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Handle snake bites with care
Tribune News Service

What needs to be done:

  • Keep the victim calm and call for medical assistance immediately.
  • Keep the affected area below heart level to reduce the flow of venom
  • Wash the bite with soap and water. Do not suck the blood from the affected area. 

Chandigarh, August 22
Snakes are causing panic among residents in the city and peripheral slum colonies. Though experts say that not all snakes are poisonous, the residents recoil with horror at the very mention of the reptile.

“The snakes appear during monsoon, especially in those areas which are surrounded with thick vegetation. In case of a bite, people get panicky but not all snakes are poisonous. Immediate medical help is, however, must for the victim,” said a senior physician at the General Hospital, Sector 16. Cases of snake bites have been coming to the city hospitals mainly from slum colonies and other peripheral areas.

According to Fortis Hospital, two persons have lost their life due to snake bites in the city and Kurali.

Doctors recommend that in case of a snake bite, the patient should be made to lie down quietly as any physical activity may increase the flow of venom to the bloodstream. The danger signs would be swelling and change in colour of the skin after the bite which may indicate that the snake was poisonous.

While rubbing ice or sucking blood from the area bitten by the snake are a big no, doctors recommend immediate washing of the bitten area with soap and water and to keep the venom from further spreading.

The victim’s temperature, pulse, rate of breathing and blood pressure should be monitored to see if there are signs of shock. As the effect of poisoning usually starts within 15 minutes to 12 hours of the snake bite, a bandage should be wrapped both above and below the bite to slow down the spreading of venom. 



Locating depts a tall order at PGI
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Finding the correct way is a tall order at the PGI here as the absence of signboards in the hospital are adding to the woes of the patients and their attendants.
“It’s a maze. We do not know where most of the departments are located. Though the ground floor of the hospital provides some guidance through the signboards, one is completely clueless about where all departments are located on the rest of the four floors,” complained an attendant, Sudhir Kumar, accompanying a patient in Nehru Hospital.

Sources say the issue of providing signboards for guidance has been raised many a times in the committee meetings after a number of the complaints were received. But the situation has not been rectified so far. “The matter was taken up in the committee meeting as early as February this year and it was agreed upon that a patient friendly system need to be worked upon soon,” revealed a committee member.

While the ground floor in the Nehru hospital has a signboard informing the public about the location of various departments and services provided at the floor, the subsequent floors lack this basic facility. "We have to rely on the security staff or the passersby to guide our way into the hospital. While most of the staircases are locked midway in the hospital, no prior information is given to the visitor regarding this,” added another visitor.

Though a help desk is there at the entrance of the Block A of the hospital, but visitors say the presence of a help desk at a corner of the huge hospital serves little purpose.

Committee members also say that in addition to the suggestions of putting signboards within the Nehru hospital, the suggestion of putting signboards for the new OPD was also raised in the meeting. The committee recommended to instal sign boards at the circular crossing and another at the entry road of the main gate of the PGI from Sector 11 and Madhya Marg.

When the Medical Superintendent of the PGI, Dr A. K. Gupta was asked by The Tribune about the matter, he admitted," We realise that the proper guiding signs are need of the hour for the hospital. In fact, with the help of the engineering department of the hospital, we are evolving a patient friendly system to cover the entire hospital”.



GMCH breaks wall for way into ICU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The GMCH-Sector 32 has finally broken an outer wall to create way for the patients and the visitors to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Block C of the hospital. The visitors at the unit should heave a sigh of relief as the opening of the direct way has saved many unnecessary rounds of the building and has also made the escape from the floor easier in case of any emergency.

Patients visiting the ICU at level III of the block were facing inconvenience as approaching the floor was earlier difficult for want of any direct way. The only way left to reach at the level was through the patients’ lift, (which, too, was out of order for some days) until the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the problem.

“We took note of the patients’ genuine problem. The engineering wing of the hospital was asked to act fast to rectify the problem,” remarked a hospital official. 



Vohra memorial hockey semifinals today
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 22
Hawks Club, Ropar, CFHA XI, Sukhchain Academy and Gopal Academy entered the semi-finals of the third S.N. Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (under14) Hockey Tournament at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

In the matches played today, Gopal Academy beat PAP Academy, Jalandhar, by 7-0. Half time score was 3-0. Sandeep and Mukul scored two goals each while Samarjit, Deepanshu and Ranjit scored one goal each.

In the second tie, Hawks Club downed Namdhari Academy, Ludhiana by two goals to one while half time score was 1-1. For winners, goals were scored by Simranjit and Talwinder while for losers, Gurbhej Singh scored the lone goal.

In the third tie, CFHA XI beat St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, by 8-0. Sandeep, Simrandeep and Devinder scored two goals each while Dharambir and Harmanpreet scored one goal each.

In the fourth match of the day, Sukhchain Academy got the better of Cheema Academy, Batala, by two goals to one. For winners, goals were scored by Kanwaljit and Raj Kumar while for losers, Rajbir Singh scored the lone goal.

Tomorrow, Gopal Academy will face Hawks Academy, Ropar, and Sukhchain Academy will compete with CHA Academy.

Pool championship: Mohit Goel stole the limelight in the last league tie in the ongoing Haryana State Nine Ball Pool Championship being played here at Asia Billiards, Sector 34.

Mohit beat Abhishek 5-3 and then Gagan Sharma 5-3.

In other league matches of the day, Deepak Kalra beat Manu Singh 5-4, Aman Goel defeated Maninder 5-2, Jaswinder beat Shiv 5-1 and Gaurav Rai defeated Abhishek 5-3.

The knockout stage will start from tomorrow.

Handball: SGGS College, Sector 26, and Panjab University Campus surged ahead by winning their respective matches with ease against DAV College, Sector 10,Chandigarh and SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, in the Panjab University Inter-College Inter-Zonal Handball (men) Tournament being played here on league basis at PU, Chandigarh.

Taekwondo team: The Panchkula District Taekwondo Association has selected players for participation in the Haryana State Taekwondo Championship to be held at Panipat from August 27 to 29.

The team is: Chetan, Vishal, Kartik, Vivek, Adhesh, Rahul, Monika, Chitra, Ridhika, Disha, Sandeep, Sakar, Anant Bansal, Gaurav, Preetinder, Rekhansh, Sahil, Amit, Praveen, Tarun, Kashish, Paramveer, Saurabh, Jatin, Rishab, Karan, Hemansh, Adithya and Gagan.



Tough training needed, says BAI gen secy
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 22
The general secretary of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) Mr L.C. Gupta, has expressed his satisfaction at the performance of Indian shuttlers in the Athens Olympics. Mr Gupta was here in the city to review the preparations of the forthcoming National Sub-Junior (under16) and Mini (under13) Badminton Championships to be held in Chandigarh from October 10 to 16.

He said Nikhil Kanetkar and Aparna Popat played well and with stiff competition in the Olympics, the performance of the players was on a par with rather better. “After Prakash Padukone and Pullella Gopi Chand, we hardly have any current player who could be a player to reckon with for other world players,” he said, adding that junior players were coming up well. However, he said, the fitness level of players like Taufik Hadiyat and Peter Gade, was unmatched and our players DId less practice. “We require a tougher approach to groom players so as to excel at the world level,” he said. On the regular sponsor for the Nationals, he said for the Senior National event, the Indian Oil group had been forthcoming and was shelling about Rs 7.5 lakh for it. After the tobacco sponsorship ban, no corporate house had come forward to entirely sponsor the sub-junior and junior nationals, he said.

Earlier, Mr Gupta, Mr O.D. Sharma, joint secretary of the BAI, visited the Sector 42 Indoor hall , sports hostel and other hotels to view the progress being made for the conduct of the nationals. The Chandigarh Badminton Association was allotted this year’s National Mini and Sub-Junior Badminton meet. They were accompanied by Mr T.P.S. Puri, former chief of the national badminton coach, and general secretary of the CBA along with local coaches. Mr Gupta asked CBA officials to provide for the standby generator in case of electricity failure and also to put more strong lights on the corners of the hall.


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