Thousands of people throng various Ganesh pandals in order to catch a glimpse of their beloved Lord Ganesha. These pandals are so crowded at times, that people can feel overwhelmed and faint.
Now, in order to teach volunteers at Ganesh pandals how to handle such medical emergencies, doctors at Wockhardt Hospital came together to teach basic life support skills to mandal workers. This training will help them provide primary medical care to people who face a medical emergency.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Parag Rindani, Head of Wockhardt Hospital, said, “During the Ganesh festival, there is a huge rush of people at the pandals. At times, people encounter health problems and require immediate medical attention. We will be providing CPR and basic life support skills to 250 volunteers who belong to 50 pandals.”
He added, “Each year, different pandals have a social message to give to the devotees. We decided to teach volunteers CPR this year. So that they can take care of the person before the doctor arrives.”
The mandals which were part of this training programme were Lalbaugcha Raja, Ganesh Gully, Kalachowkie Sarvaganik Utsav Mandal, Chinchpokli Chintamani, Fort Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Fort ka Raja, Tejukiya Ganapati, Tardeo ka Maharaja, and many more Ganesh mandals.
Swapnil Parab, secretary of Lalbaug Ganesh Gully mandal, said, “Many devotees visit pandals each year. When devotees earlier needed medical attention, we would have to run around to find a doctor. But now, after this initiative which was taken by Wockhardt Hospitals, our volunteers will be able to provide primary medical care. Volunteers will be aware of how to handle medical emergencies.”