Professor Rajesh Kumar,head of the School of Public Health at PGIMER,Chandigarh,has been awarded the Dr Siddharth N Shah Epidemiology Oration award by the Hypertension Society of India.
He had delivered an oration on Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases in India: Hypertension,Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease at the 21st National Conference of Hypertension Society of India held at Ludhiana.
In his oration,Dr Kumar informed that about 4 million people die due to Non-Communicable Diseases in India every year with cardiovascular diseases emerging as the leading cause of the death. About 20 lakh deaths occur every year due to heart attacks and strokes with most of them occur in the 30-70 year age group.
He emphasised that government health services should be re-oriented to tackle the rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases. Social policies that encourage physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables should be formulated; and educational,regulatory and fiscal measures are needed for discouraging the use of health harming products such as tobacco,alcohol,and food having higher contents of salt,sugar,and fat.
Library assistant wins best paper award
Neelime Chadha,senior library and information assistant in Dr Tulsi Das Library,PGIMER,was given a Certificate of Award as the best paper presenter during the national seminar on role of libraries in promoting reading habit in electronic environment organised by Chandigarh Librarians Association (CLA),Chandigarh,and Punjab College Librarians Association (PCLA),Patiala,held at Regional Institute of Co-operative Management,Sector 32-C,Chandigarh. She presented a paper entitled Bridging Librarian-User Relationships through Library Services in Information Tech-Savvy Era.