at St.Lawrence School, Borivili (Mumbai), Juhu Beach, St. Xavier’s School, Nagpur, St. Lawrence School, Vashi, Ryan School, Surat and Sree Kanterava Stadium at Bangalore. It also organised state-level athletic meets in Mumbai, Bangalore, Nasik, Raipur and Nagpur.

Malaysian team to play hockey Tests

The Malaysian junior hockey team will play four Test matches against the Indian junior team at the Shivaji Stadium on March 2, 3 and 5.

Punjab National Bank will sponsor the hockey series, to be organised by the Indian Hockey Federation.

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