Friday, May 22, 2009

To Deal With Emergency during CWG, Doctors Get Lessons

2010 Commonwealth Games are coming near; doctors in New Delhi are being specially trained for contingencies such as bio-terrorism and nuclear attack.

Dr. M C Mishra, head at the AIIIMS Trauma Centre, said, "Doctors are being trained to deal with casualties in the event of chemical, biological, radiology or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attack during the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Doctors, both civilian and military, are being trained."

AIIMS Trauma Centre has been developed as a main centre for a three-day workshop on emergency medical response to any chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) casualties during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010.

On different preparations in the run up to the event, Mr. N Balachandran, Special Secretary (Health), Delhi government, stated that 3 hospitals in the capital were being specially equipped with the newest equipment.

Mr. Balachandran added that the hospitals were being spruced up to address mass casualties, if any.

"September-October 2010 will witness a lot of movement of foreigners in the Capital. AIIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia and G B Pant Hospitals are being readied for the Games," he said. "In case of bomb blasts, people rescue victims. But if it is a biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear attack, one should keep away from the victims."

Dr. W Selvamurty, a scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), stated that together with the doctors, it's also important for people to know how to tackle such crisis and casualties.