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PGI prohibits lighting of candles, bursting of crackers on Diwali
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Officials say the decision has been taken in view of safety issues and is part of “precaution” against fire. A circular issued recently by the PGI administration has also asked all heads of departments to implement the order strictly in their respective areas.

FB effect: Change in children’s behaviour worries PGI doctors
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Many of them are undergoing a change in behaviour after creating multiple accounts on Facebook and talking to unknown people for long.

X-ray machine runs without licence, GMSH-16 gets notice
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Sources told Chandigarh Newsline that a four-member team visited the institute in the morning to carry out an inspection of the radio diagnosis facilities at the institute.

Air quality dips, stubble burning likely reason
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Sharp increase in particulate matter well ahead of Diwali, reveals data

Bed bugs pervade, PGIMER fails to find suitable treatment for them
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

The “problem”, Gupta says, “is that they are not inside the beds, but they are hiding inside the tiles fitted on the walls”. “We have been trying for so many years now, but there is no result,” he says.

New vaccine on way could be a gamechanger for flu — here’s how
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

By employing a new way to attack the virus, new vaccine could deliver more effective, longer-lasting results, Oxford researchers tell Indian Express.

‘Ensuring prompt and best facilities in Emergency is our top priority’
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

"We need to sensitise the neighbouring states that there should be “proper referrals”. Unless a patient genuinely requires a referral to PGI, health facilities in the neighbouring states should take due care of him/her."

PGI finds it difficult to attract doctors to start service in Una
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

"PGI is only offering a good salary to the doctors for Una. After joining the satellite centre, they (doctors) won’t get much other than the salary....,” a senior PGI faculty said.

49 per cent patients who visited GMCH last year were from outside city: Records
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Half of the patients who visited GMCH OPD and emergency last year and this year were from neighbouring states, the official figures reveal.

Blue Whale challenge: ‘Children engaging in online activities can be dangerous’
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

We are going towards individualism and independence. The reason is we no longer are able to monitor our children or have time for them; children also dislike questioning and interference.

Tips at counselling session in Panchkula: Share, don’t hide
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Advisories have been issued about the online game but ignorance is still widespread

PGI blocks Facebook, YouTube to curb excessive use of social media
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

A PGI doctor said “This decision cannot be appreciated because doctors are using YouTube mostly for academic reasons and no one can access it.”

PGI Emergency OPD: Doctors tell director to put a cap on number of patients or extend emergency area
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

A senior official says PGI is premier medical facility in north India, not possible to restrict number of patients.

After swine flu, dengue hits doctors: 16 test positive at PGIMER, GMSH in Chandigarh
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Dr Jagat Ram told Chandigarh Newsline that he had issued instructions to the departments concerned. “The department of community medicine has been asked to step up surveillance activities on campus. We are taking all measures to ensure we don’t get more cases,” he said.

Private labs can test H1N1 samples, says health dept
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

At present, the H1N1 testing is being done in Chandigarh only at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32.

Behind blame-game over Punjab’s drugs problem, uncertainty around real numbers
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The Indian Express summarises the contradictory findings of multiple surveys, and how they are impeding the fight against drugs in the state

PGI opens 3 new rooms for affected children
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Sources said during a meeting which was held to discuss the outbreak, shutting down the unit for a “temporary period” also came up for discussion.

E-coli infection hits PGI child unit, 11 infants being treated
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

A PGI doctor from the department of paediatrics blamed the “gross overloading” for the outbreak. “We cannot say no to any patient coming to the hospital."

Chandigarh International Airport: No tech upgrade, so no trial run to end stamping of hand baggage tags
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

CISF Director General O P Singh earlier this month had announced that 10 more airports in the country would soon do away with the practice of stamping the hand baggage tags. The list included Chandigarh International Airport as well.

PGI plans to start temporary OPD at satellite centre in Una
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Sources said the Himachal government is planning to provide land to the PGIMER to start the temporary OPD at Una.

UT launches inspection drive against chemist shops
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The drive started last week and it would end once the drug controller teams visit all the chemist shops in the city. There are over 1,000 retail and wholesale chemist dealers in the city.

Emergency Overflow Ward: GMCH creates additional emergency ward with 70 beds
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

According to the GMCH authorities, the existing emergency remains always “jam-packed” and the decision to start another ward, called the emergency overflow ward, is aimed to de-congest the existing emergency area.

Chandigarh International Airport: From October 3, number of flights may come down to 30
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

At present, 37 flights operate from the Chandigarh International Airport

Press Council writes to NIA, J&K police on arrest of photojournalist
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The letter said the matter “prima-facie concerns free functioning of the press and the statute mandates the Press Council to preserve the freedom of the press.”

Why infections picked up in hospitals are the big threat today, how world is trying to cope
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

A Bengaluru firm has become India’s first to receive the international CARB-X grant to develop antibiotics to treat hospital-acquired infections. The Indian Express explains why this is important.

Family of Kashmir photojournalist Kamran Yusuf held by NIA fears for his safety
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Kamran was arrested by the NIA on Tuesday. The agency said he was involved in throwing stones during clashes between local youths and security forces.

Journalists protest in Srinagar after Kamran Yousuf’s arrest by NIA
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Journalists in South Kashmir held a protest demonstration gainst the arrest of a freelance photo journalist Kamran Yousuf by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in stone pelting related cases.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentence: 70 ambulances stationed in Rohtak, Sirsa
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The Haryana health department has shifted more than 12 ambulances from Panchkula district. “We had brought ambulances from different district to Panchkula last week.

SIT to investigate substance found in Dera convoy fire tender
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Panchkula police commissioner Arshinder Singh Chawla said, “After it was examined, it has been concluded that the substance was not inflammable.” However, Chawla said there was a smell of petrol from two compartments inside the fire tender.

Dera violence: Most of the injured had pellet wounds, say doctors
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

A PGI statement said that of the 68 patients brought to the hospital, seven were declared brought dead, while one died during hospitalisation.

Army out, curfew clamped after widespread arson, violence by Dera followers
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

According to police, 27 people were killed in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, where the CBI courts complex is located and where thousands of Dera followers had gathered over the last two days in anticipation of the verdict.

Firsthand account: ‘We could only watch helplessly as the flames consumed our vehicles’
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Panchkula violence: 'Within no time, a quiet gathering turned into an unruly mob. The police, which were assisted by paramilitary forces deputed to tackle the followers, were mute spectators. They just stood watching as the mobs toppled over an OB van of a TV channel.'

With prayer on lips, Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers pack roads, parks
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The followers - many with their whole families - carrying bags containing clothes, food, water and essential items say they do not know what the verdict would be or when they would have to return to their villages.

Mohali records highest number of dengue, malaria cases in Punjab
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The Mohali district is also affected by the large number of swine flu cases. The figures reveal that the district has reported the second highest cases in the state. As many as 96 positive cases have been reported across the state.

Ram Rahim Rape case verdict: Tricity hospitals on alert, additional doctors to be deputed in Panchkula
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

While the Haryana health department officials said that they had decided to depute additional staff in Panchkula civil hospital, the Chandigarh and Mohali authorities maintain hospitals have been put on alert for the next few days.

After Gorakhpur: Ensure supply of life saving items, says Health ministry advisory to central govt hospitals
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The UP government has not yet accepted on record the claim that the deaths were caused by the stoppage of oxygen supply at Gorakhpur’s B R D Medical College Hospital.