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Health survey bares disturbing facts
Wide gap in health status of students in urban vis-a-vis rural schools

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Despite a string of health awareness programmes, immunisation status of students in government schools of Chandigarh remains far from satisfactory. Disparities still exist between boys and girls when it comes to provision of health services, girls being at the receiving end. Differences between health indicators of students in urban vis-à-vis rural schools are also growing, the latter being much less privileged.

Conducted under the Government of India scheme, the adolescent health survey in question targeted Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47, and Mauli Jagran government school -- one urban and one rural - to compare the health standards of students in different settings.

Students were tested for general immunisation status (both free and paid vaccines), malnutrition, obesity and overweight. In almost all the tests, KV-47 (urban school) students fared better than their Mauli Jagran counterparts. The percentage of immunised students in both the schools was, however, generally low.

The study group led by Dr Veena Parmar, head of pediatrics at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, found that only 9.6 per cent of total students in KV-47 (urban school) had been administered MMR, the anti-measles vaccine.

The corresponding percentage in Mauli Jagran school was 0.3, exposing gaps in the health awareness levels of parents in rural and urban areas. The finding also raises questions about the efficacy of existing health awareness schemes/programmes.

Similar was the case with other vaccines - 30 per cent of Mauli Jagran students were found to have taken the anti tetanus vaccine, the percentage being 39.5 in KV-47. Statistics on immunisation against Hepatitis B was poorer - with only 1.7 per cent students vaccinated against the virus in Mauli Jagran as against 48 per cent in KV-47.

Even on the scale of nutrition, Mauli Jagran students fared poorly. In KV-47, 16 per cent boys were found to be malnourished as against 27 per cent in Mauli Jagran government school. Within KV-47, boys were found to be healthier than girls -- 19 per cent girls being malnourished as against 16 per cent boys. Percentage of obese and overweight boys in KV was found to be 2.5 and 2.3 respectively. In Mauli Jagran, not a single boy was found to be obese; 0.7 per cent boys were overweight as against 2.3 per cent in KV-47.

Statistics gathered from KV-47 also point towards a general bias against girls. “Fewer girls were found to be immunised. Even the free tetanus toxide vaccine was found to have been administered to more boys than girls. In KV-47, out of 390 boys, 192 had received the vaccine. But out of 376 girls, only 111 had been vaccinated. MMR was also found to have been administered to 14 per cent boys and only 2.3 per cent girls,” Dr Parmar said.

Following the survey, the authorities organised health awareness camps for parents of students attending both the schools. The schools will, however, have to be revisited to see if the camps made any difference.

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GMCH plans expansion

Chandigarh, June 20
With expansion on mind, Government Medical College and Hospital plans to spend Rs 66 crore during the 11th Five-Year Plan. This was stated by Dr H.D. Swami, director-principal of the institution, here today.

Under the plan, two more blocks, E and F, are scheduled to be added to the building of the hospital.

While the Chandigarh administration has accorded approval of Rs 6.16 crore for the construction of Block F, which will consist of college and hospital administration offices and will be constructed in a phased manner, the approval from the Centre is awaited for the construction of a seven-storeyed block with a cost of Rs 15.82 crore, said Dr Swami.

While the administration offices being run from Block D at present will be shifted to Block F, non-clinical departments, including anatomy, pathology, phsiotherapy, biochemistry, forensic medicine, community medicine, pharmacology and genetic laboratory, will be shifted to Block E. Now, these departments are being run from the college building.

The construction work regarding Block J, which is an animal house, has already been started with a cost of Rs 1.37 crore, said Dr Swami.

Besides, the proposal for the construction of 113 quarters, including Type II and III, has been approved and Rs 4.85 crore has been earmarked for the purpose. The administration approval has also been accorded for the installation of a video-audio sound system in the auditorium with a cost of Rs 32 lakh. — TNS

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Medical chief visits Command Hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Director General Medical Services (Army) and Colonel Commandant of the Army Medical Corps Lieut-Gen Saibal Mukherjee visited the Western Command Hospital at Chandi Mandir today.

He was briefed by hospital Commandant Maj Gen V.P. Pathania at the hospital.

He reviewed the functioning of the hospital and the progress it has made in its administration and management.

Appreciating the facilities available at the hospital, he said the hospital was among the best being run by the armed forces and was comparable with corporate hospitals all across the country.

He also interacted with patients to get a firsthand account of their problems and also to know their opinion about the services being provided to them.

He called upon doctors and paramedical staff of the hospital to put in their best efforts towards patient care.

Lieut-Gen Mukherjee is a renowned radiation oncologist from the prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and has received MD from Bombay University.

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Audit Meet
HP, UP set for title clash in table tennis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Defending champion AG HP moved into the finals of the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Table Tennis Tournament ousting hosts AG Punjab 3-2 in a well-fought semifinal at the table tennis hall, Sector 23, here today.

In the second semifinal, AG UP ousted AG Haryana 3-0 to set up a title clash with AG HP.

For hosts AG Punjab, Vikas Sharma beat Somnath of AG HP by 11-8, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5 but Love Kumar lost to Yashwant Gangta of AG HP in straight sets by 6-11, 2-11, 4-11 in the singles.

In the third singles, Anamik Sood of AG HP enabled the team to reach the finals, thrashing Sonik Monga of Punjab 11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 and provide his team the vital 2-1 lead.

In the first reverse singles, Vikas Sharma of AG Punjab, equalised the lead once again when he beat Yashwant Gangta of AG HP 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7.

In the second reverse singles, Somnath of AG HP thrashed Love Kumar of AG Punjab in straight sets 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 and ensured their team’s berth in the final.

In the second semifinal of the day, last edition runners-up, AG UP got the better of AG Haryana 3-0 to secure the berth in the final.

For AG UP, Virendra opened the account for its team, beating Harish Kumar (AG Haryana) 11-13, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11 in the first singles, while in the second singles, Pitanjali Kumar (Haryana) lost to S.P. Singh (UP) 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 3-11.

In the third singles, Anand (UP) registered victory over Amod Dixit (Haryana) 11-6, 12-10, 11-7.

AG Uttranachal, AG J&K and Delhi Audit teams did not turn up for the event. The men and women’s singles matches will be played tomorrow at 10 am.

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Easy win for Stadium XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Sector 16 Cricket Stadium XI outclassed High Court XI in the quarterfinal match of the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament, being conducted by the Chandigarh Sports Department, at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, today.

In a low scoring game, High Court batted first and were bowled out for 51 in 18.2 overs.

Stadium XI medium-pacer Bharat Bhushan bowled to perfection and took four wickets for 18 run in four overs.

Left arm spinner Varun Khanna (2 for 8) and off-spinner Gaurav Gambir (2 for 9) supported Bhushan from the other end.

Only Gurdeep Rana made a defiant 14.

In reply, Stadium XI came home comfortably, scoring 54 runs and losing only the opener, Amit Prasher.

Gurkirant Walia and Rakesh Sethi remained not out on 26 and 25, respectively.

Gurdeep Rana got the lone wicket giving away 19 runs.

Tomorrow, the LIC XI will face Nivea Cricket Club in the last quarterfinal match at 7.30 am.

Brief scores: High Court XI: 51 all out in 18.2 (Gurdeep Rana 14; Bharat Bhushan 4 for 18, Varun Khanna 2 for 8, Gaurav Gambir 2 for 9).

Stadium XI: 54 for 1 in 11.1 overs (Gurkirat Walia 26 not out, Rakesh Sethi 25 not out; Gurdeep Rana 1 for 19).

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7 trainees selected for advanced camp
Donald Banerjee

Chandi Mandir, June 20
Twenty young golfers from the region, most of them wards of Army personnel of the Western Command, went through a week-long coaching stint under grade-A teaching professional Jesse Grewal at the Chandi Mandir golf course SEPTA.

The trainees, hailing from the Command units in Pathankot, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Ambala and Patiala, were a committed lot and vied with each other to secure a place in the advanced camp, which begins on June 22.

With Jesse Grewal pushing them on to perform better, the trainees improved on the driving and putting. Jesse was quick to grasp a fault in any of his 20 trainees. A wrong grip and he was there to set the grip right.

Col Gurdial Singh, course manager of the Chandi Mandir golf course, said they had got the best coach for the basic camp that concluded today.

Now, the seven trainees selected from the basic camp besides 18 other established defence golfers will go through an advanced drill which will include an analysis of the swing shot through video camera at the Command theatre from June 22 to June 30. They will also get top class training on the three-tier SEPTA course.

Getting all the golfers together for a special training session was the brainchild of the Western Command GoC-in-C Lt Gen Daljeet Singh. He wanted all the golfers to get the best of training at one course, said the course manager.

Jesse Grewal was all praise for the arrangements at Chandi Mandir. "These were lacking in civil courses," he added.

Among those who had qualified for the advanced course is 11-year-old Subhankar Sharma from Patiala. Son of a serving Colonel, Subhankar has already played in the sub-junior and junior national circuit.

Seven-year-old Harneemat did not qualify, but she was happy to have gotten lessons from Jesse uncle. "He is the best," she said. Harneemat had come from Pathankot with her mother.

Others who have qualified for the advanced camp are Akshay Malik, Sanil Khare, Shubham Narain, Subhankar Sharma, Amandeep, Saanya Sharma and Pareetika Rahtee.

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Air Force Hockey
MC steamroll SAC 6-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Maintenance Command (MC) overpowered Southern Air Command (SAC) 6-0 on the third day of league matches of the Air Force Hockey Championship at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, here today.

Rajvir of the MC proved too good for the SAC as he scored a hat-trick. Vijay scored two goals, while Mukul scored one goal for the MC.

The match between Training Command (TC) and Central Air Command (CAC) ended in a 2-2 draw.

The TC took the lead in the sixth minute through Ramesh Kumar after the team won a penalty corner.

The half-time score read 1-0 in the favour of the TC.

After half time, TC’s Samir scored a field goal making the score 2-0.

The CAC bounced back in the 63rd minute when Anil Kumar hit the board.

Four minutes later, CAC’s Saquena converted a penalty corner to draw level.

The Western Air Command (WAC) and Eastern Air Command (EAC) too drew their tie 3-3.

For the WAC, Rakesh scored two goals in the 40th and 50th minutes, while S. Singh scored one goal.

For the EAC, Pankaj, A.K. Yadav and M. Singh scored one goal each in 29th, 33rd and 39th minute, respectively.

In the fourth match, Arun led South Western Air Command (SWAC) to a 2-1 victory over Air HQ. The SWAC grabbed the initial lead through J. Brush, who sounded the board in 21st minute.

Five minutes later, Arun scored the equaliser and also decided the fate in 49th minute in favour of his team 2-1

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Office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 20
The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Tae Kwon Do Association, Panchkula: chief patron — Ajit Pal Singh; patron — Loveneesh Arya; president — Arvind Suri; senior vice-president — Neelam Batra; vice-president — Rajwant Singh; secretary- general — Rajeev Loomba; joint secretaries — Sameer Kochhar and Sanjeev Sehgal; organising secretary — Vijay Kumar; treasurer — Sunil Dutt Sharma; and technical director — Jasbir Singh.

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