3 docs do their bit at Azad Maidan
As many as 63 people, including seven women, had started their hunger strike along with social activist Anna Hazare on August 16 to express solidarity with his noble cause. But on Day 10, many of them ended their fast after Hazare requested them to do so.mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2011 01:02 IST
As many as 63 people, including seven women, had started their hunger strike along with social activist Anna Hazare on August 16 to express solidarity with his noble cause. But on Day 10, many of them ended their fast after Hazare requested them to do so.
But in the last 10 days, one thing remains unchanged - three doctors, who have been at Azad Maidan since then to attend to fasting volunteers. The doctors - Dr Pragji Vaja, Dr Kalpna Kamani, Dr DS Tiwari - said this is just another way of being part of Hazare's movement, which has swept the entire nation.
"I visit my clinic only for an hour and devote my time for these people. We are conducting regular checks on the fasting volunteers to see that they are in good health," said Dr Kamani who has a clinic at Lalbaug. Dr Vaja and Tiwari too have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend to volunteers. "We ensure that at least one of us remains with volunteers throughout the day," said Dr Vaja.
Meanwhile, Dr Tiwari has introduced several techniques such as acupressure, meditation and yoga to keep the fasting volunteers in good health. "This is the tenth day, so their energy levels have dropped and they are complaining of weakness, headache and low blood pressure (BP) due to dehydration. I am making them do pranayama daily, which naturally helps to give power to the vital body parts," said Dr Tiwari.
On Thursday, the doctors tested blood and urine samples to find out their sugar level, ketone bodies and creatinine.