Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Medical Association, India’s oldest body of doctors, has come out with a unique solution to the problem of medical help when doctors in a city go vacationing at a time of major festival like Diwali. The Association has aptly named this solution- Doctors on call.
In this, a team of doctors offering voluntary service is available 24x7 to offer help on phone. They offer solution directly or guide the caller to experts who have also offered voluntary service like them. It is now a successfully project with fifth year in succession, says President of Ahmedabad Medical Association.
He explains the problems associated with a major festival like Diwali in Gujarat. People have literal vacation for five to seven days. Doctors are no exception, he admits. Even if a doctor is willing to open his clinic, he may have problem of para medical staff which wants to enjoy holiday like others.
It struck to Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani that a team of doctors offering voluntary service should be formed to offer medical advice to neededpersons. He started this project with a group of doctor friends in his area. Later, the concept was institutionalized at the Ahmedabad Medical Association level and now it is being run as a joint programme with the Association of Family Physicians of Ahmedabad.
Explaining the logistics, Dr. Desai says that the city is divided in zones and each zone has a coordinator. Once a patient contacts the zone coordinator, he is offered help either by way to direct solution or is guided to best possible help. This year 200 doctors have enlisted their services and they belong to general medicine, orthopedic, gynecology, paediatrict and surgical, he says.
During Diwali, two types of problems are common. One is burn injuries and other is food related. There are other cases also, but their number is not much. This works in addition to Emergency 108 service and treatment in government hospitals. Last year 500 patients had approached “Doctors on Call” for help.
This year, the doctors will be available from Nove 3 to Nov 9,2013 Details of coordinators and doctors are available on the website of AMA, http://ahmedabadmedicalassociation.com/ and its facebook page , Dr. Desai says.
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