Healing touch: One of the injured at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Picture by Eastern Projections
Nov. 5: Dispur today instructed the public and private hospitals of the city to start psychological counselling for the traumatised blast victims who are currently undergoing treatment.
An Assam government official said the health commissioner V.S. Bhaskar convened a meeting of representatives of the city hospitals catering to the blast victims and took stock of their present health condition this evening. He said the government had asked the hospitals not to leave any stone unturned for total physical and mental care of those injured in the blasts.
The hospitals were asked to find out the exact number of patients who are suffering from trauma following the blasts and accordingly start psychological counselling. Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already made it clear that if required, the state government would bring a team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to deal with the critical and traumatised blast victims. Counselling will also be conducted for the relatives of the victims who are in a state of trauma after seeing their near and dear ones severely injured, the official said.
Representatives from the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, Down Town Hospital, GNRC Hospitals, Good Health Hospital, International Hospital and Wintrobe Hospital were present at the meeting.
The GMCH has been particularly receiving an increasing number of patients who despite having no apparent physical injuries, are in a state of shock following the devastating serial blasts in the city. These patients need counselling to regain their normal state of mental health. The state government will bear expenditure of all kinds of treatment for the blast victims at the public and private hospitals, the official said.
An official of Down Town Hospital said the latter has already started psychological counselling of the victims undergoing treatment there.
There are at present nine injured victims at the GNRC Hospitals, five at International Hospital, 12 at Dispur Polyclinic, 22 at Army Hospital in Basistha and 10 at Wintrobe Hospital. While there are 114 injured at the GMCH, the MMCH has 33 patients.
GMCH superintendent P.K. Bhattacharyya the said dealing with the trauma patients was not a problem since the hospital has a full-fledged psychiatric department.
However, we have to study the present condition of the victims before counselling them, he said.
Manoj Kumar Deka, the public relations officer of the GNRC Hospitals, said a function would be held on Saturday at the hospital to start the counselling.