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Israeli equipment for dental implants
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
It is not only weapons and electronic warfare equipment from Israel that is landing up in India. After having procured unmanned aerial vehicles, radars sensors and other paraphernalia required for securing the frontiers, it is now the turn of surgeons to help soldiers and veterans retain the cutting edge.

Having expanded and refurbished its premises, the Command Military Dental Centre at Chandi mandir (CMDC) is in the process of inducting Israeli equipment for carrying out dental implants.

"The new equipment is expected to be installed within a week,"the CMDC Commandant, Brig K Ravi Shankar, said.

"Besides the implants, specialist equipment required for implanting artificial teeth, such as tools, drills and measurement gauges are also being acquired," he added.



Donor a critical factor in blood safety, say experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Blood is the most precious life resource, a vital defence mechanism and the essential carrier of oxygen required by the human body. To lay stress on maintaining quality and safety of blood received from donors, experts on the inaugural day of a continued medical education conference on blood transfusion at the PGI today deliberated on vital issues concerning the subject.

Doctors gathered from all over the region spoke on the quality management system in donor selection. For a sustained supply of safe blood, it was stressed that it could only be had from safe donors. Dr S. K. Agnihotri, former head of the Department of the Transfusion Medicine at the PGI, and Col P. S. Dhot, Commanding Officer of the AFTC, Delhi, chaired the session.

The importance of donor selection criteria was also highlighted in view of the safety of the donor as well as the recipient. Dr N. Chaudhary from Ahmedabad stressed on following a stringent donor selection criteria. Dr S. Basu from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, said strict quality control parameters should be followed during blood collection to have a standard quality component for the desired clinical benefits to the patient.

According to the doctors, the cornerstone for quality assurance in blood donation was the availability of qualified and the trained personnel, equipment that met the required standards and a standard operating procedure manual that covered all steps. Regarding donor selection, doctors said the medical history of donors should be known, a brief physical examination was required and laboratory tests for haemoglobin levels were also essential.

Some of the donors could also develop reactions. To keep these at bay, the donor must be kept under observation during the post-donation period.

Over 150 delegates from the region attended the workshop. Sessions which will cover various current and controversial topics in transfusion medicine will be held on Sunday.



Floorball training camp concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 18
The 6th National Floorball training camp, organised for the first time in the city by the Floorball Association of Chandigarh, concluded at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today. "The sport, which is still at the infancy stage in India, made its maiden entry in the region with this camp", remarked Mr Mohammed Seraj Ansari, president of the Floorball Federation of India, who was in the city to preside over the camp. Mr Ansari said the sport had got overwhelming response wherever it was presented. He praised the efforts put in by Mr Jarkko Harkonen, who has been in India since June to promote the sport in different parts of the country.

Mr Ansari said floorball had been accepted everywhere as a promising sport and a few hockey experts had even suggested it to be a possible replacement for hockey.

He said in 2005 they would get the formal recognition for the sport from the Central Government. He said the forthcoming Second National Floorball meet would be held at Lucknow at November end. More than 15 states were expected to participate.

Mr Ansari said for the first time India would be sending its team to the Asian Floorball meet in Singapore in December.

Mr Ansari, who is based in Lucknow, was accompanied by the UP State Floorball Association president, Mr V.P. Singh. He said that the sport had been accepted. They planned to hold more such camps in Chandigarh and nearby places, they added.

YPS wins football tie

Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, beat St Kabir's School, Sector 26, 3-0 and St Xavier's, Mohali, 2-0 in the St Xavier's Six-a-Side Football Meet played at the grounds of St Xavier's School, Sector 44, here today. In other matches for boys played today, Sanjay Public School A team beat St Soldier's School, Mohali, 10-0, St Xavier's, Sector 44, defeated Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, 2-0, Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, B team beat DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, 3-0. In yet another tie, St Xavier's-44 beat Tribune Model School, Sector 29, 4-0.

In the girls section, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, downed Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, by a solitary goal. In other matches played today, St Xavier's School, Sector 44, defeated Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, A team 1-0 while GGSSS, Sector 23, B team beat St Soldier's School, Sector 28, Chandigarh, 1-0. The finals will be played on Monday.

Cricket selection trials

The Panchkula District Cricket Association will hold selection trials for the Panchkula District Cricket team around 2.30 pm at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, on September 20. According to Mr Sandeep Moudgil, secretary of the association, the team thus selected will participate in the Haryana State Inter- District Cricket meet. It will play its first tie of the Pataudi Trophy at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, on September 25.


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