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Nurses donate blood for thalassaemic children
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
A voluntary blood donation camp for thalassaemic children was organised by the Department of Transfusion Medicine of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today in which students of Nursing College of the DMCH donated 75 units of blood.

With the inauguration of the blood donation camp by Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist of Hero DMC Heart Institute, another project, SAT (students’ aid for thalassaemia), also went on stream under which each student of the nursing college would contribute Rs 12 per month for the treatment of thalassaemic children.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Wander said it was matter of genuine pride that the students of nursing college had shown such concern for the welfare of unfortunate victims of thalassaemia. The students, who were going to adopt the career of serving the suffering humanity, had set an example for others through a noble gesture.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Transfusion Medicine, and Dr Parveen Sobti, incharge of the thalassaemia unit in the DMCH, who had jointly organised the camp, said the medical students had already volunteered to join the SAT project, which would turn out to be a great monetary assistance to the thalassaemic patients. In addition, the medical and para-medical staff members of the institution were also donating blood for thalassaemic children on a regular basis.

According to Dr Amarjit Kaur, the blood collected at the camp, would be utilised for treatment of thalassaemic children, who needed frequent blood transfusion. The blood would be duly processed and screened for all transmissible diseases like AIDS and hepatitis before it was released to the patients. Observing that thalassaemia was the most common inherited blood disorder in the world, she said Punjab was one of the worst affected states in the country. “Punjabi population ranging between 3 and 15 per cent has a thalassaemia trait but unfortunately people have little awareness about the disease.” Presently, the DMCH had 168 children registered with thalassaemia unit of the hospital, she added.
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Bio-waste disposal in 13 institutions approved
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
In a joint meeting of Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) and Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) officials here today, 13 health institutions in the district working under the PHSC were given certificates of compliance with bio-medical waste disposal rules.

The medical officers of health institutions had been asked to submit applications for authorisation certificates for bio-medical waste disposal under the guidelines issued by the PHSC. The completed applications were scrutinised and 13 certificates were issued on the spot, according to Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon.
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