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May 19, 2011 at 02:09pm IST

Delhi hospitals maintain calm after blasts

New Delhi: Delhi hospitals have come a long way since the blasts that rocked Sarojini Nagar in 2005. At that time, Safdarjung Hospital had struggled to cope with the influx of patients. But on Saturday, the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and other hospitals rose to deal with the crisis.

The scene at RML Hospital, right after the blasts was very much calm, controlled and coordinated.

From human chains for victims, to looking after their families, various volunteer organisations had taken position in the hospital even before the casualties started to pour in.

“Two hundred to 300 of us gathered and were helping the families,” says a volunteer Amit.

The continuous flow of VIPs and overwhelming presence of the media and distressed victims nothing seemed to have disturbed the hospital services.

Taking their cues from the Ahmedabad blasts, the hospital had ensured sufficient police presence in the premises.

The victim's families were directed to the right places, volunteers doled out money to the discharged patients who wanted to go home and the Chief Medical Officer was giving hourly updates on the condition of the patients.

The hospital authorities told CNN-IBN that there was enough blood in the hospital and more donors were pouring in.

They said that their own disaster management team really helped them in this hour of crisis.

Our disaster management team has drills. We stay prepared to cope on special days,” says CMO RML Hospital S K Sharma.

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