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Alka Chaudhary of ROTTO PGIMER conferred “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)-2019”

Still basking in the glory of winning two prestigious awards as Best ROTTO & Best Hospital in the field of deceased organ donation category, it was another momentous occasion for R)TTO PGIMER to celebrate as Ms Alka Chaudhary, Programme Assistant cum Data Entry Operator placed with Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) PGIMER was presented “National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)-2019”.

The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkiah Naidu conferred the national award to Ms. Alka Chaudhary in recognition of her outstanding performance as the Best Employee/Self Employed Person in the category of disability caused due to blood disorder at a function to celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment on 3rd December 2019 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The award comprises a certificate, a gold medal and an amount of Rs. 50,000/-.

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The Department of Anatomy, PGIMER, Chandigarh feels proud to receive the body ofMr. Waryam Chand S/o Sudama Ram, age 86 years, male, R/o Sarthali, P.O. - Takhatgarh, Tehsil - Anandpur Sahib, District- Rupnagar, Punjab, 140119 is received by the Department of Anatomy PGIMER Chandigarh as a donation on 30/11/2019 who expired on 29/11/2019.The department is grateful to his family members and admires them for this noble gesture.

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Training Programme on “Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution, Standards & Impacts on Human Health concludes
CPCB Environmental Training Programme on

“Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution, Standards & Impacts on Human Health: Case Studies”

Jointly organized by PGIMER, Chandigarh & PU, Chandigarh

A three-day residential training programme on the “Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution, Standards & Impacts on Human Health: Case Studies” concluded today on Friday 06thDecember 2019. The training programme was organized by Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER in collaboration with Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University (PU) and is sponsored by Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi in partnership with Health Care without Harm and National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi.

The training programme brought together over 50 participants from central and state pollution control boards including public health practitioners, medical professionals, environmentalists and researchers representing over 15 states. The program is being coordinated by Dr. RavindraKhaiwal, Additional Professor of Environment Health, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh and DrSumanMor Head - Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Chief guest and guest of honor of the valedictory session were MrS Narayan, IFS, Member Secretary-Haryana Pollution Control Board and Mr. TC Nautiyal, IFS, Member Secretary-Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee. MrS Narayan, IFS highlighted that they are focus on behavioral change to reduce air pollution and also focus to provide timely machinery and technical support to the farmers to reduce crop residue burning. Mr. TC Nautiyal, IFS mentioned that have initiated the real-time monitoring of air pollutants in Chandigarh and now the focus be to identify the sources for better control of air pollutants.

The technical session included the lectures of Prof.Arun Sharma, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi; Dr S.K Jindal, Emeritus-Professor, PGIMER-Chandigarh; DrHarshal Salve, AIIMS, New Delhi; BijayPadhi, PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr. Sreekanth, from CSTEP, Bengaluru.

Prof Arun Sharma highlighted that indoor and outdoor air pollutants may exacerbate lung diseases. He also reported that they observed increase in COPD cases increases in industrial area of highly polluted areas of Ludhiana as compared to non-industrial area. Prof.S.K Jindal, Emeritus-Professor, PGIMER-Chandigarh Chaired the panel discussion on ‘Evidence to Action: Bridging the Gap in Existing Health Studies & Air Pollution Control’ and said that air pollution is now fully acknowledged to be a significant public health problem, responsible for a growing range of health effects that are well documented from the results of an extensive research effort conducted in many regions of the world. DrHarshal Salve from AIIMS - Delhi emphasized that scientists have responsibility to generate local evidence on health effects of air pollution to inform policymakers to take action. He also stressed on responsibility of general public to together take initiatives to build a better society and sustainable future by creating awareness to use of public transport, properly segregating waste and use of clean fuels.

DrSumanMor, Head, Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh mention that as our cities are confronting with the problem of deteriorating air quality and cleaner technology-based solutions and policy interventions are needed.

Dr. RavindraKhaiwal, Additional Professor of Environment Health, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, highlighted that the lack of region-specific evidence of health effects of air pollution should not restrict the stringent action to control it. Further he stressed that hospital data should be made easily accessible to better understand its association with air pollution.

The training programme aims to build the capacity of the various professionals working to better understand association between air pollution and health effects. The training will also help various state pollution control boards to generate local evidence of air pollution health risks.