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Camps, awareness lectures during ESIC fortnight
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
Health camps and awareness lectures for the industrial workers, blood donation camp, continuing medical education programmes, healthy baby contest and family planning programme would be some of the highlights of ESIC fortnight, being observed to mark the 55th foundation day of ESIC. This was stated here today by medical superintendent of ESIC Model Hospital Dr P.C. Gupta.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of pediatrics department, who is also coordinating the health check up camps as team leader, said that a team of doctors, including chest specialist, medical specialist, ophthalmologist, ENT specialist and dental surgeon will examine the beneficiaries of ESI scheme in different industrial units in the city. The on the spot investigations like hemoglobin, urine and blood sugar tests will be conducted.

According to Dr Gulati, the main motive behind the health camps was to create awareness amongst the employees and the employers about the occupational hazards and diseases like hearing impairment, respiratory problems, backache and skin problems.

The camps will be organized in Ralson India Limited, Venus Garments, Nahar Industrial Enterprises Limited and Bharti Teletech Limited. Dr Gulati, who is a also a trainer for prevention of HIV/AIDS, will also deliver a health talk to the workers in the factory premises during the health check up camp.

It was for the first time that ESIC Model Hospital was organising such an event. "The event will be different from the others shows organised in the city earlier since no registration fee will be charged. The children will be divided into three groups and in each group three prizes will be given. In addition, the mothers of the winner children will be felicitated."

Family planning camp and cervical smear examination camp for screening of the beneficiaries and their family members will be organised by the gynecology and obstetrics department of the hospital under the supervision of Dr Raman Saggar, head of the department. She informed that the motive behind this camp was to sensitise the women about the importance of early detection of cervical carcinoma, since timely detection and intervention could save many a lives.

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Role of psychiatric nurses discussed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The three-day sixth annual conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) concluded at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today amidst discussion on various aspects of the role of psychiatric nurses in management of substance abuse.

During this national conclave, organised under the chairmanship of Principal of College of Nursing (DMCH) Dr Jasbir Kaur, continuous nursing education (CNE) and scientific sessions were organised on different issues related to mental health nursing with special emphasis on the theme of substance abuse and psychiatric nursing perspective.

More than 100 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the conference and 35 scientific paper were presented of various aspects of the theme of substance abuse.

In the morning session today, which was held under the presidium of Dr K.J. Gill, Principal, Shri Guru Ram Dass College of Nursing, Hoshiarpur, Dr Sandhya Ghai, lecturer, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Suresh Kumar Sharma, lecturer, College of Nursing (DMCH), the presentation were made on cause of psycho-active substance use disorder, distress experienced by the spouse of alcoholics, substance abuse among migrated homeless children and effectiveness of meditation on stress among workers.

DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh, while delivering the valedictory address, appreciated the organisers and participants for highlighting the issues related with substance abuse and awareness about psychiatric nursing among the general public as also the nursing fraternity.

He emphasised the need for proper nursing care while maintaining that psychiatric aides played a pivotal role in curing physically or mentally ill patients.

Dr B. Nagarajaiah, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, National Institute of Mental health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, dwelt upon the emerging challenges before psychiatric nurses in the prevailing scenario of alarming increase in the conditions like alcoholism and substance abuse. He also proposed a vote of thanks to the dignitaries and participants.

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Exhibition on obstetrical care
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
The general nursing and midwifery (third year) students of the College of Nursing, CMC, today organised an exhibition in the out-patient department of obstetrics and gynaecology on the theme of “mother and child heath”.

The purpose of this exhibition, according to the coordinators Prof Celestina Francis and Prof Veena B. Masih, was to create awareness among general public, especially women, about taking good care of themselves during pregnancy and preventing complications. The emphasis was on regular ante-natal check up, diet and prevention of anaemia, which was common in women. Exhibits also displayed models and posters on child care.

The exhibition was inaugurated by head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology Dr Mary Abraham. Among other dignitaries present on the occasion were principal Triza Jiwan and senior faculty members of the college.

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Soccer trials on March 9
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 5
Trials to select the Ludhiana football team (senior boys) will be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium on March 9 at 10 am, according to Mr Tara Singh Lotey, honorary secretary, District Football Association, Ludhiana.

Interested players have been advised to report to Mr Jaspal Singh, senior football coach or Mr Lotey at the venue in proper kit. The selected players will represent Ludhiana in the Punjab Football Championship slated to be held at Bassi Pathana (Fatehgarh Sahib) from March 14 to 18.

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