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Shortage of nurses hits patient care at PGI
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Better avenues in the private sector for nurses has left a brunt on the quality of patient care in the PGI, which is facing a shortage of more than 10 per cent of staff in the department of nursing.

The department is run by diploma nurses in a majority of cases as the institute has failed to retain postgraduates and graduates in the department.

The death of a newborn on October 26, allegedly due to the negligence of a nurse, is a glaring example of the decline in patient care due to fewer qualified nurses, an official said on condition of anonymity.

There are only 1,320 nurses at the institute against 1,461 posts. A majority of nurses leave after acquiring higher qualification in the field.

The PGI allows its staff nurses to improve there educational qualification through the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), PGI, but they have to sign a bond to work with the institute for five years after attaining the degree in BSc or MSc.

However, the policy has boomeranged. Though officials are not ready to divulge the number of postgraduates in the nursing department, sources said the institute only had a few postgraduates and even fewer graduate nurses.

Nurses are being offered hefty pay packets in the private sector with an opportunity to teach.

A B.Sc (nursing) degree holder is being offered about Rs 30,000 in the private sector. The amount goes up to Rs 50,000 in case of M.Sc (nursing) degree holder, informed Indarjit Walia, principal, NINE.

On the contrary, a staff nurse in the PGI gets between Rs 13,000 and Rs 14,000. For those who want to stay back after improving their qualification, the authorities have nothing to offer.

“We have to face the agony of working under people who are not similarly qualified,” an MSc (nursing) degree holder said.

“The institute has spent a lot of money on improving our knowledge, but we are not allowed to work more than what is required of a diploma holder,” another staff nurse said.

This is not all. Those with a postgraduate degree have been deprived of a teaching experience, which is initially provided to all M.Sc nurses of the institute. This debars them from applying for the post of clinical instructor even after the completion of the five-year bond period as two-year teaching experience is required for the post.

The medical superintendent, PGI, is on leave and the additional superintendent, Dr Raj Bahadur, refused to comment on the issue.



Expert: Need to tap potential of interventional radiology
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Even as many new advances, including balloon kyphoplasty, have happened in the field of interventional radiology, India is still lagging in this regard in comparison to the progress made by it in other fields of health care.

This was stated by Dr Ajay Sood, president elect of the American Association of Radiologists of Indian Origin, an organisation of over 3,000 radiologists of Indian origin overseas.

Dr Sood, a former senior resident, Diagnostic Radiology, PGI, Chandigarh, worked as Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology, Associate Programme Director, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Centre, Boston, till last year after getting a fellowship in interventional radiology from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, in 2004.

Interventional radiology as a sub-speciality was at a relatively nascent stage in India, said Dr Sood. “Balloon kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive percutaneous procedure, has emerged as a boon for patients suffering from back pain, as it helps correct spinal deformity. But it is not popular with patients in India because it is very expensive treatment,” said Dr Sood.

A majority of spinal fractures were caused by osteoporosis, cancer and medical treatments, said the radiologist. The treatments like chemotherapy could also weaken bone and increase the likelihood of fracture. Genetic factors and certain lifestyles, such as a low calcium diet, could also damage bone, informed the doctor.



Regulatory body needed, say radiology experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Several countries like Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand have set up regulatory bodies to monitor the training programme for radiological technologists, but India has no such authority.

This was the key issue to be discussed during the second day of the four-day Asian conference of radiological technologists held at the PGI today.

Speaking on quality assurance and radiation protection in radiological technology and radiotherapy, Dr D.D. Despandey, chief medical physicist from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, said all safety aspects had to be complied with during the manufacture, commission and use of diagnostic equipment.

As equipment like CT/MRI/PET-CT were used for radiotherapy targeting, quality assurance assumed more significance, he added.

Dr Ritva Bly from Finland highlighted the role of technologists in patient dose management in diagnostic radiology. A thorough structured review of radiological practices, procedures and results was essential, said Dr Bly.

A symposium was held on mammography in which it was said there was increase in the incidence of breast cancer not only in women, but also men.



Vigilance week ends at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Vigilance Awareness Week being observed at the PGI concluded here today. Prof Vinay Sakhuja, dean, PGI, administered the pledge of transparency and accountability to the employees working in the Administrative Block.

Similarly, every head of the department administered the pledge of transparency and accountability to the employees of their respective departments. Prof K.K. Talwar, director, PGI, presided over the closing function and gave away prizes to the winners of various events organised during the week.

Prof Amod Gupta, chief vigilance officer, welcomed the chief guest and appealed to the officials and general public to work with honesty, dedication and transparency.



GMCH doctor to present papers in Chicago
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Dr Amit Bansal, a senior resident at the GMCH, Chandigarh, has been invited to present five research papers at an international conference in Chicago.

The conference, CHEST-2007, organised by the American College of Chest Physicians, is considered to be the apex conference in the field of cardiopulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders.

Dr Bansal has also been selected by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as one of the six international fellows for the 2005 mini fellowship programme for international scholars at the National Jewish Medical and Research Centre in Colorado.



Health dept focus on ayurvedic drugs
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 16
The Punjab health department has purchased raw material worth Rs 1 crore to manufacture drugs from medicinal plants and herbs under scientific supervision.

The in-house manufacturing facility for such drugs has been started at the Patiala pharmacy. This was stated by health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla here yesterday after she inaugurated a refresher course for senior ayurvedic medical officers.



NPS, Springdale corner glory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Hosts New Public School clinched the girls’ fourth Shanta J. Singh Memorial Trophy, while Springdale School, Amritsar, retained the boys’ 10 Rao Jai Singh Trophy during the Inter-School Basketball Tournament held at the school ground in Sector 18 here today.

NPS girls rallied to defeat St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, 55-47 in a thrilling final.

The NPS lost the first quarter 6-12 but won the next one 13-8. At the end of two quarters, St Xavier’s had a slender one-point lead (20-19).

Xavier’s led by two points (36-34) at the end of three quarters.

However, NPS girls won the deciding quarter 21-11 to lift the trophy with an eight-point margin (55-47).

Varsha (16) Neha (13, 1x3) and Megha (10) were the top scorers for the winners.

Prinkreet top scored for Xavier’s with 26 points (3 three-pointer baskets) and Nattarat (11, 1x3).

In the boys’ final, Springdale School outplayed New Public School 66-45.

The first two quarters were fiercely fought as Springdale managed to take win these 14-13 and 16-13.

At the end of third quarter, the Amritsar school increased their lead by 13 points (46-33).

Springdale kept up the pressure and won the fourth quarter 20-13.

Gurwinder “Panu” (22), Sukhdev “Gora” (21), Amanpreet (13) and Dilshad “Andy” (10) were the key scorers for the winners.

Sukhdev excelled with his lay-up shots, fast breaks and fast dribbles. Tall Gurwinder capitalised on the rebound under the ring. Sukhdev “Gora”, Amandpreet and Dilshad excelled in interception, feeding and scoring.

For NPS, Amjyot (18), Gurinder (26) and Yuvraj (10) were the valiant performers.

Arunachal Pradesh SSP Jaspal Singh, a former Chandigarh basketball player, gave away prizes.

NPS principal R.D. Singh welcome the chief guest.

Results (finals): Rao Jai Singh Memorial Trophy (boys): Springdale School, Amritsar: (Gurwinder 22, Sukhdev 21, Amanpreet 13, Dilshad 10) b New Public School, Sector 18 (Amjyot 18, Yuvraj 10, Gurinder 6, Birkaran 3, Amanjot 4, Parveen 2) 66-45 (14-13, 16-13, 16-10, 20-13).

Shanta H. Singh Memorial Trophy (girls): New Public School, Sector 18 (Varsha 16, Neha 13, Meghna 10, Savneet 6, Harmanjot 6, Harpreet 4) b St Xavier’s-44 (Nattarat 11, Prinkreet 26, Harneet 6, Adeline 4) 55-47 (6-12, 13-8, 15-16, 21-11).



Ambala’s Manav Das clinches golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 16
Manav Das of Ambala defied a valiant fight-back by Tarun Ghogale of Pune to clinch the title in the eighth leg of the Indian Amateur Golf Tour on the par-71 greens of Poona Club in Pune today.

Manav who shot a three-over par 74 finished the LG Pune Golf Championship at 292.

Overnight leader Tarun Ghogale finished second at 295 after carding a 79 while Indian Oil’s Gagan Verma brought in a card of 75 to finish third at 296.

Lieut-Col S.K. Lakra submitted the best card of the day of two over 73 to share the fourth place with Saurabh Bhaduri and Oil India’s Simarjeet Singh at 302.

Bhaduri shot a 77, while Simarjeet carded a 76 today. Navtez Singh finished two strokes behind in seventh place at 304, while Karan Vasudeva (82), Jasjeet Singh (77) and V.T. Date (75) finished tied eighth at 306.

Right from the start today, Manav Das had a simple approach. As was the case over the past three days, he was looking at taking things hole by hole. The Oil India employee started with bogeys on the second and fourth. He pulled back with birdies on the fifth and seventh interspersed with a bogey on the sixth.

However, a bogey on the eighth saw him make the turn at two over. On the back nine, he birdied the 15th but dropped shots on the 16th and 18th to clinch the title.

Manav Das, who dedicated this win to his niece, said: “My short game was better today. I sank in a good birdie putt on the 15th to extend the lead to three strokes and then saved par on the 17th with a tough 30-footer left to right uphill putt, which sealed the title in my favour.”

Final scores: Manav Das 292, Tarun Ghogale 295, Gagan Verma 296, Col S.K. Lakra, Saurabh Bhaduri and Simarjeet Singh 302, Navtez Singh 304, Karan Vasudeva, Jasjeet Singh and V.T. Date 306, Aditya Bhandarkar and Rahul Bajaj 307, Rudresh Sharma 308, Moin Malak 309, L. Selvadurai, Aditya Singh and Arshdeep Tiwana 310.



Monu, Vinay Shree fashion PU Campus win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
An unbeaten knock of 59 runs by Monu and fine bowling spell by Vinay Shree (6 for 12) enabled PU Campus beat Government College for Girls-11 by 127 runs during the PU Inter-College Cricket (Women) Tournament at PU grounds here today.

Batting first, the PU team mustered 199 runs losing four wickets in 50 overs.

Besides Monu, Ankita too remained not out at 28 runs.

Government girls’ team was bundled out for just 72 runs in 28.5 overs. Tanvi and Ankita claimed two wickets each for 16 and 20 overs.


PU Campus defeated Government College for Girls-11 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-18) on the first day of the PU Inter-College Volleyball (Women) Tournament at PU grounds here today.

Other results: Dashmesh Girls College, Badal, b Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 3-0 (25-10, 25-08, 25-10); Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, b BSH Khalsa College for Women, Abohar, 3-0 (25-07, 25-03, 25-04); MG Khalsa College for Girls, Kottan b GGS Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, 3-0 ( 25-21, 25-18, 25-18).



City to have new velodrome
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The city will have a new velodrome to be built as per international specifications.

The decision was taken at an executive committee meeting of the Chandigarh Sports Council held under the chairmanship of adviser to UT administrator Pradip Mehra recently.

The chief architect will select a suitable site for the velodrome.

The meeting also decided to renovate the skating rink, Sector 10, by providing wooden flooring instead of the existing tiled floor.

Further, the chairman emphasised that the infrastructure already in existence and available with the sports department must be optimally utilised.

For this, more tournaments at various levels, particularly in the junior category, will be organised.

The executive committee also decided to explore the possibility of a tie-up with international schools in Australia or South Africa for providing training to trainees of “Cricket Chandigarh” on similar lines to football trainees.

Football players along with two officials of the sports council are on a visit to Leipzig, Germany, till November 30 for training at Egidius Braun Sports school there.



DAV spikers register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
DAV School, Sector 8, defeated Guru Harkrishan Public School-40 (25-06, 25-09, 25-10) during the Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Volleyball Tournament for Boys and Girls commenced at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

Eleven teams are participating in the boys’ section, while six teams are taking part in the girls’ section. In the girls’ section, Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, beat Lawrence School (A) 25-06, 25-03, 25-10.

Results: Boys: Lawrence School (B) b Kajheri School (25-20, 25-22, 25-23; GHS-26 b Lawrence School (Y) 25-08, 25-05, 25-09; Coaching Centre-7 b GHS, Kaimbwala, 25-08, 25-08, 25-09; Sports complex-46 b GHS-26 (BDC) 25-09, 25-13, 25-11. Girls: Sports Complex-46 b Lawrence 25-06, 25-06, 25-08; GGSSS-18 b Lawrence 25-06, 25-10, 25-12; Sports Complex-46 b GSSS, Dhanas, 25-15, 25-21, 25-18.



Ball Badminton
SD College emerge champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
SD College, Sector 32, beat SGGS College, Sector-26, 29-22, 29-25 in the boys’ category of 5th Chandigarh Senior State Ball Badminton Championship held at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here yesterday.

In the girls’ category, MCM DAV College emerged champions beating Government Model High School, Sector 36, 29-17, 29-23. Chief guest DSP B.S.Chadha gave away prizes to winners.

Results: Boys: semifinal: SGGS College, Sector 26, b Manav Mangal School, Sector 21 29-17, 29-18; SD College b Diamond Club 29-22, 29-25; final: SD College b SGGS College, Sector 26, 29-22, 29-25. Girls: semifinal: MCM College, Sector 36, b GHPS, Sector 40, 29-18, 29-22; GMHS, Sector 36 b Sacret Heart School, Sector 26, 29-22, 29-25; final: MCM DAV College b GMHS School, Sector 36, 29-17, 29-23.



Kalu grabs gold in wrestling
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 16
Kalu Ram of Haryana bagged gold medal in 66 kg category in Greco Roman style during the 22nd All-India Postal Wrestling Tournament at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

S.B. Patil of Orissa Postal Circle won gold in the 55 kg category, while Suresh Kumar of Haryana bagged gold in the 60 kg category.

Rohtash of Rajasthan in 74 kg category, Mastana of Haryana in 84 kg category, Rajesh of Haryana circle in 120 kg and G.B. Patil of Maharashtra circle in 96 kg also clinched gold.

The Haryana circle won the overall championship in Greco Roman style.



Local coach for Beijing meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Local boxing coach Shiv Singh will accompany the Indian contingent for the forthcoming international boxing championship, “Goodluck Beijing”, which is scheduled to be held at Beijing, China, from November 17 to 22.

The players include: Jatinder (51 kg), Dewakar Prasad (57 kg), G. Satyarajan (64kg), Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Paramjeet Singh- (+91kg).



Tae kwon do meet from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The Chandigarh Tae kwon do Association will organise State Tae kwon do Championship-2007 for boys and girls in sub-junior, junior and senior category at skating rink, Sector 10, on November 17 and 18 for the national championship.



Non-official jail visitors appointed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The Chandigarh administration has appointed non-official visitors for the Model Jail with immediate effect. They would hold the office for a period of two years.

In a notification yesterday, former ADGP, Haryana, V.K. Kapoor, deputy director, RICA, Chandigarh, Upneet Lali, Randeep Singh Rai, industrialist, Rajiv Bali, Aman Bir Singh, Sandeep K. Maharwal, Col B.S. Dhillon (retd) and Rajesh Sharma have been appointed non-official visitors. Social workers Vivek Trivedi, Shelly Malhotra, Jagwinder Singh Brar, Narender Malik and Sukhdev Singh Rai are also on the list.



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