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Latest know-how for optimum blood use must: Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma today underlined the need for introducing the latest blood transfusion technology for optimum utilisation of available blood.

Speaking after inaugurating a blood donation camp “Chirag” organised jointly by the Rotary Club and the Blood Bank Society at Punjab Raj Bhavan, Justice Verma said keeping in view the increased requirement of the life-saving fluid, it was imperative that blood was not transfused as a complete unit but as component as per the requirement of patients.

Underlining the need of taking voluntary blood donation movement to remote rural areas, Justice Verma said: “We have to provide safe blood for increasing the number of surgeries being performed by the medical profession.”

He said as medical science had developed immensely during the past decade, the delicate surgical operations such as open cardiac surgery and renal transplant being performed in various medical institutions required a lot of safe blood.

Expressing concern at low spread of voluntary blood donation movement in the country, the Governor said in our country, the annual requirement of blood was 80,00,000 units per year.

It was a matter of regret that only 2 million units were collected through voluntary blood donations.

He said voluntary blood donation needed to be strengthened to check the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS.

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PGI to offer special packages
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Post Graduate Institute (PGI) is gearing up to offer special packages for treatment in its various departments in the coming months. The institute is envisaging the package to be a wholesome treatment offered at one place instead of requiring the patient to visit various departments.

Stating the new plans, the Director, PGI, Prof K.K. Talwar, said today that the proposal had already been sent to the Union Health Ministry for approval and the modalities were being worked out to give a practical shape to the packages.

“We are planning to offer separate packages for treatment in some of the departments initially, including the cardiology, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery departments. Gradually, the packages would be offered in other departments as well,” said Prof Talwar.

“In the present set up, for instance, a patient who is required to undergo surgery need to pay separately right from conducting the preliminary tests to purchase of the post-operative medicines. We plan to offer him a package on diagnosis of the disease and to tell him the entire cost in advance. This will actually reduce a lot of running around that a patient has to do at present,” said Prof Talwar. Similar treatment packages are being offered by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, but are limited to the department of cardiology alone.

While a proposal is already sent to the ministry, the modalities are yet to be worked out for the implementation of the new scheme. This would include fixing the cost of each package, which the doctors say would be much less than the costs charged by the hospitals in the private set up.

The PGI is of the opinion that when introduced such packages would help attract more patients to the hospital because of their patient-friendly approach. The hospital currently earns around Rs 35 crore annually through patient charges, while its yearly non-planned expenditure alone exceeds Rs 40 crore.

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CT scan that delineates blood vessels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Department of Radiodiagnosis at the PGI has developed the latest technique of specialised CT scanning which delineates details of different blood vessels of the liver and the extent of tumour in case of gall bladder cancer.

The latest advancement helps in planning the strategy to be adopted for complete surgical removal of the tumour. The technique generates 3-D computer-assisted images using a special software.

The work was recently presented and appreciated in the World Congress of the International Hepatopancreato Biliary Surgery Association , and the American Society of Radiology, the USA.

The technique is considered beneficial for patients as it helps in planning the surgical technique. It also warns surgeons regarding various blood vessel anomalies.

According to Prof J.D. Wig, Head, Department of General Surgery, PGI, the incidence of gall bladder cancer in northern and central India is high and the cancer displays female preponderance. It is also one of the commonest causes of obstructive jaundice.

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Hockey Academy to meet CRZ in final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Hockey Academy (red) and the CRZ, Sonepat XI, will take on each other in tomorrow’s final of the Sahibzada Under-15 Hockey Tournament played here at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

In the semifinals held today, CHA (red) downed Gopal Academy, Kurali, by four goals to two. For the winners the goals were scored by Deepak, Harman, Dharamvir and Suraj (one each). In the other semifinal, the CRZ proved too good for CHA (blue) when they lost to them by a solitary goal.

Athletics trials

The Amateur Athletics Association, Chandigarh, will hold the selection trials on August 21 to select the UT junior state athletic team for the North Zone Junior Athletic Championship to be held at Panipat from September 17 to 19. According to Mr Ravinder Chaudhary, secretary of the association, the UT senior team for the 44th National Open Athletics Championship will be held in Mumbai from September 10 to 12.

Mr Chaudhary said the UT State Athletics Championship for sub-junior, junior and senior section championship will be organised in the second fortnight of October. The UT athletics team will also participate in the First National Youth (under-18) Athletics Championship to be held from November 14 to 16 at Jamshedpur. It will also take part in the national junior athletic meet to be held at Vijaywada from December 20 to 24 and in the national cross country meet to be organised at Guwahati on February 6, 2005.

Weightlifting tourney

The Chandigarh Amateur Weightlifting Association will conduct the selection trials for the selection of UT sub-junior boys and girls/junior (men and women) weightlifting teams for participation in the boys and girls sub-junior and junior, men and women National Weightlifting Championship to be held in Mumbai from September 4 to 6 and 8 to 12. These trials will be held at the Weightllifting Coaching Centre, Sector 41, on August 21 at 10 a.m.

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Iqbal Singh, Dina clinch I-Day cup

Chandigarh, August 18
Col Iqbal Singh and Col B.K.S. Dina clinched the Independence Day Golf Cup defeating the duo of SPS Mathar and Jaskaran Panag in the final at the Chandigarh Golf Club yesterday. The match was keenly contested with the winning duo trailing by one stroke after the first nine holes.

The return nine was also keenly contested and the winning team of Col Iqbal Singh went ahead after the 11th hole and maintained it lead till the 18th hole to lift the cup. According to Dr G.S. Kochhar, Chairman, Media, Publicity, Protocol and Magazine, 56 club members participated in the tournament which began on a knock out basis against 3/4th handicaps from June 1. — TNS

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Hockey umpires’ exam on Aug 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Hockey Umpires Association will hold a written test for hockey umpires on August 22 at 9 am.

The test will be held at the AG (Punjab) office in Sector 17 here.

Those interested can deposit Rs 50 each as examination fee with Mr S.C. Khanna , honorary secretary of the association, at 1167, Sector 18.

The test will be conducted if five or more candidates turn up.

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Khaneja, Talwar make it to last four in nine-ball pool
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 18
Rajat Khaneja and Sumit Talwar made it to the last four of the ongoing Chandigarh State nine-ball Pool meet played here today in Sector 22. Other players who entered the semifinal are, Pramod and Gagandeep.

In the matches played today, Rajat downed Kamal Kant 7-6, Pramod outplayed Praveen Duggal 7-4. In other matches, Sumit got the better of S. Duggal 7-3 while Gagandeep beat Sachin Madan 7-2.

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