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Conference on environmental changes at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Alarmed by increasing threat to human health owing to environmental degradation, medical fraternity today attempted to provide solutions to tackle this this problem.

The eighth annual conference of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine organised at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here witnessed participation of eminent experts from across the country.

The two-day conference was inaugurated by Mr Dharamveer Bector, vice-president, DMCH managing society and chief guest of the occasion.

Mr Prem Gupta, treasurer, DMCH Managing Society, Dr Bhupinder Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Jammu and secretary, North Zonal Chapter, IAPSM, Dr G.P.I. Singh, who is also an Environmental Occupational Health Enthusiast, president of the association and organising secretary of the conference, Dr J. Whig, Acting Principal, DMCH, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh and secretary-general, IAPSM were present among the dignitaries. Dr J. Whig delivered the welcome address.

Dr G.P.I. Singh said that the theme of the conference, ‘environmental challenges to human health in the new millennium’ had been chosen specially keeping in view the insensitive management and disrespect to the environment by human activity.

He said that it was a matter of concern that developed countries were exporting their problems to developing countries. Pesticides which were banned abroad were being exported to India, causing serious health hazards to people of our country like cancer, developmental abnormalities, abortions and hormonal changes.

In his address, Dr Rajesh Kumar, expressed concern over the increasing pollution and emphasised on the need to control it. He revealed that people living near Mandi Gobindgarh were found to have lung capacity 50 per cent less than people living in other cities due to polluted air.

Dr G.S. Kabra, former Director Indian Institute Health Management and Research, gave a talk based on his research experience on, ‘Pesticides and cancers’. Dr Praveen Sobti, Department of Pediatrics, DMCH, talked about, ‘ Indoor air pollution and its impact on health of children.’

Padmshree Dr J S Hara, a world-renowned agricultural scientist and Member to the Consultation Committee of Planning Commission of India talked about, ‘Effects of modern agriculture on health’. The second phase of conference would start tomorrow.



100 students donate blood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
A blood donation camp was jointly organised by GGN Khalsa College of Pharmacy, GGN Institute of Management and Technology and GGN Institute of Vocational Studies in aid of thalassemic children

The camp was arranged by Blood Transfusion Department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital under the supervision of Dr Amarjeet Kaur, Head Blood Transfusion Medicine, and Dr Mona Goyal.

The camp was inaugurated by Mr Harmohinder Singh, joint secretary, Khalsa Educational Council, GRW, Ludhiana. He was accompanied by Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, former Pro-Vice Chancellor, GND, University and Member Khalsa Educational Council; Mr Kuljit Singh, Assistant secretary, Khalsa Educational Council; Mr Kuldip Singh, director, GGN Institutes; Mr Gunwant Singh Dua, coordinator, GGNIMT; Mr Manjit Singh Chhabra, coordinator, GGNIVS and Ms Ravinder Dang, HOD, GGN Khalsa College of Pharmacy.

As many as 100 students donated blood.



Docs attend conference on medical tourism

Ludhiana, October 16
A high level delegation of doctors and CEOs from different hospital of India under the banner of the CII and Indian Healthcare Federation visited Bangkok to attend a conference organised by the Hospital Management Asia and Asian Hospital Federation. This was the third visit by Indian Healthcare providers to explore the possibilities of medical tourism after the UK and Dubai.

More than 300 delegates from Asian countries participated in this conference. The Indian delegation was headed by conference Chairman. Mr Harpal Singh, Fortis Healthcare Limited, Ms Sangita Reddy, Apollo Hospital Group, Dr N.K. Pandey Escorts Hospital, Dr Bhaskar P. Shah, Asian Heart, Mr K. Vishweshkar, Reddy, Mr Anil K. Maini, Mr Shivinder Mohan Singh, Ranbaxy, Dr M.R. Sahadulla, KIMs, Vinno .S. Hinduja and Mr Pramod H. Lele from Hinduja Hospital, Vishal Bali and Dr R.S. Maheshwari said that more than 2 lakh patients from Asia, Europe and West Asian countries visit Thailand for treatment and surgery.

Delegates from Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines Vietnam, and Australia also participated in this conference. OC



2 doctors attend workshop in Scotland
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 16
Dr Veena Jain, chief of gynae and gynaecology oncology and Dr Satish Jain, Medical Director-cum-chief of surgery and surgival oncology of Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, here attended the 10th Biennial Conference of International Gynaecology Cancer Society held at Edinburgh, Scotland, from October 3 to October 7. More than 2,000 delegates from all over the world attended the conference with only six delegates from India.

Developments in the field of gynaecology oncology, including prevention, early diagnosis and management, were discussed. Invasive carcinoma cervix which is still common and number one cancer in females in developing countries is not listed in first 10 cancers in developed world. A sub-committee was formed to discuss about the problem of carcinoma cervix in India where Dr Veena Jain participated and discussed about the problems leading to high incidence of the disease.



Karanbir wins gold in shot put
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 16
Karanbir Singh won two medals in the annual sports meet of GMT Senior Secondary School, here today. Karanbir clinched shot put and javelin throw titles.

Gurinder Singh and Jagdeep Singh finished second and third, respectively.

In shot put, Karanbir Singh hurled the metal ball to 11.11 metres to win the gold medal. He was followed by Mandeep Singh (8.91 mts) and Jaspreet Singh (8.73 mts).

Results: Girls (shot Put) Reena 1, Inderpreet 2, Manpreet Kaur 3; Long jump: Navneet Kaur 1, Jaspreet Kaur 2, Manpreet Kaur 3.

Boys (4x100m relay) Green House 1, Red House 2 and Blue House 3; 4x400m relay- Green House 1, Yellow House 2 and Red House 3; long jump: Jaspreet Singh 1, Ravinder 2 and Raj Kumar 3.

Best House- Green House (138 points), Yellow House 2 (86 points) and Red House 3 (60 points).

Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, was the chief guest and distributed the prizes.



Ludhiana XI prevail over Jarkhar Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 16
Ludhiana XI beat Jarkhar Club 5-3 on the second day of the annual Bibi Surjit Kaur Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey League Tournament being played at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium village Jarkhar near here today.

Lahbir Singh struck thrice for Ludhiana XI while Mandeep found the target twice. For Jarkhar Club, Pargat Singh scored all three goals to reduce the margin. In another match, Kila Raipur beat Rampur 4-2 to register their second consecutive victory while Jagraon Police XI demolished Gawadhi 4-1 and Bahadurgarh toyed with Taj Resorts XI 10-1.


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