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Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment

  Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 October 2021   Overexploitation of natural resources and haphazard development by humans has led to climate change, resulting in long-lasting consequences on the environment. This is increasing health hazards and natural disasters, and more, day by day. The torrential flooding being witnessed recently in the state of Kerala in India is a prime example of this, say many experts.   This is not the first time that Kerala, a state of 34 million people, has been devastated by floods. It saw the worst floods in a century in 2018 when severe rains caused flash floods and landslides, killing nearly 500 people and leaving a million homeless. The following year, more than 125 people were killed in flash floods and landslides across the state. More than 50 were killed in August last year after landslides struck the hilly Munnar region.   The latest spell of torrential

Doctors give new face to man after horrible accident

 Doctors give new face to man after horrible accident

 

Sagaya Fernando

Mumbai, 17 April 2021

 

A man in India who met with a horrible road accident, was not only lucky to have his life saved but also got his smashed-up face restored by an accomplished microvascular surgeon.  

 

43-years-old Dattatreya Devkate, a resident of Saswad near Pune city in India, and a machine operator by profession was riding on his scooter on March 1 when he met with an accident. His scooter skidded after hitting another motorbike, and he was thrown in the air and fell face down on the gravels beside the road, which resulted in his face tissues being torn off.

 

He was immediately rushed to Grant Medical Foundation’s Ruby Hall Clinic hospital at Wanowrie in Pune, around 27 kms from the accident spot. At the hospital, Devkate was attended upon by Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Abhishek Ghosh.

 

“The patient had suffered major injuries to his face and his nose, with the lips and cheeks torn off. There was loss of skin and soft tissue and multiple facial fractures too,” said Dr Ghosh who conducted the surgery on Devkate.

 

“There was a lot of contamination and the wound was full of grit and gravel particles. Meticulous removal of all foreign bodies was followed by bony fracture fixation. Thereafter began the painstaking process of reconstructing the nose, lips and rest of the face,” said Dr Ghosh.  


 

“The surgery was done in a single stage and lasted about four and a half hours. The patient tolerated the procedure well and in a month’s time his appearance is almost back to normal,” said Dr Ghosh.


The patient is happy to have his looks restored, added he.=

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