A much-needed ready reckoner for doctors on life-saving medicines to treat patients who are victims of natural/man-made disasters and epidemics was released by the Delhi government on Friday.
Exigencies such as terror attacks, earthquakes, floods and epidemics like new flu strains and plague are among the 12 disasters covered in the book. One can download the application on android phones (atulgoyal.com/Files/Healthcare.apk) to access the content.
The medicines prescribed in the book are generic. They are easily accessible and affordable.
Compiled by Dr Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, eminent clinical pharmacologist, and his team, the 70-page book is a comprehensive guide on medicines needed to manage all kinds of disaster — man-made or natural.
“We have identified 12 common disaster situations such as earthquake, new flu epidemics, floods, etc, and described in detail the medicines to be given in individual situations, their therapeutic use, dosage, possible side-effects and what combination of drugs to be avoided,” said Chaudhury. “The book will come handy to anyone dealing with disaster victims,” he added.
The idea of compiling the document, printed by the Delhi government's directorate of health services under its Bhagidari Scheme, germinated at the time of tsunami in India.
"I was the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert at that time. I realised that many drugs were misused, while many were administered unnecessarily. That's when I thought of providing a checklist for people handling disaster situations, mainly healthcare workers," said Chaudhury.
“Anyone in the field can access the information with just a click of a button. Gradually, the facility will be made available in other phones as well. In times to come, disaster will be seen as a big thing and this information will be used as part of continuous medical education for doctors,” said Anshu Prakash, principal secretary (health), Delhi government.