Earthquake-Response

KIST MCTH Earthquake Response - 2015

A report submitted on 24th May 2015

Background

After the devastating earthquake on 12th Baisakh 2072 (April 25, 2015), KIST Medical College and Teaching Hospital had conducted various earthquake response activities such as medical relief camps, environmental sanitation campaigns and awareness programmes in different parts of the affected areas of Kathmandu, Bhaktpur, Lalitpur, Kavrepalanchok, Dhading, Nuwakot and Dolakha districts.

 

Objectives

•     To provide medical assistance in the needed areas.

•     To conduct the counseling for the needed people.

•     To conduct the environmental and sanitation campaign in the affected areas.

•     To provide the relief materials to the affected people

 

Activities

 

S.N.

Date

Day

Places

Conducted Programmes

1

2072/01/13

Sunday

Hospital

Preparedness

2

2072/01/14

Monday

Hospital

Preparedness

 

2072/01/15

Tuesday

Hospital

Preparedness

3

2072/01/16

Wednesday

Kupandol/Sanepa

Sankata

Tikhedewal

Cleaning campaign

Cleaning campaign

Cleaning campaign

4

2072/01/17

Thursday

Gotikhel

Bungmati

Panga

Harisiddhia

Medical relief camp

Cleaning campaign

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

5

2072/01/18

Friday

Bungmati

Panga

Chyamasingh

Kavrepalanchokb

Cleaning campaign

Medical relief camp

Relief camp

Medical relief camp

6

2072/01/19

Saturday

Lubhu

Dukuchhap

Okharpauwac

Cleaning campaign, Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

7

2072/01/20

Sunday

Lubhu, Lamatar, Sanagaun

Machchhegaun

Jibanpur, Dhading

 

Cleaning campaign, Medical relief camp

Cleaning campaign, Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

8

2072/01/21

Monday

Dadhikot

Gundu

 

Chhampi, Lalitpurd

Medical relief camp & Relief material

Medical relief camp, Cleaning campaign & Relief material

Medical relief material

9

2072/01/22

Tuesday

Kalleri, Dhading

Khanigaun, Nuwakot

Cleaning campaign, Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

10

2072/01/23

Wednesday

Sankhadevi, Lalitpur

 

Cleaning campaign, Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

11

2072/01/24

Thursday

Harisiddhi, Lalitpur

Medical relief camp

 

S.N.

Date

Day

Places

Conducted Programmes

12

2072/01/25

Friday

Basuki, Nuwakot

Halde Kalika, Nuwakot

Kushadevi, Kavre

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp & relief material

13

2072/01/26

Saturday

Baad Bhanjyang, Kathmandu

Sangla, Kathmandu

Rampur, Kavree

Dapcha, Kavre

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

Medical relief camp

14

2072/01/27

Sunday

Paanchkhal, Kavre

Medical relief camp & Cleaning campaign

15

2072/01/28

Monday

Hospital

Resource assessment & assimilation

16

2072/01/29

Tuesday

Palanchok Bhagwati, Kavre

Medical relief camp

17

2072/01/30

Wednesday

Hospital

Dolakha

Resource assessment & stock maintenance

Medical relief & other relief material

18

2072/01/31

Thursday

Hospital

Retrospection and evaluation of the earthquake response by KIST MCTH Team

19

2072/02/01

Friday

Hospital

In-house planning and preparation for Crash course on providing Psychological First Aid for Nepal 2015 Earthquake (Kampan 2015) survivors

20

2072/02/02

Saturday

 

IEC material collection and preparation

Data entry

21

2072/02/03

Sunday

Hospital

Psychological First Aid training

program planning and preparation

Documentation of Earthquake Response activities

22

2072/02/04

Monday

Hospital

Shortlisting participants for Psychological First Aid training

Documentation of Earthquake Response activities

23

2072/02/05

Tuesday

Hospital

Planning for sanitation related activities

Documentation of Earthquake Response activities

24

2072/0206

Wednesday

Hospital

Training on providing psycho-social counseling to Nepal 2015 earthquake (Kampan 2072) survivors

Documentation of Earthquake Response activities

25

2072/02/07

Thursday

Hospital

Report preparation

 

 

 

a Provided medicines and junior interns for ICIMOD

b Provided medicines and junior interns for ICIMOD

c Sponsored vehicle to and fro Okharpauwa, Nuwakot

d Provided relief materials through KIST Medical College

e Provided intern doctors to Private Medical College Association Nepal

 

Medical camp (Assistance)

We conducted medical camps at various affected areas where people were given medical services. We conducted general examination of the people and provided them with the medicines free of cost. The people were also provided with oral rehydration solution sachets. Other medical activities performed included dressing of the injuries, suturing of the wounds and suture-out of the wounds. The list of the patients served in the camps is mentioned below in annex.

 

Environmental sanitation campaign

We conducted cleaning campaigns at various earthquake hit areas. We aimed to sensitise the local community to maintain the proper sanitation to prevent the infectious diseases following earthquake. We collected waste materials and disposed them properly. We also sprayed lime powder (chun) and phenyl in the earthquake hit areas. We also discussed about the negative impact of haphazard waste disposal in the community. We emphasized the proper handwashing habit, distributed soaps, sanitary pads and masks. All of these activities were carried out with active participation of local people.

 

Relief materials

We provided the relief materials like clothes, food materials, and mosquito coils. Food materials like chow-chow, beaten rice, biscuits were distributed to the needy people. We handed relief materials and medicines to other teams going to various places.

 

Counseling

The earthquake had affected the people psychologically as well. The people were in dire need of psychological counseling so as to move further and live normal lives. So they were provided with psychological counseling to overcome the painful situation and move ahead. We helped people so that they would not suffer from illness like depression and anxiety. We also prepared our students to provide psychological first aid to earthquake survivors by conducting a half-day crash course in association with Department of Psychiatry.

 

Recommendation

KIST Medical College earthquake response activities started without a concrete plan, but managed to sustain its activities with generous contribution and support from many individuals and institutions. With 25 days of experience in these activities, we strongly recommend a community outreach cell in a hospital set up to run such activities in the time of disaster and epidemic outbreaks along with regular community outreach programs. This type of initiation within the hospital, in one hand, will set up a position of KIST Medical College within the District Health Care System, whereas on the other hand, it will strongly introduce the hospital and its facilities in the communities. Hence we propose a community outreach cell in the KIST Medical College, the framework of which is attached with this report. Similarly, the medical students that we prepared for psychological first aid can be mobilized under the Ministry of Youth and Sports  in order to provide psychosocial counseling and first aid to earthquake survivors.

Following these activities, the continuous relief works are going on.

 

Acknowledgement

Our special thanks goes to all contributors who generously contributed on humanitarian ground and trust us to organize this earthquake response activity. We are thankful to Dr. Rupesh Mukhia and Dr. Subarnadhoj Thapa for continuous support and dedication from the very beginning of the program. We are grateful to Dr Neena Rai and Dr. Prabhakar Pokharel for conducting a crash course on psychological first aid for medical students. Special thanks are due to our students Dr. Kishore Khanal, Tulsiram Shrestha, Milan Thapa, Bibechan Thapa, Roman Karki, Reena Yadav, Santoshi Gajurel, Smrity Shahi and Yuvraani Chamling for their tireless efforts to make this program successful. We also thank all the students who participated in this program. Our special mention goes to Mr. Rupak Sapkota and Mr. Hari Parajuli.

 

Annex I: KIST MCTH Earthquake Response at a Glance

 



No. of Days Worked

25

 

No. of places reached

38

No. of consultants volunteered

23

No. of medical interns volunteered

26

No. of junior interns volunteered

9

No. of medical students volunteered

53

No. of patients benefitted

3000+

No. of person days volunteered

500 +

Volume of relief material

1000+ kgs

Volume of medicines

500+ kgs

Volume of lime powder

400 kgs

Psychological first aid training to interns and medical students

41 trainees

No. of paramedics volunteered

10

 

No. of generous contributors (Individuals / Institutions)

19

Cleaning campaign materials expense

NRs.8000/-

Operational cost

NRs.36,000/-

 

 

KIST Earthquake Response Team

Coordinator

1.      Prof. Dr. Amita Pradhan
 

Co-coordinators
1.      Dr. Neeti Singh
2.      Mr. Yashad Dongol
3.      Mr. Padam Kanta Dahal

 

Special support
1.      Dr. Sudeep Acharya (BDS Program Co-ordinator, KIST Medical College and Teaching Hospital)
2.      Mr. Keshav Acharya (Internal Auditor, KIST Medical College and Teaching Hospital)
3.      Mr. Akshaya Prasad Gautam (Chief Administrator, KIST Medical College and Teaching Hospital)

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