The Indian Medical Association (IMA) finalised a list of 13 doctors who would rush to Nepal Thursday, for treating serious patients affected by the earthquake.
The survivors are suffering from injuries — ranging from broken bones, head trauma, spinal injuries and crush syndrome — which require intensive and rapid medical treatment. Some victims will also need to undergo surgeries.
“We have organised the trip in association with Heart Care Foundation of India. We have also tied up with the police in Nepal who is coordinating with a few hospitals where we can treat the critically injured patients,” said Dr K K Aggarwal, IMA’s honorary national secretary general.
The state health authorities have sent two teams of doctors to Nepal. The other experts who will be sent to the neighbouring country include plastic and orthopaedic surgeons.
Apart from doctors, other necessary aid is also being offered. Deputy director of health, Pune circle, Dr H H Chava said dressing material, antibiotics, medicines and other drugs were being sent along with the team members.
Also in the private sector, Dr Parag Sancheti, head of the Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics, said they were joining hands with Dr Peter Patel from Birmingham, UK, to send a team to Nepal. “A majority of the injuries will be head injuries, crush injuries, fractures and there will also be a need for psychological rehabilitation,” Sancheti said.
Meanwhile, the WHO is providing additional medical supplies and health workers to help the Government of Nepal.