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More than 3 lakh kids administered polio drops
Our Correspondent
NIMA secretary Surendra Gupta administers polio drops to a child at a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday.
NIMA secretary Surendra Gupta administers polio drops to a child at a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 27
The Health Department claimed to have vaccinated more than 3 lakh children below five years of age in the district today. The children, from the total of around 5.51 lakh eligible kids, who did not get the drops today will be given polio drops during door-to-door visits by field staff and volunteers on Monday and Tuesday.

The civil surgeon, Dr Sat Pal Sharma, told Ludhiana Tribune that more than 8000 volunteers, including medical students, nursing and para-medical staff from medical and dental colleges, nursing institutions, government employees, schools and colleges, clubs and NGOs, were deployed at 2100 polio booths, spread over the city, towns and villages in the district.

Dr Sharma launched the campaign in the morning by administering drops to some children at a booth set up by the local branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics at Aarti Chowk. Dr Harinder Singh, president of the body, Dr A.S. Chawla, Dr S.S. Luthra, Dr Ritu Gupta and Dr Amrit Chawla were present at the occasion.

Later, the civil surgeon visited several polio booths in Basti Abdullapur, Transport Nagar, general bus stand, railway colony, Simlapuri, Bhagwan Nagar and some villages at the periphery of the city to see the functioning of the polio booths.

Members of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) led by Dr Surendra Gupta, secretary, and Dr Rajesh Thaper, president, organised a pulse polio camp at Gupta Clinic in the Shivpuri locality, where 640 children were vaccinated. Dr Ramesh Mohan Madaan, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Sarjivan Sharma, Dr D.P. Goyal, Dr K.K. Kharbanda, Dr K.K. Sharma and Dr Diwaker Sharma rendered their services to the camp.

According to Dr Anil Dhir, general secretary of the Indian Health Foundation and Rogi Kalyana Samiti, more than 1,000 children were immunised against the crippling disease at booths in Sarabha Nagar Dispensary, Durga Mata Temple, Gurdwara, Guru Nanak Public School and Jamuna Colony.

The Women and Children Welfare Society and Dr Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society had jointly put up polio booths in Model Town, where 585 children were vaccinated.

The NSS unit of Government Senior Secondary School organised a polio camp at Cinema Road under the guidance of principal H.K. Mayer. More than 200 children were given polio drops at the camp.

Samrala: The pulse polio round was inaugurated here today by Dr Harvinder Singh, senior medical officer, civil hospital, Samrala.

According to Dr Tarkjot Singh, child specialist of the hospital, Harvinder administered two additional drops of polio to a beneficiary below five years of age at civil hospital, Samrala.

Talking to media persons, Dr Tarkjot Singh said about 2500 children were given additional polio doses till the report last came in.

For this purpose 16 posts were set in different parts of the city besides seven transit and one mobile team.

Polio drops given

Oral polio drops have been administered to the children below five years, under the guidance and supervision of Dr As

hok Kumar Singla, senior medical officer, Primary Health Centre Manupur, in a nearby village Manupur on Sunday.

In a press note released hereby, Manmohan Kumar Puri and Gurminder Singh Grewal told that total 88 teams and 19 supervisors took part in this immunisation programme that was carried out in 135 villages. OC



Over 1500 patients examined at health camps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 27
Nearly 300 patients were examined for eye ailments at a free eye check-up camp organised by the Maa Bhagwati Club at Gurdwara Deep Nagar here today. A team of doctors led by Dr Ramesh Mansooranwale conducted the examination of patients and rendered follow-up advice. Ten patients were selected for corrective eye surgery to be performed free of cost.

Inaugurating the camp, Krishan Chand Gupta, secretary, Shri Durga Mata Mandir Trust, lauded the initiative of the club in providing specialised eye care to the poor and needy people. He also announced to bear the expenses of 10 eye operations of the poor patients.

Interacting with those present at the camp, Dr Ramesh observed that in the prevailing hot and dusty weather conditions, problems like redness of eyes and watery discharge were quite common. He advised the people to frequently wash eyes with cold water during the daytime.

Sukhdev Thapar and Gurcharan Wadhera, patrons, along with Avinash Sikka, president of the club, spoke about activities of the club for the welfare of different sections of society.

Meanwhile, in another multi-speciality medical camp, held at Dehlon in this district, Dr Ramesh and his team examined 1170 patients for eye diseases, out of which 65 were selected for operations.

Dr Sapan Bhardwaj conducted the dental check-up of around 100 patients, tooth extractions were performed on 10 persons while 20 others were identified for providing dentures free of cost. Medical and ENT specialists also rendered free consultation at the camp and medicines were distributed to the patients.



National Softball
Punjab eves overcome spirited Goa girls
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 27
Defending champions, Punjab, in the girls section began their campaign on a winning note in the 25th Junior National Softball Championship that started at the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

In their inaugural match, the hosts had to toil hard to overcome their spirited opponents from Goa whom they pipped 10-8. Skipper Rajbeer Kaur and Reena scored two runs each while Geetika, Amrita, Sukhpreet, Sukhpal Kaur, Amanpreet and Kamalpreet contributed one run each to complete the score card.

In another match, Manipur faced no resistance from Jammu and Kashmir girls as they came out triumphant 11-1. Naobi and Angambi chipped in with two runs each for the winners.

In the boy's section, Manipur proved too good for Uttaranchal whom they drubbed 10-0 with Naocha and Amarjeet scoring two runs each.

Andhra Pradesh outperformed Uttar Pradesh 21-1; Chandigarh managed to scrape past Maharashtra 8-1; Kerala outplayed Goa 10-8; Madhya Pradesh defeated Bihar 16-1; Orissa blanked Jammu and Kashmir 11-0 and Haryana beat Nagaland 14-9.

Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab minister, inaugurated the championship in which 19 teams are participating in the boys and girls sections. He announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the Punjab Softball Association.

R.K Jaiswal, SSP, Ludhiana, Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP (Detective), Gianinder Singh Sandhu, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, Ramandeep Singh Grewal, Deputy Director, Sports, PAU, and office- bearers of the Softball Association of India were present at the inaugural ceremony.



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