SOS’ 18
Stroke can affect any individual and can occur at any age. Although age is a single most important risk factor for stroke and the incidence of stroke increases with age, doubling for every decade of life after the age of 55 years. Stroke can occur even in the young people below the age of 40 years.
As part of the ongoing SOS’18 program , the stroke services, PGIMER continued the campaign by addressing various sections of the society. On the 14th of November a large gathering of stroke survivors and their caregivers along with elderly members of the society were targeted for stroke awareness at the Chandigarh Spinal rehabilitation center , Sector 28. The lectures were taken by Dr Abeer and Dr Neeraj and the program was moderated by Prof Dheeraj Khurana- all from the Dept of Neurology PGIMER . They informed the audience on the risk factors of brain stroke as well as ways to prevent it and stressed on the fact that having a stroke does not spell the end of independent living. They were encouraged to keep on with the rehabilitation and physiotherapy as the recovery for stroke is not time bound. They were advised to keep their risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease in check and to be regular with their medication to prevent another stroke.
The most interesting highlight of the SOS’18 was the new initiative started this year in involving the young and energetic brains in the brain stroke campaign ! The initiation of this Program on making “Chandigarh Stroke Literate” was done on the 15th November afternoon at the Advanced Eye Center Auditorium with the address to school children of Class XI and XII of various schools of the city. These children were explained the importance of knowing and understanding the symptoms of stroke and early recognition of these symptoms. The imperativeness of healthy life styles , increased physical activity, healthy diet were emphasized. It is envisaged that these young leaders will contribute very significantly by disseminating this education within their own schools and by this means the families of the school children will also be sensitised to the prevention of stroke. Since stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable if the signs are recognized and treated early, this initiative of SOS’18 intended to educate the youth regarding stroke has the potential to reach a vast section of the society of the city and therby promoting healthy living and disease free society. The program and the information was received very enthusiastically by the children as well as the accompanying teachers and they assured their commitment to reinforce stroke awareness and make the city Stroke Literate.


Under the able guidance of Dr Arun Kumar Aggarwal, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health PGIMER, Chandigarh conducted a health awareness program comprising of one-hour yoga session, opportunistic screening of population for diabetes and distribution of medicines at Health Post Kheri.

A total of seventy people gathered for the event for an hour long yoga session conducted by Mr Balbir, Yoga Instructor. People practised body stretches, various yoga asanas, pranayamas, meditation with him and he stressed on its importance to keep diabetes at bay. He motivated them to come to his daily yoga sessions at Village Kheri where he teaches yoga free of cost.Dr Kanica Kaushal, Senior Resident, PGIMER explained how diabetes is a silent disease andelaborated on its complications if not diagnosed early. She stressed on the intake of fenugreek seeds which is scientifically proven to keep blood glucose levels in check.Mrs Jagdeep, Health Worker told how the simple changes in regular diet and how home remedies can go a long way in preventing it. Dr ShruthiRajan, Junior Resident stressed on this year’s theme “Family & Diabetes” and explained how family plays an important role as a support system in reinforcing adherence to medication and also to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Health Team from PGIMER checked blood glucose and blood pressure of around 60 people at the Health Post, out of which 3 were found to have high blood pressure and one was having impaired fasting glucose. All of them were counselled regarding lifestyle modification, medications dispensed and regular follow-up.


PGIMER Chandigarh provided training of health workers on mobile based IMNCI Application

A training-cum-hands on demonstration of mobile based application on effective implementation of IMNCI program of Government of India was organized by School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh in CHC, Shahzadpur today. The training is a part of an ICMR project to empower health workers and doctors in using smart technology in national health programs. Dr. Sonu Goel, Principal Investigator and Additional professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh and his team Dr. Nisha, RA and Dr Alka, JRF discussed the importance of project and undertook demonstration of mobile application which were followed by scenario based exercises. During the training samsung mobile tablets were distributed to ANMs. The training was attended by medical officers, LHV and ANMs of 10 sub centres. Dr. Taru prasad, SMO, Shahzadpur and Dr. Harpinder, MO, Shahzadpur appreciated the enterprise and efforts of research team in strengthening IMNCI program and said that this project will improvise the child health care at community levels through this innovation platform of mobile application. Mr. Manav Chaudhary, the healthcare technology expert and CEO of the team (Sidekick Edge pvt ltd) which developed the smart health platform for this project was also present.


With Organ Donation, two Donor Families turn their gravest tragedies into ‘Gift of Life’ for Nine at PGIMER

“There cannot be anything more devastating than losing a family member, but two courageous families, one from Punjab and another from Haryana overcame their unbearable heartache for a greater cause and turned their gravest tragedies into a precious ‘gift of life’ and ‘gift of sight’ for nine others here in PGIMER,” stated Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER

Detailing further, Prof. Koushal, said, “With back to back two cadaver donations in the last two days, five have been given second chance at life with the transplantation of one liver, one pancreas and four kidneys and sight of other four corneal blind patients will be restored with the transplantation of corneas. In all, the organ donation by these two donor families have proved boon for nine lives. No words of tribute can describe the selfless deed and generous ‘spirit of giving’ showcased by them.”

On 15th November, PGIMER witnessed magnanimous gesture by a family from Haryana, when they consented for organ donation of their 25 year old son which resulted in saving life of three patients suffering from end stage organ failure and battling for life with the transplantation of liver, pancreas and kidneys. The corneas of the deceased will be used for another two patients in PGIMER, thereby giving them sight and enhancing the quality of their lives.

The day of 13th November started as usual on a happy note but ended with a pall of gloom for the donor as he, youngest among siblings, while going to work on his bike was brutally hit by a rashly driven car, leaving him unconscious with severe head injuries.

Initially rushed to Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, the donor was brought to PGIMER in an extremely precarious condition on that day itself without losing any time. However, the destiny had willed otherwise as the donor finally succumbed to his injuries and was declared brain dead after the two meetings of the brain death certification committee here at PGIMER on the evening of 15th November. .

But even in this darkest hour and amid his own grief, the father of the donor showed exceptional courage and magnanimity by consenting to donate the organs of his young son. Trying to come to terms with this cruel twist of fate, the father shared, “Our son was our pride, our purpose, our very life force and he was so mercilessly snatched by the Almighty in his prime. We could do nothing but cry and wail. Nobody can be more unfortunate than us.”.

“Through Organ Donation, I want my son’s memory to live on, and I just want the world to know that I`m so proud of him, Despite losing his own life, he saved countless others. His legacy is living on by helping five others continue with their lives, and their parents and all the lives that are being touched as a result”, added the grieving but proud father of the donor .

A day earlier, another family from Punjab expressed similar selfless gesture when they showcased immense grit and consented for organ donation of their deceased dear one, a 62 year old official retired from Punjab Police.

Sharing her sentiments, the wife of the donor said “My husband strongly fought for the safety of others while serving in Punjab Police, even, sometimes risking his own life and even in his death, he has turned a savior for four others. His death has been an extension of his true personality. ”

The donor had sustained severe head injuries as he was hit by a speeding vehicle while walking on a roadside in Phgwara on 11th November. Initially admitting him in a private hospital in Jallandhar, the family rushed him to PGIMER in an extremely critical condition on the same day. Despite struggling for three days, the donor’s battle with life came to an end when he was declared brain dead, after following the protocols as per THOA 1994, on 14th November.

When it became clear that donor would not survive his devastating head injuries, the Transplant Coordinator at PGIMER approached the wife of deceased to request her if she could consider organ donation.

Following the family’s decision for organ donation, the transplant surgeons retrieved kidneys and corneas from the donor, which on transplantation, gave second chance at life to two terminally ill patients and the gift of sight to two others, thereby helping four lives in all.