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Mumbai blasts: TISS report slams Maha govt


Kajal Iyer,CNN-IBN
Jul 28, 2011 at 09:50am IST

Mumbai: Investigations are still on into the July 13 serial blasts which rocked India's business hub Mumbai - but more important than that is the post-traumatic care for the victims at this point.

However, a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) reveals that the government agencies have not maintained a follow-up with victims post the major terror attack.

One such person is 66-year-old Anantrai Gandhi whose life changed forever after the 13/7 blast - which left him partially deaf. Still coping with the trauma, the elderly Gandhi couple say, while the docters treated the injuries, they had no time to ease their anxieties.

The victim's wife, Taramati Gandhisaid, "We were in the bomb blast ward, the remaining patients were suffering from other ailments. There were just two to three doctors and nurses who have to take care of everyone. How much can they also do?"

Gandhi says no one from the administration has contacted him since his discharge from the hospital. A report from TISS throws more light on the government's apathy when it comes to psychological intervention and follow-ups.

It says that records of victims like their addresses were not properly maintained And that there was no mechanism for continued psychological intervention in place.

The report also says that of the 400 victims of the 26/11 attack, 174 are untraceable. It reports that 36 victims had lost touch with the government because of change of contact details.

The stigma attached to mental diseases also prevented many 26/11 victims to seek psychological help, the report states.

With the number of terror attacks and victims increasing every year, the government seems to be restricting itself to financial rehabilitation of the victims, leaving emotional recovery to the NGOs. Experts say a more holistic approach is needed.

A team of Israeli trauma specialists is now collaborating with municipal hospitals to train doctors for trauma care.

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