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Pulse polio drive in Sangrur tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
All children below five years will be administered pulse polio drops in Sangrur district on May 27 during the statewide immunisation campaign.

The additional deputy commissioner, Sangrur, Dr Indu, said the Health Department and Civil Administration had coordinated to make elaborate arrangements for making the campaign a success.

Referring to information received from Dr K.C. Goel, DHO, Sangrur, Dr Indu said 3238 vaccinators had been deputed to administer anti-polio drops to about 1,92,440 children between 0 to 5 years of age in rural and urban parts of the district. Besides 813 booths, the life saving drops would be administered at 25 transit points at railway stations and bus stops. About 31 mobile teams would reach interior habitations to achieve the target of vaccinating all beneficiaries among total population of more than 15.26 lakh. All vaccinating teams would be monitored by 137 inspection teams. Dr Indu said special booths had also been set up at various places for administering the drops to children travelling with their parents and passing through the district. She claimed that the previous campaigns launched by the authorities in coordination with voluntary organisations in the district had proved a success. Leftover children would be administered vaccine during house-to-house campaign by volunteers on Monday and Tuesday.

Though the immunisation campaign was taken up at national level on last Sunday, the project was staggered in Punjab due to ongoing controversy between the Sikh organisations and Dera Sacha Sauda.



CMCH provides free treatment to labourers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), here, has been providing free of cost treatment to two migrant labourers — Ram Manohar and Chhote Lal, who received serious injuries, while fitting a generator in a hosiery unit in the city on April 20.

On that day, the duo, in their early 30s, had got electrocuted accidentally during the installation of a generator.

Doctors said Ram Manohar (30), a daily-wage worker and father of an infant daughter, received 35 per cent burn injuries. He later developed gangrene due to which the doctors had to amputate both the legs and left arm. His co-worker, Chhote Lal (32), had received 25 per cent burns and had lost the right arm.

Though the owner of the unit got them admitted to the CMCH for the treatment, the treatment was provided by the hospital.

The CMCH doctors said the institution, till now, had been bearing the treatment cost, which had already exceeded Rs 1 lakh.

To make matter worse, the employer of the two labourers, even though contacted many a times, had not paid the bill till now.

The hospital management had made a fervent appeal for help on behalf of these unfortunate workers with a firm hope that good Samaritans in the city would come forward and save the workers and their family members.



Health awareness camp for factory workers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital, in collaboration with the management of Bharat Box Factory, organised a health awareness camp on the factory premises on the Tajpur road here yesterday.

The camp was inaugurated by Dr Satish Jain, medical director of the hospital, while managing director of the firm Anil Aggarwal presided over it.

Addressing the factory workers on the occasion, Dr Jain lauded the efforts of the employer towards creating health awareness among the workforce. He also emphasised the importance of good health for the efficiency of the workers.

Dr Pardeep Kapoor, senior consultant and head, department of chest and TB, along with Dr Suresh Goel, consultant in the same department, dwelt upon the ill-effects of smoking, tobacoo chewing and alcohol on health and causation of diseases in three sessions, comprising 150 workers each. The doctors stressed the importance of saying a strict no to smoking, use of tobacco and alcohol so as to avoid lung cancer, oral cancer and liver cancer.

"Besides cancer, smoking is also responsible for heart and chest diseases," they maintained.



Chandigarh hoist big score
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 25
Anil Syal (109 n.o) and Ankit (58 n.o) helped Chandigarh to hoist a big score of 361 for the loss of six wickets against Ludhiana on the first day of the two-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at the Satish Chander Dawan Government College ground, here, today.

Chandigarh's decision to bat first after winning the toss proved fruitful as their batsmen were among the runs. In the allotted 95 overs, the visitors took hosts' bowlers to task and went on to score a mammoth total.

Besides, Anil Syal and Ankit, other batsmen who made valuable constributions were Amit (36), Shahnabaz (30), Vaibahav ( 27), Sumit (18), Sandeep (46) and Anupam (15).

For Ludhiana, Rahul Singla was the most successful bowler, claiming three wickets for 102 runs. Deepak Bansal took one wicket for 70 runs, while Gurinder Singh grabbed one for 24 and Munish Sawal captured one wicket for 25 runs.

At draw of stumps, Ludhiana were 5 for no loss in one over. Sakun and Akhil Aggarwal were at tehe crease with four and one run, respectively against their names.



Power story: Govt saves, MC wastes
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The summer is here and the sun shines white hot. The days are bright enough to hurt the eyes. And while the state government has decided to save electricity by putting compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in government offices, Municipal Corporation employees do not think much of switching on the streetlights during daytime.

This, after the commissioner, MC, ordered that the streetlights be switched on only after sunset. The order came just two days ago and already seems to be forgotten.

Residents of Preet Nagar near Dhuri Line today complained that a number of streetlights in their area were switched on during the day hours.

They added that they were witness to this wastage of power for the past many days.

The lights are switched on by 4 pm if not earlier, says Bhupinder Singh, a resident of the area.

“The lights were on yesterday, the day before and even before that. Even today they are switched on. I do not know who to complain to about this but I am really pained at the wastage,” he adds.

Another resident, Santosh Vij, said it was only yesterday that the state government had decided to switch over to CFLs instead of traditional incandescent lights to save power. “But who will check this wastage? Do these employees think that we need light when the sun is shining like this?” she asked.

A few days ago The Tribune had highlighted how power is wasted in the city. Reacting to the news item, the commissioner, Vikas Partap, had directed the employees to consider power a precious resource. He had even penalised a contractor and warned the employees against wastage.

But the warning seems to have had no effect on the employees. When The Tribune team reached the area yesterday the lights had been switched on at 5 pm.




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