With 2010 Commonwealth Games approaching, doctors in New Delhi are now being specially trained to deal with emergency situations in the event of a terror attack during the prestigious event.
“Doctors are being trained to deal with casualties in the event of chemical, biological, radiology or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist attack during the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Doctors, both civilian and military, are being trained,” Dr M C Mishra, head at the AIIIMS Trauma Centre, told reporters in New Delhi.
On the various preparations in the run up to the event, Special Secretary (Health) Delhi Government N Balachandran said three hospitals in the capital were specially being equipped with the latest equipments and their facilities spruced up.
“September-October 2010 will witness a lot of movement of the foreigners in the country especially the national capital. The AIIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia and G B Pant hospitals have been identified for the Games and they are being equipped with the latest equipments.”
“Terrorists turn to new methods and means of terrorising people,” Mishra said, adding in event of ultras using a ‘dirty bomb’, radiation “cannot be smelt, felt or seen can cause harm to the masses at large”.
“In other forms of attack like a bomb blast, people can rush to the rescue of the victims. But if it is a biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear attack, one should know to keep away from the victims.”
Along with the doctors, people at large should also know how to deal with such crisis and casualties emerging from such disasters, Dr W Selvamurty, a scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO,) said.