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Apollo to set up cancer unit
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals here has decided to set up a new unit for cancer patients with an investment of Rs 25 crore at its existing facility. This was announced here today by Dr S.P. Singh, chairman of the hospital, while welcoming Dr Navdeep Singh, a renowned medical oncologist, who had joined Apollo as a consultant.

He said the hospital would also submit a proposal to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre for approval. Post expansion, the hospital would have 550 beds, as against the current strength of 350 beds. This was in line with the hospital's dream of providing one-stop solution for cancer patients.

With the joining of Dr Navdeep, the hospital would be in a position to offer treatment of all cancers like acute and chronic leukemias (blood cancer), lymphomas, myeloma and cancers of breast, lung, stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestine, colon, pancreas, bone, kidney, prostate, urinary bladder, ovary, uterus and skin.

According to Dr P.S. Bhatia, medical superintendent at Apollo, a team of health care professionals, including medical oncologists, surgeons, anaesthesiologist, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacy specialist, pathologist, physiotherapist, plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon, each with a special role, will support patients during their assessment, treatment and follow-up care.

"The hospital has a backup for leukemia (blood cancer) chemotherapy, day care for other chemotherapy, isolation room for bone marrow transplant, excellent blood component support (blood, platelet and plasma transfusion). A one day cancer care camp is being organised at the hospital on coming Saturday to mark the launch of the new facility," he added.



  Book on pathophysiology for pharmacy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Wg Cdr H.S.Gill, Chairman, Punjab Management Education Trust, today released a book on pathophysiology for pharmacy authored by Prof Rajpal Bansal, Director, PCTE Institute of Pharmacy, at the PCTE campus here. On this occasion, he congratulated Prof Bansal on his academic contribution.

The book contains 18 chapters covering the topics such as cell injury and adaption, inflammation, pathophysiology of cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, central nervous system, urino-genital system, pain and its management, sexually transmitted diseases, endocrine system, malaria and leprosy, allergy and hypersensitiviy, inflammation, malignancy, sensory organs, musculoskeletal system and musculoskeletal system.

While congratulating the author, Dr K.N.S.Kang, Director, PCTE, remarked that the book covered the syllabus of B.Pharmacy of various universities such as Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, GNDU, Amritsar, HPU, Shimla, Kurukshetra University, Pune University and Gujarat University.



Pet Talk
Implant your pet with a microchip

Each year thousands of pets are lost and many are stolen. It can easily happen, no matter how much we all try to prevent it. When your pet is lost or stolen and if they do not have a collar or their collar gets lost, it can be very difficult for them to find their way home.

Rarely does a lost pet find his way back and many are either killed or caught by other people and sold in unregistered pet shops. If your pet is microchipped, there is a much greater chance that they will return to you safely. Microchips will last for your pet's lifetime, as there are no moving parts and nothing to replace.

According to Dr Amandeep Kaur Mauj of Vets for Pets, A microchip is a small computer chip that has an identification number programmed into it. It is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once implanted, the ID number cannot be altered or removed. Once the chip is implanted, a layer of connective tissue forms around the chip preventing it from moving about.

Some people are hesitant to microchip their pet because they are afraid it will hurt. The procedure is simple and painless and it doesn't require any anaesthesia. Your pet simply gets an injection just under the loose skin between the shoulder blades; it's a lot like getting vaccinated. Most animals don't react at all. Long-term studies have shown that the microchip is safe for your pets.

The chip contains an identification code that is unique to your pet. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have scanners that can read that identification code. Most use universal scanners that will read all brands of microchips.

The system works! More than 15 lakh pets are enrolled in the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery programme and 97 per cent have Home Again microchips. As many as 1,26,034 lost pets have been reunited with their owners, thanks to this programme which has a 100 per cent success rate. Every found pet in its system has been identified in America.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also supports the use of microchip IDs for animal identification. They feel that it is the most reliable system for the recovery of lost pets.

Ideally, leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep your pet safe at home, but in the real world, accidents happen and your pet depends on you to protect him or her against the things that can go wrong. With a little effort now, you can take a big step toward ensuring that your pet will be with you in the future.

Dr Jaspreet Singh 



PPCB to be streamlined: Majithia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Bikram Singh Majithia, Minister for Science, Technology, Environment and Non-conventional Sources of Energy, Punjab has announced that the working of Pollution Control Board Punjab would be completely streamlined. The board would adopt an approach to facilitate the industry, while performing the regulatory responsibilities to apply the pollution rules and norms.

Majithia was addressing a joint meeting of the representatives of industrial association and officers of Punjab Pollution Control Board organised by Chamber of Industry and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) to discuss the problems of industry with relating to the board at Hotel Fortune Classic here last night.

Giving a patient, hearing to the various speakers from the industry, who raised genuine points about their unnecessary harassment at the hands of the officers of PPCB. Despite compliance of the directions, Majithia assured that no officer of PPCB would be allowed to harass the industrialist and warned that any officer indulging in corrupt practices would be given exemplary punishment. He said a system would be created to develop friendly atmosphere between industry and PPCB. Also, the procedure for issuing of the NOCs would be fully simplified.

He appealed the industry to voluntarily comply with the norms fixed by the PPCB and install and run the effluent treatment plants in their units as per guidelines as per the guidelines of the Board under pollution control laws.

Yogesh Goel, Chairman PPCB, assured the industry that Board would adopt a positive approach towards their problems and cleared that no officer would be allowed to unnecessarily harass the industrialists.



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