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Conference on blood transfusion safety
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
To focus on the quality of blood transfusion services, the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the PGI is organising a continued medical education conference at the institute, beginning on Saturday.

The stress of the conference will be on maintaining quality in blood transfusion services, from donor collection to blood components, reagents and equipment.

To improve the overall transfusion safety, the focus of the discussions will also be on good manufacturing practices.

“The talks will take up the current status of transfusion-transmitted diseases. The advent of component technology has helped in maintaining an adequate inventory of blood and its components to help the bleeding trauma, cancer, haemophilia and thalassaemic patients,” says a senior faculty member of the department.

Nearly 200 delegates from the region are expected to take part in the conference.



Gynae conference to take up medico-legal cases’ issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
As many as six out of 10 general surgeries performed in the hospitals are related to gynaecological problems. No wonder, then, that around 60 per cent of the total litigation against doctors, the world over, are against gynaecologists and obstetricians.

‘‘The job of the gynaecologists is more tedious as he or she has to deal with two lives (a mother and a yet to be born child) at the same time. That is why complications can arise from either side and the number of complaints against the doctors multiply,’’ explains Prof Sarla Malhotra of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the PGI, while talking about why a large number of the gynaecologists are wrangled in litigation? ‘‘Though in India, there are no clear statistics available on the issue, but various studies in the UK and USA show that a large chunk of gynaecologists are involved in litigation,’’ she says.

Prof Malhotra will be speaking on the medico-legal issues and defence for the doctors at the forthcoming conference of the North Zone Obstetrics and Gynaecology to be held at the GMCH, Sector 32, on Sunday.

Highlighting the time taken in solving the cases in the country vis a vis western countries, Prof Malhotra says while on an average, it takes around 4.2 years for settling the medico legal cases in the USA, the time taken in India may easily be around 10 years.

‘‘ In the USA, nearly 70 per cent of the obstetricians, who are members of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology have at least once faced litigation in their professional careers. In fact now the trend there is on decreasing the number of litigations against the doctors. In the USA, the target is to decrease the number of litigation against the doctors by 25 per cent by the year 2005,’’ adds Prof Malhotra.

Experts at the conference to be held in GMCH-32 on Sunday, including judges, lawyers and doctors will take up the issues of the Consumer Protection Act, recent judgment of the Supreme Court on dealing with the cases of negligence by doctors and steps to be taken to decrease litigation. 



DAVC, PU campus in tennis final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 17
DAV College, Sector 10, will meet Panjab University campus in the final of the Panjab University Inter-College Tennis (Men) meet. In the semifinals played today at the university, DAVC-10 outplayed SGGS College 2-0. In the first tie, Paras downed Karanvir 6-3 and 6-1, while Izrak defeated Sukhpal in three sets 1-6, 6-1 and 6-2. In the other semi-finals, PU campus got the better of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) by two matches to one. In the first singles, Sikandar beat Gautam 6-0 and 6-0, while it was equalised by Sarbrinder of PEC who beat Gurpreet 6-1 and 6-3 to make it 1-1. In the decider, Vikas and Sikandar defeated Sarbrinder and Gurpeet 6-3 and 7-6 to win the tie.

Judo championship

The Amateur Judo Association of Chandigarh will hold the UT Sub-Junior State Judo Championship on September 18 and 19 at Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector 40, with new amended rules. The two new categories of age groups in boys and girls are: 10 to 12 years and 12 to 14 years. The weight categories are: boys and girls; below 25 kg, 30 kg, 35 kg, 40 kg and above 40 kg. 12 to 14 years; below 35 kg, below 40 kg, below 45 kg, below 50 kg and above 50 kg. The participants could be able to compete in one weight category only.

Karate meet

Karatekas of Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, hogged the limelight in the just concluded HP State Sub-Junior and Junior State Karate Championship held at Dagshai Public School.

Mayank Gautam and Pradeep Jugral won gold medals in various categories, while Chander Mohan, Gurdeep and Brij Mohan bagged silver medals. Rajat Modgil and Mayank Sharma won bronze medals.

Mr P.N. Ashok, Principal, appreciated the achievements of the students.

Inter-school tourney

AC National Public Senior Secondary School, Zirakpur, won the overall championship in the District Patiala Inter-School (Banur zone) Tournament which was played at Government Senior Secondary School, Banur.

In this meet, 244 students from AC National School took part, while another 126 students played in the inter-zonal school sports meet. It won laurels in football, hockey, badminton, basketball and volleyball. Ms Krishna Agnihotri, Principal, lauded the role played by sports teachers.

Cricket team

Saurabh Arora, an international school cricketer, has been selected skipper of the Chandigarh district u-19 cricket team which will take part in the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Tournament, which will begin on September 19. This was stated by Mr Surinder Singh ‘Baijee’, general secretary, Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association.

As many as 100 youngsters appeared in the trials held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on Friday. Mr Surinder Singh said 30 probables were shortlisted and the final team, comprising 16 members, would be selected after a match to be played tomorrow.

The probables are: Saurabh Arora, Sarul Kanwar, Harjeet Singh, Deepak Saini, Michal, Pankaj, Vijay Kumar, Anupam Gambhir, Amit Prashar, Sayam Kapoor, Nitin Mittal, Pawan Kumar, Sourav Kumar, Sumit Kamboj, Karandeep, Varun Ghandi, Akam Bhardwaj, Karamjeet, Prashant Bahuguna, Sachin Kumar, Tarang Bharati, Sumandeep, Sunil Mehra, Mukal Singh, Prashant Gaurav, Harmandeep, Ankur, Arjun Behal and Anwar Mughal.

Football meet

Eight matches in the boys’ section and four in the girls’ section were played on the opening day of the St Xavier’s Six-a-Side Football Tournament that began at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, here on Friday. The four-day meet is being held in collaboration with the Chandigarh Football Association.

In the girls’ section, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, beat Saupins School, Sector 9, Panchkula, 2-0; St Xavier’s defeated Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, by a solitary goal; and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, got the better of St Stephen’s 2-0.

In the boys’ section, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, beat Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, 7-2; St Xavier’s defeated St Peter’s, Sector 37, 4-0; Sanjay Public defeated St Soldier’s, Sector 28, 6-1; St Xavier’s, Mohali, beat Saupins, Panchkula, 1-0; and Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, 2-1.

In another match, Tribune Model School, Sector 29, got the better of St Soldier’s, Mohali, by two matches to one; St Kabir School, Sector 26, defeated Vivek High School, Sector 38, 2-1; and St Soldier’s, Mohali, beat St Xavier’s, Panchkula, 1-0.


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