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Update medical skills for better health care: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Gastroenterologists emphasised the need of updating medical knowledge and skill apart from involvement of private and corporate sectors for a better health care in the country.

Sharing their experiences on the first day of the third update CME “Gastro 2007” organised by the Department of Gastroenterology, PGI, that was inaugurated by gastroenterologist Prof B.N. Tandon, a former dean and Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Prof Tandon emphasised the need of continuing medical education for updating medical knowledge and skill. He also expressed the need of involvement of private and corporate sectors in continuing medical education. Prof B.N.S. Walia, a former Director of PGI, expressed the need of development of paediatric gastroenterology as a separate speciality for the care of liver and gastrointestinal disorders in children. He also emphasised the need of involvement of patients and family members in planning treatments and outlining the follow up plans.

A symposium on Crohn's disease in India was also organised on the scientific session of the CME today. The doctors claimed that the disease was an inflammatory condition of intestines. It was considered uncommon or rare in India till a few years back. There has been an increase in the occurrence of this disease in India recently.

Prof P. Kar and Dr Govind Makharia from New Delhi discussed the aspects of the disease. Clinical manifestations of Crohn's disease may be similar to intestinal tuberculosis. Prof Ashok Chacko from Vellore discussed the different methods of differentiating these two diseases. The recent and emerging treatments were discussed by Dr Vineet Ahuja from New Delhi.

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Train more doctors for endoscopic technique: Reddy
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The country has just 4,000 endoscopists to cater to a population of 1 billion. The ratio is quite alarming following which the latest advancement in endoscopy has been proving to be still a distant dream for scores of patients. The ratio of endoscopists and population is the USA in 1: 20.

No doubt the country has highly qualified doctors in various fields,but endoscopy is still not much preferred by the medicos, claimed Dr D. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman and chief of gastroenterology, Asian Institute of Gartroenterology, Hyderabad.

Dr Reddy was here to deliver a lecture on topics comprising “GI endoscopy : Past, present and future” and “Optical coherence tomography” in the third update of continuing medical education (CME), “Gastro-2007,” in the PGI.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Reddy said major advancements in the past five years had brought about several drastic changes in the field of surgery. After the optical fiber and video, capsule and therapeutic endoscopies had been playing a major role in this technique, he added.

“In capsule endoscopy, a patient has to swallow a capsule, measuring 2.6 x 1.1 cm, that provides over 60,000 photographs of the inner side of his intestines, thus helping the doctors to detect problems. The therapeutic endoscopy helps in removing early cancers apart from stones in pancreas . It also stops gastro-intestinal bleeding and the patient as well as the doctors do not have to go in for a surgery”, explained Dr Reddy.

There is a desperate need to train more and more doctors for the endoscopic technique of treatment in various fields.

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Manav stars in Satluj School win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
A fine knock of 72 runs by Manan Vohra enabled the hosts Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here team beat St John’s High School Sector 26, Chandigarh, by 46 runs in the finals of 1 st Satluj Numero Uno U-14 inter school cricket tournament.

After winning the toss, Satluj team opted to bat first and made 174 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 30 overs. Satluj team lost the first wicket in the 3 rd over of the innings when Gurprabhjot Singh got run out. Total score of the team was 11 at this stage.

After that, a superb partnership of 142 for the second wicket between captain Manan Vohra and wicketkeeper batsman Abhinav Goel enabled Satluj Public School to reach a respectable total of 174 for six in 30 overs. Manan scored 72, while Abhinav scored 63.

While chasing the target, St Johns were all out for 128 runs in 25.4 overs. Sajit of Satluj School took 3 wickets for 30 runs, while Harpreet Singh 
and Mohit Chadha took 2 wickets each conceding 18 and 27 runs, respectively.

Only Devenjot (28), Anmol (25) and Gaurav (21) could reach the double figures for St John’s High School. Yograj Singh, former international cricketer, was the chief guest and distributed prizes to the players

The following players were declared as the best in their respective categories.

Man of the Match: Manan Vohra (Satluj)

Best Batsman: Sajit Nagrath (Satluj)

Best Bowler: Mohit Chadha (Satluj)

Best All-rounder: Manan Vohra (Satluj)

Best upcoming Player: Harpreet Singh (Satluj)

Best wicket Keeper Batsman: Abhinav Goel

Brief score:

Satluj Public School Sec 4, Pkl: 174 for 6 wickets in 30 overs (Manan Vohra 72, Abhinav Goel 65, Anmol 2/37, Prithvi 2/22).

St John’s High School, Sec 26 Chd : 128 all out in 25.4 overs

(Devan Jot 28, Anmol 25, Gaurav 21, Sajit 3/30, Harpreet Singh 2/18, Mohit 2/27).

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Naruka enters final of tennis tourney

Mohali, February, 2
Displaying good performance, Digvijay Singh Naruka reached the finals of u-12 and u-14 categories of the First Mohali (SAS Nagar) District Lawn Tennis Championship here today. In the finals of both categories, Digvijay and Dhir Anush Bhatti will face each other. In the semifinals, Digvijay defeated Raj Sumer Singh 6-1, while Dhir Anush got the better of Paramvir Singh 6-1 in u-12 age group.

In the u-18 category, Gurmohit beat Naunihal Singh 6-2 and he again emerged as the winner in the open category, defeating Gurpreet Singh 6-3.

The other results:

U-12 (pre-quarter/ quarter): Raj Sumer Singh beat Sukhdev Singh (6-1); Dheer Anush Bhatti beat Aseem Goel (6-2); Harsh beat Manpreet (6-2); Dashmeet beat Akash (6-2); Gursirat beat Varun (6-1); Sidhant beat Maheep (6-2); Raj Sumer Singh beat Sukhdev Singh (6-1); Dheer Anush Bhatti beat Aseem Goel (6-2).

U-12 (semifinals): Digvijay Singh Naruka beat Raj Sumer Singh (6-1); Dhir Anush Bhatti beat Paramvir Singh (6-1).

U-14 (pre-quarter): Aditya beat Chirag (6-1); Raghuwinder beat Yuvraj (6-2); Siddharath beat Raj Sumer (6-4); Tarunvir beat Gurmehar (6-0); Paramvir Singh beat Archit (6-3); Digvijay Singh Naruka beat Ashish (6-0).

U-14 (quarters): Dhir Anush Bhatti beat Aditya (6-4); Sidhharath beat Raghuwinder (6-5), (7-2); Bikramjit Singh Kang beat Paramvir Singh (6-1); Digvijay Singh Naruka beat Tarunvir Singh (6-0).

U-14 (semifinals): Dhir Anush Bhati beat Siddharath (6-2); Digvijay Singh beat Bikramjit Singh Kang (6-4).

U-16 (quarterfinals): Ayush Shukla beat Kunwar Preet Singh (6-1) Naunihal Singh w/o Jatinder Singh; Gaurav beat Gurman Singh (6-2) Maninder Singh w/o Rajan

U-18 (semifinals): Gurmohit Singh beat Naunihal Singh (6-0) Ayush Shukla beat Rajdeep Singh (6-1)

Men’s open (single): Gurpreet Singh beat A.S. Kang (6-2); Sham Jagat beat Mahesh Kumar (6-4);Ayush Shukla beat Harjit Singh (6-2); Gurmohit Singh beat Gurpreet Singh (6-3) — TNS

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