News April 16



News & Views  dated 08.04.2016



Today being the First day of the new Vikrami Samvat 2073, the President and his team wishes you all a happy, healthy & prosperous year head. 



Dr. Satish Aggarwal honoured as best Private Practitioner for notifying maximum number of cases.

As you know TB is a notifiable disease under RNTCP and Health department decided to honour two private practitioners who informed maximum number of cases in the previous year. We are proud to inform you that our Dr. Satish Aggarwal has bagged this award in informing maximum number of cases in the state. Dr. Satish Aggarwal, you will recall, had vehemently opposed the Government idea of allternate day regime and is a strong votary of daily regimen to eradicate TB. Taking note of the view of the doctors like Dr. Aggarwal, the Central Govt. has again switched over to daily regimen in some of the districts in the country. Dr. Aggarwal was to receive this award from the Health Minister last month at a ceremony in Sri Muktsar Sahib  but could not go there personally to receive it and the award has been sent here. Congratulations Dr. Aggarwal, Keep it up. God bless you.


New biomedical waste management rules notified (PIB):

New Bio medical waste rules have been announced in which its ambit has been increased and now will include every health facility who can produce biomedical waste which include clinics, laboratories, Vaccination & surgical camps ayush centres etc.  You have to make a segregated, ventilated and secure area for the biomedical waste. The health workers who handle these wastes will have to be immunized against Hepatitis B and  tetanus etc. They will have to be given training for segregation & disposal at least once in a year and you have to mention them in your annual report. Chlorinated bags will be phased out.   The categories of the biomedical waste have been reduced to 4 from the existing ten. The details of the rules are being uploaded on our website. You can go through them and queries, if any, can be addressed to Dr. Rajender Sharma..


PCMS doctors can not join Medical Colleges after the age of 50 years:

 In a recent notification, the Govt. of Punjab has barred the entry of PCMS doctors in the medical college once they attain the age of fifty. Previously the doctors used to join medical college as Assistant Professors or Senior Residents at any age but now the age cap is fixed. It may be pertinent to mention here that the retirement age in state medical colleges is 62 years while in PCMS cadre is 58 years. The move has been criticized by the PCMS Association. They cite that the medical colleges are already facing a staff crunch and this move will further add to the woes.


Meeting on Dengue Fever:

A meeting was held between the Health Officials and representatives of IMA Hoshiarpur on 29th March 2016 on the preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of dengue fever. Dr. Sailesh, the district epidemiologist sought cooperation from the IMA members in the control of this potentially fatal disease. Dr. Sailesh informed that Dengue fever is a notifiable disease and members should inform the authorities whenever there is a suspected case of dengue fever. He told that the Elisa test for this fever is the most reliable test and is done free of cost in the Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur. The serum of the suspected case can be sent to Room # 16 of the civil hospital Hsp under intimation to Dr. sailesh giving the details of the suspected case. This information will be taken as information to the health authorities. Dr. Sailesh can be contacted on phone No.9041802180. The meeting which was presided over by Dr. Sandeep Kharbanda Asstt. Civil Surgeon, was attended by Dr. Rajender Sharma, President elect IMA Punjab, Dr. Ashok Gupta, myself, Dr. Pawan Kalia, Dr. Salaria and Dr. Naresh Sud, our IPP.


India’s national emergency number – 112

Most developed countries have put in place an Integrated Emergency Communication & Response System (IECRS) under which emergency services are accessed nation-wide through a single number. Taking cue from this, the inter-ministerial telecom commission has given its nod to 112 as the single national number for all emergencies in India. Existing numbers such as 100 (for police), 101 (fire services), 102 (ambulance) and 108 (disaster management may gradually be phased out, but they will be in use for a period of at least a year. You will be able to contact 112 number even if there is no balance in your phone or no network is working.

Regional CME at Nangal:

A regional CME of IMA is being organized by Nangal branch of IMA at NFL Club naya nangal on 16th April’2016 from 2 pm onwards. The registration fee for the single is 500/- while for the couple it will be Rs. 900/- only. Those of you who are interested should contact Dr. Amit Gupta our finance secretary.



Compiled by

Dr. Ashwani K Juneja

Vice President cum Member News & Views Committee

IMA Hoshiarpur

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