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700 patients examined
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 5
More than 700 patients were examined by a team of doctors of Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital at a medical camp organised by the Nishkam Sewa Dal at Bal Singh Nagar here yesterday.

The doctors examined the patients suffering from eye, medical, gynecological and cardiac ailments. Laboratory and diagnostic tests were carried out free of cost and free medicines were distributed.

Dr Harkamal Sidhu cautioned the patients to take proper care of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, as also suitably modify their lifestyle and eating habits so as to avoid cardiac and kidney problems.

Prominent among those present at the camp were former minister Rakesh Pandey, AICC general secretary Munish Tiwari, Nishkam Sewa Dal functionaries Inder Mahotra (president), Arun Bhatia (vice-president), Munish Jairath, (secretary) and V.D. Sharma, administrator of the hospital.



Apollo Hospital gets international certification
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 5
Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals here has achieved global accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.

Addressing a news conference here today, Apollo executive director Jugdiep Singh said, “JCI, the gold standard in healthcare, focuses on areas that have a direct impact on patient care. These include access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights and education. JCI also addresses facility management and safety, staff qualifications and education, quality improvement, organisational leadership and management of information, with almost 1,033 measurable elements.”

According to Dr G.L. Avasthi, director medical services at Apollo, the JCI accreditation was awarded after a rigorous on-site evaluation by team of international health-care experts, who appraised the hospital, based on international standards of infection control, medication management, quality improvement processes, patient care, safety issues and structural compliance like building and fire safety, procurement of materials, water supply, and uninterrupted power supply for controlled and quality patient outcome.

Dr S. P. Singh, COO, Apollo, said it was indeed an honour for the institution to be awarded the JCI accreditation within just two years of the hospital’s inception.

Speaking at the occasion, medical superintendent Dr P.S. Bhatia expressed hope that the JCI healthcare quality accreditation will raise the standards of healthcare in the region, and also lead to more and more NRI’s and foreign nationals to this region, thereby giving an impetus to the medical tourism in the region, which was expected to become a whopping $ 2.3 billion business for India by 2012. 



A colony the authorities forgot
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 5
Residents of Rajguru Nagar colony, which is situated on Ferozepur road, are agitated at the callous attitude of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust towards maintaining the roads and cleanliness there.

The roads of the colony, which are in a bad shape have not been repaired in the last five years. Huge potholes make driving difficult and damage vehicles. The potholes have not even been patched up, leave alone the possibility of re-carpeting of roads here.

The sanitation here is also not looked after and since the contract with a private sanitation contractor ended the garbage lies on the roadside all the time. There is no set site for dumping garbage here.

The colony also has to deal with unauthorised construction and encroachment.

Interestingly, such encroachments are being made by none other than senior police officers of the state. One senior vigilance officer who is investigating the Ludhiana City Centre scam has constructed a room, in an unauthorised manner, for his securitymen at the main gate of his house.

The parks of the colony are also in a bad shape and some of the parks are being maintained by the residents through voluntary efforts.

Some residents also feel the welfare society of the colony does not spend the money it collects from them on the upkeep of the society. "If the improvement trust is not doing anything, then what is the Rajguru Nagar Welfare Society doing with the money collected from the residents," asks former vice-president of Rajguru Nagar Welfare Society A R Gupta.

President of Peoples’ Awareness Forum Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor also criticised the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and the functionaries of the Rajguru Nagar Welfare Society for not showing any interest in the upkeep of the colony.

All the roads of the colony have congress grass and other weeds growing. The residents have asked the trust and the society to do their duty. They have asked the trust to repair major roads before monsoon season.



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