Health Corner

Unlike in some advanced countries where there are dedicated lanes for ambulances and fire brigade vehicle...

Written by Express News Service | Published: March 11, 2009 2:35 am

Life savings systems in ambulances
“Unlike in some advanced countries where there are dedicated lanes for ambulances and fire brigade vehicle,such vehicles have to share the crowded road space in Indian cities. It is therefore essential that the ambulance vehicles in India are equipped with life support systems,” stressed Jitendra Mehta,district governor of Lions Club of Pune,Shivaji Nagar. He was speaking at a function to inaugurate the ambulance donated by Lions Club of Pune Shivaji Nagar,Vijaya Lakshman Kudale Foundation and Lions Club of Pune,Khadki,for emergency service of Sheth Ramdas Shah Memorial Hospital and Research Centre in Janwadi area. Deputy district governor Fattechand Ranka handed over the ambulance to the hospital management. “An ambulance is not just a vehicle but it needs also be a mini-hospital,equipped with communication facilities such as video-conferencing and also life support systems and equipment,” noted former district governor of rotary Club International Arun Kudale who is a promoter of Pune Heart Brigade.

Well woman clinic inaugurated
The Well Woman Clinic,an initiative by Sahyadri Hospitals was inaugurated by Dr Charudutt Apte at the new,state-of-the-art hospital at Bibvewadi on International Women’s Day. Speaking on the occasion,Dr Apte,CMD,Sahyadri Hospitals said,”This initiative is dedicated to women and their health. This is our way of saluting the women of today. It has always been our endeavor to make healthcare facilities available,accessible,affordable and accountable.” This fortnight-long -ode to women started with a three-lecture series delivered by eminent specialists on women related topics on March 8 at the Sahyadri Hospital,Bibvewadi. Dr Dilip Kale,obstetrician,gynecologist and infertility specialist spoke on women’s health and emphasised the importance of regular preventive checkups. The message being that even if women don’t have any health related complaints,routine gynec check up is mandatory to detect diseases at early stage. This initiative of Sahyadri Hospital will act as a great opportunity for the women of Pune to avail thus keep their health in check. The Well Woman Clinic will run on a full time basis from April 1.

Low fat curd from Gowardhan
Puneites can now enjoy Gowardhan Trim,low fat fresh dahi which is 98 per cent fat free made from fresh cow’s milk with latest technology from Parag Milk and Milk Products. Gowardhan Trim is manufactured under state-of-the-art technology providing a shelf life of 15 days,yet preserving all the flavours and nutritional elements of dahi. Gowardhan Trim,is available at all leading retailers in Pune including Spencer and Reliance.

Vipasana,solution to stress
Pune Vipasana Meditation Centre trustee D K Patil rued that today’s youngsters are dejected and suffer from mental stress due to the increasing competition in their fields. He stressed that they need to undergo meditation and relaxation techniques,which are offered at the centre. The centre conducts a camp on meditation on the first Sunday of every month and on the second Sunday of the month at the Mahatma Gandhi Smarak building at Kothrud.

Maternal and child health care
Metropolis Health Services will now provide quality-testing services to patients of Merrygold Health Network in Uttar Pradesh. UP has the one of highest maternal mortality ratio and the main cause of this situation is poor antenatal care and low coverage of institutional delivery in the State (source: NFHS III). The initiative will support the Government of UP and India’s efforts in reducing maternal,new born and infant deaths by increasing antenatal care,institutional deliveries and new born care,post natal and family planning services to women in rural and semi urban population. In the first phase of the project,Metropolis will open one Lab in Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT)-owned Hospital and the other lab will be commissioned in a Franchised Hospital. Speaking on this new partnership,Dr Velu,managing director,Metropolis Health Services said,“It is our privilege to partner with HLFPPT; we are looking forward to provide the best of services and technologies to the under served. The main objective of this partnership is to create a sustainable public private partnership in health care for the lower middle class and the underserved population.”

Head-Neck Oncology Group inaugurated
Head,neck and facial cancers are amongst the most prevalent cancers. Treatment goals today,are not restricted to merely curing the disease but also ensuring a reasonably good quality of life for the patient,post treatment. There are many specialties in the medical field working in Head-Neck Oncology,but in isolation. The need of the hour is to collect all these specialties under one umbrella and ensure greater interaction so that the best can be offered to patients. India unfortunately carries almost 30 percent of the global burden of Head and Neck related Cancers. Dr Sanjay Deshmukh,onco-surgeon and Dr B Srinivasan,maxillofacial prosthodontist,along with the entire oncology unit at the Ruby Hall Cancer Center and the Poona Surgical Society have initiated the formation a of a multidisciplinary Head-Neck Oncology Group in Pune to address issues specific to Head and Neck related cancers. The launch of the group was held at the Ruby Hall Cancer Centre,where Dr Anil D’Cruz,chief,Department of Head and Neck Surgery,Tata Memorial Hospital,Mumbai and Dr Suhasini Nagda,maxillofacial prosthodontist and Dean,Nair Hospital Dental College,Mumbai were the special invitees.

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