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Magic show to create awareness about diseases
Our correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 21
Launching a crusade against dreaded diseases, the Sangrur district health department organised a magic show to create awareness among masses about causes and preventive methods of major ailments at the local civil hospital yesterday.

According to Dr K. C Goel, District Health Officer, Dev Raj, a government- recognised magician preformed tricks to make people aware about the adversities linked with some social evils and malpractices.

Emphasising on the need of acquiring knowledge about vectors and practices responsible for spreading various diseases, Dr Goel maintained that the step was taken to impress upon social workers and educators to come to the help of target groups.

Elaborating on the novel mode of educating people, Dr Goel told that Dr Satwant Bhalla, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, had chalked out a programme to eradicate diseases like tuberculosis, polio, and water- borne diseases. A crusade against female feticide was also on agenda.

Dr K S Khurana, in-charge, civil hospital, Dr Jyoti Hind, Dr Karnail Singh and Dr Rajesh Garg spoke about preventive methods of various diseases.



Dental panel for exchange of professionals
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
In its bid to give an impetus to global exchange of dental professionals, the Dental Council of India (DCI) is likely to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Western Ontario (UWO).

A similar agreement was recently signed between the DCI and Tufft’s University in the US.

Dental surgeons as well as students of various dental colleges in India will soon visit the universities in the US and Canada under various exchange programmes.

This was stated by Dr Vikas Jindal, professor at Christian Dental College and member of the DCI, here today.

Dr Jindal, who has just returned after attending an international workshop on “Contemporary Implant” training organised by Biohorizons at Markham, Ontario, held meetings with the dean of the UWO.

Dr Jindal, acting as an emissary of the DCI, held discussions on student and faculty exchange programmes, as also collaborative research work with various dental colleges in the country as nodal centres.

He also visited dental schools of the university to see the academic and clinical programmes.

Once the MOU is signed, the UWO will provide senior professionals for teaching, training and various CDE programmes in India.

Talking about the training course, he said it was a hands-on experience on dental implants, the latest in the field of fixed dental restoration.

The course that had renowned faculty from different parts of the world was very useful as it touched all aspects of “implant dentistry” as required under the Indian conditions.

The “implant dentistry” was picking up fast in India, particularly because a large number of people from the West were also opting for treatment in the country in view of the fact that Indian dental professionals were comparable to the best in the world, he said.

Also dental treatment here was conclusive and cost-effective and provided easy appointment schedule, as against months of waiting in the West.



Gastroenteritis is preventable: Doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Speaking on the rise in gastroenteritis cases in the city, Dr Sanjay Gupta of Christian Medical College and Hospital said: “The disease is preventable and easily treatable. By creating awareness, the disease can be tackled in a big way.”

“Each year several cholera and gastroenteritis cases are reported, particularly in the rainy season. Cholera is important because it causes severe dehydration in just a few hours and lead to high mortality. Besides cholera, a wide variety of causative organisms, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, are the causal agents of diarrhoea leading to gastro troubles. It is practically impossible to identify the causative organism in each case, besides it is economically unjustifiable to do so in most cases. In general, diarrhoea diseases during warmer rainy season are mostly due to bacterial causes.

“Most of these organisms are transmitted by oral route, which means taking food or water that has been contaminated with infective bacteria. Consuming eatables from chabbils and langars is another major source of acute gastroenteritis. This practice should be strongly discouraged, rather banned or under strict supervision of health authorities,” says Dr Gupta.

“Simple hygienic measures like hand washing with soap before preparing food, before eating, before feeding a child, after defecation, after disposing child’s stool and handling patients may prevent spread of infection in households. During outbreaks, boiling of water is an effective method of treatment because heating destroys most organisms causing water-borne diseases. But to be effective, it is imperative to boil the water for at least 20 minutes after bringing it to boil.

“Water filters are helpful in eliminating contamination, provided they are being serviced regularly. Turbidity of colour and excess chlorine in the piped water supply during rainy seasons decrease the efficiency of these filters. Stored water and cooked food can be contaminated through flies and contaminated hands, appropriate measures need to be adopted to preserve them properly.

“Since fresh fruits and vegetables are leading sources of infection, these need to be washed thoroughly in tap water before consumption. Consuming food from roadside vendors is probably safe, provided it is freshly prepared and salads, chutneys, fried rice/noodles uncooked vegetables and fresh cream should be avoided,” says the doctor.



Alpine school bag TT overall trophy
Our Sport Reporter

Ludhiana, July 21
Hosts Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, secured 24 points to annex overall trophy in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Table Tennis Tournament which concluded today.

Alpine School paddlers wraped up four titles, besides finishing runners-up in one category.The school players also got the third position in one category.

Greenland Public Senior Secondary School garnered 13 points to finish at second spot while Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School collected six points and had to content with the third spot.

In the final (boys u-14), Alpine International School outclassed Darshan Academy 3-0. In the first match, Saransh had to toil hard to overcome his spirited opponent, Harnoor in three sets 10-12, 11-6 and 11-9. Raghav of Alpine School too survived many anxious moments against Sumeet before romping home victorious 1-11, 11-4 and 11-9. In the third match, Ankush managed to prevail upon Rahul 12-10 and 11-7 which enabled Alpine School to clinch the title.

In the match to decide the third position, BCM Senior Secondary School, Dugri road, drubbed B C M Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar 3-0.

In the girl's final (u-14), Alpine International School defeated Greenland Public Senior Secondary School 3-0. Bhoomika outnumbered Kriti 11-5, 11-4; Anushka quelled a strong challenge from her rival, Shipika before winning it 9-11, 13-11 and 11-9 while Aarti beat Jasmeen 11-5, 5-11 and 13-11.

DAV Public Senior Secondary School outplayed BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar 3-0 to secure the third spot.

In the final (boys u-17), hosts Alpine School players registered 3-1 win over Kundan Vidya Mandir School. Mayank fought a pitched battle to outstage Ishaan 11-7, 9-11, 11-5; Bhavuk got the better of Rosel 11-9, 11-5 while Bhuvnesh went down fighting against Mukul 11-8, 3-11 and 3-11. However, in the fourth match, Alpine School's Bhavuk defeated Ishaan 11-5, 10-12 and 14-12 which saw his school to clinch the title.

In the match to decide third position, DAV Public Senior Secondary School outclassed Sacred Heart School 3-0.

In the girl's final (u-17), Alpine International School outplayed Kundan Vidya Mandir School 3-0. Shruti beat Shivani 11-1, 11-4; Smriti defeated Neha 11-0, 11-4 and Kritika demolished Palak 11-6, 11-8.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, beat Tagore International School 3-0 to finish third.

In the boy's section (u-19), Greenland Public Senior Secondary School blanked DAV Public School 3-2 to win the title while Alpine School defeated BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar 3-0 to finish third.

In the girl's section (u-19), Greenland Public School proved too good for Alpine International Public School whom they beat 3-0 to lift the title. Reeta beat Maninder 11-5, 11-5; Eeti defeated Prapti 11-4, 11-6 and Amanpreet overpowered Ridhika 11-6, 11-8.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar overcame stiff resistence from BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road 3-2 and secured third position.

Ramandeep Singh, former captain of the Indian hockey team and deputy director, sports, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana gave away prizes to the winners.



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