World Sparrow Day to be celebrated at PGIMER tomorrow
Chandigarh,19.03.19-World Sparrow Day is being jointly celebrated on 20th March ( 3 t0 5pm ) by the Department of Environment Chandigarh, Social Pediatrics Division Advanced Pediatric Centre, PGIMER, and BHIM (NGO) at Nivedita Creche, PGIMER.

The theme of World Sparrow Day this year is “I love sparrows ”. Director PGI, Prof Jagat Ram, will be the chief guest and Sh BL Sharma Education and Social Secretary will be the guest of honor for the occasion.

Dr. Bhavneet Bharti, Professor, Social Pediatrics and Incharge Nivedita Creche elaborated the need for urgent awareness and education of children regarding threats to our environment and living species like birds. She warned children that with the emerging urbanization and proliferation of industry, threats to the survival of various bird species has dramatically increased globally. Natural habitats of various bird species are rapidly disappearing and our coming generations will never see many bird species which were commonly found in our backyard a few decades ago.

To further enhance kids’ knowledge about common birds, Dr. Sahul Bharti ( BHIM) along with Dr Ravneet Kaur ( Assistant Professor Zoology Panjab University will organize an audiovisual quiz on common birds frequently spotted in Chandigarh. In the quiz, they will ask kids to recognize various birds through their acoustic characteristics and then demonstrated their characteristic phenotypes as well as behavioral characteristics. Students of Panjab University and SGGS College, Sector 26, under the guidance of Dr Ravneet Kaur and Dr Kawalpreet Kaur will assist in informing children about the peculiar characteristics of birds . A photo exhibition of various birds in Nivedita Creche is being organised for the children and public . Invitation for the World Sparrow day is attached for the staff of your unit and may be extended to all the journalists of local newspapers.


Regarding Kurukshetra Eye Patients

Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh has received 24 patients of post cataract surgery endophthalmitis in last couple of weeks. They were operated for cataract surgery at LNJP DCH, Krukhshetra. At AEC, till now 19 patients has been operated i.e. pars plana vitrectomy and intravitreal antibiotics. All the pateints are doing well on topical and systemic antibiotics. Their vision is gradually improving. None of the patient has complete loss of vision. Eleven patients have been discharged and advised regular follow up.

As of today, 13 patients are still admitted in AEC and monitored on daily basis. Of these, 5 will undergo vitrectomy today.


Tobacco Free Times’ released at PGIMER Chandigarh

Here come a good news for all those who want to be up to date of the development in the field of tobacco Control in India. “TOBACCO FREE TIMES”, A bi-monthly publication of School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh, will update you about the Tobacco Control Initiative from across India.

The first edition of ‘Tobacco Free Times’ was released by Mr. K.S. Pannu, IAS, Commissioner – Food and Drug Administration, Punjab, Mr. K.K Yadav, IAS, Commissioner- Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, Ms. Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson- Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Dr Neeraj Kumar, President IMA Chandigarh, Dr Sonu Goel, Additional Professor, PGIMER and Dr Rakesh Gupta, Deputy Director/CCE, Govt of Punjab during a Consultation on Protecting Minors from Tobacco/Nicotine: Going beyond Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 at School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

“Tobacco Free time will bring you all the latest Tobacco Control Initiative taking place at National or State Level” said by Dr Sonu Goel, Additional Professor/ Principal Investigator – E- Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC), A joint initiative of PGIMER and the UNION.

Apart from News, this bi-monthly publication will also feature the opinion pieces by renownedPublic Health Expert, Development practitioners, Policy Maker, researcher etc added by Dr SonuGoel.

‘TOBACCO FREE TIMES’ can be accessed by logging in, the official portal of E-RCTC, which is emerging as one-point reference system for various Tobacco Control Information and activities said by Mr. Rajeev Choudhary, Project Coordinator- E- Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC).

‘Tobacco Free Times’ will have theme-based issues. The first edition focuses on Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). Mr. Pardeep Mattu, Dr Nirlep Kaur, Mrs Manjeet Kaur, Mr. Vivek Trivedi, Dr Sumit Arora, Mr. Narender Ahuja, Dr Rita Kotwal, Dr Arpit Gupta, Dr Kathirwel, Dr Amrit Pal Singh, Mr. Bharat, Mr. Harpreet Kaur Mann, Dr AsthaBagga. Ms Jyoti Bannot, Dr Dlip Kumar, Ms. Anju Gupta also present during the occasion.

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Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, is awarded with Certificate of Merit in the Best Practice and Innovation in Community Medicine in the category of Community Medicine Practice at the 46th National Conference on Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine in Shimla, for the year 2018-19. Professor Madhu Gupta from the department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, had presented that an intersectoral collaboration between Chandigarh Administration and department of community medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, was established in 2011, to improve maternal and child health indicators in the catchment area of Civil Hospital, Chandigarh, and to train the community medicine resident doctors. MCH program implementation was strengthened through supportive supervision of MCH staff, enhanced community engagement through inter personal communication, husband’s counseling for family planning, tracking of high-risk pregnant women, identification of problem families and problem solving with cascade model, and efficient referral system in collaboration with MCH staff of Civil Hospital.This innovative model of intersectoral collaboration between Chandigarh Administration and department of community medicine was successful in significantly improving the maternal and child health indicators in the catchment area.