Former PDH Doctor Helps In Nepal

Sarju Shrestha - 2nd from right
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Monday, 11 May 2015
A former Portland District Health hospital medical officer is helping in a medical support mission to earthquake-ravaged Nepal.

Dr Sarju Shrestha, who was at PDH for 12 months before leaving in April, has joined with another Sydney-based doctor, seven nurses and three other volunteers to help during the crisis.

On his Facebook page Dr Shrestha said helping the people in crisis had given himself and the team an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction.

The quake has left thousands dead, many more injured and even more without shelter,he said. From this disastrous event the situation will only get worse in the coming weeks as hospitals become overwhelmed, basic supplies become scarce and those living in temporary shelters succumb to exposure and disease.

Dr Shrestha said the team would be physically involved on the ground for two weeks before handing over their mission to other doctors and nurses.

They are working in consultation with the Australian Nepalese Medical and Dental Association (ANMDA).

In collaboration with Sahid Gangalal Pragati Club we managed to distribute basic needs and medical support to the families of Chahamati town, he said.

The team also distributed donated and collected medical equipment and medications from Sydney to Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital in Sankhu.

The team has been able to provide basic needs and medical aid to affected victims. Every single visit to the crisis area has been an eye opener and has motivated us to help make single victim smile,Dr Shrestha said.

After the team distributed food for families and people in need in a remote district of Kathmandu called Nangle Bhar. No word can explain how we felt to bring smile on those innocent faces,Dr Shrestha said.

Every single visit to the crisis area has been an eye opener and has motivated us to help make single victim smile,he added.

The team has agreed to donate eight wheel chairs for paraplegic people and 40 crutches for those ready to be discharged from Nepal Army Hospital.

They have distributed IV MEDS worth $3500 and funded by the ANMDA to Sushma Memorial Hospital today, along with packs of food, along with 100 tents.

The team also visited Bhaktapur where more than 50 per cent of the houses were destroyed in the earthquake. In conjunction with some local people we conducted a health camp for earthquake release medical issues.

All the arrangements were self-funded. We are a group of individuals aiming to work together in need,Dr Shrestha said.

They are working in consultation with the Australian Nepalese Medical and Dental Association.


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