Prevention of Nuclear War & Its Effects - Role of Medical Preternity
Jointly organized by IIPDEP & IPPNW-Central India
The conference's aim was to spread awareness of IPPNWactivities in the medical fraternity and discuss various issues of IPPNW and what role medical doctors and students can play in all these activities. Many Professors from different medical colleges from all over India attended the conference. Admiral Ramdas, Chief of Indian Navy (Retd) and President India Pakistan Peoples’ Forum was keynote speaker.
Admiral Ramdas said why the person like me serving Indian navy for 44 years and 9 months is propagating Nuclear disarmament? India Pakistan fought 3 wars but we could not solved out our problem. By possessing nuclear weapons we could not solve our problem. The vehicle of change is ultimately with people. Nuclear wars may start due to misunderstanding between India and Pakistan. It takes only 8 to 10 minutes for missile to reach its targets in India and Pakistan and it has only 3 minutes to decide the missile is carrying nuclear ear heads or conventional weapons. Nuclear weapons are not military weapons but are a political weapons. Nuclear weapons are economical burden; economical disaster; completely inefficient and ethically and morally it is not acceptable. He praised the efforts of Dr. Nalini Kurvey who is working to spread the message of IPPNW in India and urged the medical fraternity to join IPPNW. Admiral Ramdas concluded his speech quoting Mahatma Gandhi After bombing of Hiroshima Gandhi said, “No weapons can be destroyed by counter weapons”.
Mr. Saini, Director of Civil Defense was the chief guest, who spoke on the occasion about civil defense in case of nuclear war.
Dr. Krishna Kamble deliberating on effects of nuclear war
Introductory session was the first session, which was chaired by Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey, President IIPDEP. Dr. Krishna Kamble, Prof and Head of Radiotherapy, Govt. Medical College talked about the invention of Atom bomb and events took place till date. He made the delegates aware of the situation throughout the world and why we need to know the effects and devastation Atom Bomb can cause. Delegates had the discussion on which are issues and what they will expect from this conference.
Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey moderated the session with feed back from the participations.
2nd session was chaired by Dr. Subirkumar Mukerji, Dr. Krishna Kamble talked on medical and environmental effects of Nuclear weapons. He elaborated about the radiation doses people will receive, the effects will depend on radiation doses, on the TNT of explosive in the Bomb with distance from the ground level, wind speed and density of population etc.
Dr. Meena Shrivastava, Prof and Head of the Department of Pharmacology, talked on psychosocial impact of nuclear war. Not only the war but the thought of impending war will have so much stress on the peoples mind and body. With examples and small notes from the past events of the people from world war, she explained , how there will be stress, that people will think of killing themselves or ready to die, rather that waiting for something horrible like Nuclear war can cause.
Dr. Subirkumar Mukerji , Prof. of PSM L.M. Medical college,summed the session that people should learn from the history and should make themselves aware of these effects of nuclear weapons, and then they can act for elimination of nuclear weapons together.
In the students session: students has organized elocution contest for which students from different medical colleges in the region as well as students from engineering colleges and school students were invited. Next activity was about the slogan competition and some of which were very catchy.
Ujjwal Ramtekkar (National student representative) talked about various students activities throughout world and their importance in detail.
Abhijit Pakhare commented on Bombing Bombay. Bombay being knows to every Indian, it creates impact on the listeners.
Professors, Dr. Narlawar, Dr. Jalgaonkar and Dr. Mrs.Thakre from medical colleges were the judges and carry the program very well, which was received with great enthusiasm by all students.
Manish Pande and Rahul Arora, two medical students had been to Germany in this year’s students exchange program, narrated their experiences, they were all praise for IPPNW Germany doctors and students who are working for local as well as global causes.
Prizes were announced for the first three students from elocution and slogan contest.
On 24th JULY session started in the morning with the session on Indian Campaign to Ban Landmines.Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey deliberated on the landmines problem in India. He told that, It was the surgeons of ICRC who came across in their field hospital that 70 to 80 % landmines victims are civilian’s women and children.
They brought this fact to the civil society and govt. and International Campaign to Ban landmines was borned in 1992. ICRC and handicraft international took active part in landmine Ban movement. Many medical doctors around the world took active part in ICBL campaign and due to the joint efforts of medical doctors and NGOs Ottawa treaty (Ban Landmines treaty) was signed in Ottawa by many states.
He narrated the his experience on India Pakistan border and informed that from Jan 2002 to March 2004 more than 1699 civilians are killed and lost their limbs due to landmines.
One landmine victim was specially called, who narrated the incidence and pathetic stories of the victims and how we built the raising the voices campaign in India.
In the session on Small Arms proliferation, Dr. Gorea, Professor, Forensic medicine from Patiala, talked about the Proliferation of Small Arms in South Asia and its effects on India. He informed the delegates regarding how the modus operandy in drugs and arm dealing takes place and how innocent people are affected. He informed that every one minute somebody is killed in the world due to Illegal Arms. The states which are affected by small arms are lacking the developments in all aspects .Dr. Dilwar Singh, Prof in Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh was the chairperson.
Next session was the disaster management. Dr. Ketan Trivedi, Professor Preventive and Social medicine from Ahmedabad, talked about the disaster management in natural disasters, who had worked in Gujarat earth quake.
Mr. S G. Saini, Director of National Civil Defense College, talked about the civil defense in nuclear war or accidents. He narrated the ways and techniques about sheltering and taking care of oneself.
The conference was concluded by passing resolution. Dr. Nalini Kurvey asked the participants to work for IPPNW’s Programs in their region. She insisted about the program on 6th to 9th August during Hiroshima, Nagasaki days to be arranged in medical colleges. She gave the guide lines about the medical college program. After thanks giving by Dr. Kurvey with her organizing committee members assured the participants about the help in arranging the programs for Prevention of nuclear war and to make the medical fraternity aware of hazardous effects of nuclear weapons.