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400 examined at free eye checkup camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 12
Diabetes leads to disorders in eyes of urban people and excessive exposure to sunlight in rural folks causes cataract. This was stated by a team of doctors after examining about 400 persons at a free eye check-up camp organised by Guru Nanak Education Foundation, Gopalpur, at a newly opened hospital at Dehlon village yesterday.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman, Guru Nanak Ayurvedic College and Research Institute, and Dr Iqbal Singh said most eye complications were the result of clinical complications arising out of poor health care and lack of concern about the components of one’s diet.

“Unfortunately people give little importance to the health of their eyes until their eyesight is affected adversely," said Dr Walia.

Dr Ved Varat Sharma, executive member of the Central Council of Indian Medicine, inaugurated the eye camp in which more than 50 patients were operated on for implanting intra-ocular lenses.

Students of the medical college presented a cultural programme. The organisers provided medicines and spectacles free of cost to the patients.

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300 women attend lecture on cancer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 12
More than 300 women attended the awareness lecture on breast cancer and check up camp held at Lakshmi Ladies Club here today under the aegis of the Krishna Breast Cancer Care Charitable Trust (KBCCT), in association with Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). This was the 9th such camp organised by the trust.

Dr DS Sandhu from DMCH, focused on breast self examination (BSE) and its importance as it helps a woman to detect any changes occurring in her breast by herself. Explaining the technique of BSE, he made it clear that all lumps in the breast were not cancerous, although one must check out with doctor when a lump was detected or suspected.

Dr Sandhu said if breast cancer was detected at an early stage, it was easier to cure than conditions like diabetes or hypertension. Besides BSE, every woman over 40 years, must have the breast physically examined by a doctor as a part of the annual check-up programme.

Harsimrat Kaur, dietician, provided guidance about diet to be followed to avoid health related problems.

The lecture was followed by a question answer round in which the club members enthusiastically participated. The members giving correct answers to health related questions, were given on the spot cash awards by the trust.

Chairperson of the club, Abhilash Oswal, president Poonam Aggarwal, vice president Suman Nanda and joint secretary Nomita Khanna, along with other executive members expressed gratitude to the doctors and the trust for holding the awareness lecture and check up camp. 

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BAMS curriculum to be amended within 6 months
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 12
In order to equip BAMS doctors with the latest sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, the Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi, has decided to amend the curriculum being followed for more than 20 years. The council has urged the WHO to recognise Indian systems of medicine at par with the Allopathic system.

While talking to The Tribune, Dr Raghu Nandan Sharma, president of the council, claimed that the statutory body had prepared a long-term plan for the promotion of Indian systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Unani and Sidha system of medicine.

“Now when Ayurveda has been accepted as alternative system of medicine by the WHO, it is time to make collective efforts for rationalisation and modernisation of certain components of the system that had been used by our forefathers,” he said adding that the syllabus for BAMS will be amended within six months. The amended curriculum would be more scientific and will enable doctors to deal with emergencies more efficiently.

Dr Sharma claimed that more and more people across the world have been finding solace in the ayurvedic system of medicine and ayurvedic doctors were in great demand in foreign countries.

More than 70 ayurvedic products are being exported to foreign countries including Canada, America and England. "The system has proved so effective that medical authorities in at least ten countries have allowed us to open ayurvedic colleges on their land," maintained Dr Sharma.

Reiterating the commitment of the council, the president said 225 ayurvedic, 47 unani and 6 sidha colleges were following prescribed norms and rules in letter and spirit. He said that no management committee was allowed to compromise with the quality of education. Frequents raids were conducted to check the malpractices of quacks.

Referring to steps taken by the National Rural Health Commission, Dr Sharma pointed out that states were asked to provide ayurvedic, unani and sidha system of medicine at all health centres.

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Ludhiana defeat ‘Rest of Punjab’

Ludhiana, September 12
In the opening of second leg of the Punjab Basketball Annual League played here at Guru Nanak Stadium, winners of the first leg, Rest of Punjab went down fighting 41-58 against Ludhiana.

For Ludhiana, international Kamaljit Kaur accounted for 19 points, followed by Paramjeet Kaur (17), Harminder and Rajan Pal (11 points each). Harneet Kaur and Nagma Mirza fought valiantly for the losers, contributing 14 and 12 baskets, 
respectively.

In the second match played between Jalandhar and Amritsar, Jalandhar defeated Amritsar (54-19) by a large margin.

Matches in the evening session will be played at Gure village near here. — OSR

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DC for action against encroachers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
A number of cases of government land having been encroached in different parts of the district have been reported. Deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar yesterday ordered the registration of cases against the encroachers at different places.

The DC also directed the concerned officers of different departments to ensure vigilance on the possession of government lands. He asked the officers to ensure that wherever the encroachments are reported, these should be removed without any delay.

In one such case, on a complaint from Hissowal gram panchayat regarding illegal encroachment on panchayati land, the DC directed BDPO to get the case filed under Public Property (PP) Act with SDM for vacating the land. Similar orders were also passed to the executive officer, municipal council, Raikot, for getting illegal encroachment vacated on the MC land by filing case under the PP Act.

He also directed BDPO, Pakhowal, to get the illegal possession on the canal irrigation channel and village pond in Hans village vacated.

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