After the devastating floods in Kerala, many people are under stress and have several issue to worry about such as the condition of their homes or their own financial conditions, due to these factor they have neglected their health. To add on to pre-existing problems, drugs like insulin are not easily available.
The doctors at the medical camps have been tirelessly treating the patients; they are also doing their best to counsel the patients who are facing severe trauma.
Even though it isn’t an easy task to counsel and convince people that everything will be alright. Doctors are helping patients to not lose hope. The doctors have taken up the challenge of health both the physical and mental wounds of their patients. Doctors from Maharashtra are also going door-to-door for treating elderly patients who cannot make it to the relief camps.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jeena, ENT surgeon, from Kerala Health Services and is also is in-charge for the Mathikalam Medical Camp, said, “We are visiting the health camps twice or thrice a day. When we meet the patients for the first time we held a primary education class where we are asked them not to stop taking medicines. There are many diabetic, thyroid, hypertension and coronary heart diseases patients, who should not stop taking medicines; we told them not to panic if they missed their regular dosage. Because, this is going to be the next level problem we are going to face.”
She further explained, “These people are stressed about what will as their regular dosage was interrupted. We told them not to worry about the complications which may come later and encourage them to restart their medications, without fear of what may happen due to them missing out earlier.
She added, “We are facing another problem of infectious diseases. For which we are conducting medical camps in all relief areas. We are examining the patients for any probable ailments and treating them on the spot.”
She informed saying, “We have also arranged a local purchase of insulin from various contributory agents like local self-governing bodies. We have purchased sufficient insulin for the patients and we have also arranged a refrigeration facility at a local medical shop, Needhi Lab, which will keep the insulin inside the refrigerator for these patients. The insulin has been labelled on the patients name and take can take it in the morning dosage and come back and once again visit the place in the evening for the second dose.”
When asked about how glucose levels are being monitored in the patinets at the camp, she said, “We also carry a glucometer with us so that everyday or every alternate day we can find out whether their blood sugar has elevated. We have found two patients who have missed their insulin dosage and their blood sugar level had shot up by 300-400 milligrams per decilitre. One patient was referred to a local referral centre, while the other was admitted to a taluka hospital.”
While speaking about the trauma that the patients are experiencing, Dr Jeena informed, “This is a very common factor, many of them talk to us during counselling and some others don’t. As I earlier said, we have addressed their concerns about the problems they might face in the primary class which was held on the first day we met them. We have arranged local coordinators who deal with the patients and interact with other coordinators and doctors in the other eight camps. Whenever we meet a patient, we briefly counsel them and try to pacify them.”