'Doctors For You' to help flood victims in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 5: A non-profit trust today announced to launch flood relief operations in Bihar with a team of emergency medicine experts from the US and chalked out a programme to tackle the aftermath of the fury.

Its patron Jainendra Kumar said here that under the special programme,''A Week for the Nation'', the trust 'Doctors for you' with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Shri Shri Ravishankar and Dr Anil Kakodkar amongst its patrons, would launch a flood relief operation 'The Art of Living foundation and Youth for Equality'. It would be in association with the Indian Railways.

Over 1500 specialist doctors and other volunteers would contribute in the mission, said Mr Kumar adding that they would not only be providing medical aid and treatment to the patients but also prepare programme to tackle the aftermath of the floods.

'Doctors for you' was contributing to the rescue, relief and rehabilitation exercise in a big way, he said.

In the first phase the mission would target the six worst affected districts--Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, Araria, Purnia and Katihar. The interim relief team of the trust is already setting control room at Mansi and Katihar Railway stations.

He said in the second phase the trust would undertake rehabilitative work after the floodwaters recede.

The trust is working in association with the Bihar government and the Indian Railways, which is providing the infrastructural support and conveyance for transporting relief materials and personnel. The state government has mandated about 150 relief centres to be managed completely by 'Doctors for you'.

Mr Kumar said the trust was also sending psychiatrists for dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and veterinary doctors to deal with Zoonotic diseases. The contingents also include a team of emergency medicine experts from US, who have the prior experience of dealing with the victims of hurricane Katrina and the recent Tsunami, he informed.

Mr Kumar exhorted all medical professionals, specialists, resident doctors, interns, and doctors of alternative medicine to come forward and help the distressed people of Bihar.


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