A book on “Uttrakhand - Kedarnath Medical Rescue Operations”
New Delhi, 15 June 2014
A book on “Uttrakhand - Kedarnath Medical Rescue Operations” by Dr. Pradeep Bhardwaj & Six Sigma Team was released on the first anniversary of the gigantic natural calamity in Uttarkhand in June 2013.
The book highlights the spirit of mankind which voluntary reaches out to those affected by natural disaster. It brings out the role of Six Sigma Team in Uttrakhand flood landslides (June 2013) in organizing “Medical Rescue Operations” at Kedarnath & Badrinath and which saved lives of 511 people. This effort was a milestone in the history of the nation as the team members put their lives at risk for providing medical relief services to pilgrims in inaccessible pockets of Himalayan terrain, where crucial roads had suffered extensive damages, landslides had cut off the upper reaches and line of communication were down.
Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava (IAS) Chief Secretary of Delhi was the chief guest of the event and Dr. D.S Rana – Chairman Sir Gangaram Hospital, Dr. D. R. Rai -Former President IMA, HQ Delhi, Dr. Rajat Mohan Senior Consultant- Sir Gangaram Hospital, Brigadier KB Chand- Army HQ Delhi, Mr. Rahul Sharma Senior Editor were the Guest-of-Honour at the event. Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava (IAS) Chief Secretary of Delhi launched the book and appreciated the efforts of Six Sigma Medial Camp Volunteers, who worked with the Indian Army for rehabilitation and relief of the survivors of this natural disaster during the initial crucial phase. He also addressed the audience consisting of students, representatives of welfare organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He applauded the voluntary medical support and assistance rendered to the survivors, and expressed the hope that their effort would be an example for others to follow. “This example of volunteerism is touching and inspiring, and as an Indian, I am proud that Dr. Bhardwaj & Six Sigma Team have made a lasting impression in the hearts of so many” he said.
The last year’s natural calamity of June 16 through 19 that devastated the whole of Uttarakhand and large areas of Himachal Pradesh and western Uttar Pradesh — an area of almost 20,000 sq.km. — was one of extreme rare severities among all the hydro-meteorological disasters to have struck India. Intense point rainfall exceeding 200 mm occurred within a 24-hour spell and continued with lesser intensity for a few more days over several locations in the Alakananda and Bhagirathi basins. Such short-duration intense rainfall in June has a statistical recurrence interval exceeding 500 years.
Dr. Bhardwaj is a dynamic, confident and courageous star performer of Indian Healthcare Industry and is author of two famous books on healthcare management “Opportunities in Healthcare Administration” and “Latest in Hospital & Healthcare Management”. Dr. Bhardwaj is renowned hospital administrator, recipient of many prestigious awards like - Limca Records holder for being the Youngest Medical Superintendent at the age of 26 years, Rajiv Gandhi Award and Rashtriya Ratan Award-2009 (first recipient in healthcare management). He is listed in 20 most influential people in healthcare.
The book while highlighting the magnitude of the unprecedented tragedy has exposed many shortcomings things like the government lacks the organizational skills, equipment and trained manpower to respond swiftly when faced with a war-like situation during disaster and save lives in a quick and organized manner. Also our armed forces, although ever ready to help, were heavily handicapped in the absence of superior aircraft and all-terrain vehicles, high-tech communication posts, heavy machinery lifting equipment, and quick action teams capable of delivering relief and constructing makeshift bridges, shelters and airports.
The contents of the book are enriched by including experiences contributed by volunteers, partners and beneficiaries about their first-hand involvement in the rescue, as well as the team’s focus and plan on rehabilitation through counseling, treatment, the relief & recovery in the initial phase. Sh. Pravesh Verma, MP West Delhi and Dr. Rajat Mohan, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, also sent their congratulatory message and appreciated Dr. Bhardwaj's efforts and service to the country.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers who were involved in the execution of relief project. Without them, even efforts of government would not have materialized,” said a guest. “It took an emotional and physical toll on the lives of survivors and volunteers alike. But, by the same token, it also brought out the best in volunteers, uniting many willing hands and generous hearts in the relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts that followed. He expressed that this evening and book would bring everyone who was involved in the mission closer. During the occasion the chief guest also honored the members of Six Sigma Medical Rescue Teams Dr. Pradeep Bhardwaj, Maj. Gen S.B. Akali, Dr. Brajkishore Rajoriya, Mr. Maninder Singh, Mr. Ashish Sharma, Mr. Bharat Sharma , Mr. Hitesh Kaushik for their valiant efforts in Kedarnath & Badrinath Rescue Operation.
Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj stated that “as their commitment towards serving nation, this year Six Sigma Team is organizing medical camp for devotees undertaking the arduous annual Amarnath yatra”. “The situation has changed considerably over the last few years as the weather remains unpredictable most of the time there and those caught in between the way should have the physical strength to counter all odds and adversities”. Former MLA Bhai Bharat Singh was the guest for Sh. Amarnath Ji Yatra Medical Camp Training program and had motivated the volunteers & appreciated the efforts of Dr. Bhardwaj and team Six Sigma. The groups of volunteers were given brief sessions by six sigma experts and training about preparedness for high altitude medical camp services & how they can keep themselves safe and healthy for tough physical activities. Initially training explained the mean & measures so that before departure every volunteer becomes fit to walk at a stretch without any stopovers and help other yatris in medical emergency.
Mr. Maninder Singh
Six Sigma Star Healthcare, New Delhi
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