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Italian surgeon imparts training to doctors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
Dr Antonio Maria Calafiore, director, school of specialisation in cardiac surgery, University of Catania (Italy), during his five-day clinical-cum-academic visit to Hero DMC Heart Institute here from July 16 to 20, performed cardiac surgeries.

Dr Calafiore was known the world over for his expertise to deal with cases of high-risk surgery. His specialisation in the field of cardiac surgery is the procedures for reshaping the failing heart and aortic dissection.

During his stay in the city, he assisted a team of cardiac and vascular surgeons, comprising Dr V.K. Sharma, Dr Sarju Ralhan, Dr Rajeev Gupta, Dr Sameer Goyal and Dr Paresh Shah, in performing complicated heart surgeries.

In an informal interaction with mediapersons here last evening, Dr Calafiore appreciated the facilities for treatment of cardiac diseases in the hospital. He said: “With the development of medical science, many complicated cardiac conditions can now be diagnosed and treated in a better way. This brings a new hope for patients in this part of the world.”

He said this type of collaboration between the University of Catania and Hero DMC Heart Institute would help in better training and finally better patient care. The visiting cardiac surgeon observed that he had found the facilities in many centres in India to be on a par with international standards while indicating that he shall be visiting this hospital regularly.

An exchange programme involving nursing and paramedic staff from the two institutions would also follow soon. The chief cardiologist and coordinator at Hero DMCH Institute, Dr G.S. Wander, said under the guidance of the visiting surgeon, some 15 operations were performed. The operations included complicated cardiac procedures.

“Dr Calafiore and the Hero DMCH team has repaired a stony-hard aortic valve and replaced thinned out aorta on a 77-year-old patient,” he claimed.

He informed that ejection fraction of a healthy heart was between 50 and 75 per cent, which indicated that the heart was pumping well and was able to deliver an adequate supply of blood to the body and brain. A heart with an ejection fraction of less than 50 per cent was no longer pumping efficiently to meet the body’s needs with the result that during cardiac bypass procedures such patients put a lot of demand on the surgical team. Most of the patients operated during Dr Calafiore’s visit had an ejection fraction of less than 30 per cent.

Dr Sharma said that during the time spent by the Italian surgeon at the institute, the main focus was on performing corrective surgical procedures on heart aneurysms and aortic dissections.



ESIC hospital staff burn effigy
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The ongoing agitation by sacked employees of the ESIC Model Hospital here entered 40th day today as the employees burnt the effigy of the medical superintendent against the indifferent attitude of the authorities.

Addressing the workers, activists of the ESIC Model Hospital Employees Association, including Harjinder Singh, Rajwant Warwal, Suresh Kumar and Kamlesh Raheja, said the hospital management was out to test the patience of the employees which had led to a situation in which the victims of injustice had no other alternative than to intensify the peaceful agitation with the help of other sympathetic bodies of workers.

The leaders said if the authorities failed to take positive measures immediately to redress the grievances of the employees, the union would seek help of other hospital employees in the city and resort to sitting on dharnas on main roads.

Meanwhile, the Coordination Committee of Paramedical and Health Employees, Punjab, has alleged that staff, deployed under the anti-larva scheme and other wings of the health department, had not been paid salaries for the month of June.



Alpine school hogs limelight

Ludhiana, July 20
Hosts Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, proved superiority over their opponents to register comfortable victories in the age groups of boys as well as girls’ section on the opening day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Table Tennis Tournament played here today.

In the team championship for girls (u-14), Alpine International School team recorded 3-0 win over DAV Public School to enter the final where they would take on Greenland Public Senior Secondary School that defeated BCM Senior Secondary School 3-0.

In the boys’ section (u-14), Alpine International School prevailed over DAV School 3-1 to advance into the last four stages, while in u-17, hosts scored an easy 3-0 win against Saraswati Modern School.

In the boys’ section (u-19), Alpine International School players faced no resistance from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, whom they blanked 3-0 and secured their berth into the semifinal.

Results: Boys (u-14) team championship (quarterfinals): Darshan Academy b KVM School 3-0 (Sumit b Jatin 11-4, 11-4; Rahul b Arinav 11-8, 11-5; Harnoor b Munish 11-8, 11-4); DAV Public School b Tagore International School, Sahnewal, 3-0 (Sahil b Kunal 11-4, 11-1; Karan b Aman 11-1, 11-2); Kanav b Abhay 11-3, 11-9); BCM School, Dugri, b Saraswati Modern School 3-0 (Dhruv b Deepraj 8-11, 11-9, 11-9; Kartikey b Akarsh 11-5, 11-9; Ankur b Simran 9-11, 11-6 and 11-6); Alpine International School b DAV School 3-1 (Shubham b Karan 6-11, 11-3 and 11-6; Saransh lost to Sahil 8-11, 8-11; Raghav b Kanav 11-2, 11-4; Shubham b Sahil 5-11, 11-6 and 11-6).

Girls (u-14) semifinals: Alpine International School b DAV Public School 3-0 (Bhoomika b Garima 11-2, 11-3; Anushka b Gursimran 11-7, 11-0; Aarti b Navleen 11-5, 11-1); Greenland Public School b BCM School 3-0 (Kirti b Bhavpreet 11-3, 11-1; Shipika b Akshita 11-4, 11-7; Jasmine b Gurpriya 11-1, 11-3).

Boys (u-17) quarterfinals: DAV Public School b BVM School 3-1 (Nikhil lost to Karanveer 4-11, 7-11; Umang b Chirag 11-7, 11-6; Jyotir Adya b Kartik 11-5, 11-2; Umang b Karanveer 11-9, 1-11 and 11-7); Alpine International School b Saraswati Modern School 3-0 (Mayank b Gaurav 11-3, 11-1; Bhavuk b Sanket 11-2, 11-3; Bhavneesh b Vinay 11-1, 11-1); Sacred Heart School b BCM School, Dugri, 3-1 (Tanjeet b Sahil 11-8, 11-6; Pallav b Raman 11-4, 11-9; Manik lost to Virat 10-12, 2-11; Pallav b Sahil 11-6, 11-4); KVM School b Tagore Public School 3-1 (Ishaan b Ashgish 11-5, 11-4; Rosel lost Hargurnand 8-11, 11-4 and 6-11; Mukul b Rohit 11-5, 11-7; Ishsaan b Hargurnand 8-11, 11-8 and 11-8).

Boys (u-19) quarterfinals: Alpine International School b Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar 3-0 (Vikrant b Jagjot Singh 11-7, 11-6; Manraj b Dilpreet Singh 11-6, 11-3; Sahil b Kanik Gupta 11-6, 12-10) DAV School b KVM School 3-0 (Parul b Sagar 11-2, 11-4; Akshay b Himanshu 11-7, 11-2; Nandan b Rohtas 11-6, 11-60); BCM School, Shastri Nagar, got walk over Tagore Public School. — OC



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