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RAMBAN: Motor Vehicles Department in collaboration with the Health Department today organized an awareness programme and a medical checkup camp for drivers, conductors and other volunteers at Bus Stand Ramban on the 3rd day of the ongoing Road Safety Week. District Development Commissioner, Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat was the chief guest whereas SSP Anita Sharma was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Mohammad Saleem, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr.  Iqbal Bhat, Deputy SP, Asgar Malik, Army officers, doctors, paramedical staff and other concerned were also present on the occasion. On the occasion, DDC said that the main thrust of holding such camps was to impart traffic rules among the younger generation so that they could become law-abiding citizens.

He said road safety awareness is a must particularly to make everyday commuting safer. SSP Anita Sharma impressed upon the drivers especially youth to avoid drunken driving besides highlighted the ill effects of substance abuse. A group discussion was also held to raise awareness about the traffic norms. Later, the DDC also distributed the safety helmets among civil QRT volunteers and said that it would provide them safety during rescue operations.

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SRINAGAR: Department of CVTS, SKIMS conducted first Pediatric Heart Valve Replacement. 9 years female child from Rainawari, Srinagar was diagnosed  to have rheumatic heart disease with mitral regurgitation.. She was hospitalized in the department of CVTS at SKIMS on 07th of January 2019  under Registration No: 1088425and  thoroughly examined and investigated. After a meticulous planning, she  was operated on 11th of January 2019   by team of surgeons  led by Prof. G.N.Lone  who was assisted  by  Dr. Farooq Ahmad Ganie and others.

She had a smooth surgical procedure which was completed in 90 minutes when her native valve was badly diseased and underdeveloped, rendering it impossible to repair, therefore replaced by a prosthetic device. A dedicated team of Resident doctors, Cardiac ICCU Nursing and other Paramedical staff members played a vital role in her management. She was removed from Ventilator after 4 hours of surgery and shifted from ICCU within 6 days after a smooth recovery. She has been discharged from hospital symptom free on 2nd of February 2019.

Heart Valve replacement is usually done in adults during 3rd to 5th decade of life , especially in underdeveloped countries like India. Valvular heart surgery is usually done for Congenital heart defects including Valvular obstructions and leaks like Mitral Valve Stenosis / Regurgitation, Pulmonary Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis/ Regurgitation. Acquired heart disease requiring valve replacement like Rheumatic heart disease is very rare in children and every attempt is made to repair the native and diseased heart valve irrespective of whether it is congenital or acquired disease, as the artificial device of the appropriate size is not available for children and the complications are many. However, in centers where cardiac transplantation facilities are readily available, such replacements with human valves are well reported. Director ,SKIMS, Prof. Umar Javed Shah congratulated Department of CVTS for doing such a landmark cardiac surgery  and said that these facilities benefit poor patients.

 

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JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik has noted that the observance of the World Cancer Day is an opportunity to enhance awareness for the prevention, timely detection and proper treatment of Cancer which can improve the chances of survival. Governor observed that in our fight against Cancer people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities and to work collectively to reduce the global burden of cancer and educating and informing individuals and communities about the links between lifestyle and cancer risk is  a step towards effective cancer prevention. He emphasised importance of healthy and balanced food, sports and recreation to de-stress mind and body and live a healthy life.