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550 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
More than 550 patients were examined, free medicines given to them as many others were sponsored for subsidised cataract surgery and further diagnostic tests at a free super- speciality medical check-up camp organised by the Brahmin Sabha in Shivpuri, in association with the National Integrated Medical Association here yesterday.

Teams of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and several other local medical institutions conducted the medical examination and rendered follow-up advice.

Dr Rajoo Singh Chhinna, gastro-enterologist, Dr G.S.Bajwa, ophthalmologist, Dr Dinesh Jain, physician, Dr Neena Gupta, nephrologist, Dr Sanjiv Gupta, urologist, Dr K.K. Babuta, dental surgeons, along with members of NIMA, including Dr Surendra Gupta, Dr K.K. Kharbanda, Dr Rajesh Thaper, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Sanjiv Jain, Dr K.K. Sharma and Dr K.K. Kohli, provided consultation.

Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Ramesh Joshi, Director, Punjab Pollution Control Board, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, former Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, District Congress Committee, and Dandi Swamiji Maharaj visited the camp and lauded the initiative of the organisers to provide medical assistance to the under-privileged people.

According to NIMA general secretary, Dr Surendra Gupta, in the course of blood sugar test, 20 new cases of diabetes were detected. In addition, 140 free computerised ECGs were performed which revealed a palpable rise in ischemic heart disease and high blood pressure among those screened at the camp.



Advanced neurosurgery cures haemorrhage
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
Advanced neurosurgery, involving ''aneurism clipping'', performed by neurosurgeons at SPS Apollo Hospitals here saved the life of a 55- year-old housewife, who had suffered brain haemorrhage.

The patient, admitted to the hospital with history of sudden onset of headache with vomiting was diagnosed during CT angiography of brain as a case of cerebral aneurysm at the base of the brain.

The neurosurgical team, led by Dr Tushar Arora, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon and Dr Deepinder Singh, Consultant Neurosurgeon, conducted an advanced microsurgical procedure in which the aneurism was clipped.

The surgical procedure was carried out under general anesthesia with sophisticated monitoring under the guidance of neuro-anaesthetist Gaurav D and his team.

According to Dr Arora, an opening was made in the skull, the brain tissue was spread apart under a magnification of 15 times with the help of micro-instruments and the aneurysm was exposed.

A specialised titanium aneurysm clip, imported from Germany, was then placed around the neck of the aneurysm. The clip sealed off the aneurysm so that blood could not enter it. The patient was completely cured by this surgery leaving no chance of cerebral haemorrhage from that aneurysm in future.

Dr Arora, who is trained in micro-neurosurgery for aneurysms from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, said a ''cerebral aneurysm'' was a balloon which formed from a weak area in a blood vessel of the brain. It usually enlarges overtime and can be compared to a time bomb ticking in the brain which can burst any time and cause serious brain haemorrhage known as subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Depending upon the amount of blood, it can produce sudden severe headache that can last from several hours to days, drowsiness, associated with coma and even sudden death."

He recommended emergency treatment for individuals with a ruptured cerebral aneurysm which included admission to a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU). Surgery was usually performed within the first three days to obliterate the ruptured aneurysm to reduce the risk of recurrence of bleeding.



Lead disciplined life to stay healthy, says Vandana Luthra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Ask Vandana Luthra, the woman who has beautified hundreds of others, the secret of her beauty and she tells you: “Discipline. Most people are not disciplined enough to follow a healthy routine. But once you do, it is not very tough to follow and the results are always positive.”

“Desiring an hour-glass figure or a model like body is an obsession I would not really encourage. Our aim is to help people lead healthy lives”, she asserted.

The chairperson of VLCC, who was in the city today to inaugurate the company’s first retail outlet, said Ludhiana was the natural choice as it was here that fashion trends for Punjab’s market generated, people were quite aware of fashion and have high disposable incomes. “This place, I would say, is the France of Punjab.”

While she maintained that a healthy lifestyle was a must for all when it came to weight loss and management, she said yoga could only maintain and not aid weight loss. “I have been pursuing yoga for quite long and it can help one get rid of many ailments, but it certainly does not help one lose weight, it can only facilitate maintenance”, she asserted.

A fashion show was also organised by the company on the occasion.

Meanwhile, talking to The Tribune, Mr Sandeep Ahuja, CEO of VLCC Group, said the company was expecting its turnover to rise from the existing Rs 175 crore to Rs 1,000 crore in the next three years. The group, that had chalked out major expansion plans within and outside the country, had planned an investment of Rs 300 crore towards expansion.

It would open more than 20 centres in the foreign countries, including Pakistan, the UK, Sri Lanka and West Asian countries.

Mr Ahuja said the group would consider all options, private equity and also a public offer, to fund the investment.



Jalandhar, Gurdaspur join Amritsar in semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
Fine innings of Chinton Sehgal (57) and Sarbjit Singh (30) went in vain as Ludhiana lost to Gurdaspur by 23 runs on the penultimate day of the first Punjab State Inter-District Twenty Twenty Cricket Tournament being played at the Punjab Agricultural University grounds here today.

Jalandhar registered a comfortable 55-run victory over Chandigarh. With these victories, Gurdaspur and Jalandhar secured berths in the semi final. Amritsar had already advanced into the last four stage yesterday.

Jalandhar, batting first scored 156 for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Gaurav and Manpreet made 58 and 28 runs, respectively. For Chandigarh, Krishan and Sarabjit Singh captured three wickets each conceding 24 and 30 runs.

Chandigarh failed to cope with the accurate bowling by Jalandhar players as they could muster only 101 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Sumit contributed 19 runs while Chandan made 20. For Jalandhar, Jatinder and Manpreet did a comendable job taking two wickets each and gave away just 25 and 19 runs, respectively.

In the quarter final encounter between hosts Ludhiana and Gurdaspur, the visitors stunned the favourites. Batting first, Gurdaspur made 155 runs with Kunal chipping in with 44 useful runs. Kanishak and Navjot scored 19 and 36 runs, respectively. Ludhiana's Aashish and Harmeet Batra took three and one wicket, respectively.

The target set by Gurdaspur proved too huge for the hosts as their eassy culminated at 132 after 19 overs. Chinton Sehgal's valuable innings of 57 runs and an equally good knock of 30 runs by Sarabjit Singh could not save Ludhiana from the ignomity of defeat. For Gurdaspur, the wrecker in chief was Sanjay who grabbed three wickets for 23 runs while Amandeep took two for 24.


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