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O – Blog 6 | Mumbai Mirror | April 3, 2020

Gasping for breath | Sanjay Nagral

In the mid-1990s, I was in-charge of the of . A six-bed unit, it had four old-fashioned ventilators. There were constant fights for using them and often we had to deny ventilation to those who needed them. Most patients ventilated beyond a few days would die. One particular day, when we were on rounds, a young man with a head injury was brought in desperately. I realised, one had been sent for repair two days prior and … more

O – Blog 3 | Mumbai Mirror | March 20, 2020

Second Opinion: Sabka saath in the times of corona | Sanjay Nagral

A few weeks ago, in this column I had described a scene from the 1992 riots in Mumbai. As the surgeon on duty then, I had to deal with a large number of people with bullet wounds brought to, but the system designed to deal with limited numbers had collapsed. As a result, we were unable save people who could have otherwise been treated… more

O – Blog 5 | Storytellers | April 01, 2020

Solidarity in the time of Covid-19 | Vijay Gopichandran

“Why haven’t your pasted that sticker outside my door?”, asked an anxious elderly lady to the health worker who visited her to check whether any members in her household had cough, cold or fever. “The lady was very much worried that we were paying less attention to her house compared to the house which had a sticker outside their door. … more

O – Blog 2 | Storytellers | March 15, 2020

Social distancing… must be kidding me | Vijay Gopichandran, Sudharshini Subramanian, Vinod H Krishnamoorthy

Today the rural clinic was very busy. Between the three of us who were in the clinic, we saw more than 100 patients, some of them with very complex problems. One of the patients we saw today was a 50-year-old lady, Kamala (name changed for confidentiality purposes) with… more

O – Blog 4 | Mumbai Mirror | March 27, 2020

A ‘surgical’ strategy to fight coronavirus | Sanjay Nagral

No! This piece is not about social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, etc. Not because these aren’t important. But because by now these have been drilled into you. The epidemic is closing in. What we saw on TV few weeks back, I now see being enacted in hospitals in Mumbai. Can we do anything to prepare ourselves while we sit at home? Today, I will discuss an idea that… more

O – Blog 1 | Mumbai Mirror | March 13, 2020

Reminders from the coronavirus | Sanjay Nagral

If you try to locate Arthur Road in Mumbai on a map, you are likely to immediately spot Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai’s biggest and most wellknown prison. Just across the road, you will also see a big patch of green amongst which you may (with difficulty) see multiple tiny structures…more