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August 2004 - Rajab 1425 H
Volume 17-08 No : 212
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Crusade against Cancer
D.Ed Books not Available
Diploma in Kannada Journalism

Crusade against Cancer

Dr Mir Yousuf Ali is the first Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
in the State to have conducted the complicated Bone Marrow Transplant.

By Nigar Ataulla

We take many things in our life for granted, including our health. So imagine people around the world who have to combat with ailments like leukemia, aplastic anemia, lymphomas such as Hopkin’s disease or even multiple myeloma. While these names sound scary, it takes a good doctor to handle this and make the patients feel at ease. Tapping quietly on his laptop, oblivious of the hustle and bustle around him, he is busy having a word through the Net with his Professor in Chicago . Dr Mir Yousuf Ali, consultant Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, and Director Bone Marrow Transplant Program at a prestigious hospital in Bangalore is the first doctor in the State, to have conducted the complicated Bone Marrow Transplant. “There are all types of diseases, but for a Bone Marrow Transplant, as a doctor I have to prepare the patient and his family member mentally as lot of care has to be taken after the transplant,” says Dr Yousuf Ali. As an under-graduate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, from National College, Bangalore, Yousuf Ali had determined to take up Medicine and those long years at Bangalore Medical College doing his MBBS were spent in serious study and research. He secured the first position in Internal Medicine at Bangalore University. then off he flew to Cleveland, Ohio, to complete his Residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He won the Best Resident of the Year award at the Fairview General Hospital. “ My interest was very deep in Oncology and Hematology, and that’s why I took up the Fellowship at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago. This was followed by the Fellowship in Bone Marrow Transplantation at the same University,” he says. And then it was back to India to take care of the patients here. In just a month, Dr Yousuf Ali conducted Bone Marrow Transplants on three patients.

“ If a bone marrow from a donor is used, the transplant is called allogenic BMT. In some cases, the patients may be their own bone marrow donors. This is called an autologous BMT”,says Dr Yousuf. “People do not realise the importance of Bone Marrow. Among all the other things, this is Allah’s gift and one will be amazed to see how it functions-it is a marvel by itself. Bone Marrow is a spongy tissue found inside bones. The bone marrow in the breast bone, skull, hips and ribs and spine contains stem cells that produce the body’s blood cells. These blood cells include white blood cells (leukocytes) which fight infection, red blood cells which carry oxygen and remove the waste products from organs and tissues and platelets which enable the blood to dot. In patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and some immune deficiency disease, the stem cells in the bone marrow mal-function producing an excessive number of defective or immature blood cells (in the case of leukemia) or low blood cell counts. The immature or defective blood cells interfere with the production of normal blood cells and may invade other tissues. In Bone Marrow Transplant, the patient’s diseased bone marrow is destroyed and healthy marrow is infused into the patient’s blood-stream,”explains Dr Yousuf. What makes Dr Yousuf Ali different from the rest is the fact that despite the honours he has received from the world over-he is unassuming, simple and down-to-earth-unaffected by all the fame.“ It is all Allah’s grace that I strive to give my best. People think that a doctor’s job is over after the patient is cured, but I see my profession as a blessing from Allah and I treat each case as a personal challenge,” he says.

Yousuf Ali has many publications to his credit in international medical journals across the globe. As member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology, he keeps himself updated with the latest development in his field. “ What matters at the end of the day is that whatever we do has to be directed towards Allah’s pleasure,” he says. Taking a break from checking blood counts and stem cells in the lab, Dr Yousuf Ali turns into co-author with his wife Farzana, to pen some heart-touching articles on life, Islam and Muslims and of course narrating stories of the Prophets to his two little kids!

(Dr Mir Yousuf Ali can be reached at
yousuf1970@hotmail.com)

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D.Ed Books not Available

Bidar: Several books meant for the final year of the Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) course are still not available while the candidates are facing examination in August. The books not available are ‘Trends in Modern Education’, ‘Content based methodology of Teaching in social science’ and ‘Content based methodology of teaching in mathematics’. A Text book on contents based methodology of teaching in social science is available in Kannada and English medium D.Ed courses, Teacher of Urdu medium are following Kannada books and rely on their own translation for preparing notes for the forthcoming examination. Nearly 30 students are taking this examination in Bidar itself for the award of the Diploma which is equivalent to former TCH certificate.. There have been complaints from other districts about the unavailability of the book.

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Diploma in Kannada Journalism

Maadhyama Kendra Institute of Journalism of Mangalore is starting a 6 month Diploma in Journalism to train graduates and PUC students in the field of Print Media in Kannada Language. The institute is Managed by The Community Media Trust which is running Vaartha Bhaarathi Kannada daily newspaper which is published from Mangalore and edited by Abdussalam Puthige.

For further details and Information Contact: Maadhyama Kendra Institute of Journalism 127, Industrial Area, Baikampady, Mangalore-11

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