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Chandigarh is the most greenest city in the whole Asia Aug 29

With 35.7 per cent forest cover, the UT tops the list of the greenest cities in Asia followed by Delhi which has 20 per cent forest cover.

The increased density is born out by the fact that yellow pockets of the forest cover (with 40 per cent density) have since turned green (60 per cent density) and green pockets have turned black (with 80 per cent density).

According to the State Forest Report, 2007, the forest cover in Chandigarh has increased to 35.7 per cent of its total geographical area as compared to 29.3 per cent in 2003 and only 21 per cent in 1991. The cover has exceeded the 33 per cent target set by the National Forest Policy.

The report puts the total green cover area in the country at 23.5 per cent. The UT Forest Department has set a target of planting 69,581 trees and 48,406 shrubs on both government and private land in 2009-10.

“Out of its 114-square-km area, the UT has about 41 sq km under the forest cover and an additional nine sq km under tree cover. The country has 20.3 per cent area under forest cover and 3 per cent under tree cover. There is incremental growth not only in the area under forests but also in their quality which is measured by density”, said Ishwar Singh, conservator of forests, Chandigarh.

In 2008-09, against the target of 2,64,130 saplings, 1.5 lakh stem

cuttings of arundo-donex and ipomea plants and 6 lakh of patch-sowing, the department planted 2,44,216 saplings, 1.5 lakh stem cuttings and 6 lakh patch-sowing.

The department has formed 117 eco-clubs in government and private schools and 29 environmental societies in higher institutions of Chandigarh to spread awareness about the importance of environment and eco-friendly activities.

Chandigarh among top five in controlling TB Apr 21

Chandigarh has been adjudged among the top five performing states and union territories in the country by TB India-2008 RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme) status report, brought out by the Union Health Ministry. The treatment success rate of tuberculosis for the year in Chandigarh was 86 per cent. The City Beautiful was able to achieve it for the seventh consecutive year. In controlling TB, Chandigarh is now at par with Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Manjit Singh Bains, director, Health and Family Welfare-cum-Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), UT, said the city had been achieving this distinction since January 25, 2002, the day when the tuberculosis control programme was launched here.

Dr PK Shridhar, nodal officer, National Rural Health Mission, said in 2008, 13,937 patients were examined for sputum diagnosis, out of which 1,793 were found positive and 837 new smear positive patients were put on treatment.

The other smear positive patients were either referred to other states or were treated under other categories of treatment. The new sputum positive detection rate is 84 per lakh of population in Chandigarh.

Up to December, 2008, 15,123 patients were put on treatment. In calendar year 2008, the total annual detection rate was 243 per lakh. There were only two per cent death among 2400-odd patients put on treatment in one year, two per cent failure rate and three per cent defaulter rate, the lowest in the country, said Dr Shridhar.

“The target is to reduce the death rate and the prevalence of TB patients to half by 2015 as a Millennium Development Goal (MDG),” he added.

World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day in Chandigarh Apr 16

To commemorate the World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day today, biomedical laboratory technologists of Chandigarh and its adjoining states organised its Vth Chandigarh Chapter and scientific seminar-cum-CME at PGI here today.

More than 700 delegates attended the conference.

The day has a special significance to provide scientific information and resource in virtually all aspects of laboratory, medicine relevant to patient’s care, health promotion and disease prevention.

Prof KK Talwar, director, PGIMER, inaugurated the function. Dr Raj Bahadur, director, GMCH-32, Chandigarh, Dr MS Bains, director HS&FW, Chandigarh, AR Deshmukh, national president, AIMLTA, Manindra Choudhury, IFBLS council member, were the guests of honour.

Manindra said about the global perspective of accreditation in biomedical laboratory sciences and its momentousness in health care as the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) observer.

Deshmukh in his presidential address asserted that advances in medicine for the past decade had been due to advances in the biomedical technology services, including diagnostic clinical laboratory.

He also highlighted the present unabated mushrooming of illegal paramedical institutes, who neither have any infrastructure nor any qualified staff.

Under such circumstances it becomes a moral responsibility of the institutes like PGI to assert on the issue.

On this occasion, central executive committee member, Rocky Daniel, said the lab technologists were the backbone of these services, which through their expertise and dedicated work not only assisted physicians but also directly helped to alleviate misery of the suffering mankind.

Save Water to Live in Chandigarh Apr 15

Due to increased demand of drinking water in summers, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation authorities prohibited watering of lawns, washing of courtyards and vehicles in the morning water supply hours from tomorrow.

According to a spokesperson of the corporation, wastage or misuse of water is also considered illegal if anybody found overflow from overhead and underground water tanks, leakage from water metre chambers, wastage of water due to non-installation of bib taps, leakage in pipeline from ferrule to water metre, leakage and overflow from desert coolers and installation and use of booster pumps direct on the water supply line authorities.

The action would be taken against consumers, if found indulging in any of these acts.

On first violation, a notice would be served to the defaulting consumers for getting the defects and faults rectified within a period of 24 hours of the issue of notice.

On detecting the violation for the second time, a fine and penalty of Rs 500 would be imposed, which would be recovered through regular water supply charges bills. Any material like booster pumps being used by the defaulter would be confiscated.

On finding the violation for the third time, the water connection would be disconnected immediately without any further notice.

Chandigarh is one of the healthy cities in India Apr 14

According to a survey conducted by a private soap manufacturing company, Chandigarh comes at the fourth rank as per child health quotient. The city beautiful closely follows Lucknow and Kolkata, both cities at the top place, and Bangalore at the second place.

Though the mothers in Chandigarh are perceptibly happy with their child’s growth, immunity and resistance, which incidentally scores higher than Delhi, they have shown dissatisfaction with the weight gain parameter. The city, however, slipped to the fourth position on the factor of cleanliness of surroundings as just a couple of years ago Chandigarh was ranked the cleanest city in the country during a survey conducted by the same company in 2007.

The mothers of 17 state capitals were surveyed to gauge the perception that mothers have with regard to the health of their children. The mothers in the cities of Lucknow and Kolkata were most satisfied with the health of their child with CHI of 109 which is way above the national average of 100.

Following closely are Bangalore with Chi of 108 and Chandigarh with CHI 107.

PGI launches Quadraplex PCR for Eye Infections Mar 18

In a major development, which will surely give boost to research at PGI, the institute has obtained the US patent for a unique methodology, Quadraplex PCR, for diagnosing various types of eye infections caused by parasite, fungus, bacteria and virus in one single examination.

The new methodology shortens the diagnostic time to a few hours as compared to the earlier method that used to take several days. In one test, doctors would be able to distinguish whether the infection has been caused by a parasite, a fungus, a bacteria or virus and treat the same accordingly.

Addressing the media on the occasion of 3rd Founders’ day of the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, Head of Ophthalmology Department, Prof Amod Gupta said, “This technique will not only save the patient’s time but will also save their eye as conservative method required repetitive sampling, which take more time that can cause blindness.”

As per figures available with the PGI, Advanced Eye Centre, almost 1,000 patients of various types of infections were reported at PGI every year. The most common one is fungal infection and others were tuberculosis (bacterial), cytomegalovirus (viral) and toxoplasmosis (parasite).

The patent was issued jointly in the name of Dr Vaishali Gupta (AEC), Dr Sunil Arora, Dr Naresh Sachdev of the Department of Immunopathology, Dr Amod Gupta (AEC) and Dr Pradeep Bambery of the Department of Internal Medicine.

On this occasion, he highlighted the state of art technology, which was introduced at the centre during last one year. He pointed out about infinity phacoemulsification machines for cataract surgery, an IOL Master for non contact IOL power calculation, new Accurus vitreous surgery machines, etc.

Due to availability of various facilities in AEC, number of patients has been increased as compared to previous years. About 71,486 patients visited the centre for availing of its services, 38 per cent increase from 1,23,497 in the year 2006-07 when the centre was opened. Nearly 1,18,891 patients were provided tertiary care in its sub speciality clinics, he added.