| National Disaster Response Force personnel from Calcutta at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya of Mahpura village in Saharsa’s Mahishi block on Sunday night. Picture by Amit Anand |
Three medical teams at Purnea air force station are ready to tackle any emergency arising out of the Kosi flood threat.
The teams are a group of doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, another of Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, and a 24-member rapid action team of the Indian Air Force (IAF). All these medical teams are well-equipped with facilities based on the latest technology.
The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital team comprises 10 doctors led by Anand Vishal and the Safdarjung Hospital one has also 10 doctors led by Raj Kumar. The Globemaster III C-17, which landed on Sunday, has a rapid action medical team, which is able to set up its own air-conditioned 25-bed hospital.
Purnea air force station Wing Commander Nishant Sharma told The Telegraph: “Three medical teams are ready at the air force station and will follow the instruction given by IAF officers. We would send them at the required spot for which the state government has to give us a requisition. They are capable of tackling all kinds of emergency in the medical field.”
Sharma added: “All the medical teams would deliver its services free of cost. After preliminary treatment, patients could be taken to the nearest big hospital. Responsibilities of sending the ambulance that could take the patients to hospital go to the state government, as they will leave the patients after rendering treatment. They even provide all emergency drugs to patients free of cost. These medical teams are able to treat about 50-60 patients in an hour.”
He said: “We have four 15-22-seater Mi-17, V5 helicopters that would be deployed for dropping food stuff in affected areas if flood strikes the Kosi region. We expect that water should reach within 72 hours as we have information but let the time decide whether it comes or not. Apart from the helicopters, we have two four-seater Chetak helicopters to be used for aerial survey.”
All these medical teams are likely to work in co-ordination with the Purnea district administration and Purnea Sadar hospital. “All medical teams stationed at the air force station have already made a discussion on how to tackle the emergency services. The district administration is ready to tackle any kind of adverse situation as it has adequate food items. We have set up 11 relief camps in Banmankhi while four of them have been made operational,” Rushan Kumar, district liaison officer, said.