Punjab Government

Punjab Health Minister announces to install Biometric attendance system in all district hospitals

April 13, 2018 02:58 PM

JALANDHAR:  With an aim to ensure the attendance of Doctors and other paramedical staff in the state run hospitals ,the Health and Family welfare Minister Mr. Bram Mohindra today announced to install Biometric attendance system in all 22 District civil hospitals till mid may.
Addressing the media persons here after visiting the Local District civil hospital, Health Minister said that “the absence of doctors in Civil hospitals, especially in rural area Primary health centers from duty time were noticed many times and now to check this negligence, the Punjab Government has decided to install biometric attendance system in all PHCs and Civil Hospitals in phased manner. He also announced that to ensure the safety of biometric system , CCTVs would also be installed at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh till May 18.
Replying to the question about the shortage of doctors in hospitals, the Minister said that the Punjab Government was fully committed to provide quality health services to all citizens and taking a step forward in this regard the Government has decided to exempt the doctors from the Basic pay rule.  He also announced that Punjab Public Service commission would start the recruitment process of 306 doctors and 41 specialists on the walk in interview basis only. Besides that to ensure the appropriate use doctors serving under Zila Parishads, the Government has decided to merge the services of these doctors in health department .
“More than 400 doctors have already submitted their consent in this regard”, he added.
Expressing satisfaction over the steps taken by the Punjab Government to enhance the health services, the Minister said that adequate supply of medicines in hospitals would be ensured very soon as supply , distribution and stock of the medicines would be available online on the website of the health department. He said that the state government has decided to set up five stockyards for medicine zone wise. Mr Mohindra said that this would streamlines the supply of medicines in government hospitals thereby immensely benefitting the people.
The Minister also said that to provide the much needed health services in case of accidents and emergencies, all civil hospitals on state and national highways to be converted into Trauma centers. Likewise, he said that a major drive has also been embarked to make the people aware of taking preventive steps to check hypertension.
Thanking the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for strongly raising the demand of 5 medical colleges in the state, the Minister said that Mohali Medical collage would be functional till 2020 with 100 seats. He also announced to establish burn unit at Civil hospital Jalandhar having capacity of 20 beds in next 3 months. Mr Mohindra said that out of these 20 beds four would be reserved for the critical patients.
Disclosing the new plan to enhance the immunity amongst TB patients, the Minister announced that the state government would soon initiate a scheme to provide Rs 500 as diet money for them. He said that under this scheme the department would provide nutrition enriched diet prepared by the MARKFED to the TB patients.
Prominent amongst present on the occasion included MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLA Rajinder Beri and Sushil Kumar Rinku,  Congress District President Daljit Singh Ahluwalia, Civil Surgeon Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Sekhon, Medical Superintendent Dr. KS Bawa and others.


Life of Yuvraj and the lessons it has for all of us

June 18, 2018 07:45 PM

The man with the history of six sixes has fought a battle that many of us will not be able to compete even in our nightmares. Yuvraj’s life has a lot to teach us and sets an example for all cancer patients who are battling in their lives against this deadly disease.

It is not just about the health insurance policies that a person buys to secure his/her family but also about the courage to fight this battle like a winner. Yuvraj Singh, as his name literally translates, fought like the son of a king and achieved victory over his illness.

Here are few lessons that we all should learn from the man with a rampaging hand in cricket- “Yuvraj Singh.”

  1. Struggle and Struggle till You Make It Happen

Yuvraj thoroughly believes that it is not just about your strength, but it is your struggling power that matters. Strength is something that can be developed enroute your struggling path.

He strongly feels that hardships are part and parcel of life but being bold and able to face all hardships with strength is the essence of life. He believes that life is not easy, and everybody is not born with a golden spoon. Hence,you must make yourown means to survive rather than surrender.

  1. Pursue the Targets for The Team

Yuvraj isthe man amongst the men in blue who has been there with the team in the most challenging times. Like life and health insurance policies which promise to hold your hands in the toughest of times, this man has been there to win matches for the team and chase the high targets set by the opponents.

The middle order duo of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj have worked wonders for the team and have worked forward for pursuing the targets in a never-ending manner.

  1. Fighting the Pains and Making It Happen

Yuvraj’s tear-filled eyes in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium were enough to narrate the story of his sufferings. Hefought like a warrior. He played 2011 world cup in immense pain yet never backed off.

This brave man was set with a target, and in no case, he could turn back without achieving it. Yuvraj is an example for all of us as he teaches us to be strong in all our hardships and make things work out despite facing pains and agony.

He teaches us to overcome all our pains and achieve our conquest. Yuvraj’s story is a story that is quintessential and will be in the hearts of all cricket lovers throughout their life. His determination, enthusiasm and consistency and quench for cricket was the reason behind his success.

  1. The Moral of The Story- Never Give Up

Yuvraj never thought of sitting back and just taking the treatment. He had a motive of making a comeback even after fighting his disease and problems.

He had a never say die outlook, and despite being trolled and faced with oppositions, he fought like a lion and accepted all the challenges that came his way.

  1. Having A Self-Possessed Personality

Yuvraj has created many unforgettable moments for us. Remember the ‘six sixes’?It is one of the unforgettable performances that any cricket lover will ever forget.

This living saga,despite being tormented, kept hitting back and made his way using his dynamic and unflappable personality. It is not everyone’s cup of tea to have an attitude that is so positive despite facing miseries.

But Yuvraj Singh is a true player who showed that cricket is a game of gentlemen. With his tranquil approach, he proved that life might give you thousand chances, but you just need one to prove yourself. 


It is not about how your life is, butabout how you plan to live it. It is either you fight or back out; the call is totally yours. Yuvraj chose to fight and is a living example for all such people who back out.

To conclude, it’s all about fighting back until and unless you achieve your goals.





Green tea may prevent deaths from heart attacks

June 01, 2018 04:02 PM

Love your cup of green tea? Besides playing a role in weight loss and boosting immunity, green tea -- rich in antioxidants -- may also help prevent deaths due heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis -- a condition of narrowed artery walls due to fat build-up, claims a study.

According to the researchers, a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea, breaks up and dissolves potentially dangerous protein plaques found in the blood vessels.

"The health benefits of green tea have been widely promoted and it has been known for some time that EGCG can alter the structures of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's diseas," said David Middleton, Professor at Britain's Lancaster University.

"Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes," he added.

"... by engineering the molecule slightly, we might be able to make new medicines to treat heart attack and stroke," said Jeremy Pearson Professor and Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation -- a Britain-based charity organisation.

The study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, showed that EGCG binds to the amyloid fibres of a protein called apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-1), which converts the fibres to smaller soluble molecules that are less likely to be damaging to blood vessels.

The team is now working on finding ways of introducing effective amounts of EGCG into the bloodstream without it being necessary to drink large and potentially harmful quantities of green tea.


Dieting may up smoking, binge drinking in teenaged girls

June 01, 2018 03:26 PM

TORONTO: While looking slim is in fashion amongst teenaged girls, intentional weight loss might increase the risk of developing health-compromising behaviour like smoking, binge drinking and skipping breakfast, warn researchers.

Teenaged dieters were 1.6 times more likely to smoke and skip breakfast, and 1.5 times more likely to smoke and engage in binge drinking than those who were not dieting.

"Post-puberty changes often lead to weight gain among girls and there is incredible pressure from social media and elsewhere to obtain and maintain the ideal body," said lead author Amanda Raffoul from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

"Intentional weight loss is not something we should necessarily encourage, especially among this population, since it's possible that well-meaning initiatives that promote dieting may be doing more harm than good."

"Instead, we should focus on health broadly rather than weight as an indicator of health," Raffoul added.

The study, reported in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, included data from 3,300 high school girls.

The results showed that compared to girls who were not dieting at the time of initial data collection, those who were dieting were more likely to engage in one or more clusters of other risky behaviours three years later.

"The link between dieting and other health-compromising behaviours is worrisome since 70 per cent of girls reported dieting at some point over the three years," Raffoul added.

According to Sharon Kirkpatrick, Professor from the varsity, the study looks at the important health related factors "including behaviours and the array of influences on them, in combination".

"Only by understanding the complex ways in which these factors interact can we identify effective interventions, as well as predict and monitor potential unintended effects of such interventions," she added.

Punjab News

District Hospital Nawanshehar wins state award of Rs.50 lakhs under Kayakalp programme

December 21, 2017 04:50 PM

MOHALI: The District Hospital Nawashahr here today received the award of Rs. 50 lakhs as first prize under the Kayakalp Swachh Bharat Abhiyan 2017-18 for maintaining high standards of cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene. The award was handed over by Sh. Brahm Mohindra, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Punjab at a special ceremony held to felicitate the outperforming Govt. Health Institutions at State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Phase-VI, Mohali.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. Brahm Mohindra congratulated the Civil Surgeon SBS Nagar, Senior Medical Officer, DH, Nawashehar, Medical Officers and other Para Medical. He said that this achievement will further encourage and motivate other districts hospitals of the State to achieve high standards under Kayakalp. He exhorted the Civil Surgeons to ensure the appropriate implementation of parameters set under the Kayakalap Swach Bharat Abhiyan to maintain quality assurance of health care services. He said that patients satisfaction should be top most priority for the hospitals. He stressed that the District Health Administrations should ensure the cleanliness and infection control practices in the public health practices of the district.

Health Minister stated that the “Kayakalp” initiative has encouraged the public healthcare facilities in the State to achieve and maintain the standards of excellence. He said that Kayakalp Programme is set to promote physical cleanliness in the government hospitals along with putting in place in proper systems and standard operating procedures including services like operation theatres, bio-waste disposal or protocols etc. A Civil Surgeon’s conference was also chaired by Sh. Brahm Mohindra on the occasion, wherein the performance of the districts in respect of various health services were reviewed.

Giving details about the award winning hospitals, the Health Minister said that District Hospital Nawanshahr attained first position by scoring 93.6% points and won a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakhs. The hospital also achieved 100 points for cleanliness outside the boundary wall that was included as key indicator. In the category of Sub Divisional Hospitals/Community Health Centres, the SDH Jagraon and Mukerian got first prize, both with the same percentage of 86.4% points each and won the prize money of Rs. 7.5 lakhs respectively.

He told that as many as 40 State hospitals were qualified for getting the prize money as award this year under Kayakalp campaign. This year Urban Primary Health Centres were also included. 1st prize in the categories of UPHC was jointly given to UPHC Lal singh Basti, Bathinda & UPHC Model town Ludhiana and they received the prize money of Rs. 2 Lakh along with the trophies, 2nd prize under UPHCs was given to UPHC Bishan Nagar, Patiala and UPHC Hadiabad, Kapurthala and they received the prize money of 1.5 lakh. The 3rd prize was given to UPHC Paramjitpur, Kapurthala & UPHC Majat, Mohali and they received Rs. 1 Lakh per UPHC.

The Health Minister also appealed the various stakeholders, people, NGOs, voluntary organisations etc., to participate in this endeavour and share the responsibility for cleanliness of the health facility.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab said that the initiative towards total “Swacchta” in public health facilities is aimed towards building confidence of the users in public health facilities. The move also would encourage the hospital staff in providing quality services and encourage team work, she said. She said that it should not be a one time measure but the said govt. hospitals should also be maintain the parameters set by the health department. She added that the objective behind these awards was to promote cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities and as well to incentivize and recognize such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control.

Mr. Varun Roojam, Managing Director, PHSC gave a powerpoint presentation on the occasion elaborating the entire procedure of selection of award winning hospitals under the KayaKalp Programme. He explained the methodology of selection including internal assessment, peer assessment and other rating procedures. He also laid emphasis upon the improvement in the govt. health facilities, owing to the Kayakalp initiative.

Health Minister also inaugurated and mobile application e-Rakt Kosh, a portal to connect 45 Government blood banks in Punjab. Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that this portal will also help the patients to get the detail of voluntary blood donors with the blood stock availability in the blood banks. He said that it would also reduce the wastage of blood as it is linked with the Centralized Blood Bank Management System.

Among others who were present during the event were Mr. Varun Roojam, Mission Director, NHM cum MD-PHSC, Sh. B. Srinivasan, Project Director, Punjab State AIDS Control Society, Dr. Rajiv Bhalla, Director Health Services, Dr. Jai Singh, Director Family Welfare, Pb., Dr. Jaspal Kaur, Director ESI, Punjab, Dr. Meena Herdip, Director PHSC, Dr. Avneet Kaur, Director NHM, Dr. Parvinderpal Kaur, Nodal Officer, Kayakalp, Dr. Manpreet Chhatwal, Additional Project Director, PSACS and other senior officers of health department.


In Kashmir, two women combat menstrual taboo, unhygienic practices

By Sarwar Kashani
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October 18, 2017 04:59 PM

KUPWARA: Growing up in a society that stigmatises menstruation, two women social entrepreneurs in this border village of Jammu and Kashmir are battling the taboos attached to what is a routine biological process. They are not only creating awareness but also manufacturing and selling sanitary napkins to help poorer women who cannot afford branded products.

Mir Musharraf, 18, and Mubeena Khan, 25, who grew up in an orphanage here, began their entrepreneurial journey two years ago, knowing well the arduous task they had chosen for themselves.

"We have experienced what women in Kashmir, particularly in the border and rural areas, go through during their periods. It's not only about the stigma, it is also about hygiene during periods," Mir told IANS.

Khan added: "It was never going to be easy. We knew that. Talking about menstruating is not easy even with women in Kashmir. But we wanted to defeat the stigma."

Mir, who originally hails from Keran village, some 100 km north of state capital Srinagar, lost her father, a farmer, to blood cancer when she was still young. Keran, the last village of the eponymous border sector on the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, has often faced the brunt of military skirmishes between the armies of the two countries.

Mir's family had to relocate to Kupwara in the early 1990s after frequent heavy cross-border firing ripped the village apart. That was when militancy in the Kashmir Valley was at its peak and Pakistan was actively pushing armed insurgents into the Indian side under cover of border firing.

After her husband's death, Mir's mother had no other means of income to sustain the family. She got her daughter admitted to Basaira-a-Tabasum, an orphanage in Kupwara town run by Borderless World Foundation, a Pune-based non-governmental organisation that helps with the socio-economic development of people in border areas.

At the orphanage, Mir became friends with a "like-minded" Khan, who had also lost her father when she was just two-and-a-half.

The girls grew up in the orphanage that not only sheltered and fed them but also equipped them with entrepreneurial skills to be the agents of socio-economic changes in Kupwara -- an area where an estimated 40 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Remembering their days in the orphanage, both Mir and Khan recalled how they used to talk for hours daily, planning what they wanted to do in their lives.

"I always wanted to do something for women, particularly those living in border areas. But I had not imagined even in my dreams that I would be talking about menstruation so openly, leave aside producing sanitary napkins," Mir said.

"Actually, Mubeena came up with the idea and you know why," she asked matter-of-factly.

Khan had always felt perplexed about the treatment women got during their menstrual cycles. They are not allowed inside kitchens, they are not allowed to pray, they become untouchables during their periods.

"The most difficult battle in the war against such evils was with ourselves. We, as women, too believe in the traditions and it is very, very difficult to break the norm. And believe me, many girls drop out of schools because of this," Khan, whose village, Helmatpora, also lies on the LoC, told IANS.

And equally important was making women aware about hygiene and other health issues associated with periods. Hundreds of studies have conclusively revealed that the practice of using cloth during periods is associated with very high risk of cervical cancers.

"When we get our first period, our mothers generally hand us a bunch of rags with strict instructions that we should not talk about it openly and stay away from the rest of the family," she said.

"Imagine when we set out to talk about this openly. I remember how people, in fact girls, used to whisper about our 'shamelessness'. But nothing would stop us."

The two girls have conducted hundreds of awareness camps in schools, colleges and community centres talking about the issue.

The next step was their own self-empowerment and the empowerment of as many women as possible in their extended neighbourhood.

Eventually, they spoke with the Borderless World Foundation and shared the idea of setting up a cost-effective sanitary napkin manufacturing unit in Kupwara.

They began researching on the Internet, reading about their proposed business -- before travelling to NIRMA Industries training centre in Solapur, Maharashtra, where they were incubated for three months and taught how to handle machines, grinders and other nitty gritty of the business by experts.

The real challenge was to raise the money needed for investment and also working capital. Iqra Javed, project officer with the Borderless World Foundation in Srinagar, said the foundation itself invested nearly Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million) to set up and run the unit.

Apart from this, the foundation helped them win Rs 300,000 as investment at a 2016 start-up competition by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Chinar Internationals, a Srinagar-based NGO helping start-ups.

And finally came the time to make a "Happy Choice" -- the name they gave to their business unit. Machines and raw material were brought and the unit was set up at the Borderless World Foundation-run women development and social-entrepreneurship centre, Rah-e-Niswan, in a shanty structure in Solkute, 6 kms from Kupwara town.

The plan was to start production at the Solkute centre and establish a supply chain to distribute the product to other villages of the district.

"It was a 24-hour job. Right from the production purchases to the product, and then marketing, was all done by the two of us," Mir said. "It was a challenge worth taking, though it took a heavy toll on us."

The production rate was 250 packs of six pieces each a day. Each pack was sold at Rs 26 -- against an average market price of Rs 35. A profit margin of Rs 16 was still significant.

Their lives got better and they started contributing to their family incomes and came the basic essentials like kitchenware, flooring and clothes for their mothers and siblings.

But the sales dipped after a while. The product and its packaging did not match market standards. "Happy Choice" did not have flaps that fold over the sides to help prevent the fluid from leaking. The packaging in an ordinary polythene cover with a sticker attached was also below standard.

To improve, they needed a packaging machine and a machine that would make and attach wings to the pads. But it would mean another investment of about Rs 900,000. Starved of funds, the two had to temporarily close their unit and have set out on an investment hunt.

"So far nobody has come forward. But we will keep striving till we get it. And we are sure -- it is about 'when' not 'if'," Mir said.

But the awareness campaign is on. "We will keep talking about menstruation till everybody talks about it without attaching a taboo," Khan intervened. "The battle is on. We have not lost it. We have paused it."

(This feature is part of a special series that seeks to bring unique stories of ordinary people, groups and communities from across a diverse, plural and inclusive India and has been made possible by a collaboration between IANS and the Frank Islam Foundation.

World Health

California declares emergency amid Hepatitis A outbreak

Punjab Newsline Network
California Governor Jerry Brown
October 14, 2017 08:40 AM

Los Angeles, Oct 14-California Governor Jerry Brown has declared emergency amid the deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in the western US state.

The emergency proclamation on Friday will allow the state to increase the supply of adult Hepatitis A vaccines to meet current needs, aiming to help control the outbreak, Xinhua news agency reported.

The declaration will also allow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to immediately purchase additional vaccines directly from manufacturers and coordinate distribution to people at greatest risk in affected areas.

"Vaccinating people at risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A infection during an outbreak," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Karen Smith in a press release.

According to CDPH, nearly 80,000 doses of the vaccine that were obtained through the federal vaccine program has already been distributed.

"Local public health officials are working hard to offer vaccines to people who are at the most at risk of infection, including homeless Californians," said Smith.

"Today's order will help ensure communities can continue to deliver the vaccines where they are needed most," she added.

California is experiencing the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the country. The outbreak began in homeless community in the Southern California city of San Diego in late 2016 and spread to other counties of the state.

Shortly afterward, Kim accused Trump of being mentally deranged and said he would "pay dearly" for making threats against North Korea.

The Asian nation's foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, told reporters in New York on September 22 that North Korea may retaliate for Trump's threats by testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

Weight Management

You can reduce your weight with Egg diet, just follow it religiously

Punjab Newsline Network
October 13, 2017 08:07 PM

There is no person in the world that would say no to a fast-weight loss method, and this article will show you a way to do that. You can easily melt the unwanted fats with boiled egg diet. This diet is really effective because it will keep you full for a longer period of time and plus it will speed up the metabolism and that will result in faster process of fat burning.

You will need eggs, some vegetables and some citric fruits for this diet. One of the most important parts is to drink a lot of water, especially if you want better results since that will help more in the detoxification process. The recommended amount is 8 glasses.

Most of the cases where the person is all the time hungry are because that person lacks water. That is why you should drink enough water, plus you will boost your energy levels.

This diet is quite simple and everyone can try it. You will need to forget about junk foods when you are on this diet, and you will also need to limit the intake of sugar and salt as much as you can. That is the same for alcohol and soda. If you are doing everything correctly you can lose up to 11 kg in just two weeks.

Here is the diet:

Week 1

breakfast – 2 boiled eggs and 1 citric fruit;
lunch – 2 slices of whole meal bread and some fruit;
dinner – chicken and big serving of salad.

breakfast – 2 boiled eggs with 1 citric fruit;
lunch – chicken and salad of green vegetables
dinner – 2 boiled eggs, 1 orange and salad of vegetables.

breakfast – the same as the previous days;
lunch – 1 tomato, 1 slice whole meal bread and low fat cheese;
dinner – chicken and salad.

breakfast – the same as the previous days;
lunch – fruit;
dinner – steamed chicken and salad.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – 2 boiled eggs and steamed vegetables;
dinner – barbeque or fish and salad.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – fruit;
dinner – vegetables with steamed chicken.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – chicken, tomato salad and steamed vegetables;
dinner – steamed vegetables.

Week 2

breakfast – the same;
lunch – chicken and salad;
dinner – 2 eggs, salad and 1 orange.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – steamed vegetables and 2 eggs;
dinner – fish or barbeque or salad.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – the same as Monday from the second week;
dinner – the same as Monday from the second week.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – 2 eggs, steamed vegetables and low fat cheese;
dinner – steamed chicken and salad.

breakfast – the same;
lunch – tuna salad;
dinner – 2 eggs and salad

breakfast – the same
lunch – chicken and salad;
dinner – fruit

breakfast – the same
lunch – steamed chicken and steamed vegetables
dinner – the same as the lunch from the same day.

Before starting any kind of diet you should consult with your doctor first. That is what you should remember.

If you even start with regular exercising during the boiled egg diet you will obtain the best results possible.


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