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Sonologists urged to observe PNDT Act
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 27
An interactive session with sonologists was organised jointly by the district branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Ludhiana Radiological Association (LRA) at Christian Medical College and Hospital here today.

Addressing the session, Civil Surgeon Rajinder Kaur appeal to the medical professionals, running ultra sound scan centres, to scrupulously observe the provisions of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act.

She said effective steps would be taken against any kind of harassment of the professionals running ultra sound scan centres on minor and technical grounds, but at the same time, the sonologists would have to ensure the technology for fetal sex determination was not misused.

Dr H. S. Mann, Chairman of the PNDT Committee of IMA, Punjab, who was the guest of honour at the session, simplified various provisions of the PNDT Act and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. Dr John Pramod, acting Director of the CMCH, offered full support of the institution in implementing the PNDT Act.

Dr Gursharan Singh, district president of the IMA, said the session was aimed at removing misconceptions and doubts among the medical fraternity over those legislations.



Advances in paediatric heart surgery discussed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 27
Recent advances in paediatric heart surgery were discussed at a continued medical education (CME) programme and seminar, organised by Fortis Hospital at Sutlej Club here yesterday.

The CME, which was attended by more than 100 doctors of the region, was addressed by Dr T. S. Mahant, Executive Director, Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Dr G.S. Kalra, Head, Department of Interventional Cardiology, Fortis.

Speaking on recent advances in paediatric intervention, Dr Kalra said with the latest facilities, now available in the fields of cardiology and cardiac surgery, more and more paediatric heart conditions were being identified.

Dr Kalra explained several other cardiac abnormalities among the children like coarctation (an abnormal condition of the opening between the heart and the blood vessels to lungs) and tetralogy of fallot, which consisted of four typical defects of the heart.

Dr Mahant said congenital heart disease was a group of abnormalities of the heart which were present in the child from birth. “Though these defects are present in the child before birth, they may not have any immediate manifestations.”

He observed that the defect of the heart might be in the chambers, rate of heartbeat or the blood vessels that carried blood to and from the heart. Cardiac abnormalities were the leading cause of death in children under one year old and the mortality due to these defects decreased after the age of one year. 



Protest by medical practitioners
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
Reacting to the notices issued by the health authorities to stop practice by Medical Practitioners activists of the Medical Practitioners Association, Punjab, held a protest rally near the civil dispensary at Ghungrana village in Ludhiana district. Organisations, including panchayats and trade unions, supported the demands of the association.

Resenting the governments’ action the leaders of the association alleged that the authorities were acting on the behest of owners of multi-speciality hospitals. They claimed that private practitioners had a long experience in treating common deceases and providing first aid to their patients. Residents of remote villages depended upon their services as they had no other substitute.

Dr Sukhwinder Singh Dhulkot, an office-bearer of the association accused the doctors posted at government hospitals of opposing them for petty interests he said their hidden agenda was to get hefty commissions from multi-speciality hospitals and diagnostic laboratories.

Extending support to the agitation on behalf of organisations of the area, Mr Baldev Singh Latala, general secretary Zamhoori Kisan Union, claimed that private practitioners were the only hope for people from the lower strata of society. They provided round-the-clock services to the residents of their area and charged nominal fee.

Meanwhile, Dr Bikramdev Dev Ghungrana, president Action Committee, Pakhowal block, apprehended that the police might register false cases against office-bearers of the association.

He claimed that two persons had died at Latala and Dhulkot villages for the want of treatment.

Dr Sukhdev Singh Nangal, Mr Pyara Singh Kalakh, Surjit Singh, Ajaib Singh and Amrit Singh also spoke on the occasion.



KVM, Green Land School win TT titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 26
Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School and Green Land Senior Secondary Public School won titles in table tennis in the Ludhiana Zonal (PAU) Tournament being played at different venues, here today.

In the under -14 category, Kundan Vidya Mandir School Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, 3-1, to lift the title, while in the under-17 category section, Green Land Senior Secondary Public School beat Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School 3-0 to emerge as the zonal champions.

In the under-14 category, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School scored 3-2 win over Alpine International Public, School and had to content with the third position.

Meanwhile, in football (under-19 category), Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School continued with its winning streak, scoring a harding fought 1-0 victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University. The all important goal was scored by Jasbir Singh in the second half of the match.

In another match, Government Senior Secondary School, Hambran, outplayed GGN Senior Secondary School, 2-0, while in the under-17 category, Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, beat Satluj Public School, 2-1, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, defeated Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School, 1-0, and in a match (under-14 category), Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, beat Satluj Public School, 4-2.

In volleyball, Government Senior Secondary School, Gobind Nagar, beat Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal, 2-0, to emerge champions. In the under-19 category, Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School blanked Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal, 2-0 to emerge victorious.

In kabaddi (under-19 category), Government High School, Ayali Kalan, beat BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point 47-14; Government Senior Secondary School, Chak Kalan beat Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur, 53-40.



Sanatan Vidya Mandir win by 9 wkt

Ludhiana, July 27
Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines scored an emphatic nine-wickets win over SAN Jain Senior Secondary School in the (under-16) Ludhiana Zonal (Gill) Tournament, played at the SDP College for Women ground here yesterday.

SAN Jain School won the toss and opted to bat first. For Sanatan Vidya Mandir School, Salil, Lalit, Davinder and Deepak chipped in with two wickets each as SAN Jain School’s innings folded at 73 runs in 18.5 overs. Only two batsmen Ketan (16) and Anuj (14) could reach double-figure.

In reply, Sanatan Vidya Mandir made 78 runs in nine overs, after losing just one wicket. OC



Results of zonal tournament
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 27
Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, beat Alpine International Public School, Ferozepore road, to emerge winners in football (u-14 years) in the Ludhiana Zonal Tournament, which concluded here today.

In the u-17 years section, Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road outclassed Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, to win the title while in the u-19 years, Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal, defeated BVM School to wrap up the title.

In handball (u-19 years), Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal, outplayed Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, to win the title. In volleyball (u-19 years), KVM Senior Secondary School beat Government School, Haibowal, while in kho-kho, KVM School got the better of Government High School, Pamaal.


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