State doctors to conduct relief camps in Nepal

A team of doctors from Karnataka, who are working in the earthquake-hit Nepal, will organise relief camps in remote areas near Kathmandu on Tuesday.

The 10 doctors, whom the State government had deputed to lend a helping hand to victims of the eartquake in the Himalayan nation, will conduct health camps in makeshift tents in Nuwakot district, a hilly area near Kathmandu.

The team has been divided into two, with five doctors in each group. While the orthopaedic team has been attending to cases of severe fractures at hospitals in Nepal, the medical team is attending to patients in the camps.

Speaking to Deccan Herald on Monday, Dr G Srinivas, chief supervisor, Karnataka State Drugs Logistics And Warehousing Society, said the orthopaedics team had successfully completed over 50 surgeries. “The team is treating patients, who are underprivileged and from backward areas of the hilly places near Kathmandu, at the Police Hospital where they are all admitted. Various NGOs, doctors from other countries and volunteers are helping the team,” he said.

“The medical team is attending to cases in temporary camps. It has so far attended to as many as 2,000 cases,” Dr Srinivas added.

Even as the team has been seeing a number of cases with diarrhoea and dysentery, the epidemic is not a cause for concern as the numbers are not as high as they were expected to be, according to doctors working there.

Dr Srinivas explained that the condition there had improved in terms of medical needs. “The situation is near-normal. The panic has come down and things are getting stabilised gradually. There is a need to offer them mental support,” he said.

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