FB Live Video Of Ambulance With Baby Goes Viral, People Volunteer To Keep Traffic Clear For 600 Km

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A Kerala-based NGO is perhaps setting the example of the best use of Facebook live videos. Child Protect Team is live-streaming the journey of an ambulance carrying a 15-day-old infant who requires urgent heart surgery, requesting people to keep the road clear of traffic. Many citizens, including Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has posted the message on his Facebook page urging the public to show cooperation.

15 ദിവസം മാത്രം പ്രായമുള്ള പിഞ്ചു കുഞ്ഞിനെ ഹൃദയ ശസ്ത്രക്രിയക്കായി മംഗലാപുരത്തുനിന്ന് തിരുവനന്തപുരം ശ്രീചിത്ര…

Pinarayi Vijayan ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 16, 2019

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Ambulance with the license plate number KL 60 J 7739

The ambulance with the license plate number KL 60 J 7739, is travelling from Mangaluru to Thiruvananthapuram, traversing a distance of 600 kilometres across 12 districts. The vehicle, carrying the child of Kasargode couple Saniya and Mitha, started at 11 AM on Tuesday from a Mangaluru hospital where the baby was undergoing treatment. Further treatment would be carried out for free at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram.

Child Protect Team MISSION MANGALORE To THRIVANDRUM

Posted by Child Protect Team Kerala on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

12 districts in 12 hours

The journey from Mangaluru to Thiruvananthapuram takes around 15 hours, which the ambulance operatives are planning to cover in 12 hours to ensure the child’s safety. “At night the journey can be covered in 10 hours, but at daytime, the traffic is more. Still, the Facebook live video has gone so viral that people from all these 12 districts are coming forward to volunteer and keep the roads free of traffic jam,” shares C K Nazar, the founder and national coordinator of Child Protect Team, talking to Efforts For Good. Committee members of the NGO are constantly coordinating with the traffic police and government authorities to ensure smoother transport for the ambulance. The child’s family, as well as the NGO, has received the promise of assistance from Kerala State Government.

#കൊല്ലം #മുതൽ* ലിങ്ക്?? *CPT MISSION MANGALLORE TO TRIVANDRUM* നന്മ*പ്രിയ സുഹൃത്തുക്കളെ ഇന്ന് 16 – 04 -19 രാവിലെ 11…

Child Protect Team Kerala ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 16, 2019

“The ambulance will reach Ernakulam by 5 PM today and would probably reach the destination around 9 PM. The child is being provided with all kinds of emergency medical facilities, including ventilation and constant supervision, inside the ambulance,” informs Nazar.

The child, who needs a heart valve surgery, could not be risked to be airlifted due to breathing troubles and pressure variation. The ambulance started as soon as the doctors at the Mangaluru hospital permitted the transfer.

About Child Protect Team

Child Protect Team has its branches in over 14 cities across India, where they provide emergency transport and ambulance facilities for critically ill children. They also have their presence in UAE and other Gulf countries of the Middle-East.

“We have transferred more than 300 children within Kerala. This is the first time we are doing a Facebook Live video. Previously, we would share constant updates on WhatsApp and Facebook, urging people to spread the word. Thanks to the extensive media coverage this time, we are getting unprecedented cooperation from all levels,” shares Nazar. The video is being viewed by over 3 lakh individuals.

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MyStory: “Two Months After I Joined IIT For My PhD I Was Diagnosed With TB”

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A person suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) not only battles the ‘Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ bacteria inside his lungs but also from the stigma attached to the disease. It weakens the patients in many different ways in their fight against the dreaded disease.  

My fight with TB was also filled with stigma. I joined IIT Kharagpur for my PhD in January 2015. Two months later, in March 2015, I was diagnosed with TB. I had to take sick leave from March 2015 that eventually lasted till June 2016. Initially, I did not respond well to medication. Further tests revealed that I had multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB). This meant that the type of TB I had was resistant to two or more of the antitubercular medication I was taking.

About a year after the intensive phase of my treatment, I felt better and applied for readmission to IIT in July 2016. A prerequisite for rejoining was that my faculty members had to verify my application. With the formalities completed, I resumed my education, but I felt that something was amiss. 

My guide indicated that he did not want his work to suffer on account of my illness. I also heard from a senior colleague that my guide had said that I would spread the disease like an ‘infested animal’. I was disheartened at being subjected to this indignity by my supposed mentor.

However, my primary concern was defeating TB, so I didn’t dwell on it. Today, as I reflect on it, I realise the reasons behind the stigma were ignorance as well as fear.

Even among the educated, there are misconceptions about TB. People think all forms of TB are contagious. Others believe the patient is infectious for the entire length of the treatment. Some even believe that TB spreads through touch. This breeds the fear of contracting the illness.

As we know, people stigmatise and discriminate when they fear. I felt the impact of the stigma on two levels – in my professional life and my personal life.

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Professionally, the reluctance of my supervisor to mentor me and his discouragement affected me. I could not decide whether I should wait for the IIT authorities to tell me to leave or drop out. That decision was made for me by luck when I found out that my CSIR grant application was never processed. 

This meant that I would have to pay for my education. Given the expenditure on my treatment, this was unaffordable for me. This was the final nail in the coffin. I was forced to drop out and could not go back to completing my PhD.

What I faced was not technically illegal. I was discouraged from doing my PhD, but it was still a form of stigma. The external stigma I faced led to depression and isolation. 

Eventually, I realised I had to fight. The treatment for TB is difficult, requiring strict compliance and the management of side effects, and these demands resolve. I began motivating myself. I began following a proper diet and completing my treatment to ensure I could recover. I also turned to books as they transported me to other worlds and helped with my isolation. I also focused on reviving my old relationships.

Gradually, things improved. I could not proceed on my desired career path, but I am an educator now. I constantly realise that I have a role to play in shaping young minds. 

Workplace stigma has tangible consequences. It affects an individual’s career, financial opportunities and their right to work with dignity. So what can we do to address this stigma? 

First, we need to sensitise people by educating them about TB, and the impact stigma has on patients.

Another measure is group counselling involving the patient, the employer and the immediate supervisor. Informal versions of these sessions happen in the workplace in the context of illnesses like cancer. Why should it be any different for TB? 

The goal of this session would be to ensure that the patient is in a supportive environment. 

Finally, at a systemic level, there needs to be a workplace policy on stigma mitigation and a mechanism where the patients can anonymously register their concerns about stigma at the workplace.

A person’s career or job is often their calling and a provider of financial security. Workplace stigma creates a hostile work environment, affecting a person’s ability to do their job and their financial security. Financial insecurity and stigma make it harder for the patient to fight TB both in terms of means and motivation. Therefore, addressing stigma in the workplace is critical to patient well-being and recovery but also to their right to work with dignity.

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