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Hospital fails to meet basic needs of patients
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, March 5
The local civil hospital fails to meet certain basic needs of patients even after the process of upgrading it to a 200-bed hospital has started.

Patients feel harassed when they find that the emergency wing of the hospital is not fully equipped to attend to their needs.

At times, patients are asked to arrange various items needed for their treatment.

The PCO near the emergency has been out of order for the past about a week, causing inconvenience to patients and hospital staff.

The chemist shop on the premises of the hospital being run by the district Red Cross society does not remain open for 24 hours, as required under rules.

Small instruments used in the emergency are quite old and the staff find it difficult to use those.

It cannot be said for sure whether proper autoclaving of the instruments is being done.

Three persons from Kansal village, Mohinder Pal, his brother Dharam Pal and the latter’s daughter Geeta, were admitted to the hospital on Friday night after they sustained head injuries during a clash.

They felt harassed as they could not be given immediate treatment at the hospital.

Their attendants were asked to arrange for some items so that stitches could be given to the patients.

Baljinder Kaur, wife of Mohinder Pal, said when they were brought to the hospital, the staff on duty asked her to arrange thread and needles for the patients.

As the chemist shop on the hospital premises was closed, she did not know where to go and buy the items late at night.

When a journalist, known to the family, reached the hospital and questioned them about the availability of thread and needles, both were arranged.

Baljinder Kaur said the patients were then taken to the general hospital in sector 16 of Chandigarh, but the staff there asked them to take the patients to the Mohali civil hospital as the area where the clash had taken place was out of their jurisdiction.

H.S. Sarang, SMO in charge of the hospital, said the authorities were informed that the chemist was not keeping his shop open for 24 hours, adding that would shift his telephone to the emergency till the time the PCO was out of order.



Manish swigs his way to night golf title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
It was a swig and swing event. Slightly tizzy golfers slugged it out under floodlights in the nine-hole night golf event at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Holi eve. The competition continued till almost midnight and each participant was allowed one club and a putter.

The winner in the above-80 category was Sqn-Ldr J.S. Gill. The veteran Air Force officer won the event played on the stableford format.

Another veteran golfer K.K. Batta clinched the title in the 75-80-year-category.

The golfers were required to have a ‘chhota’ whisky or vodka after every alternate hole for which five bars had been laid out in the nine-hole greens.

For beer guzzlers, it was a pint of beer at every alternate hole. But probably, the most difficult was having a bottle of sweet milk after every alternate hole.

Col D.S. Waraich was declared the winner in the 65-75 age-group.

Another doctor, who is a regular at the greens, G.S. Kochhar, clinched the title in the 50-65 age category.

Manish Jain was seen having a swig as he walked up to the podium to receive the winner’s trophy in the under-50 age category. It was a double for Manish as his wife clinched the title in the under-60 title for ladies.

Vicky Janjua managed to hit within 2 ft 4 in on the par 3 eighth hole to win the nearest to the pin title. 



SJOBA rally from March 24

Chandigarh, March 5
The 20th Annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally will be held on March 24 and 25. The St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA) announced this at a press conference here today.

Apart from the ‘Challenge Rally,’ SJOBA is also organising the ‘Endurance Trial’ for the first time, which will be based on the Time, Speed, Distance (TSD) format.

This rally is being conducted in affiliation with both motor sports authorities in India i.e. MAI and FMSCI.

The total prize money is Rs 1,80,000. Entries are now open. Entry forms and other information is available at www.sjoba.org.

The Challenge Rally is open to jeeps, cars, bikes and is spread over a period of two days with the participants required to cover approximately 250 kms per day.

Participants in the Endurance Trial can compete in their unmodified cars making this an excellent opportunity for amateurs who want to have a feel of what rallying is all about. — TNS



City boy in national rowing camp

Chandigarh, March 5
Kanav Dosajh, a student of Class ten plus two at DAV Model School, sector-15, has been selected to participate in the national camp being organised by the Rowing Federation of India at Hyderabad.

Kanav has been selected for the camp on the basis of his performance in the 27th Junior National Rowing Championships at Jagatpur, Cuttack, from October 10 to 15 where he won the gold medal. Kanav is one of the probables for the Junior Asian Rowing Championship to be held at China in September. — TNS



Panel on basements

Chandigarh, March 5
The Chandigarh Administration has constituted a committee comprising of the deputy commissioner-cum-estate officer, chief engineer, chief architect, STP Chandigarh Administration and the chief engineer, municipal corporation, Chandigarh, to look into general issues regarding basements of commercial buildings which are brought to the notice of administration.

The committee will go into details of the National Building Code and other existing rules and requirements of various states in the light of available technology. — TNS



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