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Want to lose weight? gastric surgery is here
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 11
The SPS Apollo Hospitals today launched a 'stomach-bypass surgery center', thus becoming the first multi-speciality hospital in the northern region to offer comprehensive weight-loss surgery services. While bypass surgery for heart was a common procedure, very few people might have ever heard of bypass surgery of stomach (gastric bypass).

The innovative surgical procedure had turned out to be a boon for those who had double the ideal body weight, had a history of morbid obesity (body weight exceeds the medically recommended weight by 100 pounds) and those unable to lose weight with other treatments.

Dr Arindam Ghosh, Head of Surgical Gastroenterology at the hospital, who is specially trained for these procedures from Berne, Switzerland, informed that in a normal digestion, food passed through the stomach and entered the small intestine where most of the nutrients and calories were absorbed. It then passed into the large intestine (colon), and the remaining waste was eventually excreted.

In a gastric bypass, the stomach was made smaller by creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach, using surgical staples or a plastic band. The smaller stomach was connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine (jejunum), bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum), he added.

He said those having undergone the surgery would feel full more quickly than with the stomach in its original size. The bypass reduced the amount of intake of food and the calories consumed.

Moreover, bypassing part of the intestine also resulted in fewer calories being absorbed which subsequently led to weight loss and in 90 per cent patients of diabetes also got cured.

According to Dr Ghosh, the first gastric bypass surgery was performed on a patient Baljit Kaur (37 yrs), an NRI living in Vancouver, Canada, who was obese and gaining more weight.

With a body weight of 110 kg when she sought weight-loss surgery treatment at the hospital, the patient lost 50 per cent of excess weight in three months and almost all of it in next six to twelve months.

Even though a new phenomenon in India, gastric bypass was very popular in developed nations with some 1,50,000 operations performed in the USA alone last year. Another major advantage of the procedure was that people with normal body weight lived longer.

Obesity, remarked Dr Ghosh, happened to be a huge problem in our country with very less awareness. Nearly 3 per cent of the population in India (nearly 3 crore) was obese and many of them suffering from obesity related problem like arthritis, heart diseases, lung complications and diabetes.



Workshop on child abuse
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 11
A multi-specialty sensitisation workshop on” Child Abuse and Neglect” was organized today by the Department of Pediatrics, DMCH. The workshop was organized for the first time in the region.

Dr Bains, chief organizer, said physical punishment was not the only solution to discipline a child. A young child normally did not know what was wrong or right.So, punishing him or her physically did not send right vibes in the child's mind.

By studying the parenting styles of people who had raised happy, well-adjusted children, behavioral scientists, had identified a number of techniques that were often more effective than punishment in teaching appropriate behaviour, said Dr Bains.

The chief guest, Mr Prem Gupta, also released a book entitled "What is child abuse and neglect " written by Dr Bains. 



Lady patient manhandled
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, November 11
A married woman of Bhawan Kalan village was abused and manhandled by a man sitting inside a clinic at Kohara village while the former asked him to prescribe her medicine due to stomach ailment on Thursday.

Baljeet Kaur, wife of Baldev Singh of Bhawan Kalan, had gone to visit her relatives at Ghudani Kalan along with her neighbourer, Jasvir Kaur. In the evening when they were returning Baljeet complained of severe stomach ache and went to a nearbly medical hall at Kohara. She along with her neighbourer went to Grewal clinic. Baljeet complained that the person present in the clinic when told about the ailment began to tease her. When she tried to resist the advances made by him, the latter kicked her in the stomach. The man was identified as Lakhwinder Singh, son of Harvans Singh, of Kohara, said to be a compounder of the doctor.

A case under Section 323,354 and 294 of IPC has been registered at Sahnewal police station on the complaint of Baljeet Kaur while the accused is yet to be arrested.



110 examined at camp

Samrala, November 11
A medical check-up camp was organised by a team of doctors headed by Dr N.P.S Virk,In-charge of Government Primary Health Centre, Manupur, near here, yesterday.

In a press note, Mr Manmohan Kumar Puri, In-charge, Government MPHC, Ghungrali Sikhan, and Lt Jatinder Kumar said 110 patients from different villages were given a check-up at the camp by Dr virk, Dr Satpal and Dr Ashok Singla. Medicines free of cost were also provided. OC



8th Hockey Tournament starts at Doraha
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 11
The 8th Inter-School Hockey Tournament dedicated to the memory of late Dr Ishwar Singh, founder president of the college, began today at Guru Nanak Hockey Stadium of the Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

The tournament was inaugurated by Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college. The first match was played between R S Khalsa School, Jaspalon, and Mehta Gurukul School, Doraha.Mehta Gurukul School was the winner. Harman Mehta made both the winning goals. The second match was played between Govt Sen Sec School, Shahpur, and Govt High School, Rampur. The Rampur school won the match by 2 goals to one.

The third match was played between Govt Sen Sec School, Sahnewal, and Govt Sen Sec School, Kaddon. The Sahnewal school finally scored the golden goal and won the match by two goals to one. The fourth match was played between Govt Sen Sec School, Doraha, and Punjab Public School, Rupalon. The Doraha school won the match by 3 goals to 2.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Director of the college and Prof R S Pali, Chairman of the tournament, was especially present.

A total of 12 teams, including Punjab Public School, Rupalon; Govt Sen Sec School, Shahpur (Ldh); Govt Sen Sec School, Doraha; Nankana Sahib Public School Kila Raipur; Govt Sen Sec School, Kaddon; Govt sen sec school, Sahnewal, guru Nanak Model sen sec school, Doraha, R S Khalsa High school, Jaspalon, govt Sen Sec School Jatana; Malwa Sen Sec School; Model Gram Ludhiana; Govt High School Rampur; Shakti Public School Doraha are participating in this 3-day tournament being organised by Doraha College. The winner team and the runners up shall be awarded a cash prize of Rs 3100 and Rs 2100 respectively. 



Ranjitgarh Golf Club finish runners-up
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 11
Ranjitgarh Golf Club team from Phillaur finished runners up in the North Zone final of the McDowell's Signature Club Golf Championship held at Golden Greens Golf Resort, Gurgaon, recently.

As many as 4000 golfers representing thirty golf clubs competed in the championship. Top golfers of the country from teams such as Chandigarh Golf Club, Army Golf Club Delhi, Rambagh Golf Club Jaipur, Lucknow Golf Club and Jaypee Greens Golf Resort Club of Greater Noida, participated in the championshiop. Ranjitgarh Golf Club team stunned their opponents and secure the second spot.

However, Noida Golf Club emerged the winners in the North Zone leg and the Phillaur outfit had to content with the second position. The winners will play the final in Malaysia on December 2.



Pak, Bangladesh teams to vie for hockey honours
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 11
Teams from Pakistan and Bangladesh will be taking part in the 5th All-India Jagtar Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament for boys (u-19) to be organised jointly by the Jagtar Memorial Hockey Society and the PAU Sports Association here.

The tournament will be held at the Prithipal Singh Astroturf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University from November 14 to 17.

This was stated by Mr Gurinder Preet Singh and Mr Kirpal Singh Aujla, general secretary and coordinator, respectively, of the Tournament Organising Committee at a press conference here today.

Top 14 hockey outfits of the country, besides two teams from the neighbouring countries, would be seen in action during this four-day tournament to be played on a knock-out basis, they said.

They said the Pakistan squad - Javed Hockey Club, Gojra (Pakistan), with as many as eight internationals in its ranks - along with defending champions of the All India Nehru Hockey Tournament, the BKSP, Dhaka (Bangladesh), would take part in this tournament.

Other teams to compete in the meet included Namdhari XI, Air India, New Delhi, Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, SAI, Sundernagar, Orissa, SAI, Lukcnow, PNB Academy, New Delhi, SAI Patiala and Amritsar XI.

They also said six teams - Jarkhar Academy, Moga XI, Ropar XI, Kilaraipur Academy, Bahadurgarh XI and PAU Academy- had been placed in the qualifying round and two top teams would advance into the main draw.

In the inaugural match, Javed Hockey Club of Pakistan would take on the first qualifier on November 14. The winners, runners-up and the third-position holders would be given trophies.



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