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February 17, 2008


Chandigarh February 17: -
A symposium on cerebral paisy was organized by pediatric orthopedic society of North Zone at Chandigarh. More than 40 delegates from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana attended the meeting. Inaugurating the symposium, Prof. S.S. Gill, Head department of Orthopedics informed that the incidence of cerebral paisy is to the tune of about 2-3 per thousand live births and the incidence with pre-maturity. Dr. Anju Gupta from the department of Paediatrics PGI Chandigarh spoke about the importance of holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Bhatia, Director Saket Hospital told that most patients would recover if managed correctly. Dr. Bobby john spoke about knee problems and their management. Dr. Sanjay Sarup mentioned that by timely intervention, painful dislocation of the hips could be prevented. Dr. P.N. Gupta from GMCH Chandigarh dwelled that it is essential to assess the overall function of a patient with cerebral paisy and the foot deformities are amongst the commonest of deformities in cerebral paisy. Dr. Wadhwa from PGI stressed about the rehabilitation aspects of cerebral paisy should be sent to normal schools. There should be more centers undertaking treatment of disease. Genral medical facilities be improved for safe deliveries and care of children


Chandigarh February 16:

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today lashed out at the Centre for what he described as "back breaking and totally unwarranted hike in the prices of Petrol and Diesel announced yesterday".

In a statement here, Mr.Badal said that it was not only intriguing but also unforgivable that on the one hand the Centre claimed an abnormally high rate of growth in the country's economy while on the other it was burdening the common man with such unthinkable and unbearable rise in the prices of petroleum products and diesel. He said that this step showed that the country's economic planners not only lacked economic vision but also were divorced from the fundamental essentials of sound economic planning.

"The recent hike in the prices of petrol and diesel would further aggravate the woes of both the farmers as well as the common man", rued Mr.Badal.

The Chief Minister demanded an immediate and total withdrawal of the hike.

MINORITY STATUS FOR SIKHS IN PUNJAB- Supreme Court Issues Notice of Motion on Punjab Plea

Chandigarh, February 16:

The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India while hearing the Special Leave Petition filed by the Punjab Government on 15th February 2008 issued a notice of motion to the Respondents returnable in 6 weeks.

Giving details, a spokesman for Advocate General, Punjab stated that the Hon'ble Court was pleased to issue a notice of motion on the SLP filed by the State of Punjab along with an application for stay. He stated that it was not correct that the Hon'ble Court had formally rejected the stay application moved by the State and the matter was likely to be heard on the next date of hearing. The matter being of importance to the State was being properly represented and the State would articulate its stand before the Hon'ble SC in the subsequent hearings, he added.


Chandigarh Feb; 16

The 50-bedded ESI Hospital at Mandi Gobindgarh, the Industrial hub of Punjab has been upgraded .The hospital will cater to the needs of industrial workers as also others.

This was stated here today by Mr.R.I.Singh, Chief Secretary Punjab while addressing a meeting of the officers of various departments including the Finance, Health and Education. The Chief Secretary asked the officers of the Health Department to purchase the medical equipments in the state at the earliest and also ensure the availability of the specialists especially in all the ESI hospitals in Punjab. There are at present 70 dispensaries and 7 ESI hospitals said the Chief Secretary, which should be provided the necessary infrastructure and all kinds of modern facilities. He emphasized the need for purchasing the equipment within a period of three months and asked them to see to it that all purchases be made on the tender rate contracts of Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

Mr. Vijay Kain, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare said that the extension of ESI scheme to private educational institutions had already been accepted by the DPI Primary who will shortly submit a proposal regarding this to the govt. He also said that each ESI hospital would have the facilities for homeopathy and ayurveda systems.Mr. Kain said that the ESI hospitals would have the tie-up facilities with the major hospitals in Ludhiana like DMC and CMC to avoid referral to Chandigarh.

The meeting was also attended by Ms.Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary Finance, Ms. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary Higher Education, Prabhat C. Chaturvedi Director General ESI New Delhi, Mr. K.B.S Sidhu, Secretary Health, Dr. Sukhdev Singh Director Health besides others.




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