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Corporation medical camps for women on February 20

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The Hindu 16.02.2010

Corporation medical camps for women on February 20

Staff Reporter

New sets of school uniforms distributed to students

— Photo: R.Ragu

BENEFICIARIES: Corporation school students with packs containing the uniforms at the function held in Chennai on Monday.

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will organise free medical camps for women at 30 locations in the city on February 20, said Mayor M. Subramanian.

Distributing new sets of school uniforms to Corporation school students here on Monday, he said “Around 100 hospitals, including the Government General Hospital, Government Royapettah Hospital, Apollo Hospitals, Vijaya Hospital, CSI Kalyani and Billroth Hospital will assist the Corporation in conducting the camp.”

“More than 300 doctors will take part in the camp. Screening and treatment will be free of cost for all women who participate in the camp,” said Mr. Subramanian. The Corporation would hold a meeting with representatives of the hospitals on Tuesday, he said. The locations of the free medical camps would be announced shortly, he added.

School uniforms

Mr. Subramanian said the civic body had started distributing free uniforms to 1,05,730 students, which it procured at a cost of Rs.2.19 crore. It had purchased 3.67 lakh metres of the clothing material from Co-optex.

He also announced that the process of distributing shoes to 35,447 Corporation school students had been initiated. A total of 1,224 computers and printers have been purchased for Corporation schools at a cost of Rs.3.78 crore.

ELCOT has imparted training to 1,945 teachers of 248 Corporation schools, he said. “Special training sessions for students of Standard X and XII will start next week,” he said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:41

Women students urged to create awareness of human rights

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The Hindu 11.12.2009

Women students urged to create awareness of human rights

Special Correspondent

International Symposium on ‘Human Rights Thoughts in Modern Literature’ held

VELLORE: The Principal Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), R. Christodas Gandhi, has urged the women students to create awareness of human rights among public and carry on a crusade against human rights violations taking place in various places.

He was speaking at an international symposium on ‘Human Rights Thoughts in Modern Literature’ organised by the Department of Tamil of Auxilium College and the New Century Book House at Auxilium College here on Thursday.

Mr. Gandhi said that bonded labour, which is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights, was being practised in many work spots. Human rights violations were also taking place in many institutions, while discrimination against women was witnessed in many places. Women students should find out instances of such human rights violations and protest against them, he said.

Vice-Chancellor of Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore, A. Jothi Murugan, who presided, said that the importance of protecting human rights have been emphasised by litterateurs even during the Sangam age.

The famous phrase, ‘Yadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir,’ (every town is my native town, and all people are my relatives) written by Tamil poet, Kaniyan Poongunranar, clearly depicted the poet’s penchant for ensuring human rights. Poet Subramanya Bharati’s revolutionary statement, ‘Thani Oruvanukku Unavilayel, Jagathinai Azhithiduvom’ is a classic example of human rights thoughts, which pervaded Tamil literature, he said.

Mr. Murugan said that the Union government had implemented 14 articles in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) 1948 adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. It is this day which is observed as the World Human Rights Day. The Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) received not less than 12,000 complaints about human rights violations every year. On the orders of the SHRC, the Tamil Nadu government had disbursed compensation to persons affected by human rights violations and the money recovered from officials found guilty of violations, he said.

Professor of Tamil, Auxilium College, A. Jayaseeli, said that literature formed the roots of the development of the human civilisation and that the search for human rights thoughts in literature would lead to the understanding of human rights. By exposing atrocities committed on children, women, Dalits, tribals, the differently-abled and trans-sexuals, it would be possible to sensitise students to the problems faced by such people, she said.

Jacintha, Secretary, Auxilium College, and Eugene Fatima Mary, Principal of Auxilium College, participated. J. Sugirtha, Head of the Department of Tamil of Auxilium College and programme coordinator, welcomed the gathering.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 December 2009 01:31

Corporation urged to screen women for cancer

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The Hindu 08.11.2009

Corporation urged to screen women for cancer

Special Correspondent

This will help in detection, even prevention: V. Shanta

— Photo: R. Ragu

ONUS ON PREVENTION: V. Shanta, Chairman, Cancer Institute, with S. Vincent, member- secretary, TNSCST, at a workshop in Chennai on Saturday.

CHENNAI: If the Chennai Corporation is able to provide every woman in the city at least one gynaecological screening, it will be adequate to detect and even prevent the top two cancers among women, V. Shanta, chairman, Cancer Institute (WIA), has said.

She said every woman coming to the Corporation’s health centres must also be subjected to an examination of the gynaec tract. This would be useful to identify a number of cases of cervical cancer in pre-cancerous stages.

In 1962, when over 9000 women were screened for cancer in four districts in a project she had participated in, 20 were found to have cancer, 18 of them in very early stage. On the other hand, she said, if one looked at hospital records, 75 per cent of the patients came with advanced disease.

“We have to get the message out that cancer need not be fatal,” Dr. Shanta said. “Today we are curing one out of three patients and we have the potential of curing two out of three patients, when they come early enough,” she said, speaking at the National Cancer Awareness Day event at Cancer Institute for Corporation doctors.

Cervical cancer and breast cancer are more common in women, both of which are detectable at the pre-cancerous stage, and thereby preventable, she said. Cervical cancer was more common among women in lower socio-economic groups and triggered by chronic genital infections, inadequate postpartum care and lack of education about sexual hygiene.

With men one of the prominent causes of cancer is tobacco use, Dr. Shanta said.

Tobacco usage caused 40 per cent of the cancers in men with cancer of the mouth, food and wind pipe and the lungs topping the list.

Getting rid of tobacco with seriously implemented anti-smoking legislations would cut down the numbers dramatically.

S. Vincent, member-secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, suggested that the Institute consider setting up clubs in schools and colleges akin to the Red Ribbon Clubs, which disseminate information about HIV/AIDS.

He complimented Cancer Institute for its efforts in pushing the ban on smoking in public places and its implementation. Dr. Vincent also urged the staff at the Institute to submit project proposals to the Council for funding.

Charumathi, District Family Welfare Officer, Chennai Corporation, said that the civic body was paying a lot of attention to prevention and detection of cancer among women.

E. Vidhubala, Tobacco Cessation Cell, Cancer Institute, spoke about reducing the health burden through tobacco cessation interventions.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 November 2009 03:50

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