"In Love Serve One Another"

Volume1, No 3, Sept  2002

Blessings to Cherish

 

These blessings, friend

I wish for you

A heart filled with joy

And love that is true…

 

Laughter and sunshine

With showers of  rain,

Loved ones around you

Whenever there's pain…

 

Friends who are faithful

And trustworthy, too,

Horizons with promise

And dreams come true.

 

May each special season

And each passing year

Bring memories to treasure,

To relive and hold dear.

 

But most of all, friend,

May God up above

Protect and enfold you

With His endless love.

 

Vi B Chevalier

 

From the Director's Desk

 

It was a beautiful morning. The cool breeze and the patterns made by the clouds added to the beauty. Standing on the rooftop of the hospital, I was gripped by a sudden feeling of how people would have felt on 15 August 1947. Everything would have felt new, beautiful. Anyone would be overcome  by emotions. As I unfurled the tricolour,  I felt proud. Proud to be an Indian. The sky above me was Indian. The land below was Indian. An experience made possible because some people had the vision and they worked for it. Many of them never experienced the joy of freedom that we enjoy today. Some of them knew that they would never experience it. Yet they gave their lives. A dream they saw for our sake so that we are free today. Free to dream our dreams. Build institutions. Build the nation.

 

How many of us realise the value of it? So often our cynicism gets the better of us. So often we are self centred. Our dreams do not go beyond our own shadows. We live our private lives and hope someone else will work and dream for the future. Little do we realize that we are only custodians of this freedom and all the heritage of its institutions. It is our individual and collective responsibility to uphold it, and take it higher.

We owe it to the future.

Mathew Varghese

DIRECTOR


Nephrology Department

 

Nephrology unit of St Stephen's Hospital became functional in May 2001 starting with just 2 dialysis machines. Today it is a full-fledged department with 5 dialysis machines. Under the leadership of Dr Hasnain a team of doctors and specially trained nurses and paramedical staff work round the clock. About 350 dialysis are performed every month. Patients are trained to perform peritoneal dialysis also. Nephrology department provides the following at much affordable rates:

Hemodialysis with state-of-the-art machines.

Hemodialysis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hemodialysis in isolation room for Hepatitis B and C patients.

Bedside Hemodialysis with portable water tank for ventilated patients in ICUs.

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)

Continuous Veno-Venous / Arterio-Venous Hemofiltration (CVVHD and CVAHD)

Peritoneal dialysis

Plasmapheresis

Renal Transplantation Live and Cadaveric.

 

St Stephen's Hospital is now ready for the next leap. The Directorate of Health Services has already given its approval for renal transplantation.      


Haematology Conference

Delhi Haematology Society held its annual meeting at St Stephen's Hospital on 4th May, 02. It was attended by 130 delegates from all over Delhi. The meeting began with lunch and was followed by scientific sessions and a General Body Meeting. Prof Mammen Chandy, Head of Haematology at CMC Vellore gave the 1st 'S K Sood Oration'. The topic of the oration was 'Role of Iron in Haematology'. The Army Research and Referral Centre won the prize for the best paper and the best poster award was won by AIIMS.


Summer Camp 2002

This annual event, which is eagerly awaited by

St Stephen's Hospital staff children was organised at  Queen Mary's School. It began on the 10th of June 2002 with an inaugural address by Dr Mathew Varghese, Director.

 

 

The two weeks programme consisted of various activities like aerobics, singing, dancing, quizzes, group games and swimming. While the creative talent in the little ones was surfacing with plasticine, the other children had sessions in Origami - the Japanese art of paper folding. Special thanks to Ms Neelam Kapoor, Principal, Queen Mary's School for the use of swimming pool. Children enjoyed the refreshments and lunches. We are grateful to the Patients Welfare Society for sponsoring the gifts and prizes of the winners of various competitions.

 

The teachers - Mrs Benn, Mrs Vineeta Solomon, Mrs Vineeta Harrison, and Ms Shefali Lal deserve our thanks. Without their hard work so much could never have been accomplished. Rt Rev Bishop Karam Masih graced the closing ceremony of this happy event.


Thalassemia Day Care Unit 

The Thalassemia Day Care Unit was inaugurated Hon Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi  at St Stephen's Hospital on 11th July, 02. The unit is functioning in association with Thalassemics India.Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder where the bone marrow produces defective haemoglobin. As a result, children with thalassemia are anaemic and need regular (monthly) transfusion of blood. They also need drugs to remove the excessive deposits of iron in the body. The treatment is very cumbersome and expensive. The complications of prolonged treatment, infections from the transfusions and cost of maintenance treatment are the major risk factors. As an estimate there are nearly 1,00,000 thalassemic children in our country.

The facility at St Stephen's Hospital helps children get their transfusion conveniently. Facilities for diagnosis of thalassemia, screening and genetic counseling are also available at St Stephen's Hospital.


Donate Eyes

India has 15 million visually impaired persons of which 2.5 million suffer from corneal blindness. Causes include inflammation, injuries, malnutrition and congenital disorders. Although there is an annual demand for 75,000 to 1,00,000 corneas, only 16,000 corneas are donated in India each year.

 

This brings to focus the need for eye donation. Pledging one's eyes and those of the members of the family is one way of helping. The second is motivating friends and relatives to donate eyes of the deceased.

All types of Optical Penetrating Keratoplasty is being done in our hospital by the eye department.  Keratoplasty (Corneal Replacement) is of three types:

1. Optical Penetrating Keratoplasty: The cornea is replaced to provide vision to those who cannot see due to an opaque cornea.

2. Therapeutic Keratoplasty: Diseased cornea is replaced to gain control of the disease, which might damage the vision.

3. Tectonic Graft: Cornea is replaced to give support to the tissues in the eye.

St Stephen's Hospital is also starting a team of volunteers who would be trained as grief counsellors. Nursing staff who wish to be trained in counseling may contact Dr Nidhi in the eye department..

 

Dr Krishna Vaitheeswaran

Head, Department  of Ophthalmology


Welcome New Consultants

Dr Samanjoy Mukherjee (Cardiology)

Dr Hukum Singh (Neuro Surgery)

Dr Dushyant Nadar (Urology)


Wedding Bells

Ms Jincy (Tutor, School of Nursing) with Mr Jerry.

Ms Reeba (Tutor, School of Nursing) with Mr Shiju.

Dr Jacob (Registrar, Paediatrics) with Ms Vinitha.


Lamp Lighting Ceremony

The lamp lighting ceremony of student nurses of batch 2001 was organised on 19th of June, 02. The Chief Guest was Ms Kiran Walia, MLA South Delhi. Outstanding students with distinction were honored with shields.


Delhi Pharmacy Council

Mr A K Adhikari has been nominated by the Delhi Government as a member of the 5th Delhi Pharmacy Council. He is the only non-government member of the council. Congratulations!


Choir Concert

The St Stephen's Hospital Choir presented a concert of Christian music titled "Thou Art My Rock" on Friday, the 9th of August 2002 in the Conference Hall. A full house of invitees thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the performance. The Choir was led by Dr Sudhir Joseph and accompanied by the guest organist, Mr Pandiaraj Ratnasingh.


Gender Harassment Committee

'Gender Harassment Committee' has been constituted at St Stephen's Hospital as per the Supreme Court guidelines. Any incident occuring in the hospital campus, involving the staff or patient will be looked into by this committee which would be headed by the Nursing Superintendent.


Diabetic Clinic

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm every Monday

Venue: Medicine OPD

The Diabetes Management Team of Doctors, Nurse Educators and Dieticians is headed by Dr H P Paljor. Diabetic Clinic offers free blood sugar testing. Patients with diabetes related eye problems (Diabetic Retinopathy) will be referred to the Eye OPD where 'Retina Clinic" will be held at the same time. Diet counselling, foot care and self administration of insulin will be taught to the patients and relatives. Informative videos will also be shown during these hours.


"Ram Leela"

The St. Stephen's Hospital Patient Welfare Society completes 29 years of service in the hospital this year and the hospital completes 117 years of humanitarian service. On this occasion the Society has organised a performance of Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra's Ballet "Ram". The performance will be held on 9th October, 02.

Quit Smoking

The habit of smoking begins from the very first puff taken most often in late school or early college life. It is built upon individual perceptions of character building. There is obviously a very strong influence of the family and education. Equally strong is the influence of friends on the moulding of personality in those impressionable years of school and college.

 

Smoking is an addiction, addiction to nicotine. It is one of the greatest hazards to health. All smoking is potentially damaging to the body. With each puff you take, thousands of poisons enter your blood. Many of these poisons cause cancer. There are approximately 4,000 poisonous substances in cigarette smoke. 40 of them are known cancer-causing agents. 30 percent of all cardiovascular deaths are because of smoking.

 

The alkaline pH of smoke from the tobacco used in pipes and cigars allows sufficient absorption of nicotine from the lining of the mouth and throat to satisfy the pipe and cigar smokers craving for nicotine. The acidic pH of smoke from the tobacco used in cigarettes does not get absorbed in the mouth or throat. Cigarette smokers therefore need to inhale smoke deep inside their lung to satisfy their craving for nicotine.

 

Smoking makes the lung prone to infection and cancer causing agents. Diseases like chronic bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis are offshoots of lung ill health most often caused by cigarette smoking.

 

With the spread of education regarding the dangers of tobacco the incidence of smoking has considerably decreased worldwide. It is in keeping with this worldwide initiative that smoking cessation clinics became available in hospitals.

 

Initially smoking cessation was about counseling, incentives for giving up smoking, group therapy and psychological measures to counter stress and the desire to smoke. Now with the advent of newer drugs to counteract safely and effectively both the desire to smoke and the withdrawal from smoking, smoking cessation has become a much more realistic goal. There are modern treatments available to help you quit smoking.

 

St Stephens Hospital has begun a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the division of Respiratory Medicine with effect from the 1st August 2002. A team of consultant chest physician, technicians, psychologist and pharmacist is available on every Wednesday at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the Chest Diseases Laboratory. Currently the sessions are conducted free of cost and we will be happy to have cases referred to us from any department.

 

Even if one is a chain smoker for the last 20 years life can still change for the better. Enjoy a smoking free life.

Dr Chacko George

Consultant, Respiratory Medicine


Computer Training Centre

The Community Health Department of St Stephen's Hospital has started a basic computer-training programme for rural students at Dhankot village, near Gurgaon, Haryana. Dr Sudha Yadav, MP of the area, inaugurated the programme on 16th August,02.

The training program is in collaboration with the Kendriya Mahila Mandal of St Stephen's Hospital.

 

The prime aim of the programme is to enhance computer literacy among rural youth.  So far 30 students have enrolled at the centre.  

This is the second computer-training centre of Community Health Department. First one was started at its Urban Community Health Centre, Sunder Nagari in the month of July 2002. These centers have a special focus on encouraging computer literacy among girls and children belonging to the underprivileged sections in the society.


Towards An  Eco-Friendly Hospital

We at St Stephen's Hospital are working towards being an eco-friendly hospital and an ISO 14001:1996 Environment Management System certification. All of us are aware of the problems of overcrowding, scarcity of water, electricity and atmospheric and water pollution prevalent in Delhi.

 

We hope each one of us would commit ourselves towards creating a cleaner and healthier environment.

The steps we could take towards these are by:

  1. Conserving Water: By closing taps properly and timely repair of leaking taps. Did you know that the loss of water due to a leaky tap is 30 drops per minute, 381 litres per month, which equates to 4582.36 litres of wasted water per tap per year?

  2. Conserving Electricity: By switching off lights and fans when not in use and proper use of air-conditioning.

  3. Proper Bio-medical Waste Management

  4. Rainwater Harvesting.

  5. Protecting Green Areas and Planting Trees.

The growth, education and health of the children of India are dependent on having access to these resources of water, electricity and cleaner air.

So, let us help in conserving these and minimizing environmental degradation

 

Dr Ann Mathew

Consultant, Paediatrics and Core Group Member, EMS


Did You Know?

St Stephen's Hospital is one of the very few institutions that can take pride in having a Greenhouse. This has been designed by agricultural engineers from the Indian

Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa. A green house protects the plants from dry heat and provides a warm humid atmosphere. In cold conditions it protects the plants from frost.


Know the value of your traditional food!

Incredibly healthy nutrients that helps to lower the risk of cancer and heart disease and can actually delay the appearance of wrinkles. The Chickpeas - (Channa dal) variably contains high level of anti-oxidants, proteins and minerals such as calcium and iron compared to the common plants.

Another Legume – Soyabean also contains antioxidants and some minerals, but in less quantity compared to the Chickpeas - Soybeans are known to contain phytoestrogen (plant oestrogen) hence it is not recommended in large amounts to small children. However, it is excellent for menopausal age – Chickpeas do not contain phytoestrogen and so far have not found to cause any allergic reaction.

Chickpeas also contain a substance that has found to promote growth in young rats and goats – this may lead to risk free equivalent of genetically conquered growth hormone. Chickpeas also contain elements that prevent wrinkling and Chick pea based antiwrinkle creams are known in the ancient Indian culture, which are being produced by cosmetic companies in Germany and France. Chickpeas require very little water for growth hence these new developments are good news to local farmers.

This issue of St Stephen's newsletter has been sponsored by Mr.  N M Jain, Arham Technologies Pvt Ltd Phone: 6205465


 

Editor: Dr. Sara Walter, Associate Editor: Ms. Alfons Madoc

Published by the Director

St Stephen's Hospital, Tis Hazari, Delhi 110054