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Experts alarmed at rising stress level
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 8
Dr L.S.Chawla, founder Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, has blamed the rising stress and tension level in the society for a vast number of psychological ailments and physical illness. He stressed the need for early identification and treatment of these problems.

Dr Chawla was presiding over a seminar on 'Stress-induced medical problems and their treatment', organised by a Manas Foundation, an NGO, at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday.

Dr Rajeev Gupta, consultant psychiatrist delivered a talk on 'stress-induced psychological problems'. He said high stress level could lead to depression, suicide, anxiety neurosis, phobias, violence, suspicion, alcoholism, drug dependence and social crime.

According to him excessive consumerism was also creating a lot of restlessness among people, as those with limited means, had become its victims with the result that a lot of social tensions and evils were raising their head.

Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist at Hero DMC Heart Institute explained that there was a significant increase in number of patients of high blood pressure and heart problems, both in the villages and urban areas, which he attributed mainly to rising tension level and change in the life style of people. Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat, a yoga consultant highlighted the role of time-tested Indian yoga and meditation in reducing stress level, managing many illnesses and improving the quality of life. He stressed the need for a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

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PFA, CMCH sterilise stray dogs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and the People for Animals (PFA) have joined hands together to sterilise stray dogs and save the city residents from rabies. As a part of the campaign, 20 dogs from near the CMCH have already been sterilised by the duo.

The decision was taken at a meeting held between PFA activists and Dr John Parmod, Director, Christian Medical College. The latter also agreed to be the new adviser to the People For Animals, Ludhiana. Being an animal lover himself, Dr Parmod has offered his wholehearted support to the animal welfare organisation.

This was claimed in a communique by Mr Ajay Jain, president of the PFA here today.

He added that during his visit to Jeev Kalyan Kendra and Bhagwan Mahavir Abhayshala (PFA animals and birds’ hospital) about a month ago, Dr Parmod had himself seen the animals and birds being treated at the PFA hospital.

It was agreed during that meeting that community dogs from the CMCH campus would be taken to the PFA hospital and after sterilisation and administering anti-rabies vaccines would be sent back to the same area.

In today’s meeting at the CMCH, representatives of the PFA, including state coordinator, PFA, Punjab, Dr Sandeep K.Jain, president Ajay Jain, general secretary Sanjeev Jain and office secretary D Rajeev Bhandari, discussed creating awareness about rabies and providing remedial measures with Dr Parmod.

It was decided that on World Zoonosis Day (July 6) an anti-rabies vaccination camp for stray and pet dogs would be organised with the help of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (CMC) in some slum area in the city and people would be educated about the prevention of this dreaded disease.

It was also decided that a mixed-breed dog show would be organised by the PFA and CMCH jointly on the CMCH campus to encourage the public to adopt the mixed-breed and stray dogs, which are more resistant to diseases and also act as companions and guard dogs.

Many officials of the CMCH are having mixed-breed dogs as pets and providing them proper care and attention.

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600 register for blood donation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 8
The voluntary blood donor registration campaign at SPS Apollo Hospitals here received tremendous response with nearly 600 persons coming forward as voluntary blood donors to mark International Red Cross Day.

The Department of Transfusion Medicine at the hospital arranged for an interactive session in which myths related to blood donation were dispelled. Queries raised by people during the session were comforting and demonstrative.

Dr H. Narang, in charge, transfusion medicine, at SPS Apollo, remarked that such a positive response from the public at large spoke volumes about awareness among the people about the importance of donating blood. During the interactive session, Dr Narang highlighted safe blood handling and testing procedures at the hospital.

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