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St. Johnís Disaster Relief Team in the Nicobars


Bangalore and Future Efforts -
Beyond ReliefÖ.Rehabilitation
On arrival, the Coordinating team at our base at St. John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, headed by the Director Rev Dr. Thomas Kalam, Dean Dr. Prem Pais, Chief of Medical Services Dr. Mary Ollapally and Team Coordinators Dr. Kanishka Das sat down with us and it is decided that we need to know plan long term assistance to enable rehabilitation. We have decided on the following potential areas of long-term service as a part of rehabilitation:

  i. Acceptance of the WHO offer to set up a Six-month Disease Surveillance Cell for the Nicobars (our area of operation and rapport) under the efforts of Dr. Arvind Kasturi Community Health, St. John's

  ii. Initiation of a felt need to provide tertiary care nearer home through the formation of a satellite hospital at Port Blair providing periodic tertiary level consults and even interventions at least once a month linked to areas of work.

  iii. Discussions to consider the feasibility of posting interns every month for a year in rotation for duties on areas most affected.

  iv. Discussions to rapidly raise resources through the Friends of St. John's and their children to assist in the equipment of schools destroyed especially on Katchal Island.

  v. A potential dream to resurrect Teressa Island by adopting it through our sponsors - St. John's, Care Today, Friends of St. John's.
To enable this our third team is to return lead by Dr. Marian Kamath (Friends of St. John's) and with four of us to Port Blair on the 11th January 2005 to
decide/finalize on the spot plans for long term interventions as discussed above. This team is already touring the affected areas of coastal Tamil Nadu to meet us at Chennai and fly out together.

We have all returned with a degree of satisfaction of a job well done, at the right time and at the right place an are forever grateful for all those who supported our work…. there are so many numerous unsung heroes back home and on the islands that we just cannot always remember but will do so whenever possible. It is not important who did what or who did more…but that a team went in and performed as well as it could under circumstances no one else can even comprehend. Without each other not one team member could have assisted in this effort and fulfill a task set out for us. We cannot but thank all our families, our institution and all our supporters especially our sponsors for their prayers and unconditional support to enable us to achieve the degree of care and support we could extend to people in need. Let there be no illusions that this was purely altruistic for deep in our hearts and minds we have gained!

 

As on 6th January 2005
Kamorta
Teressa
Katchal
Food Regular (Rice, dhal, oil, fuel - island coconuts, bananas) Regular (Rice, dhal, oil, fuel - island coconuts, bananas) Regular (Rice, dhal, oil, fuel - island coconuts, bananas)
Water Regular (including island sources) Regular (including island sources) Regular (including island sources)
Shelter Partially adequate (Tents, tarpaulins) Partially adequate (Tents, tarpaulins) Partially adequate (Tents, tarpaulins)
Power Restored Partially restored (ingenious repairs of gen sets, drops of additional gen sets) Partially restored (drops of additional gen sets)
Communications Restored (Earth station, Satellite phones, police wireless, paramilitary-military) Partially restored (Satellite phones, police wireless, paramilitary-military) Partially restored (Satellite phones, police wireless, paramilitary-military)
Medical supplies In excess In excess In excess
Medical Manpower Adequate Adequate Adequate
Epidemics NIL NIL NIL
Carcass disposal Completed Partially completed Partially completed
Inter-island Transportation Urgently needed Urgently needed Urgently needed
Needs Out board boats
Tents/tarpaulins
Clothes
Psychological support
Out board boats
Tents/tarpaulins
Clothes
Psychological support
Out board boats
Tents/tarpaulins
Clothes
Psychological support
Medical Surveillance/Feedback Inadequate Inadequate Inadequate
Morbidity pattern Children
Respiratory illnesses
Injuries - major and minor
Skin infections
Children
Respiratory illnesses
Injuries - major and minor
Skin infections
Children
Respiratory illnesses
Injuries - major and minor
Skin infections

 

Needs
Specifics
Comments
Shelter Tents/tarpaulins Protection against rain and wind and other elements
Building material for permanent dwellings Tin/aluminum corrugated sheets, tools for work, wood
Clothes T-shirts for both men and women, preferably those with Soccer teams on them!, Blouses for women, Short pants for men, continuously stitched lungies - pretty designs, colours to be used like sarongs. Remember to have similar stuff for children.
Food Milk powder Partially restored (ingenious repairs of gen sets, drops of additional gen sets)
Sanitation Soap - lifebuoy
Bleaching powder
Transportation Outboard boats
Scheduled north-south-north vessels
Inter-island transport
Rehabilitation Hindi, English, Nicobari speaking HCP/Counselors NIMHANS trained
Footballs with air pumps They love football, sons named Ronaldo!
Educational material and teachers Schools
Medical Disease surveillance and periodic reporting To monitor and have a continued needs assessment
Local Monitoring Monitor problems, needs and distribution The tribals never demand and quietly go on with their lives. Distribution must be monitored locally with feedback direct to the military command in charge of relief.

TEAM MEMBERS:
1. Ms Parveen Sikand, Friend of St. John's
2. Dr. Kanishka Das, Paediatric Surgeon
3. Mr. Ravi Shankar, Pharmacist
4. Ms Janaki, Pharmacist
5. Ms Suma Natarajan, Neurosurgery Nurse
6. Ms Sheela Shalini D'Souza, Emergency Medicine Nurse
7. Dr. Kiran Naik, Emergency Medicine Fellow
8. Dr. Aril Antony, Anesthesiology Fellow
9. Dr. Mallipatna C. Ashwin, Ophthalmology Fellow
10. Dr. Antony Robert, Paediatric Surgeon
11. Dr. Sanjiv Lewin, Paediatrician
12. Sr. Cini M. John, Paediatric Nurse
13. Ms Belveera D'Souza, Nurse
14. Ms Linimol Thomas, Nurse
15. Ms Asha Wilma Corda, Nurse
16. Ms N.S. Arogya Mary, Nurse
17. Dr. Vimal Raj, Orthopaedic Fellow
18. Dr. Marian Kamath, Friend of St. John's

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