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HEALTH

NACO continues to falter with ARV drug supply
Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The National AIDS Control Organisation has again failed to ensure regular supply of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in various antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres of the country. After The Tribune reported the serious lapse on the part of NACO last week, it had dispatched emergency stock to diffuse the crisis.

The stock sent to several centres, including Chandigarh, however, exhausted again today, leaving people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) high and dry. Their treatment has been suffering for more than two months due to NACO’s inability to secure regular supply of the drug-something which is critical for a patient’s health. Irregularity in supply discourages drug adherence which then causes the HIV virus to develop resistance. The out-of-stock drug type is administered to PLHAs who are above 60 kg in weight.

Two of the PLHAs, who had come all the way from Patiala, to get their drug from the PGI today, told The Tribune that the drug supply had been erratic for over two months. “We have been told to buy the drug from the market, even though the law states that first line ART drugs have to be provided free of cost. We barely meet our travel expenses. How are we expected to spend Rs 1200 every month on the drug? The government should be sensitive to our situation. Doctors keep telling us to adhere to drugs and follow a regime. But here is a situation where adherence is suffering due to government’s own lapse.”

NACO has been facing problems with the regular supply of Stavudine 40 mg drugs because of delay in the supply order by Bangalore-based pharmaceutical firm Strides. On April 11, when The Tribune contacted NACO, officials had assured regular supply within four days, while stating that emergency stock was being dispatched to meet the exigency. The emergency stock is over while the regular supply is yet to be restored.

“It’s a health crisis, but we can’t do anything about it. We have sent reminders, e-mails but streamlining the supply is not in our hands. It’s entirely NACO’s responsibility. We hope the crisis gets averted,” said a senior HIV expert based at Chandigarh.

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Panel to hold camps in 10 villages
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The newly constituted district surveillance committee of Ropar district has decided to launch a comprehensive health check programme. The programme would be launched under Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) of the Government of India.

At the first meeting of the committee, convened at Ropar by the deputy commissioner Alok Shekhar, it was decided that special medical camps would be organised in 10 villages.

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SPORTS
 

Speaking Out
Asiad bid: We didn’t do homework

India’s failure to secure the bid to host the 2014 Asian Games has disappointed sports enthusiasts as well as officials across the country. Lack of proper homework was the reason behind the loss to South Korea is what local sports officials feel, writes Akash Ghai

I.S. Sandhu, director, Chandigarh Sports

I.S. Sandhu, director, Chandigarh SportsLosing the Asian Games bid is definitely shocking news for the Indian sports fraternity. In my view, besides Delhi, IOA officials should have projected other cities like Chandigarh and Hyderabad as well to host the Asian Games. As these cities have international-level sports infrastructure, so bringing forward these cities would definitely have had some positive effect, besides giving a wide perspective of the sports scenario in India.


Chandershekhar, senior vice-president, COA
Chandershekhar, senior vice-president, COAWe should ponder over the reasons behind the failure. Though South Korea is a small country, it has better sports paraphernalia than our country. Before facing such a tough contender, we should have done our homework properly. These are the opportunities where we can present our real picture to the world. The concerned authorities as well as government machinery should take concrete steps to develop sports across the country.


Vivek Attray, director, Chandigarh Tourism

Vivek Attray, director, Chandigarh TourismLosing the chance to hold the prestigious Asian Games is a setback for us. Hosting such events not only attracts the attention of the world, but also helps in expediting the overall progress of the country. Delhi, undoubtedly, has a large sports infrastructure, but the authorities should develop other cities as well and their names should also be highlighted in projecting India as a big sports nation.


Dr C.K. Jairath, vice-president, IABF

Dr C.K. Jairath, vice-president, IABFIn my opinion, the Indian Olympics Association officials should have proposed the names of three to four cities, instead of only New Delhi. The organisers (OCA) of such games always want new infrastructure and arrangements for the participant countries. Delhi has hosted the Asian Games twice and will host the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Finalising Delhi as the host for the 2014 Asian Games was totally wrong.

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Manan’s double ton secures victory for city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Displaying marvellous batting skills, city boy Manan Vohra, skipper of the Chandigarh team, hit a double ton against Amritsar in the Punjab State Inter-District Under- 15 Cricket Championship for the Sushil Bali Trophy at Gandhi Grounds, Amritsar, today.

Manan scored 210 off 239 balls on the first day of the two-day match. According to sources, Manan, who is below 14 years, is the second player to achieve this feat. Before him, cricket star Yuvraj Singh, had slammed a double ton.

Earlier, Chandigarh, which decided to bat first after winning the toss, piled up 442 runs for 9 in the allotted 95 overs. Manan consolidated the innings along with Naveen Dhiman (89) and Shubam (56). Shamul Rathi remained unbeaten for 45.

For Amritsar, Kunal Passi (4 for 97) and Vinay (4 for 137) were the most successful bowlers. At the end of the day, Amritsar was batting at 7 for 1 in 3 overs.

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Special children’s day out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
It was an unusual day for special sportspersons of the Sadhna Vocational Training Institute, Mani Majra, when a special ‘Bocce’ match was organised at its premises, here today.

The match was held by the institute on behalf of ‘Special Olympics Bharat.' Nine teams from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sadhna Vocational School and Asha School, Chandi Mandir, participated in 'Bocce', a game specially designed for mentally challenged children.

Displaying high spirits and enthusiasm, the team of Bhavan Vidyalya and Asha won two matches each.

To boost the special players, prizes were given to all participants along with refreshment.

“We have been conducting such events to provide exposure, a feeling of ability to do something and to bring self-confidence in these children”, said an official of the institute.

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Parnav scripts Cricket Academy win

Chandigarh, April 18
Cricket Academy, Sector 16, beat Vivek Academy with five wickets in a u-13 cricket match at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, here, today.

Batting first, Vivek scored 107 for 8 in the allotted 25 overs. Harjot (25) and Shuvam (18) were the main batsmen. Sandeep took two wickets for 13, followed by Sanjog who claimed one for 22. In reply, the Sector 16 academy made 108 for 5 in 23 overs with the help of a 35-run-knock by Parnav. Harshad snapped two wickets conceding 16 runs.

The Sector 16 academy won by 5 wickets and reached the finals which will be played on April 27. — TNS

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ADMINISTRATION
 

Phoolka joint commissioner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh Administration today posted PCS officer Tejinder Pal Singh Phoolka as joint commissioner, municipal corporation, Chandigarh, in place of O.P. Popli, who has been repatriated to his parent PCS.

Another PCS officer, Parminder Pal Singh has been posted as assistant commissioner, municipal corporation (an additional officer).

Also, PCS officer Hargunjit Kaur has been posted as the land acquisition officer, relieving I.S. Sandhu of his additional charge.

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Hoardings removed

Chandigarh, April 18
The excise department today carried out a drive to remove hoardings from liquor vends in the city. Sources said around 40 hoardings were removed from vends. — TNS

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