Pune: Around 100 doctors from the state health apparatus have gone to Kerala to extend medical help to victims of the devastating floods. Of these, 26 doctors are from the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) in Pune.
Students and faculty members from the JJ Hospital in Mumbai are also part of this initiative. From the city-based general hospital, medicine and other essentials were taken to Kerala on Monday.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH, said that the team reached Kerala on Monday at 3.30 pm.
“The team reached Thiruvananthapuram in the afternoon. However, 26 doctors from SGH will be stationed for a week in Thrissur. They will be providing medical care to the flood victims there. The team of faculty members and students from the SGH and the BJ General Medical College (BJGMC) includes doctors from the stream of paediatrics, gynaecology and preventive and social medicine,” said Dr Chandanwale.
State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan is accompanying the team in their relief work.
Giving details about the relief material, Dr Chandanwale told Sakal Times that the doctors have also taken food products, such as chocolate bars and protein bars. Blankets will also be provided to the flood victims.
“Since women and children suffer the most, we have sent gynaecologists as well as paediatricians. The medical supplies include medicines for water-borne diseases. The doctors will be stationed at camps extending help to the victims,” said Dr Chandanwale.
Meanwhile, Dr Meenakshi Deshpande, Secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune chapter, said that help can be extended in any form. “Doctors from the IMA, Pune chapter, have donated a sum of Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in order to help the victims,” she said.
“The State government has already sent the doctors for medical assistance. If more doctors are needed, the IMA will not hesitate to chip in,” Dr Deshapande further added.