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CMCH opens wound clinic in OPD
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, has introduced several new services, while expanding some of the existing facilities for the benefit of public.

Giving this information here today, Dr Rajiv Kapoor, head of the Surgery Department, said a wound and dressing clinic has opened up in the surgery OPD which would function from 4 pm to 7 pm in the evening from Monday to Saturday and from 8 am to 12 noon on Sunday.

This service will enable patients to get optimum treatment for their wounds, especially those who required dressing twice a day.

In addition, the hospital has also introduced certain economy packages for commonly performed surgeries, said Dr Rajesh Paul, medical superintendent. These packages include surgical procedures for laparoscopy removal of gall bladder stones, laparoscopy removal of appendix, inguinal hernia with a mesh and open hemorrhoidectomy (surgical treatment of piles).

Dr John Abraham, principal and acting director, informed that the Department of Surgery at CMCH offers a range of services including laparoscopy surgery, breast cancer surgery, colo-rectal surgery for rectal and intestinal cancers as well as surgical expertise for patients with ulcerative colitis.

A dedicated liver surgery unit had been started recently for the treatment of all kinds of liver cancers and other diseases, he added.

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Doctors caution against morbid obesity
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 18
Morbid obesity has become one of the significant causes of obesity-related diseases in the developed world that result either in significant physical disability and even death. The condition has a significant impact on cardiac risk factors, incidence of diabetes, sleep disorders, arthritis of weight bearing joints, infertility and various types of cancerous diseases.

These were the observations made by gastrointestinal surgeon at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Dr Satpal Singh Virk, who was recently invited by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) at Las Vegas, USA, to present a paper at their 27th annual conference. During the seminar, the SAGES honoured Dr Virk with “International Travelling Fellowship Award”.

Dr Virk remarked that term ‘morbid obesity’ referred to patients who were 50 to 100 per cent above their ideal body weight. The reasons for such obesity were multiple and complex. “Research has shown that in many cases, a significant cause of morbid obesity is genetic. Though dietary and lifestyle changes are recommended firstly for the treatment of morbid obesity, but when this conservative treatment fails, a few patients may require a surgical approach also”.

Meanwhile, two surgeons of the DMCH Dr Jasdeep Singh and Dr Sanjeev Singla, who also attended a conference on obesity recently in Chennai, informed that the DMCH was setting up a new clinic, where the patients would be provided counselling, their body mass index and fat percentage ratios would be calculated for follow up management and treatment.

The DMCH surgeons, on return from Chennai, said the national-level conference included a workshop as well in which the pioneers in the field of obesity surgery from America and Europe demonstrated various surgical modalities in obesity surgery. It was emphasised that considering the rise in affluence in the general population, obesity surgery was here to stay in India.

They added that obesity and its medical complications resulting in knee replacement, hip replacement, diabetes, and their treatment were far more expensive than the surgery itself. In the long run, the permanent results of the obesity surgery would be far more cheaper than the treatment of the diseases caused by obesity.

“While there are less incidents of morbid obesity here in India for the time being, the disease has started catching up with the younger generation of the upper middle class and affluent families, who have sedentary lifestyle combined with a high intake of junk foods and lack of physical exercises,” felt the DMCH doctors.

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Free medical check-up camp tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 18
The government’s Rural Health Mission programme has been in operation at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, for more than four decades, this was stated by Dr Gursaran Kaur Sidhu, HOD of the medicine department at the hospital here today. She was interacting with mediapersons regarding the first speciality/ super speciality free medical check up camp to be organised on May 20 with the help of Rotary Club, Doraha.

She said the camp would cater to all types of patients and those suffering from multiple aliments. Patients, primarily from rural areas, would be examined by senior and experienced consultants from specialities like medicine, surgery, cardiology, nephrology, oncology, chest, endocrinology, skin, pathology. In order to provide a wholesome and comprehensive medical check up, all laboratory and diagnostic examinations will be carried out on highly subsidised rates, she informed.

While such facilities are available in big hospitals in the cities, patients in rural areas acutely feel the lack of such facilities. Dr Sidhu further emphasised that the Rural Health Mission needs to assert itself with greater force and vigour for the benefit of rural masses. “It is with this aim that we are organising this camp”, she said.

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BLBA lads win basketball tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 18
Players of the Baba Lodhiana Basketball Academy (BLBA), which is being run here by the Punjab Basketball Association with the help of the Punjab Sports Department, gave another splendid performance and won the title in the 58th Punjab Junior Basketball Championship held at Behman Diwana in Bathinda district from May 14 to 17.

The members of the winning academy squad were received here today at Guru Nanak Stadium where officials of the Punjab Basketball Association were present. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, PBA, and Dr Subramanian, senior basketball coach, congratulated the lads for their stupendous performance.

As many as 16 teams in the boy’s section and 11 teams in the girl’s section competed in this championship. Matches were played on a knock out-cum-league basis. The Baba Lodhiana Academy won the top honours in the boy’s section while Amritsar clinched the title in the girl’s section.

In the league phase, the academy boys outclassed Jalandhar 39-32, outperformed Muktsar 52-35 and prevailed over Ludhiana 47-35 to win the title.

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U-19 Cricket trials on May 22
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 18
Trials to select (u-19) Ludhiana cricket team for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy will be conducted here at the Arya College ground on May 22 at 4.45pm.

According to Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association, the selected players will represent Ludhiana in the forthcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Dhruve Pandove Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from the last week of this month at different venues.

Players born on or after September 1, 1988 are eligible for the trials.

In the inaugural match of this tournament slated to take place on May 25 and May 26, Ludhiana will take on Chandigarh at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys, Ludhiana.

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