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PGI to have advanced cancer treatment technology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The PGI has planned to introduce highly advanced cancer and tumour detection and treatment technologies. In addition, the institute has also decided to set up a 20-bedded Burns Unit at Rs 6.7 crore with a Plastic Surgery Ward.

Dr K.K. Talwar, Director of the PGI said a proposal had already been sent to the centre to acquire new hi-tech medical equipment, including Cyber Knife, PET Scan, Gamma Camera, for the upgradation and expansion of the existing departments. The project would cost about Rs 90 crore.

The new equipment would help in better and prompt treatment of patients in the hospital that caters to the northern region with registration of over 3500 outdoor patients daily. The institute has been eagerly waiting for the PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner, used to find cancer, to check blood flow and to notice the functioning of the organs, Dr Talwar said.

“It is the most advanced cancer detection procedure, which scans the entire body at once detecting the disease, especially in the breast, brain, lung, colon, prostate and lymphoma glands at early stages. In addition, the PET scan can also find poor blood flow to the heart, which may mean coronary artery disease,” he added.

At present, the PET scan facility is available only at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, in North India.

Elaborating upon the Rs 30-crore Dedicated Image Guide Whole Body Stereo Tactic Radio Surgery (Cyber Knife) project, Dr Talwar said it was a radiosurgery system designed to track, detect and correct tumours in any part of the body.

Unlike traditional radiosurgery systems that can only treat tumours in the head and neck, the Cyber Knife can treat both intracranial and extracranial tumors and provides an additional option to patients diagnosed with previously inoperable or surgically complex tumours.

Dr Talwar said the PGI urgently needs an additional Gamma Camera (SPECT-CT) due to heavy-patient-load on these instruments. He also stressed upon the need for adding new facilities in the existing departments. The Hepatology Department urgently needs a four-bedded intensive care unit (ICU) and six high-dependency beds to provide better care to the patients suffering from acute liver failure.

An ICU was also needed in the Gastroenterology (GE) Department, as there was no GE ICU in any of the government institutions in the region, except Delhi, for the patients suffering from acute necrotising pencreatitis, massive gastroinstestinal bleeding and other diseases.

Due to heavy patient load and long waiting lists, it was proposed to procure a new MRI unit (Rs 11 crore), a Bi Plane DSA (Rs 6.5 crore) to augment the angiographic facilities and Digital Radiography System (Rs 1.10 crore) to provide high-quality images, he said.



Osteoporosis: experts explain techniques
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The problem of osteoporosis has started effecting persons above the age of 40 years. Scientists and orthopaedicians have been putting in efforts to manage its spread.

For the management of the problem, the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Orthopedics Association (IOA) organised a “Symposium on Osteoporosis” to mark its second annual meeting in Hotel Park View, here today.

Over 120 orthopaedicians from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh participated in the seminar and expressed their views on the management of the disease. They explained various techniques used by them in treating fractures among patients suffering from osteoporosis.

“The problem occurs generally in old age and while treating fractures of such patients, surgeons have to take into account various factors, methods and equipments. The bones in such surgeries generally are unable to accommodate medical implants,” said Dr R.L. Mittal, a senior orthopaedician from Patiala.

Dr Mukand Lal, Head of the Orthopedic department, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, focussed on total hip replacement and other techniques while operating on patients with osteoporosis. He also explained certain factors causing osteoporosis among younger persons in rural and urban areas of Himachal Pradesh.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Dr S.S. Gill, Head of the Orthopedic Department, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr M.S. Dhillon, from the PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr S.S. Sangwan, Director of the PGI, Rohtak, Dr Bobby John, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Dr J.L. Bassi, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, Dr Dara Singh from Medical College, Jammu, Dr Ravi Gupta from GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh and Dr Sansar Sharma, Dehra Dun.

Dr Ramesh Kumar Sen, secretary of the Chandigarh Chapter of the IOA, thanked the delegates.

Earlier, Dr Manish Garg, from UNICHEM, a Mumbai based pharmaceutical company, spoke on the medicines and equipments available for treating and operating on patients suffering the disease.

A question-answer session was also organised.



Children given polio drops
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 10
As many as 59,903 children below 5 were administered polio drops as part of the pulse polio immunisation campaign here today. On day one, the department achieved a target of 81 per cent immunisation.

The district was divided into four zones and as many as 326 stationary booths were set up along with 25 mobile teams. People from all walks of society visited polio booths with their little ones.

The Health Department appealed to the citizens to cooperate with pulse polio teams which would conduct house-to-house surveys on August 11 and 12 to vaccinate all children below 5 who had failed to receive vaccination today.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr G.P. Saluja, said the campaign would continue for another two days.

During this campaign, special attention is being paid to slums, far-flung areas, isolated hutments, brickkilns and floating population. Special teams have been constituted to administer drops in these colonies to ensure that no child is left out.

Meanwhile, various groups came forward to help the staff administer polio drops. Volunteers went house to house to mobilise parents in getting their children vaccinated at the nearest polio centre. A rush was witnessed at the Mohali barrier where scooters, cars and buses were stopped for getting the children immunised.



Workshop on electron microscopy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
A three-day workshop in electron microscopy organised by the All-India Medical Laboratory Technologist’s Association (AIMLTA), Chandigarh, and the Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, concluded here today.

Prof Kusum Joshi, Head, Department of Histopatholgoy, inaugurated the Workshop that was well-attended by faculty members of various departments concerned apart from scores of delegates from the region.

Dr Pankaj Kaul, organising secretary, EM Workshop and state secretary, AIMLTA, Chandigarh, said the workshop aimed at providing scientific information resource in virtually all aspects of electron microscopy relevant to patient care, health promotion and disease diagnosis to medical laboratory technology professionals.

This would help laboratory technologists to understand and facilitate learning of electron microscopic diagnosis better.

Dr CS Rayat, coordinator of the programme, said faculty members and expert technologists delivered various plenary lectures on the occasion.



Grewal awarded gold medal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Dr S.P.S. Grewal, founder member and Chief Executive Officer of the Grewal Eye Institute, Chandigarh, has been awarded a gold medal for his excellence in ophthalmology at the annual conference-2006 of the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society India in New Delhi.

Padma Bhushan Naresh Trehan, president of CII, IHF, honoured Dr Grewal at the annual conference on September 3.

Dr Grewal and his team of three ophthalmologists from the institute will present five papers at the 24th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons to be held between September 9-13 in London.



World Nutrition Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The World Nutrition Day was observed by various city-based health institutions nursing homes and hospitals apart from the PGIMER, General Hospital, Sector 16, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, here on Friday.

The doctors advised balanced diet with nutritive values to infants, adolescent girls, pregnant women, old aged women and men.

According to doctors, infancy is a period of rapid growth, body grows to attain adult stature during adolescent period, while pregnant and lactating mothers require nutritional food as expecting and nursing mothers have to nurse themselves as well their babies.



CFA lift Challenge Cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) lifted the 4 th Administrator’s Challenge Cup while beating the Football Academy (FA), Hoshiarpur, 2-0 in the final of football tournament concluded at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

The CFA initiated a fine move from the right flank in the 7th minute which went wasted. Again in the 13 th minute of the play Maninder of the CFA took a powerful grounder which was brilliantly saved by the FA custodian Satbir Singh. In the 20th minute of the play CFA defender Ravinder who overlapped from left flank sent a lofted cross in the Hoshiarpur penalty area. Hoshiarpur defender Amarwant cleared the ball with header but the ball could not get proper force and dropped within the penalty area where alert striker Gagandeep controlled the ball after dribbling Gurwinder Singh. He took a power packed grounder and gave no chance to goalkeeper. This raid ended in the opening the account for the CFA.

The FA lads also came up with couple of good moves but they could not materialize these. The CFA lads were leading by 1-0 at breather.

On the resumption of play, the game was confined to the mid field for 10 minute. In the 52 nd minute of play the CFA Coach Harjinder called Randeep out and sent medio Jaspal in.

In the 65th minute, Gagandeep of the CFA controlled the ball in striking area, dribbled past two defenders of the FA and entered the penalty area where he was brought down by Gurwinder Singh of the FA where referee Amrik Singh awarded penalty kick. Sukhdeep Singh of the CFA made no mistake and scored second goal for his team 2-0.

After conceding two goals the FA lads tried their best to reduce the margin but in vain.

Earlier in the moving replay semifinal match, the FA defeated SAI East by 2 - 0. Gurvinder and Simranjit scored one goal each in the 31 st and 46 th minute of play.

Mr Lalit Sharma, IAS, Adviser to Administrator, U.T., Chandigarh, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Mr S.K. Sandhu, IAS, Secretary, Finance and Sports, Sh. I.S. Sandhu, Director, Sports and Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director, Sports, were among the dignitaries present to witness the match.



St Stephen-Togan outplay Anne’s in cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
St Stephen’s School, Togan, shocked last year’s runners-up St Anne’s School, Sector 32, by 10 wickets on the second day of the Molly Carver Memorial High Schools Cricket Tournament at St Stephen’s School, Togan, here today.

Batted first, Anne’s mustered just 55 runs in 18 overs. Stephen’s Kushal Singal was the main wrecker as he dismissed four batsmen for just 19. Only Himanshu Sharma, who made 20 runs, showed some resistance against fiery bowling attack of Stephen’s team. Harman Sandhu took two for 7.

In reply, St Stephen’s School achieved the target (56) without losing any wicket as they made 56. The openers Abhilash Sharma piled up unbeaten 27 while Harman remained not out on 28.

In the second match Shishu Niketan-22 defeated Ajit Karam Singh International Public School by 23 runs.

Put in to bat first, Shishu Niketan made 118 for 9 in allotted 20 overs. Neeraj Kumar (24), Vinod (23), and Sunny (19) were their main scorers. Ashish, Lakshay and Navjot claimed two wickets each.

In reply AKIPS were dismissed for 95 runs in 17.3 overs. Sumit was the main wicket taker with his four wickets for 15 runs.

Brief scores: St Anne’s-32: 55 in 18 overs (Himanshu Sharma 20, Kushal Singal 4 for 19, Harman Sandhu 2 for 7, Abhilash Sharma 1 for 13).

St Stephen’s, Togan: 56 for no loss (Abhilash Sharma 27 not out, Harman Sandhu 28 not out).

Shishu Niketan-22: 118 for 9 in 20 overs (Neeraj Kumar 24, Vinod 23, Sunny 19, Ashish 2 for 22, Navjot 2 for 19, Lakshay 2 for 17).

Ajit Karam Singh International Public School: 95 in 17.3 overs (Mukul 12, Madhuranjan 17, Avish 17, Soshank 2 for 17, Sumit 4 for 15).



Dikshant school win skating carnival
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 10
Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, was declared the overall winner in the first Holy Child Skating Carnival-2006 organised by the Panchkula Sports Association.

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, gave away the prizes to the winners. Among other present on the occasion were Mrs Neena Trehan, Principal, Sh. Aditya Trehan, Director, Holy Child School, Mr Mitul Dixit, Director Dikshant School, Mr Chander Singhal, the organising secretary of the event, and Mr Sukjeewan Sharma, president of the Panchkula Sports Association.

Following are the results of various events :-

Road Race (Boys under 4): 1 Mayank Sood 2 Harkarman 3 Jas Ahluwalia; 4-6 yrs: 1 Gurbir Singh 2 Manan 3 Parag Sharma; 6-8 yrs: 1 Mohit Yadav 2 Akash Rana 3 Tejbir Singh; 8-10yrs: 1 Bhavdeep 2 Mohit 3 Sahil Ashat; 10-12 yrs: 1 Hardeep 2 Avdeep 3 Sidhant Chopra; 12-14 yrs: 1 Vishal Maini 2 Manvinder 3 Swatantarpal

(Girls): 4-6 yrs: 1 Mrinal 2 Bhuvnika 3 Ramanpreet; 6-8 yrs: 1 Sirjana 2 Tammana 3 Keran George; 8-10 yrs: 1 Bhavdeep 2 Mohit 3 Megha; 12-14yrs: 1 Mehak Paul 2 Himanshi 3 Kamal; 14-16yrs: 1 Pawandeep 2 Gul Walia 3 Himani; Rink Race-II (Boys under 4 years): 1 Mayank 2 Harkamran Singh 3 Las Ahluwalia; 4-6 years: 1 Gurvir Singh 2 Manan Monga 3 Kartik Mann; 6-8 years: 1 Mohit 2 Tejbir 3 Akash Rana; 8-10 years: 1 Bhavdeep 2 Sahil Asht 3 Mohit Thakur; 10-12 years: 1 Anshul 2 Varun 3 Siddhant Chopra; 12-14 years: 1 Maninder 2 Gaurav Arora 3 Apaarpret Singh.

(Girls): 4-6 years: 1 Mrinal 2 Priya 3 Bhumika; 6-8 years: 1 Tamanna 2 Siryana 3 Karen Ganga; 8-10 years: 1 Drshwinder 2 Bhavya 3 Vanshikha Bansal; 10-12 years: 1 Jyoti Rana 2 Celeste 3 Abha; 12-14 years: 1 Mehak Paul 2 Himanshi 3 Ramandeep.



Amit victorious in cycle race event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Amit Yadav got first position, while Iqbal Singh and Sahil Arora came second and third positions, respectively, in the first Lap Cross Country Mass Start Race for Boys under 14 years in the Chandigarh MYB Cycling Races at Kaimbala village forest trail here today.

More than 50 cyclists participated in the event which was organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association.

Specially designed MTB circuit, consisting broken tarmac, mud path and sandy stalk was prepared for the event.

The following are the final results:

Five Lap Cross Country Mass Start Race (Men): 1 Balwant Singh, CCC, 2 Harnek Singh, St. John-26, 3 Dharminder, GMSSS-23.

Second Lap Cross Country Mass Start Race (Boys u-16): 1 Amit Dhingra, SDS-32, 2 Rahul Arora, SGHM-32, 3 Arvind Kumar, GHS-25.

First Lap Cross Country Mass Start Race (Boys u-14): 1 Amit Yadav, SDS-32, 2 Iqbal Singh, Ryan International, 3 Sahil Masih, Bapist School-45,

Second Lap Cross Country Mass Start Race (Girls): 1 Kulbir Kaur, SGGS-26, 2 Manpreet Kaur SGGS-26, 3 Satnam Kaur.



Umesh to lead Panchkula team
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 10
Umesh Kaira will lead the Panchkula District Cricket team for the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket tournament for the Pataudi Trophy. The team will play their opening match against Chandigarh at the J.R. Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, on September 11 and 12.

The other players selected in the team are: Vishal Sahni, Mandeep Singla, Tejwinder S. Gill, Sunny Sharma, Ravi Shankar, Charanjeet Singh, Shankar Nair, Ashish Khukreti, Himanshu, Jitender Billa, Kapil Panday, Rubal Kapil, Arvind Rawat, Kuldeep Nathani, Amit Kumar, Sachin Gehrotra, Rudramani, Ajay Bhardwaj and Manav Asopa.



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