Robert Abraham

Robert Abraham is a staff correspondent with the Hindustan Times in Chandigarh. He keeps readers updated on the latest developments in the world of health.

Articles by Robert Abraham

Obesity poses a greater risk for cancer than tobacco consumption: Experts

In a conversation with HT, Dr Naresh Bhat, one of the resource persons at the workshop, who is a Bengaluru-based gastroenterologist and PGIMER alumnus, highlighted a significant shift in lifestyle

The 7th PGI Gastrointestinal Emergencies Update programme organised by the department of gastroenterology is underway at PGIMER. (Getty image)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 08:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Now, only 1-2% patients with gastrointestinal emergencies require surgery: PGI experts

Gastrointestinal emergencies, which include those related to gastrointestinal bleeding, acute pancreatitis, complicated gallbladder disease, complication of liver failure

PGI experts attributed the positive change to advancements like endoscopy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Heart diseases increasing in people under 40, say experts at PGIMER Chandigarh

At PGIMER, 15% to 25% of the heart attack patients are aged under 40, they added; experts at the institute attribute the dietary habits and stress as contributing factors to this concerning trend, emphasising the critical of a healthy lifestyle

According to Dr Yash Paul Sharma, professor and head, PGIMER department of cardiology, the risk factors post-Covid include psychological stress, dietary habits and infections. (Stock image)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 08:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PGIMER strictly restricts entry of private vehicles into staff parking

The fresh guidelines were implemented from Tuesday; only individuals possessing a valid PGIMER ID card will be permitted to park their vehicles in the designated areas

Work on the second multi-level parking is underway to ease the visitors’ parking woes. But the ongoing construction has only added to the traffic chaos during peak OPD hours. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 09:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

India will outpace China in next four years: BRO chief

Lieutenant General Chaudhry stated that construction activities are underway along the Indo-China border. He credited advanced technology for expediting the completion of the BRO projects and expressed his belief that India will outpace China in this aspect in the coming four to five years

As part of the government of India’s initiatives, BRO is building roads in border regions to connect rural communities, says General Lieutenant Chaudhry. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Blood cancer curable if diagnosed early, say experts from PGIMER Chandigarh

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. It is characterised by the uncontrolled growth of white blood-cells, specifically granulocytes, in the bone marrow

CML booklet, a guide to disease management, was launched by Dr SC Verma, former HOD, internal medicine and Dr Neelam Verma, former HOD, hematology, PGIMER, along with faculty of hematology oncology and clinical hematology department at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 01:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGIMER Chandigarh to offer cashless treatment to CGHS pensioners

Around 45,000 such beneficiaries are registered with CGHS; Chandigarh PGIMER has also introduced a standard operating procedure for this purpose and established a dedicated counter for the service in the New OPD

PGIMER will get bills cleared from CGHS that will save time, reduce paperwork and expedite the settlement of individual claims, benefitting a large segment of the population. (HT File)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 01:09 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: HIV+ girl operated at GMCH-32 ‘bypassing’ rules, probe ordered

As per information, the seven-year-old was admitted to the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) ward due to an ear infection and a painful swelling behind the ear. Despite receiving antibiotics and other treatments during the ward stay, the patient’s condition did not show improvement, leading to the need for a surgery on September 5, 2023.

Medical student life which are books and sthetoscope (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 04:27 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Upgraded labs at GMCH to help cut waiting time

The state-of-the-art advanced diagnostic and interventional labs in Area-55, Level 5, Block-A, are equipped to conduct diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, EBUS & EUS, PFT, upper & lower gastrointestinal endoscopy & ERCP, NCV, EEG and EMG tests

These facilities were dedicated to the public after renovating an existing room, where these tests are now being conducted on a daily basis, resulting in timely diagnosis and reduced waiting time. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Last salute: 7-year-old son in army fatigues lights Col Manpreet Singh’s pyre in Mohali

The cremation took place with full military honours, including a wreath-laying ceremony and a gun salute. Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit, former army chief General VP Malik and state ministers Chetan Singh Jouramajra and Anmol Gagan Maan were present.

Kabir, 7, the son of Colonel Manpreet Singh salutes his father as family members mourn near his mortal remains before the last rites at his native Bharaunjian village in Mohali on Friday. Colonel Singh made the supreme sacrifice on Wednesday in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 05:11 PM IST

Youth below 25 most vulnerable to mental health problems: Expert

World Psychiatry Association president Dr Afzal Javed emphasised the need to discuss mental well-being on larger platforms

According to World Psychiatry Association president Dr Afzal Javed mental illnesses are treatable and manageable. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 04:09 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Colonel Manpreet Singh’s grief-struck family proud of his 20-year service

The Colonel’s mortal remains are scheduled to arrive at the Army Headquarters in Chandigarh on Friday morning, with the cremation ceremony set to take place during Friday afternoon

Colonel Manpreet Singh had himself joined the army in 2003 as a Lieutenant and was serving in Anantnag for the past four years. Hehad visited his native Bharaunjian village near Mullanpur, Mohali, on leave around seven months ago. (HT file)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 04:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Kin, villagers mourn deaths of army officers, cop in Anantnag encounter

A pall of gloom descended on villages in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab on Thursday as families and relatives mourned the killings of two decorated army officers and a Jammu and Kashmir police officer during an encounter with terrorists in Anantnag district a day earlier.

J&K DSP Humayun Muzamil Bhat’s father and retired IGP, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, lays a wreath on his son’s coffin in Srinagar on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:44 AM IST
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Group home for mentally ill in Chandigarh: Over a month on, management plan still hanging fire

The group home will house 90 individuals with mental challenges, including aged persons and those who have no one to look after them. Is it being set up at a cost of ₹26.79 crore

Chandigarh social welfare department director Palika Arora said they had prepared the management plan and will submit it to the UT adviser’s office on Monday (iStock)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 02:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PCOS can have long-term repercussions on health of women, says PGI doctor

According to Dr Aashima Arora, associate professor at PGIMER, PCOS affects women of reproductive age across the globe

Dr Dr Aashima Arora, associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at PGIMER, stressed that early intervention is required in cases of PCOS and allowing it to linger untreated affects gynaecological health. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 01:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Human Milk Bank at PGIMER a boon for preterm babies

Compassionate donors have provided the vulnerable infants, born before completing 37 weeks of gestation, with the much-needed nourishment; preterm babies often require special medical care and attention

Around 450 recipients have benefitted from the Human Milk Bank at PGIMER’s Nehru Hospital, Chandigarh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 02:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh health secretary directs GMCH-32 to revise counselling process MD/MS admissions

The UT health secretary has ordered the revision of the counselling process for MD/MS admissions in response to a complaint of discrimination. The new process will involve a common merit list and allocation of seats based on applicant preferences and pool categories. The aim is to ensure fairness and transparency in the counselling process. MD/MS admissions will begin in August.

Chandigarh health secretary directed the GMCH-32 to revise counselling process MD/MS admissions (HT File)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 06:39 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 8 years on, multi-level parking’s construction finally begins at PGIMER

Coming up near New OPD, the new parking will help ease parking chaos on the campus by providing space for around 680 cars

The standing finance committee of PGIMER had approved the construction of a second multi-level car parking facility next to the institute’s New OPD in 2015, but the project experienced multiple delays over the past eight years. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 04:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PGIMER faculty body objects to revised seniority list, seeks review

Following examination by a high-powered committee, PGIMER had circulated an updated provisional seniority list of senior professors (HAG) on July 27, 2023

As per the updated seniority list, Dr Naresh K Panda (in photo), head of ENT department, holds the top position, followed by Dr Radha Kanta Ratho from the virology department, Dr Sanjay Jain from internal medicine and Dr Surjit Singh Samlok from paediatrics. By virtue of this, Dr Panda is set to join as dean academics, a critical position at the institute. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 04:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

With 738.7 mm rain in July, Chandigarh braved its wettest month of all time

According to IMD officials, the rain in July this year was 170% surplus from normal; of the total rain in the month, 531.6 mm was recorded in just 48 hours between July 8 and July 10 in Chandigarh

For 19 years, the record was held by August 2004, when Chandigarh had received 718 mm showers. Now pushed to the second spot, it’s followed by 675.5 mm rain in August 1971, 52 years ago. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 02:03 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PGIMER sets up special counter to segregate eye flu cases

Professor Dr Amit Gupta at the Advance Eye Centre of Chandigarh’s PGIMER noted that a significant number of patients affected by this virus were younger individuals, including children

The counter is located at the entrance of Advance Eye Centre at PGIMER in Chandigarh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Seniority determined, Dr Naresh K Panda set to be PGIMER’s dean academics

The appointment was decided on the basis of a report submitted by a high-powered committee after examining the seniority list, said PGIMER director Dr Vivek Lal; however, the appointment notification is awaited

Since April, Dr Naresh K Panda, head of the ENT department and sub-dean (academics), was already holding the additional charge of dean academics. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 03:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 1,186 eye flu cases in a week at GMSH-16

The ophthalmology departments at GMSH, Sector 16, GMCH, Sector 32, and other government hospitals are reporting a significant increase in patients, with up to 90% complaining of eye flu symptoms

The condition starts in one eye and can spread to the other eye within a few days. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 01:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Faculty member overstepped, has apologised: PGI, Chandigarh on suicide bid by resident doc

Dr Lal added, “PGIMER runs on two pillars, faculty and residents. They are important for the smooth running of the institute

Dr Vivek Lal during the press conference at Board Room, Kairon Block, PGIMER in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Suicide bid by PGI senior resident: Faculty body demands re-inquiry

In an email addressed to the PGI director, the body expressed concerns that the committee lacked representation from the faculty association itself, while even the president of the association of resident doctors is one of its members

The faculty association’s executive committee (FA-EC) has formally requested a re-inquiry that includes representatives from both the faculty and resident doctors’ associations. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 12:57 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

District residency programme for medical students remains a non-starter in Chandigarh

The MoHFW, through a gazette dated September 16, 2020, had made it mandatory for medical postgraduate students to undergo posting at a district hospital for three months from the 2021 batch onwards

Chandigarh health secretary Yashpal Garg said they will review with the officers concerned to check the reasons behind the delay in the implementation of the programme. (iStock)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 05:23 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI doctor who tried to end life joined DM course days ago

Accusing an associate professor of subjecting him to humiliation and making his life unbearable since he joined the institute, the doctor had tried to end his life on Tuesday, but was saved in time by his peers

Before taking the extreme step, the doctor had written a detailed statement, seeking that his senior be charged with abetment to suicide.
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 05:09 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh planning to set up four more Jan Aushadhi Kendras

Currently, Chandigarh has four Jan Aushadhi Kendras, with two located at PGIMER and one each at GMCH-32 and GMSH-16

Chandigarh health department is actively searching for suitable spaces at the civil hospitals in Sector 22, Sector 45, Manimajra, and the government hospital in Sector 48 to set up the four new Jan Aushadhi Kendras. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 03:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Army rescues over 11K persons from flood-affected Punjab, Harayana & HP in last 5 days

Indian Army columns have evacuated over 11,000 civilians, provided water and rations to 7,000 individuals, and given medical assistance to over 1,500 residents stranded by floods. The Western Command responded to requests for assistance from the governments of Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh, evacuating civilians, students, and personnel from these states. Flood rescue and relief operations began on July 10 in Punjab, with 26 columns deployed and a total of 69 officers, 172 JCOs, and 1,720 ORs involved in relief efforts. The Indian Army continues to work closely with local administration to provide immediate assistance.

Flood rescue and relief operations commenced on July 10 when the flood relief columns of Indian Army were requisitioned by the Punjab governmen (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 08:16 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh rains: Service stations, motor markets stretched thin

Vehicles plying on the flooded roads, as well as those in parked in societies, markets and houses in Chandigarh, were damaged owing to the heavy downpour

A vehicle damaged during the rain being repaired in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 01:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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