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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.

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Come May, fly directly from Chandigarh to Abu Dhabi

Airline carrier IndiGo announces daily direct flight from Chandigarh from May 16; will be the second international link after Dubai

The inaugural flight will depart from Abu Dhabi at 10.15 pm on May 15 and reach Chandigarh at 3.30 am IST on May 16. From Chandigarh, the first flight will take off at 2.45 am IST on May 16 and reach Abu Dhabi at 5.15 am local time after a journey of four hours. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Mohali

UT plans to cut deputation of SMOs from Punjab, Haryana by 10%

The UT health department recently drafted the recruitment rules for Group ‘A’ posts of principal medical officer, joint principal medical officer (medical superintendent), senior medical officer/district family welfare officer, medical officer, dental surgeon, planning officer and nursing superintendent

With only nine doctors in the UT cadre out of 164 medical officers, the majority are on deputation. These UT Cadre doctors hold MBBS degrees without specialisation. (Stock photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 05:09 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HT explainer: Why do PGI contractual workers strike work repeatedly?

At PGIMER, contractual workers, comprising sanitary attendants, hospital attendants, kitchen staff and security guards, constitute a whopping 80% of the total work force, while regular employees form only 20%

As per the records available with the establishment, PGIMER started outsourcing some non-core hospital services in 1996. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:46 AM IST

Chandigarh: PGI contractual workers call off strike after two days

As many as 3,500 contractual workers from various categories had gone on strike on Wednesday in Chandigarh after their union leaders were detained the previous evening while planning a protest

Volunteers from NGOs helping patients amid the contractual workers’ strike at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Health services hit as contractual staff on indefinite strike at PGI

Day after nine colleagues were arrested from protest site, nearly 3,500 workers strike work demanding their release; emergency, OPD services worst hit

Contractual workers, including hospital attendants, clerical staff, sanitation and kitchen staff, lift operators and security guards, went on an indefinite strike at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Wednesday, demanding the release of nine of their colleagues from police custody. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 05:09 PM IST

Sticky seats: In Chandigarh, 12 doctors on deputation for more than 20 years

Several doctors from Punjab have been working in Chandigarh for even larger periods, some even for around 30 years, as per Right to Information data obtained by a city resident

Chandigarh administration officials maintain that the terms and conditions for government employees on deputation with the administration are still unclear, while UT’s deputation policy, capping deputation tenure at seven years, is also pending with the Union ministry of home affairs. (Getty image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Explore southern charms with Bharat Gaurav special tourist train

As per the IRCTC, boarding and de-boarding for the 13-day tour will be available at Jalandhar City, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantonment, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat and Hazrat Nizamuddin

The tour package will include train journey by Bharat Gaurav Special tourist train in 3AC class, night stay, wash and change facility, on-board and off-board meals (vegetarian only), all transfers and sightseeing by buses and travel insurance. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI doctors develop affordable liver cancer medicine

This medicine, which costs only ₹5,000, is a breakthrough for patients, compared to the expensive ₹10 lakh medicine available elsewhere.

An affordable medicine for liver cancer developed by nuclear medicine doctors at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, can be a life saving for many. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI sees 5th fire in 5 months, this time at cardiac centre OT

Fire broke out at PGIMER's Advanced Cardiac Centre's OT, 5th blaze in 5 months. No casualties, but hospital's fire safety measures questioned.

Staff had to break open the glass windows to let the smoke out following the blaze on Saturday. (RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Fire at PGI’s cardiac centre OT during surgery, no casualty

This is the fifth fire incident at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, in the past five months and the second in 2024.

The operation theatre on the fourth floor of the advance cardiac centre at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where a fire broke out on Saturday afternoon. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 03:56 PM IST

In Chandigarh, rise in mercury comes with spike in viral infections

At the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, the emergency ward is witnessing a noticeable uptick in viral cases

Patients with weak immune systems, like those suffering from cancer and diabetes, and elderly individuals are at higher risk, say health experts. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Healthy gains for Chandigarh as number of malnourished kids down by 75% in one year

The number of severely malnourished children in Chandigarh came down from 103 in January 2023 to 23 January 2024

Data from the annual report from the Chandigarh health department was released. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Give report on non-compliance of 200-point roster by PGI: House panel to health ministry

The 200-point roster system ensures that out of every 200 seats, 99 seats, as per the mandated reservation, go to the reserved category and 101 seats are left unreserved

The Parliamentary Committee has directed the authorities concerned to give a reply latest by March 27. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 25, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh markets off-colour as Holi sales fail to pick up

Sales have seen a 10% drop from last year, with businesses noting that while the footfall at markets remained on the higher side, it has not been translating into the numbers

Business owners in Chandigarh are pinning hope on a bonanza weekend. (HT)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI cadre review: Institute given three weeks to respond in contempt petition

The CAT bench, in its order dated April 17, 2023, directed PGIMER to take decision on the report of 3rd cadre review recommendations within a period of six 6 months. But no action was taken, following which PGI employees union non-faculty filed a contempt petition in CAT

It has been over 30 years since the last review in 1992, despite a tenfold increase in patient load. (HT)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Stories of soldierly brotherhood resonate at Triennial National Convention in Chandigarh

The two-day convention-cum-reunion brought together highly decorated soldiers and gallantry awardees

Colonel Gurjeet Singh Bajwa (retd) recounted his experiences of bravery and unity among soldiers. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Triennial National Convention in Panchkula: War widows share sacrifices beyond the battlefield

The convention in Panchkula brought together widows of highly decorated bravehearts, who delved into the hardships they endured after their spouses’ supreme sacrifice

Members of ‘War Decorated India’ during the association’s convention-cum-reunion in Panchkula on Saturday. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Brave tales echo at war heroes’ reunion in Panchkula

The event was organised in Panchkula to honour recipients of the Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra, and Victoria Cross and Military Cross from World War II

Members of ‘War Decorated India’ during the association’s convention-cum-reunion in Panchkula on Saturday. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2 suicides in 3 days at PGI put spotlight on staff crunch

5 PGI staffers have killed themselves since 2010; staff bodies attribute high workload to rise in workplace stress

PGIMER caters to over 10,000 people in the OPDs daily. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 10:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PGI tutor booked in radiographer’s suicide case

The FIR, registered at the Sector 11 police station under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, has named Ajay Sharma, a tutor in the radiodiagnosis department, apart from other unidentified accused

Probing into the supervisor radiographer’s death, Chandigarh Police on Wednesday also recovered a suicide note from her residence in Sector 35, Chandigarh. The note named tutor Ajay Sharma for her stress. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 08:45 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGIMER suicide case: Victim’s husband alleges harassment, police launch probe

The postmortem of the victim was conducted on Tuesday; however, the body remains at the hospital mortuary as the family is awaiting the arrival of the victim’s son from abroad

The spouse of the deceased alleged that his wife had been facing harassment from her colleagues. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 05:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Dr Surjit Singh takes over as PGIMER dean academics

A row had erupted last year when the PGIMER administration appointed Dr Naresh K Panda, professor & head of otolaryngology (ENT) department, as the officiating dean academic, which, Dr Singh, claimed was done after ignoring his seniority.

Professor Dr Surjit Singh, professor & head of paediatric medicine department, as dean academic, assumed the position as dean of academic at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on March 10, 2024. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Regular eye check-up can help detect, manage glaucoma in early stages, say PGIMER experts

The Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, recorded an increase in glaucoma patients with 4,352 newly registered patients and 25,452 follow-up cases from April 2023 to February 2024

Beyond the age of 40, individuals, particularly high myopes, diabetics, and those with a positive family history, face a higher risk of developing glaucoma. (HT)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI Chandigarh doctor’s innovation paves way for easier recovery from long-bone fractures

PGI Chandigarh doctor comes up with a skeleton traction pin that will reduce patient discomfort and help with bone’s healing process

An associate professor from PGI Chandigarh department of orthopaedics received a patent for his skeleton traction patented. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 09:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Tricity’s female entrepreneurs shine with innovative startups at TiECON Chandigarh

Tashvin Foundation’s stall was among the 70 startups showcased at the 9th edition of TiECON Chandigarh at Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh

Natasha Chopra, founder of Tashvin Foundation, with her associates during a session at TiECON 2024 event in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Second shooter involved in Sec-79 firing nabbed, hunt on for two more

During questioning, the shooter told police that he had procured the weapons from gangster Lucky Patial, the man making extortion calls to Punjabi lyricist and composer Bunty Bains

A court granted police four days to question the accused, Amritpal Singh, alias Nannu. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 08:10 AM IST
By, Mohali

In Mohali, road mishaps snuff out six lives each week

320 lives were lost in 2023, up from 296 in the preceding year; two-wheeler riders, pedestrians formed 85% of total fatalities

A significant 31% road deaths were reported from Dera Bassi and Sohana alone, with 51 fatalities each. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Kaushal Chaudhary gang shooter held after encounter in Mohali

The shooter, identified as Banwari, hailing from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, was shot in the ankle while trying to flee on a motorcycle with his accomplice; the latter managed to escape into the narrow lanes surrounded by wild vegetation

Mohali police at the encounter spot in Chappar Chiri, Mohali, on Wednesday evening.  (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 10:18 AM IST
By, Mohali

Firing at Mohali eatery minutes after lyricist Bunty Bains steps out

Bunty Bains, a close aide of slain singer Moose Wala, had been receiving threats, had shared his real-time pics at eatery on Instagram

Punjabi lyricist and music composer Bunty Bains was reportedly receiving threat calls for some time and the callers were demanding <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 crore ransom. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 09:22 AM IST

PGI breakthrough: PET/CT-guided prostate biopsy shows strong cancer detection success

Unlike traditional methodologies, the PET/CT-guided biopsy allows for a more precise and less intrusive method of identifying prostate cancer, say PGI authorities

PET/CT-guided prostate biopsy, a unique procedure globally, minimises rectal exposure, reducing the risk of infections. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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