Specialists just a call away:Meet doctors with golden heart
Srinagar, Dec 21:
When the pulse of internet stopped in the valley on August 5, a group of
concerned doctors found a way to bypass the roadblock and keep the hearts of
the patients beating.
Welcome to “Save
Heart Kashmir”, an online group of doctors who provide timely and affordable
management in case of acute cardiac events by integrating all levels of health
care via social networking.
December 21 2017, `Save Heart Kashmir’ was started as an online platform to
diagnose, discuss and thrombolyse (using medication to dissolve clots in the
blood vessels) the patient in the golden hour at the nearest health facility.
Come August 5,
internet was snapped and doctors were left in a tizzy. Four months later, the
group has come up with new ways to reach out to patients. From a message away, the doctors are now just
a call away from the patients.
numbers are listed on charts that are put up in all district, sub-district,
primary health centers and other peripheral hospitals. We are available 24*7 to
attend to their calls and offer expert advise on how to tackle the emergency,”
said Dr Afaaq Jalali, a senior physician associated with the group.
Dr Jalali said
the consultants at peripheral hospitals have been advised to share the numbers
with patients. “We have directed all the doctors to give our numbers to
patients in their localities so that they can directly contact us for the
treatment,” he said.
Dr Nasir Shamas,
another senior member of ` Save Heart Kashmir’, said the group has wizened up
after the communication blockade.
“Post August 5,
doctors are trained in all medical emergencies. Earlier trainings were
cardiology centric. This is done so that to meet future challenges,” Shamas
Post August 5,
every week three doctors from all the districts are imparted training at
tertiary health centers to help the patients in distress. “The frequent training
sessions have helped in dealing with the emergencies. Today, they are not
scared. Timely intervention and quick decisions is the key,” said Dr Muzaffar
Zargar, a senior group member.
group has around 1200 members and has catered over 38,000 patients so far.
Kaunsar, founding member of the group said they are now working on the
emergency module. “A small book dealing with various emergencies including
hypertension, asthma and other heart diseases will be published soon. We are also
planning to start with a free stunt and pacemaker bank for the downtrodden
section of the society,” she said.