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Workshops, lectures mark IMA conference
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
As the three-day annual conference of the Indian Medical Association — ACADIMA 2005 — came to a close, a number of workshops in different disciplines were conducted by visiting doctors at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today.

The workshops on endoscopy, neurology, critical care, endocrinology, cardiac care and other super specialities provided an opportunity to doctors and medical students to have an insight in the latest developments in medical science.

In the endoscopy workshop, common yet difficult gastro-intestinal disorders such as cirrhosis of liver, cancer of the food pipe, gall bladder, pancreas and bile duct stones, causing jaundice were the focus of discussion. Internationally renowned experts such as Dr Nageshwar Reddy from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, Dr Randhir Sood from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi and Dr Ajay Gupta from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi showcased their endoscopic techniques in the workshop.

Dr Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Co-ordinator of the workshop, said the objective of the workshop was to spread the knowledge of treatment of various gastro-intestinal diseases with the help of minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

In a session on gastroenterology, conducted by Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, Medical Superintendent and Head of Gastroenterology at DMCH, Dr Ajay Kumar, senior gastroenterologist from Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, gave a talk on ‘‘gastro-esophageal reflux disease’’ (acidity and heart burn). He focused on the common causes, clinical features and the management strategy for this disease.

Another workshop on critical care was held to highlight the care of critically-ill patients in ICUs. Dr Jagdeep Whig, Vice-Principal and Head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at DMCH, delivered a lecture on non-invasive ventilation. Dr Sunit K. Kathuria, Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology spoke on 'airway management while Dr Vivek Gupta, Consultant Anaesthetist at Hero DMC Heart Institute and Dr Vikas, Assistant Professor of Intensive Care at Christian Medical College and Hospital, shared their views on Basics of mechanical ventilation and Advanced cardiac life-support, respectively.

Dr Rajesh Mahajan, Associate Professor of Medicine at DMCH, co-ordinated the workshop and laid stress on the guidelines for the management of severe sepsis and septic shock.

In the workshop on neurology Prof S. Prabhakar, Head of Neurology at PGI, Chandigarh, Prof U.K. Mishra from Lucknow, Dr Margi Desai from Mumbai, Dr Manvir Bhatia and Dr V.P. Singh from New Delhi deliberated on several topics like the role of EEG in diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and surgical treatment of epilepsies. It was stressed by the speakers that the new concept of treating epilepsy through surgery provided a lasting cure for the disease.

In the session on endocrinology, organised by Dr Parminder Singh, Associate Professor of Endocrinology at DMCH, the increasing incidence of diabetes was discussed in detail. Prof R.J. Dash, former Head of Endocrinology at PGI, Chandigarh, while expressing concern over the alarming rise in the number of diabetics, observed that diabetes was considered equivalent to cardiac disease. Besides blood sugar control, all these patients needed medical treatment with regular aspirin and cholesterol reducing drug.

In other technical sessions on different aspects of medicine and surgery, Dr Anil Kumar Mehra, Interventional Cardiologist from University of South California (USA), talked about coronary artery disease. He opined that such patients, when turned unstable, needed hospitalisation and further evaluation with cardiac angiography.

Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Plastic Surgeon at DMCH, conducted a session on plastic surgery in which current scenario for cosmetic and body contouring were discussed by Prof. Ashok Gupta while Dr P.K. Talwar enlightened about the use of lasers in skin and cosmetic surgery.

Stress was laid on the management of obesity by surgery in the session on general surgery which was organised by Prof Mohan Gupta. Dr Pradeep Chowbey from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, delivered a talk on the role of endosurgical banding in management of obesity.



Rural sports council to set up five academies in state
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 23
The Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council (PRSPC) will set up five academies in the state next year.

A decision in the regard was taken during a meeting of the council held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Mr Ramesh Singla.

The PRSPC which came into being with the purpose of organising different rural sports clubs of the state under one banner resolved that the academies- athletics at Batala, hockey at Jarkhar village, near Ludhiana, wrestling at Patiala, kabaddi at Kube village near Samrala and football at Rurrka Kalan-would be set up for the benefit of young upcoming sportspersons of the region.

After the meeting, Mr Kulwant Singh Sohal, general secretary, PRSPC, said that besides opening academies, another important decision taken during the meeting was that the council would hold a workshop in November during which the representatives of rural sports clubs would be trained to organise the meets more efficiently.

Besides, dates for some of the rural sports festivals were also announced. These include Sports Mela at Batala from October 28 to 30; at Mudnian Kalan from November 3 to 5; at Sarabha from November 11 to 16 and at Ghaloti from December 1 to 4, Mr Sohal added.

Among others who attended the meeting were Mr Prthipal Singh Batala, Mr Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, Mr Devi Dyal, Mr Balbir Singh Maan, Mr Harmail Singh, Mr Bikkar Singh Natt, Master Bhupinder Singh, Mr Hardeep Singh Sidhu, Mr Kulwant Singh Budhlada and Mr Sukhchain Singh Bhullar.



Patiala reign supreme in fencing meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana October 23
Players from Patiala gave an impressive performance to bag maximum titles in the two-day Punjab State Joginder Pal Pandey Memorial Fencing Tournament for junior boys and girls which concluded at the Prithipal Singh indoor hall of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Patiala bagged the overall championship in the boys' as well as girls' section while Fatehgarh Sahib finished runners-up in both the categories. Jalandhar secured the third position in the boys' section while in the girls' section, Gurdaspur had to content with the third position.

In the individual event, Gagandeep Kaur and Harpreet Singh of Patiala while Navjot Singh , Manpreet Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib proved their supremacy to bag the top honours.

Dr K.S Aulakh, Vice- Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. Mr A.K Sharma, Superintendent, Central Excise and Custom, Ludhiana, and president, District Fencing Association, along with other office- bearers of the Punjab Fencing Association was among other prominent persons who attended the concluding function.

Final results: (Girls)- sabre- Navjot Kaur of Fatehgarh Sahib beat Sandeep of Patiala 15-13; epee- Gagandeep Kaur of Patiala beat Sapna of Patiala 10-2; foil- Gagandeep Kaur of Patiala beat Sapna of Patiala 15-1.

Boys- sabre- Manpreet Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib beat Deepanshu Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib 15-10; foil- Harpreet Singh of Patiala beat Kailash of Patiala 15-9; epee- Mandeep Singh of Patiala beat Ajay Shori of Jalandhar 15-12.



Ludhiana lad set to shine in badminton
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 23
Pranav Chopra, an upcoming shuttler of Ludhiana, has been shaping well. He is striving to carve a niche at the national-level tournaments.

Pranav, nicknamed Jerry, has performed extremely well during the last year in the under-13 years category. This year, his father, Mr Mohinder Kumar Chopra, who is also a great lover of the game, decided to send Pranav to Mumbai for further improving his game.

Pranav was enrolled early this year with the badminton academy being run by former international shuttlers Uday Pawar and his wife Sujata Pawar. Pranav who had reached only second round last year, gave a fine performance this season.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today, Pranav said that after his training at Mumbai, he had gained lot of confidence and his game had certainly improved. He expressed gratitude towards his Mumbai coaches for providing him an advanced training with latest techniques.

Mr Mohinder Kumar Chopra, informed that this year that Jerry, while representing Punjab, gave a polished performance. Pranav's training stint at Mumbai has helped him to finish runner-up in the National Ranking Tournament at Pune and followed by another sterling performance in the Mini National Tournament held at Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh.

Pranav made it to the last four stage of this tournament. He went down fighting 21-7, 17-21 and 16-21. Then, Pranav paired with Bob Sharma from Patiala and the two managed to lay their hands on the double's title in the National Ranking Tournament conducted at Kochi.

A student of class eighth at Raj Hans Vidyalaya, Andheri, Mumbai, Pranav has been putting in all efforts to emerge as the star shuttler. He thanked Ms Srivastava, Principal of his school, for her valuable guidance and motivation.


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