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Diabetes ‘breeding ground’ for serious health problems
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
Diabetes is the single most lethal, yet common disease, affecting millions in the country and the number of affected persons was rising at an alarming rate which will lead to an enormous economic burden on the families, society and the nation.

These observations were made by Dr Parminder Singh, chief of endocrinology at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while interacting with patients and health workers at a seminar on diabetes, organised by Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab, in collaboration with Lions Club Ludhiana Skipper, at Sehjad Hospital on Sunday.

He said the ‘sweet poison’ had affected nearly 2 crore persons in India in 1994 and the number had shot up to 3.5 crore in the year 2000. It was expected that by 2010, there would be around 5.5 crore Indians suffering from diabetes. “Not only that, the disease makes the lives of diabetics miserable, it is the breeding ground for many other serious health problems like cardiac disease, irreversible blindness, gangrene and amputation of limbs, frequent hospitalisation and renal failure.

Dr Parminder Singh stressed the need for bringing about an improvement in management of diabetic patients with special focus on high-risk factors like nutrition, food habits and smoking.

Later, at a free medical camp, a team of doctors examined more than 400 patients. The patients were provided the facility of free clinical tests, ECGs and free medicines.

Dr Ramesh, director of Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab, spoke about the importance of eye donation as a means to restore the eyesight of corneal blind persons. Mr H.K. Ahuja, president of the Lions Club, assured of complete cooperation of the organisation for holding medical camps and promoting eye care and eye donations.



Vaccination drive launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 17
The District Health administration has launched a special vaccination drive in the district, with special focus on rural areas and urban slums.
According to Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, children up to the age of five years would be vaccinated against infectious diseases like diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, night blindness and measles under the month-long campaign till February 14.

A vaccination camp was held by Dr Ritu Beri, in charge of Janta Nagar dispensary under the special outreach vaccination programme at Amar Model Senior Secondary School on Saturday to mark the beginning of the campaign.

The district vaccination officer Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni has asked the city residents to bring their children between the age of 0-5 to these camps.



200 examined at asthma camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 17
More than 200 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost at medical camp, organised at the Tajpur road here yesterday.
A number of prominent city doctors along with Lupin company and Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sanjay Colony, had organised the camp.

Dr Pardeep Kapur, Dr Suresh Goel and Dr Rajiv Sharma from Oswal Cancer Hospital took part in the camp.

The main focus was on educating the people about the asthma and its prevention and cure.


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