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600 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
Over 600 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by Shri Nav Durga Mandir Trust at Durga Mata Mandir in Sarabha Nagar here today. The camp coincided with inauguration of new dental department and X-Ray unit in the temple hospital.

The deputy-general manager of State Bank of India R. Karthikeyan inaugurated the camp and bhoomi poojan for the new building and community hall was performed by Ramji Das Kothari.

A team of doctors from Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital comprising Dr H.S. Bedi, cardiac surgeon and Dr Gaurav Sachdeva, medical specialist examined the patients and rendered follow up advice. 

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Anti-polio drops administered
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 11
The district health authorities claimed to have administered the anti-polio vaccine to more than 60 per cent of the children in Sangrur district today. The other children will be provided vaccine during a door-to-door campaign over the next two days.

According to Dr K.C. Goel, district health officer, the health authorities had arranged 783 booths to cover all areas in the town and surrounding areas. The vaccine was provided to newborn children at their residence by volunteers of various social organisations. Special teams were deputed to administer vaccine to children at bus stops and railways stations.

Out of the total population of 16 lakh, the authorities had identified 2,04,577 children in the district and 23,354 in Fatehgarh Panj Garaian, out of which more than 60 per cent were administered the vaccine today, claimed the DHO.

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Paralysis patient fit in two days
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
Dr Bikram Brar, a neuro-spinal surgeon, successfully performed an innovative procedure on a 65-year old hemiplegic patient with marvellous results.

Mahngi Ram, a resident of Kotkapura town, had developed paralysis of left side of his body due to a large-deep seated tumour in the right side of his brain. With conventional surgery under anaesthesia, there was a high risk of permanent paralysis, and even in case of positive results, the patient would have remained bed-ridden for a long time with a prolong stay in ICU.

Dr Brar, an expert in stereotactic surgery, performed this operation with the help of a CT scan through a key hole without giving any anaesthesia. "The procedure took only half an hour and there was tremendous improvement in the weakness of the patient immediately after surgery. After just two days of the surgery, the patient, with only two stitches in his scalp, was discharged.

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Children given anti-polio drops
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
In the drive against polio, more than 65 per cent of the 5.39 lakh children in the age group of 0-5 were given polio drops in the district today.

A team of health workers and volunteers will make door-to-door rounds of the city as also towns and villages on Monday and Tuesday to immunise the left-out children. SAD-B legislator from Ludhiana West Harish Rai Dhanda inaugurated the pulse polio campaign by giving drops to children at a booth on the canal bridge on the Pakhowal road in the morning.

Dr Yash Pal Mehta (DMCH), Dr Reena Sandhu, district family welfare officer (DFWO), Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, district immunisation officer, and office-bearers of the district branch of the Indian Pediatric Society were also present on the occasion.

The health department had put up around 2100 polio booths, including 1200 in the rural areas. To ensure comprehensive coverage, 72 transit posts were put up and 100 mobile teams were moving around to administer the vaccine to traveling children and those in slum areas and labour colonies.

The response to the polio campaign was overwhelming at the Civil Hospital, civil dispensaries and ESI dispensaries at different places in the city, while it was reported to be lukewarm in some of the rural primary health centres.

Nearly 8000 children were immunised at 22 booths in Model Town and Abdullapur Basti localities, which were assigned to Rotary Club of Ludhiana North.

Over 650 children were given polio drops at a camp organised by the district branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA). A team of NIMA doctors comprising Dr Rajesh Thaper, Dr M.S. Dhaliwal, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Kharbanda, Dr Ranbir Singh, Dr Diwaker Sharma and Dr Upender Vatsyayan lent their services for the vaccination drive.

More than 200 children were given polio drops at a polio camp organsied by the NSS volunteers of Government Senior Secondary School under the guidance of school principal H.K. Mayer. Dr Jasbir Singh and Dr Suman Lata were also present at the camp.

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  Sandeep Kaur declared best athlete
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana March 11
Sandeep Kaur bagged five gold medals and was named the best athlete in the annual sports meet of Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines held here today. She won in the 100 m sprint, 800 m, javelin throw, long jump and high jump events.

The winners are: 100 m- Sandeep Kaur; 200 m- Kamaldeep Kaur; 400 m- Kamaldeep Kaur; 800 m- Sandeep Kaur; 50 m chatti race- Jaspreet Kaur; 50 m rope skipping race- Kamaldeep Kaur; 50 m sack race- Jaspreet Kaur; 100 m hurdles- Jaspreet Kaur; 100 m obstacle race- Jaspreet Kaur; shot putt- Manjit Kaur; javelin throw- Sandeep Kaur; discus throw- Narinderjit Kaur; long jump - Sandeep Kaur; high jump- Sandeep Kaur; three-legged race - Kamaldep Kaur and Alka.

Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal of the college inaugurated the meet and Dr Vishav Mohini, deputy director sports Panjab University, Chandigarh presided over the concluding function. 

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