Medicine sans frontiers

Service: The doctors from Manipal University who returned from Haiti on Wednesday.  

Staff Correspondent

Team provided medical relief to quake-affected Haiti

Manipal: A team of doctors from Manipal University which went to Haiti to treat those injured in the earthquake there in February returned on Wednesday.

The team, led by Department of Public Health in-charge Ramachandra Kamath, collaborated with the AMDA Multinational Medical Mission, Japan, to provide medical relief to the earthquake-affected.

A press release issued by the university listed the other members of the team: orthopaedic surgeon Dinesh K.V.N. from Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), general surgeon Ashwin Pai from KMC, Mangalore, and trauma technician Raghavendra Nayak from Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Anaesthesiologist Martin Ma from Toronto General Hospital, Canada, joined the team later.

Dr. Kamath said that the team was stationed at Hospital De Secouras, Gonaives, a two-hour drive from Port Au Prince, the Haitian capital. The team handled the emergency cases in the casualty ward and also examined in-patients waiting for surgical care. Most of the cases were open fractures and injuries.

The team also performed surgeries, apart from attending to emergency calls. Post-operative care was also provided. The team also performed routine operations for hernia and appendicitis.

About 2,20,000 people died in the earthquake, about 1.5 million people were displaced and an estimated 7,00,000 people are now living in tents.

Manipal University has previously collaborated with AMDA, Japan, in other sites of natural disasters.

Registrar (International Programmes) of Manipal University, H. Vinod Bhat said,

“There is tremendous scope for improving effectiveness and efficiency in the field of emergency relief work at natural disaster sites.”