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PGI raids: poor patients suffer
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Poor patients, admitted to various departments, including casualty, of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) have been suffering because of want of medicines, disposables and other equipment needed immediately for treatment. The blame is being put on the raids conducted on various operation theatres (OTs) by the PGI Vigilance Cell recently.

The poor patients and victims of various road accidents not accompanied by relatives, who have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital, are the worst sufferers. This all is due to the resentment prevailing among certain doctors, technical and paramedical staff following the raids and sealing of their lockers.

Sources in the PGI revealed that doctors and other technical staff were showing hardly any interest for assisting the poor and needy patients. The delay in treating such patients, needing drugs and other medical assistance in OTs, might become a cause for their death, sources said.

The raids were conducted on July 30 on the main OT Complex on the fourth and fifth floors of Nehru Hospital on a complaint of an “insider” in which he had alleged pilferage of OT material by hospital staff.

In the complaint it had been alleged that technical staff in connivance with certain doctors had been pilfering drugs and other medical equipment, brought by patients for surgeries and other treatments, and selling to chemists in the city and surrounding areas.

A senior doctor of the PGI, on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that no doubt certain junior doctors, technical and paramedical staff had been indulging in the trade for the past over two decades, but the raids were conducted indiscriminately, creating resentment among the whole medical fraternity of the hospital.

This had lowered the morale of the doctors who had been using the drugs and other equipment they had kept with them in emergency cases, especially when the patients were economically poor, claimed the doctor.

“It is the poor and needy patients who are actually affected,” he claimed.

After the raids, the PGI authorities have planned to expand package deals to all departments of surgery. The authorities have also planned to issue a “utilisation certificate” mentioning the material purchased, material used and the material left, which was returned to the patient undergone surgery.



St Stephen’s, New Public School in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
St Stephen’s, Sector 45, and New Public School, Sector 18, sailed into the semi-finals having an edge over their respective opponents in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior (boys) Under-16 Football Championship for Mahatma Hans Raj DAV Trophy being held at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

St Stephen’s team got walk over against Vivek High School, Sector 38, in a Group-A fixture while favourite New Public School, Sector 18, outplayed Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, 6-0 in a first-round Group-B encounter.

St Stephen’s and New Public School were given byes in the second round facilitating their entry into the semi-final round.

St Soldiers International School, Sector 28, St John’s School, Sector 26, moved into the quarter-finals from Group A. St Soldiers International outplayed Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, 6-1 while St John’s blanked Ryans International School, Sector 49, 5-0.

The highlight of the St Soldiers International and Mount Carmel play was a fine display by Tundup Wangal and Gaurav Matto who scored three and two goals respectively. Tungul netted in the 35th, 36th and 41st minutes. Gaurav booted home in the 39th and 40th minutes.

It was Pavitar Singh who gave St Soldiers International the lead by finding the net in the seventh minute. It must go to the credit of Mount Carmel to share the honours at half time as they restored parity in the 29th minute through Aish Rana’s goal in the 29th minute.

In the second match, Gurbaz S. Chanan (8th and 43rd minutes), Anant Randhawa (11th minute) Anirudh Thakur (20th minute) and Rochan Kakkar (35th minute) scored for St John's who outplayed Ryan International.

In the absence of defending champions Chandigarh Football Academy, New Public School, Sector 18, have been rated among strong contenders. They defeated Shishu Niketan 6-0. Simranjit Singh emerged their hero by scoring three goals. Subhash Pal (5th), Vikram Singh (13th) and Nikhail Sharma (15th) added one goal each to the New Public School’s score.

The best match of the day was contested between DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20. Contrary to expectations, Govt MSSS-20 were not overawed with the reputation of DAV Senior Secondary School. They were goalless in the stipulated time. In the tie-breaker DAV was lucky to emerge winners by 2-1. Satish and Amandeep hit the net for DAV while kicks of Ashok and Nishant Singh were wide off the goal post. Only Sandeep could convert his penalty into goal for the opponent team.

Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, entered quarter-finals with a walkover as their rivals Shivalik Public School did not show up.

Tomorrow’s fixtures (q-finals): St Soldiers International vs St John’s School (9 am) and Sanjay Public School vs DAV SSS-8 (10 am).



PCA to host charity match for mentally ill
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 18
Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society, a charitable society based in Bangalore, has developed a methodology for treatment of chronic mental sickness with a success rate of over 70 per cent. The society will organise a day/night charity Star Cricket Match between Indian Cricket team players and famous Bollywood film personalities at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, later this year.

The society will use the money thus collected for strengthening its home for the mentally sick. One to 2 per cent of the population is chronically ill and another 5 per cent of the population suffers from depression of some kind and is prone to suicide.

To spread awareness about mental sickness and its prevalence in the country, the society will publish a souvenir. The society has made an appeal for generous contribution and said that all donations should be made only through cheques or demand drafts in favour of “Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society”. India has 36 mental hospitals.



Inderjit, Amandeep win 3-km races
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Inderjit Singh and Amandeep Kaur of Mani Majra emerged winners in the boys and girls group, respectively, in the 3-km race of school students on the occasion of Sadhbhavana Divas.

The event, organised by the Chandigarh Sports Department, was held at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today. Prizes were awarded to 11 athletes in the boys’ category while five prizes were given in the girls’ section.

The results:

Boys: Inderjit Singh, Baljinder Singh, Manmohan, Simranjit, Rapinderpal, Sarabjit, Preetinder, Sukhjeet, Amanpreet, Vikram and Jassu Raj.

Girls: Amandeep Kaur, Joygita, Amandeep Kaur, Neha and Manpreet Kaur.



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