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PGI Cardiology Dept offers 15 package deals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The PGI's new focus on the introduction of one-time payment package deals has translated well in the Department of Cardiology, where the Head of the Department is the Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, himself.

As many as 15 new package deals have been introduced for a wide range of procedures that are performed on the patients.

From coronary angioplasty, angiography and stenting to the implantation of permanent pacemaker, the Cardiology Department is offering packages to the patients, who will now be required to make a single time payment for the required procedure. It will save them from paying separately for each and every test performed.

The new packages, offered on the lines of the packages offered by the major private hospitals, have been approved by the governing body of the institute at its meeting last month.

This is in addition to the earlier packages that were introduced in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Cardiology earlier.

``Packages are beneficial to the patients and their attendants. They save the attendants from the hassle of running around from one counter to the other and are cost effective too. It is also easier for the administrative staff of the PGI to keep track of such payments in an efficient manner, '' observed a senior faculty member.

The packages have been worked out separately for the patients admitted in the general ward and the private wards. Those admitted in the private wards will be paying a little more than the general ward patients on the account of procedure charges.

Earlier, the department had introduced packages for balloon valvotomy/ PTMC, emodomyo cardiac biopsy, and RF ablations. 



Disposal of bio-medical waste to be outsourced
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
The district health authorities have decided to outsource the disposal of bio-medical waste generated from General Hospital, community health centres (CHC), primary health centres (PHC) and dispensaries in the district.

The Haryana Pollution Control Board had recently notified four private companies for the disposal of bio-medical waste all over Haryana. With the cost of running the incinerator at General Hospital running into several thousands, it has been decided that the disposal of hazardous bio-medical waste generated from General Hospital, CHCs, PHCs and dispensaries be outsourced to one of the private companies notified by the Pollution Control Board.

On an average about 250 kg of bio-medical waste is generated from the government hospitals/dispensaries daily. While 150 kg of bio-medical waste on an average is generated at General Hospital, Sector 6, 40 kg of waste each is generated from the CHCs at Kalka and Raipur Rani, while 3.500 kg of waste is generated at the seven PHCs in the district. Other than this, about 400-450 kg of waste is generated from the 150 odd private nursing homes/hospitals and clinics in the district.

It may be noted that an incinerator was installed at General Hospital here almost eight years ago. Initially, the incinerator was used for the disposal of all hospital waste, but later it developed a snag and remained defunct for several months. It was repaired again and functions for half an hour daily. The incinerator does not have the air pollution control device (because it is expensive at Rs 25 lakh), thus releases a lot of toxic gases in the air when it operates. Though the incinerator is installed within the hospital premises, its location is near the residential area in Sector 6, where the air pollution was being caused whenever the incinerator is operated.

The private medical practitioners, under the aegis of local chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), have already tied up with a Karnal-based private service provider for the disposal of their biomedical waste, informs Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj, general secretary, IMA, Panchkula.

Dr Lalit Virmani, District Health Officer, Panchkula, when contacted, said he was also ensuring that the bio-medical waste was properly segregated at the hospital/CHC/PHC level, before it was disposed. “We have bought different coloured bins and trolleys, gloves, gum boots for the staff lifting the waste. The hazardous waste is just 15 per cent of the total waste. If this is not segregated and disposed with normal waste, then the entire waste becomes hazardous. The infected waste like soiled dressing, amputated/removed body parts, culture media is disposed off in black bags, catheters, glucose bottles in red bags, sharp instruments and syringes in blue bags and general waste in black bags”, he says.



Medical camp at Press Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
As many as 80 persons were examined at a medical camp which was held at the Chandigarh Press Club here today. Free consultation was provided by Dr S.K. Mathur to the members of the club. Further investigations were recommended to several persons at the camp and blood sugar samples were also collected.

Dr Mathur highlighted the problems of the endocrinological disorders, including diabetes and thyroid and the role of stress on our health.

He said diabetes epidemic consists of type 2 diabetes, which has evolved in association with the rapid cultural changes, aging population, increasing urbanisation, dietary changes and decreased physical activity. The camp was organised in collaboration with the Chandigarh Clinical Laboratory Private Limited.



Karan Bhai downs Jivtesh Singh in tennis series
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The L D Kapoor Memorial AITA Total Tennis Talent Series matches, being played at Total Tennis Academy, YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh, saw eight qualifiers each in boys under-14 and under-16 category finding their way into the main draw.

The top seeding in the main draw of the boys under-14 category has been given to Nirav Thakkar from Gujarat with 21 AITA points, whereas his twin brother Deepak Thakkar is seeded second.

In the boys under-16 category Gurmohit Singh of Chandigarh is the top seed.

Today’s final round of qualifying in boys under-14 saw a nail biting match between Karan Bhai of Chandigarh and Jivtesh Singh of Punjab. Both the players held their serves in all the 14 games played. The final score was 8-7(9-7) in favour of Karan Bhai.


Boys under-14 qualifying final round: Senthil Kumar (TN) beat Bhavya Jain(Chd) 8-0; Raghav Singhal(Chd) beat Samin Bhargav(Chd) 8-0; Nitin(Chd) beat Digvijay S. Naruka(Chd) 8-0; Ajay Yadav(Hry) beat Rishab Dev(Chd) 8-0; Vishal Suri(Chd) beat Shikhar Nehru(Chd) 8-5; Paramveer S Toor(Chd) beat Shreshth Jain(Chd) 8-0; Vaibhav Gupta(Chd) beat Jaivardhan Gupta(Chd) 8-7(6); Karan Bhai(Chd) beat Jivtesh Singh(Pun) 8-7(7).

Boys under-16 qualifying final round: Vikram Singh(Hry) beat Shivang Mahajan(J&K) 8-4; Mandeep Yadav(Chd) beat Chetnya Verma(Chd) 8-1; Saurav Sharma(Pun) beat Shikhar Nehru(Chd) 8-1; Deepinder Bains(Chd) beat Artim Kumar(Pun) 8-3; Shubham Kamboj(Hry) beat Nitin(Chd) 8-6; Gurinder Singh(Pun) beat Manish Bhumbak(Chd) 8-6; Jasjeet Bhatia(Pun) beat Sukhjot Singh(Pun) 8-6; Akshit Choudhary(Chd) beat Vaibhav Gupta(Chd) 8-3.

According to Mr Devender Kapoor, tournament Director, all the boys under-14 main draw first round matches will be played in the morning session at 7 am, whereas the boys under-16 main draw first round matches will be played at 3.30 pm.



Elite club wins cricket tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
A superb knock of 146 in 81 balls enabled the Elite Cricket Club win the first Bachitter Singh Rana Memorial Cricket Tournament played at the ITI cricket grounds, Sector 28, here today. The club defeated the Palsora XI by 218 runs in the final.

The Elite XI won the toss and decided to bat. Amit Bhardwaj hit nine sixes and 18 fours in his knock of 146 runs in 81 balls.

Another smasher Raman Sharma contributed 68 runs in just 32 balls with seven sixes and six fours. Other main scorers were T.P. Singh with 68 runs and Rajiv Dutta 35 (n.o.) Elite XI made 339 runs in 30 overs.

On the other end, the Palsora XI were bundled out in just 121 runs in just 18 overs. Raman Sharma, Sanjeev and Rakesh claimed two wickets each.

Raman Sharma was adjudged the best all-rounder and Amit Bhardwaj was declared the best batsman.

The best bowler title was bagged by Kanwar Singh.

Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Technical Education and Information Technology, was the chief guest on the occasion. He distributed prizes to the winners.



Haryana beat TN in volleyball tourney
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
Hosts Haryana shocked Tamil Nadu in straight sets 25-19, 25-12 in their pool C encounter in the 31st All-India Electricity Boards’ Volleyball Tournament at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here, today.

The Haryana players excelled in all aspects of the match. Bansari, Ankit and Rahul had an outstanding match for Haryana.

It was Haryana’s second triumph and steered them into quarterfinals. They still have to play Uttar Pradesh to finish their league engagements.

Andhra Pradesh Transco made their exit with three defeats.

Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) concluded their Pool D engagements with an all-win record. With three triumphs from as many matches, BBMB topped their pool.

Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will vie for the second position in the pool.

Calcutta State Electricity Board finished their league outings in Pool A. Calcutta snubbed Gujarat’s challenge in straight sets 25-10, 25-13.

Strong contenders Punjab State Electricity Board and Karnataka have virtually qualified for the quarterfinals by defeating Andhra Pradesh Genco. The outcome of the league match between PSEB and Karnataka will determine the leaders in Pool B.

Results: Pool A: Calcutta bt Gujarat 25-10, 25-13.

Pool B: BBMB bt AP Genco 25-21, 25-21.

Pool C: Haryana bt Tamil Nadu 25-19, 25-12.

Pool D: BBMB bt Madhya Pradesh 25-13, 25-20, Chattishgarh bt AP Transco 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, MP bt AP Transco 17-25, 25-16, 25-15.



Anish, Amit excel in car rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Mr Anish Aggarwal and his navigator, Mr Amit Kumar, got first position in the qualification round of the Airtel One India Challenge car rally, at the Sector 17 Circus Ground here today.

As many as 18 contestants participated in the round and displayed their driving skills and navigational intelligence. Four contestants, Mr Anish Aggarwal, Mr Sudhakar Kohli, Mr Vivek Nijhawan, and Mr Jai Prateek Singh, along with their crew have been short-listed to participate in this longest car rally in the country.

These contestants would represent Punjab in the rally, which would be flagged off on May 8 from Delhi.



Under-14 trials to be held today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
Trials for the selection of under-14 players for participation in summer season cricket tournaments at Delhi, Agra and Panchkula will be held tomorrow at Chaman Lal DAV Public School, Sector 11, here.

The trials would be conducted by Chetan Sharma, former Test player, along with a local coach and a India qualified coach.

There would be no entry fee.

Players interested in participation should report to the ground staff in proper dress by 3.30 p m. 



Taekwondo championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Anish Kaul and Priya got first positions in fly under the sub-junior section in the Inter-school Taekwondo Championship 2005 held at Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today.

Following are the results:

Sub-junior (boys): Fly 1. Anish Kaul, 2. K Vijay; Feather 1. Nishant, 2. Pratinav; Welter 1. Pushpak, 2. Mohd Faheem; Middle 1. Neeraj, 2. Sabir Singh; Heavy 1. Harish, 2. Hardeep Singh.

Sub-junior (girls): Fly 1. Priya, 2. Simran; Feather 1.Jaslin Kaur, 2. Ashima; Welter 1. Sadhna, 2. Rhythem; Middle 1.Simran, 2 Kanika

Junior boys: Fly 1. Paras, 2. Gaurav; Welter 1. Ankit, 2. Rakesh Kumar

Junior girls: Fly 1. Tamanna, 2. Anureet Kaur; Light 1. Chitra Bakshi, 2. Neelima Pandey; Welter 1. Monika Chauhan, 2. Neelima.



A clarification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Mr Prem Kumar, president of the Chandigarh Taekwondo Association, claimed today that the taekwondo championship held on April 23 and April 24 at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, was valid and recognised.
He held that the body, which organised the tournament, was affiliated to the Taekwondo Federation of India.



Filling stations told to provide proper access
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Oil companies running petrol pumps and service stations in Punjab and Haryana have been categorically told by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to provide proper access to their outlets from national highways.

An increase in the number of road accidents near the filling stations is said to be the main reason behind the instructions. The companies or private operators have been asked to provide the de-acceleration and acceleration lanes by next September, failing which action would be initiated against the defaulters. A number of these stations are owned by influential persons.

Officials monitoring the progress of constructions at the filling stations told The Tribune that of the 60 filling stations under scanner in Punjab, around 45 had not fulfilled various guidelines to be adhered as per the agreement for the licence deed signed between an oil company or a private owner and the ministry. A number of them had not bothered to provide the de-acceleration and acceleration lanes, which enable a motorist to slow down or gain speed while entering or leaving a filling station.

“After Punjab, the number of erring filling stations in Haryana were also being identified”, said a senior officer in the ministry. As per the procedure, the non-conformity of the norms could lead to de-energizing of a fuel station and complete rectification could enable the owner to re-energise it.

In recently rectified norms, the ministry has clarified that in cases there was inadequate land for providing de acceleration and acceleration lanes, land for the same would have to be acquired by the owner of the retail outlet.



Information sought on paying guests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The Chandigarh Administration has made it mandatory for the owners or managers of paying guest accommodations to furnish information about their guests.
Information will have to be given to the area police station and even students coming here to study shall be covered.

This has been done so that anti-social elements in the guise of paying guest may not pose a threat to the citizens of the city. This order shall remain in force till July 23. The District Magistrate, Mr Arun Kumar clarified that any breach of this order would attract penal action under Section 188 of the IPC and is punishable with an imprisonment for a term up to six months.


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