On 18th of April, 25th day of lockdown, CRPF 131 bn control room received a call for help. The call was from a 79-year-old woman, Chinamma Eapen, a resident of Chhajjubagh area in Patna.
Bedridden and alone in her home with just a caretaker, Mrs Eapen requested for medical assistance.
The 79-year-old was operated for a femur fracture before lockdown and was left with 30 metallic staples across her thigh. The staples were to be removed five days ago, but in the strict lockdown, she was rendered helpless. Moreover, being elderly and with frail health, She was at a very high risk of coronavirus exposure if she did dare to venture out.
Dr Vivekanand SMO of 72bn attached with 131 bn to help the needful as possible in the ambit of the guidelines for COVID-19 exposure prevention.
After verification, a brief local examination was made taking full precautions ( wearing a PPE kit). The staples, 30 in number, were removed under aseptic conditions and after Wound dressing, the patient counselled about proper wound care. She was also helped to download the Aarogya Setu app and was briefed about its uses also.
Mrs Eapen was profuse in her gratitude to the CRPF for their timely response and unconditional help in these tough times.