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National conference of psychiatric nurses begins today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
The College of Nursing at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is hosting the sixth National Conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN), which will start on March 3. The theme of the three-day conference would be substance abuse and psychiatric nursing perspective.

According to principal of the College of Nursing Dr Jasbir Kaur, since time immemorial in most countries of the South East Asia region drugs (usually cannabis and opium products) were traditionally being used for ritual, religious and recreational purposes.

She said in the wake of prolonged abuse of these substances, what had emerged now was a virtual epidemic of drug abuse, especially by younger population of our society. It had been estimated that 52.8 per cent of the people consumed alcohol in India whereas prevalence of opium, heroin, smack was 16.7 per cent, 5.0 and 12.9 per cent respectively.

"Data published by the Ministry of Welfare, Government of India, shows that there are 2,70,173 cases of drug abuse reporting to welfare and rehabilitation centres supported by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Over 100 million children worldwide are homeless. A disturbing trend is that more and more younger people are being drawn into this devastating habit."

Dr Jasbir Kaur said the three-day meet would deliberate upon all related issues of substance abuse and role of trained psychiatric nurses in the rehabilitation of addicts. The deliberations would focus on the need for the government, local bodies and community health services to pay special attention to this socio-economically vulnerable population. This neglected group of population ought to be given extra attention by community psychiatric nurses and an effective preventive approach needed to be planned and implemented to prevent serious health and social consequences. 



2-inch nail removed from child’s respiratory tract
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
A team of doctors at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) claimed to have performed a rare surgery on a one-and-a- half-year-old child here yesterday.

Jaswinder, a resident of Banga, was brought to the hospital with the complaint of difficulty in breathing. The child was suffering from this problem for the past three days, and his problem was getting worse, according to his mother Ms Harpreet.

An X-ray of the child, taken in Banga, showed a 2-inch nail in the respiratory tract. This being a life-threatening condition, the patient was referred to the CMCH.

After admission to the CMCH on February 27, Jaswinder was thoroughly assessed and operated upon the next day. The nail in the respiratory tract was removed bronchoscopically (by putting the endoscope in the respiratory tract). The procedure took more than one hour. Post-operative recovery of the patient was uneventful and the child would be discharged in a day or two.

According to Dr V.P. Singh and Dr William Bhatti, the endoscopic procedure for the removal of the nail was a rare and complicated surgery.

They said while incidents of children swallowing small objects or minute things are very common, Jaswinder's case was different.

"Removing the 2-inch nail from the respiratory tract of the small child was challenging, as they had to ensure that the patient continues to breathe while they put the bronchoscope in the respiratory tract itself.

However, this task was accomplished with the availability of state-of-the-art equipment and a team of skilled surgeons, anesthetist and paediatricians," the doctors added.



Free treatment for cleft lip patients at DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here, in association with The Smile Train, a US-based NGO, has introduced free treatment for patients with cleft lip and palate.

The treatment to all such patients under the project started yesterday.

According to the hospital authorities, patients with the congenital deformity could avail themselves of free treatment from the Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns of the hospital.

Patients will be treated free of cost, with no medicine or bed charges or operation fee. The post-operative care will also be provided free of cost.

A team of doctors of the department comprising Dr Ashok Kumar Gupta, professor and head, Dr Sanjiv Uppal, professor, and Dr Rajinder Kumar Mittal, associate professor, will perform operations and provide pre and post-operative care.

The facilities of orthodontia and speech therapy for such patients will also be available at the hospital.



Local hockey prodigy in coaching camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 2
Simran Kaur Khangura, a promising hockey player of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, is presently attending a junior coaching camp at Lucknow by the SAI.

The camp is being held to prepare players for the Junior Asia Cup for 2007.

Simran Kaur has been especially selected for training by the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation for the 15-day camp.

Khangura is the winner of a number of awards. Besides winning a lot of acclaim at the zonal level, she has many firsts to her credit at the district level. She recently secured a second position at the state level.

Her coach Sukhdev Singh, Principal Urmil Sood and staff along with her parents have offered her good wishes for the future performances.

Her selection for the camp has done Doraha proud, they feel.



Manpreet, Davinder best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 2
Manpreet Kaur and Davinder Singh, both students of BA II, were declared best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, in the 36th annual athletic meet of Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, while Taranjit Singh and Harwinder Kaur, students of BCA IVth semester were adjudged best athletes in the meet of Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Management and Technology, Dakha, near here yesterday.

Mohinder Singh Grewal, member of the agricultural costs and prices commission, Ministry of Agriculture, India, inaugurated the meet. Dr Balbir Singh, principal of GTB College, along with Sher Singh Sekhon, president, college managing committee, and other office-bearers of the committee welcomed Grewal and apprised him of the achievements of the college students during the current academic session.

Results: Boys 100 m: Davinder Singh 1; Ashwinder Singh 2; and Gurditt 3. 200 m: Davinder Singh 1, Gurditt 2 and Sukhdeep Singh 3. 400 m: Gurditt 1, Gurpreet Singh 2 and Chanchal Singh 3. 800 m: Jaswinder Singh 1, Sunil 2 and Pawanjit Singh 3. 1500 m: Jaswinder Singh 1, Chanchal Singh 2 and Sanjeev 3. 5000 m: Jaswinder Singh 1, Chanchal Singh 2 and Gurpreet Singh 3. Shot put: Kamaljit Singh 1, Gurminder Singh 2 and Gurinderjit Singh 3. High jump: Ravinder Singh 1, Sukhdeep Singh 2 and Mandeep Singh 3. Long jump: Sukhdeep Singh 1, Mandeep Singh 2 and Gurditt 3. Javelin throw: Gurpinder Singh 1, Davindner Singh 2 and Balvinder Singh 3. Discus throw: Gurminder Singh 1, Karamjit Singh 2 and Kamaljit Singh 3.

Girls: 100 m: Manpreet Kaur 1, Kamaljit Kaur 2 and Harmandeep Kaur 3. 200 m: Manpreet Kaur 1, Gagandeep Kaur 2 and Gurpreet Kaur 3. 400 m: Manpreet Kaur 1, Gagandeep Kaur 2 and Hardip Kaur 3. 800 m: Hardeep Kaur 1, Sukhdeep Kaur 2. 1500 m: Karmjit Kaur 1. Shot put: Dalbir Kaur 1, Amandeep Kaur 2 and Harjit Kaur 3. Long jump: Manpreet Kaur 1, Gurpreet Kaur 2 and Harmandeep Kaur 3. Javelin throw: Manpreet Kaur 1, Gagandeep Kaur 2 and Harmandeep Kaur 3. Discus throw: Varinderjit Kaur 1, Inderpreet Kaur 2.



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