You are all aware of the devastation wrecked by the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm AMPHAN, continuous heavy rainfall, coastal inundation & flooding due to high tides in Medinipur (Purba & Paschim), South & North 24 Parganas including The Sunderbans, parts of slums of Kolkata & Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia districts of Southern Bengal, before moving off towards the neighbouring Bangladesh.
Though evacuation was done, death toll has to be looked for, especially among the rural poor who were already badly hit by Covid-19 and subsequent impoverishment due to lockdown.
Crores of people are affected. The cyclone has uprooted trees, poles, towers, 'kuchcha' houses, disrupted road & teleconnectivity at most places. Hence lakhs of inhabitants, crops, domestic & wild animals lie stranded. People lay exposed to dehydration and diseases. Languishing in lack of food or drinking water, lakhs upon lakhs are at risk of consumption of poor quality water that lead to epidemics.
OUR PLAN OF INTERVENTION
FIRST PHASE OF MEDICAL RESPONSE
Medical Service Centre, a socio-medical voluntary organisation working in disaster medical response over 4 decades, is launching first medical response in the affected districts of Medinipur (Purba & Paschim), South & North 24 Parganas, parts of Kolkata & Howrah.
The initial Survey Teams are taking stock of damage and most marginalised among the affected, assess disaster impact & condition of general relief to realise needs.
Medical Teams are starting medical camps for the displaced in all the affected districts.
SECOND PHASE OF MEDICAL RELIEF CAMPS
After carefully analysing the ongoing civic & health situation, disease spectrum and Covid-19 status, we will plan out the next phase of medical relief. The path to recovery is long and is a big challenge, but you can make a difference by joining the support and rebuilding efforts.
We plan to deliver medical care, psychosocial care, health education regarding individual & community hygiene, safe drinking water, safe food handling, waste disposal, disinfection of contaminated wells, as well as Covid-19 awareness and fighting against the imminent endemic risks of dengue, Japanese B encephalitis, malaria and others.
We should be able to supplement government flood relief activities at least in the most marginalized sections of the affected areas.
In a day's camp, about 4 doctors & their supporting team of 10 nurses, students, health workers & supporting staff work for about 8 hrs, check about 400 to 600 patients. That is about Rs. 75,000/- of medicines, other materials, communication and logistics per day of camp. You may help contribute for as many days.
At this hour of crisis, we appeal to all well-meaning people & organisations like you to come forward as in the past, extend your help to the best of your ability in terms of money, medicine, baby food, for the victims & contacts, means of transport, communication & logistic support for the relief teams to reach the worst affected people. Payment may kindly be done through NEFT or A/C payee cheque/draft drawn in favour of MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE, payable at KOLKATA.
We can offer 80G tax rebate (please mail a copy of the payment receipt, xerox/scanned copy of your PAN Card and full address at our Central Office).
BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS:
Name of account: MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE;
Bank : UNITED BANK OF INDIA
A/c No : 0479010060216
Branch : Koley Market
Branch Code : KLM149
IFSC Code : UTBI0KLM149
MICR Code : 700027081
OUR EXPERIENCE & VISIBILITY
It has been our mission since the past four decades to stand by the people in times of disaster, distress and deprivation, particularly following the Super cyclone Orissa 1999, Destructive Earthquake Gujarat 2001, Devastating Tsunami-ravaged Tamilnadu-Andaman & Nicobar-Kerala in the 2004-5, Devastating Cyclone AILA in 2009 and Floods in Assam-Tripura-Bihar-Bengal-Maharashtra-TN 1978, 2000 & again in 2004, 06, 07, 08, & following Kerala-Karnataka Disasters 2018,19:
Uttarakhand Disaster 2013, www.facebook.com/uttarakhandreliefactivity
J&K Flood 2014, www.facebook.com/kashmirreliefactivity
Nepal Earthquake 2015, www.facebook.com/MSCNepalBiharRelief
Tamilnadu Flood 2015, www.facebook.com/chennaifloodsmedicalrelief
Kerala-Karnataka Disaster 2018,
ANTIBIOTICS: gentamicin, cephalosporins, cotrimoxazole, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, oflox-acin, tetracycline (also injectable) doxycycline, amoxycillin, erythromycin, azithromycin
ANTIDIARRHOEALS, ANTIDYSENTERICS: metronidazole, tinidazole, furazolidone, cipro/norfloxa+ metro/tini
ANTACIDS, ANTIEMETICS: Antacid, anti-ulcer tab & gel,famotidine,omeprazole,metoclopramide,domperidone
ANTHISTAMINICS, DECONGESTANTS, EXPECTORANTS: chlorpheniramine, cetrizine, guaiphenesin, bromhexine, ambroxol
ANTIHELMINTHICS: mebendazole, albendazole, piperazine etc.
SKIN OINTMENT/LOTIONS, EYE & EAR DROPS: gamma benzene hexachloride, benzyl benzoate, clotrimazole, miconazole, soframycin, neosporin, gention violet, povidone iodine, chlorhexidine, gentamicin,ciprofloxacin
ANALGESIC / ANTIPYRETICS: paracetamol, diclofenac, ibuprofen
VITAMINS: iron-folic acid, B-complex, multivatimins, vitamin A
INTRAVENOUS FLUIDS & CHANNEL: RL, Normal saline, 5% Dextrose,
II] ORS, HALOZEN tablets, BLEACHING POWDER, PLASTER-OF-PARIS, SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS & SET UP, BABY FOOD
III] HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES
IV] BASIC PATHOLOGY & INVESTIGATION FACILITIES
V] FOOD STUFF: packed/preserved; WATER
VI] COMMUNICATION: means of transport & communication
VII] OTHERS: A. Disinfection of water source; B. Tents; C. Tarpaulin sheets; D. Other
Thanking you in anticipation for strengthening our hand in this humane endeavor.
Prof. Subhas Chandra Chakrabortty
Dr. Ansuman Mitra
Disaster Response Cell, MSC CC
Dr. Biplab Chandra
Cyclone AMPHAN Relief Operations
Dr. Nil Ratan Naiya
Treasurer, MSC WB
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M E D I C A L S E R V I C E C E N T R E
West Bengal State Committee
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