Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Doctors to undergo training to treat CBRN injuries

Thirty-five Delhi government doctors are undergoing training in treatment of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) injuries following Monday’s death of one of scrap dealers due to radiation exposure in Mayapuri. The training began at the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Wednesday.

“We want to be prepared for all eventualities during the Commonwealth Games. We already have a line of treatment for victims who suffer CBRN injuries,” Delhi Health minister Kiran Walia said.

Meanwhile, doctors said Deepak Jain, 31, the scrap shop owner who is stated to be critical following exposure to radiation, will undergo a bone marrow transplant at Army Research and Referral (RR) Hospital.

The incident occured a few days ago when medical equipment was sold by one of Delhi universities in an auction. The medical equipment manufactured about 30 years ago contained traces of Cobalt-60. However, the scrap dealer failed to take precautions while handling the equipment.

Jain was transferred from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to RR Hospital on Tuesday. His bone marrow was significantly suppressed due to exposure to the radioactive source when he was admitted; a hospital spokesperson said his condition is stable now.


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