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130 examined for diabetes, heart ailments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
A free diabetes and cardiology camp was organised by NIMA in association with SPS Apollo Hospital at Dr Virdi Hospital, Shivaji Nagar, here, recently.

Dr K.C. Mukherji, cardiac surgeon, and Dr Ramanbir Singh, endocrinologist, from Apollo Hospital, Dr Subodh Virdi, Dr Surendra Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thaper, Dr K.K. Kharbanda, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Ashok Arora and Dr Naresh Sablok examined 130 patients.

As many as 70 ECGs and 90 blood sugar tests were conducted free of cost.

The patients were also given consultation and medicines for free.

Dr Mukherji and Dr Ramanbir Singh advised the patients to go for a regular medical check-up and follow a healthy lifestyle pattern to avoid diabetes and cardiac ailments.

Detection of diseases at an early stage could change the prognosis of even life-threatening diseases, they added. 

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Stress on health awareness in kids
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
The department of health education and family welfare in Christian Medical College (CMC) organised a two-day elementary school teacher training re-orientation course in health education, which concluded on Thursday. Sixtyfive teachers from different primary schools of the district participated in the programme.

The course was aimed at training the teachers to enable them prepare the younger generation for taking suitable measures so as to have normal growth and development and remain healthy to be able to make best use of education facilities.

CMC director Dr John Pramod, while addressing the participants, said that the institution was regularly conducting training for the teachers in school health education from l987. "The department of health education and family welfare has, till now, trained around 2800 primary school teachers under one year short-term course. The re-orientation programme for the primary school teachers of the district was also being conducted continuously."

The CMC director released a mid-term project report on 'promotion of HIV/AIDS and Drug Addiction Free Work Place : Participatory Action Research', conducted by the department of health education and family welfare. Dr Jasbir Singh, blood transfusion officer in the Civil Hospital, shared his views on the idea on gender bias and HIV/AIDS, as these problems were posing a serious threat to the harmonious growth of society.

Dr R.S. Dcswal, professor and head, department of psychiatry, Dr Vijay Obed, professor and head, department of micro-plastic surgery and A.H. Khan, head of medical social services in the CMC shared their experiences with teachers on causes of absenteeism and drop-out among children, accidents among children and the social inequalities and school health services available to the children below poverty line.

Among other speakers, Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School  principal H.M.Mayer, Dr Vandana Beri, reader in the department of microbiology, Dr Tcjindcr Singh, professor and head of department of paediatrics, Dr Danesh Badyal, acting head, department of pharmacology, and Dr Molly Joshi from the department of dietetics in the CMC focused on the role of parent-teacher associations in healthy school living, personal hygiene, common disease and their prevention at school level, common medicines used in schools, school lunch packets and importance of balance diet and action plan on school health services.

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Khanna surgeon honoured
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 14
Dr Dharam Paul, a renowned surgeon of Khanna, has been awarded Chikitsa Shiromani Puraskar.

Dr Paul started his professional carrier by joining the Punjab state civil medical service in 1972. During service he did his post-graduation in general surgery in 1980.

He remained posted as senior medical officer at civil hospital, Khanna/Samrala, from 1988 to 2003. Then he was promoted as civil surgeon, Faridkot. He retired in 2004 and is presently working as chief surgeon at Khanna Nursing Home, Khanna.

During his stay at the civil hospital here he got it upgraded from 50-bedded to 100-bedded hospital. He got many awards for his contribution to national health programmes.

He has performed more than 20,000 operations successfully. His contributions to the society have been appreciated and the International Study Circle honoured him with Chikitsa Shiromani Puraskar along with a certificate of medical excellence and a gold medal.

The award was given in New Dehli by Bhisham Narayan Singh, former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadhu, and G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former chief election commissioner.

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IMA ex-chief: Show-cause notice not constitutional
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 14
The controversy generated by the show-cause notice issued by the state secretary of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to former district president of the body, Dr Gursharan Singh, over alleged financial irregularities has taken a new turn with the latter claiming that the act was motivated, unconstitutional and illegal.

In the course of fierce electioneering for the local chapter of the IMA last week, a copy of the said show-cause notice, issued by Dr Hardeep Singh Deep, state secretary, on April 2, was released by the Dr Arun Mitra group, which was later swept to power. The notice pertained to certain financial discrepancies in the accounts for the national conference of the IMA- ACADIMA, hosted by the city in 2005.

Dr Gursharan Singh today pointed out that since the president-elect of the state unit of Punjab IMA Dr Amrit Sethi had taken over on April 1, 2007, and the new secretary was yet to be nominated by the president, Dr Deep had ceased to be the secretary of the IMA Punjab on that very day.

"The new president Dr Amrit Sethi was installed by senior vice-president of the IMA Dr Jagmohan Singh of Sahnewal on April 1, 2007. The new secretary of the IMA Punjab will now be nominated by the incumbent president. In this scenario, the intention of sending the notice is believed to be with malafide intention."

Moreover, the timing of the notice, when the election process of the IMA Ludhiana was at its peak, suggested a deep conspiracy by some opportunist elements, Dr Gursharan maintained while further saying that as per the constitution of the IMA Punjab, the secretary stopped working immediately after handing over the charge.

In this connection, a former president of the IMA Punjab Dr OPS Kande, in a communication to the new president Dr Amrit Sethi, has also charged Dr Deep with continuing to claim himself as state secretary of the body even when the new team had taken over.

Referring to a letter addressed by Dr Deep, in his capacity of state secretary, to district units on April 2 on the subject of annual state council meeting, Dr Kande said that as per proceedings of the meeting, the new state president was installed, along with along with two vice-presidents - Dr Pawan Gupta from Jalandhar as senior vice-president and Dr D.S. Bhullar from Patiala as vice president on Apr 1, 2007.

The installation ceremony took place in the presence of 25 state council members and many past presidents like Dr Malti Thaper, Dr SB Lall Mittal, Dr R.C. Garg and Dr Kuldip Singh. "In these circumstances, it is clear that Dr Hardeep Singh Deep ceased to be state secretary on April 1 and, thus, he has no authority to write any letter to anybody in that capacity.

Dr Kande has urged the new state president to take up the matter in the next state council meeting and also direct Dr Deep, not to misuse the IMA letterhead to write such unconstitutional letters to anybody, when he no longer holds the office of state secretary of the IMA Punjab. 

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Dr Naresh Trehan to attend CME 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
Ludhiana, which also claims to be the medical hub of the state, will have the privilege to play host to the don of the Indian health care industry, Dr Naresh Trehan, executive director of Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, where he will attend a continuing medical education (CME) on the “Recent advances and progresssion of health care - an international perspective” on April 15.

Stating this here yesterday, Dr Baldeep Singh, CMD of Deep Hospital, said the mega scientific session was expected to be attended by over 500 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh.

The CME would be a day-long academic session where Dr Trehan would interact with medical specialists from the region with his world-class expertise and skills, which had made him synonym with heart and health care.

Dr Trehan will also share his experience of performing the most complex heart surgeries with unprecedented numbers in India, Asia-Pacific region and Europe, too, with the medical fraternity.

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DMCH, HDHI sports meet concludes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 14
The two-day sports meet of employees of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Hero Dayanand Heart Institute (HDHI) concluded today.

In the basketball final played between Team B and Team A, the former consisting of Amandeep Singh, Bakhtaur Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Jagtar Singh, Gurcharan Singh Satpal, Rajesh K. Dhiman and Harwant prevailed over their opponents by 9 points. Team A included Prabhjot Singh, Jagtar Singh Gill, Varinder Ajji, Jagdeep Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Samuel, Jatinder Kumar and Pawan Kumar.

Earlier, Prem Gupta, secretary, DMCH, managing society, formally inaugurated the meet. Among those present at the inaugural function were principal Dr Daljit Singh, vice-principal Dr Jagdeep Whig, medical superintendent, Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr Vivek Gupta, convenor of the HDHI, Employees Co-ordination Committee.

Prem Gupta lauded the efforts of administrators in organising the sports meet and extended his warmest congratulations to the participants of various sports events.

In the volleyball final, Team D of Suran Singh, Sushil Sharma, Vinod Kumar, Akshay Dixit, Gurbachan Singh, Ashok Kumar and Naresh Kuma came out triumphant, while Team C of Ashok Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Shakti Sharma, Anil Kant, Amit Sharma and Jagdish finished the runners-up.

Other results: Chess: Manmohan beat Anil K. Sharma ; Badminton (women's singles) Santosh outplayed Anchal.

In the Antakshri round, out of the six participating teams, Team B of Amit, Rajwant, Rupali and Sonika proved its mettle, while Team B of Davinder Singh, Satbir, Ravjot and Narinder Kumar secured the second spot.

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Ludhiana, Amritsar cricket tie today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 14
The stage is set for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-15) to be organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College grounds here from tomorrow.

Ludhiana will host three matches. It will take on Amritsar in the opening match to be played on April 15 and 16. The second match is slated to be conducted here between Ludhiana and Ropar on April 18 and 19. The third match will be played here on April 21 and 22 between Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Each side will be allotted 95 overs in the first innings while the second innings will be open.

Naresh Marwaha, joint secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, has been assigned by the Punjab Cricket Association to officiate as the match referee.

Avash Pal of Jalandhar and Bhupinder Singh from Ropar will be the umpires for the first match. 

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