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PGI offers latest in urology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
The Department of Urology at the PGIMER here is gradually spreading its technological wings.

From open surgeries to keyhole surgeries, simple laparoscopic procedures to advanced laparoscopic and urological procedures, it's all happening at the PGI at no extra cost.

“ Though laparoscopic procedures are not new to us, we have certainly moved forward by taking up some really complicated procedures and have come out with flying colours.

“ While one patient was operated upon for an obstructed kidney, another pertained to the cancer of the kidney where we managed to save a part of the kidney after removal of the tumour,” says Dr A.K. Mandal, consultant urologist, Department of Urology.

Speaking about the benefits of laparoscopy at a press conference, here today, Dr S.K. Singh, a Professor in the department, said unlike the conventional open surgery, a patient took much less time to recover.

“Besides, as opposed to long incisions, all procedures are carried out through small keyholes, making them cosmetically and aesthetically superior over open surgery.

“However, these can't be performed on every patient. We are now doing complex reconstructive operations laparoscopically. Deciding the course of surgery to be followed varies from patient to patient,” Dr Mandal maintained.

Dr Singh stated that proper selection of cases was of utmost importance to avoid unnecessary failure and complications.

“ Before every procedure, the patient is told about our course of action in his treatment lest he has some objections. Only after he approves it and is well-informed of what it entails that we proceed further,” he held.

While laparoscopic procedures are gaining ground, urology, too, is not untouched by its advantage.

“ We have acquired the latest gadgets, including laser in endoscopic management of stones, tumors and prostate.

“ While the advantages of these procedures out-weigh the disadvantages, the fact remains that these take longer than conventional surgery,” the doctors said.

Replying to a question, Dr Mandal said laparoscopic surgery was being performed on "suitable" candidates without any additional charges.

“ We are taking no extra charges for key hole surgeries. These are being done at the same cost as any other open surgery. The idea is to create awareness among people about this methodology and that we at PGI are doing complicated laparoscopic surgeries now,” he concluded.



Rodrigues stresses upgrading hospitals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
With a view to making Chandigarh a pioneering destination for medical tourism and improving health solutions, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd), Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, today asked senior officers of the Administration to institutionalise an effective mechanism for preventive healthcare programmes.

A special mention was made to the required focus on provision of complete range of diagnostic and pathological tests in all hospitals and dispensaries.

The issue came up for discussion at a high-level meeting attended by the Home Secretary, the Finance Secretary, the Deputy Commissioner, the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, the Chief Engineer and the Chief Architect.

General Rodrigues stressed the need for upgrading the look of hospitals and said efforts must be made to create a user-friendly environment by making innovative changes in flooring, electrical and sanitary fittings and proper landscaping of open spaces. He instructed the Chief Engineer to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the surroundings of the official healthcare institutions in the city for leaving a positive impact on patients."

General Rodrigues emphasised that stress must be laid on meeting the health, education, shelter and food requirements of the disadvantaged children. He asked the Home Secretary and NGOs to ensure the participation of parents of slum children in the Parents Teacher Associations (PTAs) of schools. The PTA are planned to be involved in providing feedback to medical centres for preventive medical training and education in hygiene for the disadvantaged children.

He also asked the officers to put in place small pre-fabricated kiosks for genuine “pheriwalas” for providing essential basic services to the people. He made it clear that all contracts must have provisions making it mandatory for the contractors to create basic civic amenities for the labour working on the project and removal of the structures after the completion of the project. 



Docs mull over healthcare quality
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 19
A monthly review meeting of all civil surgeons and deputy medical commissioners was held here today, under the chairmanship of Mr Tilak R. Sarangal, Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare.

The meeting was also attended by Dr Y.C. Markan, Director, PHSC, and other senior officers of the PHSC.

During the meeting, various health-related performance indicators of all districts, for the services being provided by health institutions that fall under the preview of the Punjab Health Systems Corporations, were discussed at length.

These indicators mainly included OPD, IPD, institutional deliveries, major and minor surgeries, blood banks, X-rays, ultrasounds and laboratory tests.

Apart from these, other major issues that were reviewed included functioning of the referral system, telemedicine system and disposal of bio-medical waste.

Mr Sarangal informed that Medical College, Amritsar, would also be connected to the telemedicine system from April 2006.

Dr Y.C. Markan stressed on the need to raise the level of institutional deliveries and to improve the quality of the health care facilities in the institutions so as to meet patient’s satisfaction.

He emphasised that bio-medical waste, generated from the institutions of PHSC, should be segregated, transported and stored in the hospital premises strictly as per the instructions laid down in the bio medical waste management and handling rules so as to ensure that these may not pose any danger to human health and environment.



Thapar cagers thrash Charan Singh varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, beat Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, by 71-57 in the match of the North Zone Inter-University Basketball (Men) Tournament at Panjab University Complex here today.

Sumer Singh (37) was the main scorer of the winning team. The other scorers were Amandeep Singh (16), Rajat Jain (9), Ravish Kumar (5) and Jasdeep Singh (4). For the CCSU, Rahul Malik scored 17 points followed by Vineet Choudhary (16) and Ram Kinkar (15).

The other results are as under:

Ch. Devi Lal University, Sirsa, b Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, 74-27; Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, b Allahabad University, Allahabad, 30-22; MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, b Chhatarpati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur, 64-27; Jammu University, Jammu, b HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, 65-58.



National Adventure Festival from February 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
The 12th National Adventure Festival, an annual feature of City Beautiful, will be organised this year from February 3 to 11.

This was decided at the annual general meeting of the National Adventure Club of India held here today under the chairmanship of the President of the club, Mr Ram S. Varma. He said about 300 boys and girls from all over the country between the age group of 17-34 years were expected to participate. They would take part in various adventure sports activities like trekking, rock climbing, para sailing, river rafting, kayaking and canoeing, skiing, slithering and gliding. The festival is being sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Mr Varma said the club gave two prestigious awards, “Bharat Gaurav” and “Adamaya Sahas Puruskar”, to outstanding adventure sports persons for their exemplary work at the national and international level every year.

He said entries had been invited for these awards from the adventure sports persons who had achieved feats of international and national acclaim in adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing, water sports, aqua sports, aero sports or any other dare devil activity.

The willing persons can apply for these awards by sending their complete bio-data and documentary proof of achievement since 1995. These awards comprise Rs 11,000 and Rs 5500, respectively, a citation and a plaque. The prizes would be given on the concluding day of the festival.

During this festival, all participants will be divided into five different groups and will be sent for various adventure sports activities such as for trekking, rock climbing and river rafting at Narkanda/Kingal and Dak Pathar and snow skiing at Narkanda and Solang Nalah near Manali, for Kayaking and Canoeing at Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Before sending the participants to their destinations, they will do a condition trek from Kalka to Kasauli.

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