The team of around 100 doctors and paramedical staff from Maharashtra left for Kerala on 20 August to help the flood-affected people.
The doctors have after nearly completing a week, after providing medical relief and treating over 20,000 patients.
The team included general physicians, gynaecologists, paediatricians, ENT doctors, surgeons and preventive social medicine specialists. They carried three trucks of medicines, including antibiotics, intravenous fluids, painkillers, multi-vitamins and prophylactic drugs.
Apart from treating patients at relief and transit camps, the doctors also went on a door-to-door campaign to treat the elderly who could make their way into the camp.
Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan accompanied them to personally monitor relief efforts in the coastal state.
The team members had divided into teams to work in Alleppey, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts.
The doctors most witnessed cases are of fever, fungal infections on hand and feet, and wounds on limbs of the flood-affected people. They anticipated cases of water-borne diseases in the coming two-three weeks. As a precaution, they distributed and administered doxycycline, which helps in preventing leptospirosis.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Mukund Tayde, Acting Dean of state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, said, “The doctors which sent from J.J. Hospital have come back home, after providing their health services to doctors in Kerala. They have done a good job. Our doctors treated thousands of patients. It is a new experience for them. The doctors who were sent to Kerala are experts in their field. These doctors played a pivotal role in treating people during the July 26 floods and the Mumbai serial train bomb blasts. As a dean, I am thankful to them.”
Rameshwar Naik, the personal assistant of medical education minister Girish Mahajan, said, “The doctors who visited Kerala medically examined more than 20,000 patients. The doctors gave them medicines as required for their symptoms of their disease. Some patients were also give tetanus injections. If the Kerala government requires any further assistance in tackling the spread of diseases we are willingly prepared to help them.”