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Stress driving Chandigarh youth towards cannabis-Study quoted by Times of India

, TNN | Oct 9, 2013, 12.54 PM IST

CHANDIGARH: Psychological stress is driving the youth of Chandigarh towards the consumption of
cannabis, and the numbers are more than the national average.
A study conducted by the department of community medicine at the Government Medical College and Hospital-32 (GMCH) found that cannabis usage among city males in the age group of 19-21 on a national scale was 3.9% of the total users, which was a little higher than the 3% reported among the current male users of the same age group in the general Indian population survey (with data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
The study – conducted among 256 randomly selected college-going male students in Chandigarh, with an objective of studying substance abuse pattern among them – included DAV-10, GMCH-32, government post-graduate colleges in Sector 46 and 11, and PU campus. Published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, the study found that the prevalence among men aged 19-21 in city colleges was 52.7%, with law students on top (76.2%), followed by students from the arts stream (62.5%). Alcohol was the most commonly used substance (53.5%), followed by cigarettes (27.3%), tobacco (8.2%), cannabis (6.8%), opium (3.4%) and solvents (1.3%), with 49% of users doing it on a daily basis, and 23% doing it weekly.
Among the reasons cited for substance abuse, the topmost was relief from psychological stress (66%), followed by the easy availability of intoxicants(46.9%).

One of the authors, Dr Sandeep Singh Sarpal, said: “We were surprised to know the figures of cannabis users which have outnumbered the national average.”

The sample size of the students from different streams included engineering (92), medical (32), arts (24), and law (21), besides others

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-09/chandigarh/42861583_1_cannabis-users-chandigarh-used-substance

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57% male college students in Chandigarh into substance use-Research quoted in local newspaper

Yesterday ,research work carried out by our team was quoted by Hindustan times highlighting the substance use pattern among the students in the city

57% male college students in city into substance abuse’

Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, October 08, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(8/10/2013)
Last Updated: 21:41 IST(8/10/2013)

More than 50% of the male college students in Chandigarh are into substance abuse, including alcohol,
smoking and tobacco chewing. The fact has come to the fore in a study conducted by department of internal
medicine of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32).
The study titled ‘prevalence, pattern and familial effects of substance use among the male college students -a
north Indian study’ was published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.
For the study, a total of 256 male college going students were interviewed from different colleges. The study
found that 57% students were into substance abuse.
As far as the nature of the substance is concerned, the study found that alcohol tops the chart with 54% use.
It was followed by smoking with 27%, tobacco chewing 8%, cannabis 7%, opiate use 3% and solvent use
1%.
In this study, none of the students reported use of cocaine, amphetamine, sedatives or heroin. No student
reported injections as a source of drug abuse.
Highlighting the frequency of the use, the study found 49% of the users were using the substance on daily
basis, while 23% used it on weekly basis.
While highlighting the reason of use, the study observed that 66% were using for relief from psychological
stress and easy availability was another common reason of substance abuse.
The study also suggested some lifestyle-related interventions in order to reduce the problem of substance
abuse. “There is an utmost need to educate and counsel young students regarding harmful effects of substance
abuse. Health education may be imparted in the school curriculum. Parents should also be educated on what
was the best way to discourage their wards against drugs,” it observed.
Substance Abuse
Alcohol 54%
Smoking 27%
Tobacco chewing 8%
Cannabis 7%
Opiates 3%
Solvent 1%

About 94% substance abusers spend their pocket money on buying substance of their choice. 9% reported
that they had started using substances before attaining the age of 10. 97% were aware about the ill-effects of
substance abuse. 48% said they had tried to stop using substances at some time or the other. 4% said they
had undergone counselling to get rid of substance.
Substance abuse by streams
Medical 25%
Humanities 9%
Commerce 2%
Engineering 36%
Science 15%
Law 8%
Others 4.3%
What’s substance abuse
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering
purposes. Medline’s medical encyclopedia defines drug abuse as “the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of
prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a
manner or in quantities other than directed.”

The complete article is available from

Prevalence,Pattern and Familial effects of substance use-A North Indian Study

News Link in Hindustan Times

 

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GMCH: A Look Back Into Time

Divyanshoo Kohli, 2003 batch

Connections:September 2012 (Eds: Divyanshoo’s essay was originally published in the 2012 issue of the GMCH magazine Glimpse)

As the Independence Day of India rolled by, I read an interesting series of article on the state of the country that looked back at the past 65 years of the country. It was an instructive reading, at times critical, at times sentimental and occasionally comical. It is in a similar vein that I pen down these thought regarding the state of GMCH over the past 22 years.We began way back in September 1991 in a rented building that was still under construction. Much like the students who reach the class 10 minutes too late and asks around softly for ‘an extra pen’ and prays for the good humor of the attending, we too were on a borrowed existence teetering on the precipice of failing. The stools that the students sat on were marked for Government College for Men-11, the building was for mentally challenged children (poetic!), the specimens were from PGIMER! The hostel of GMCH students was in the engineering college in sector 12. Even the director was on a loan from PGI and the patients were seen at the poly clinic in sector 22! The faculty had been hurriedly assembled from any place feasible. Like a newly born, we were dependent for everything on everyone.
Like the famed Indian approach to things we began with nothing, survived with sheer luck and blossomed through sheer perseveration despite the powers that were. Getting a letter of recognition for the medical college had all the ingredients of steep uphill battle that remind me of the ‘83 victory of Kapil Dev or VVS Laxman’s terrific score against Australia. Some of the old timers recall going on hunger strikes and shuttling between Chandigarh and New Delhi in a desperate attempt fighting an obdurate and insensitive bureaucracy that was beholden to the letter but blind to the spirit of the law. We owe it to the members of the initial batch who fought for their own and our good.
As the decade rolled by, things began to gather pace (or thereabouts!). After a series of false starts, the building of the hospital was inaugurated. The Prayaas building, our rented home in sector 38, got completed. The current students would not be able to appreciate the open hallways and the dreadful anatomy halls complete with a feeling of freedom that characterized that place. We ended up moving from sector 38 to sector 32 a few years back. Earlier, the first and second year students often commuted from 38 to 32 for college functions. Some of those innocuous trips have actually ended up in wedlock! The hostels for boys and girls were constructed; the emergency started functioning as did the ICUs. I was still around when the C-block was inaugurated and we would often lose our way in that labyrinth. Soon, the D-block came into being as well.
Through these years the college, the hospital, its faculty and students grew in numbers, strength and stature. We held convocations, organized national and international conferences one of which was graced by the former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The strength of our college and hospital has been to a huge extent the faculty that has guided us from strength to strength as we scaled from peak to peak. A lot of the original faculty members stayed with GMCH – Drs. Atul Sachdev, Jagdish Chander, Ram Singh, SMS Lehl, AK Attri, Harsh Mohan, Kanchan Kapoor, Rajeev Sharma, Suman Kochhar among others. However, some incredibly talented people left early as well: Drs. Krishan Vij, KK Gombar, AS Bawa, Robby George among others. While the reasons they left were myriad, their loss was monumental and absence felt acutely. Any hospital is the sum of the talent of its physicians and talent retention is incumbent on the administration.
The brand ambassadors of the college are always going to be its students. In this context, the college is well-endowed. Consistently, the students entering the MBBS course have been the top-rankers and
crème-da-le-crème of the tri-state area. We have also consistently shone brightly in the national PG entrance exams of PGIMER, CBSE and AIIMS. I vividly remember the time 2 years ago when my mother had to undergo a hysterectomy at PGI. To my intense surprise and undisguised relief, every single resident in that particular Gynecology unit was from GMCH (including 2 from my batch itself)! If demographics are anything to go by, the residency class of OBGYN there is dominated by the girls of GMCH. Interestingly, some of the students have gone in a full circle and have joined the hospital as faculty – a truly joyous feeling of accomplishment!
The success story of the students in the US is self-perpetuating. We have excelled in the USMLEs and are starting to create a name. As an example, during my interviews in the USA that were spread all along the east and Midwest, I had to pay for accommodation only once! Everywhere else, there was someone from GMCH who opened the doors for me and let me stay overnight. I have no relatives in the US but still feel that help is only a phone call away. For a lot of my friends, the experience has been the same.
A matter of pride for all of us has been the newspaper stories of our students excelling in the civil services exams. Our students have gone into services as diverse as the Indian army medical corps, the IAS and even the corporate world. There have been some blemishes on this count as well. The recent spate of suicides among the younger lot has been a matter of intense shame and introspection. All our glory and accomplishments fade away when one of our own goes down so tragically.
All in all the students and faculty have worked hard to reach where we are. It is easy to bask in the glory of the bygone days and let the nostalgia sweep us under its dizzying influence. It would however be futile to pat ourselves on the back and enter into a state of inertia. Much like our nation, we have worked a lot to awaken, break the shackles and cobwebs, and gather pace as we race ahead. The time though, is to fly.

Divyanshoo KohliKohli Divyanshoo

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The President’s Visit

VIP duties for the medical persons usually means moving around them amid their tight securityFor I have done quite a number of them in the past few years; the craze and excitment I used to feel initially seems to have been washed away.

But this month when I got a letter from the hospital  administration regarding my deputation for honorable president of India’s visit on 15 march,I was super excited .

First of all it is an honor to be a part of medical  team of India’s first man.

Secondly I always have had this cherished dream of seeing the president ‘s security arrangements as it involves huge number of cars and men .Most of traffic on the roads is stopped when his team passes and as a common man I had watched it from outside but always wondered how it must feel to move along those fast cars traveling at high speeds .I wondered as if they had brakes in those cars !!!

Thirdly I have seen our honorable president Mr.Mukherjee enough number of times on T.V. and wanted to see him in live.

On the day of his visit , we asked to to join the duty at 6:30 am in the morning and we went to receive his excellency at the airport.It was jam packed with who-who’s of the region .I remember seeing probably every high up right from the governor to defense chiefs of the region along with seasoned politicians and bureaucrats.The whole atmosphere was filled with thrill of his arrival and on corner of the road you could see high security.

On his arrival he was given a customary march past along with dignitaries greetings .He had come with his wife and staff and then we went to the air force station.The Air force people had put up a splendid show but the best part was paratroopers jumping from the planes in Indian Flags colored parachutes and reaching the ground on a designated spot.It was really amazing and drew a lot applaud from the audience.

And  then we went along with Mr.President  to the governor house.All the roads on the way were empty due to high security and our caravan of nearly 100 cars zoomed past the city roads with police men all around the city .

I was wondering if Mr.President had even known the meaning of the word traffic jam !!!

After the lunch we went to PGI where convocation function was presided by his excellency.And there he was joined by the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana.

Afterwards we went back to the airport along with the caravan which this  time around had about 150 cars.At the airport I got an opportunity to see all these high profile dignitaries form a very close distance .Actually I wanted to get photographed but the protocol did not allow that.But high point was watching the first citizen of the country amid his security and high profile dignitaries .

The driver of our ambulance had rightly remarked on the way:

           “Dr .Saab eh ta raje ne raje ,te asi ennadi praja,

        raje di shaan ta vakhri hi hundi hai

mai pichle janam rath chalanda si te es janam car”

Meaning : Doctor  they(President) are the modern day  kings and we are his people .

                   Kings magnificence is above all .

                    I was a chariot driver in last birth and a car driver in this birth !!!!!

president visit

Mr .President

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Brainstorm-Euphoria

It has been a decade since I have seen brainstorm evolve.

From 2002 where i spent sleepless nights with many of my batch mates checking those mcq exams with Gubakshish Singh (98 batch)to a phase where we started involving the private education institutes for conducting exams 2001 batch to a phase where brainstorm evolved into a multi city event .The success and growth of Brainstorm has been tremendous and reflects the commitment of GMCH students to Euphoria .

Looking at the history of brainstorm which is now into 15th  year;  mock test,exhibition and counselling are a part of the event nowadays  The term used for the composite event  which is spread over 5 days is “Integrated Health Education”.The event now has about 4000 participants and this year covered over 20 cities .

Dr. Raj Bahadur

Inauguration

children

Brainstorm 2013

This year I again got an opportunity to be a part of the brainstorm and held an interactive session with over 400 students on “Adolescence-A big challenge,A big change”.

The organizers had done a great job and kudos to the Euporic spirit that drives this event on…………..

Interactive session

IHE

Interactive session

Health educatob

IHE

 

CPR demonstration

CPR demonstration

Dr Raj Bahadur

Dr Raj Bahadur and Faculty of GMCH

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Medico Legal opinions……

Opinions

Opinions in medico legal cases are like time as per wrist watches.

Everyone’s watch shows different time from other.

But all think that time ,as per their watch ,is accurate.

Source:Department of Forensic Medicine, GMCH,Chandigarh

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Environment Awareness Campaign 2012,Chandigarh


In pursuance of National Environment Awareness Campaign 2012 , Department of Community Medicine organised this at Rural Health Training centre Palsora,Sector 56 Chandigarh.

It was a real fun to be part of this campaign ,and there was so much to learn from this endeavor.

A lot of school children participated in this drive and as a part of campaign a poster competition,essay writing competition,Rally and tree plantation drive was carried out in the sector 56 Chandigarh.

I got to have an interactive session with school kids and it was real fun interacting with them and hearing them talk.And lot of practical ideas for saving paper were generated by them during talk which included subscribing for E bill for phones,and avoiding printing ATM statements and so on..

The posters made were really good and few of them  are pictured below………

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