The meeting took place on Tuesday, August 13 at around 3:00 p.m., JJ Hospital dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale spoke with the Head of Departments in the hospital. The medicine department, PSM department, Psychiatric department, Surgery department, pharmacological department, and other departments were consulted. In total, eight departments were involved.
Teams of doctors have already been sent to the flood-affected areas. The discussion was on how to manage water-borne disease, cases of diarrhoea and cholera, as people are at a high-risk of these diseases.
They also discussed about what medicines are needed, what is the next line of treatment. A booklet compiling these issues will be released. Each department was also made aware that they might be dispatched to the flood-affected areas and they should be prepared. The booklet will be compiled with the inputs of HOD’s.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, JJ Hospital Media Cell Head, Dr Abhijeet Joshi, said, “Two trucks have been sent by the hospital for Sangli-Kolhapur flood relief. There is lot of muck and animal carcases and uncleanliness which can lead to the spread of diseases, we have sent medicines as a precautionary measure.”
He added, “What should we do in case of a disaster, how to handle it, how to address different diseases, these issues will be addressed in the booklet. It will be put together with the help of HOD’s across various departments.”
Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of JJ Hospital, stated, “Doctors have already been sent to provide medical services in Sangli and Kolhapur. We will send a team from the hospital if it is needed. I chaired a meeting with HOD’s today and discussed about water-borne diseases.”
He added, “The lives of many families are ruined. Government is providing rehabilitation. But people who have lost their livestock, such people are facing mental trauma. Along with medication, they require counselling too. We will send a team of doctors with psychiatrist if needed. People need to be made mentally strong through counselling sessions.”