Friday, December 19, 2008

‘VIP visits to disaster sites should end’

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Bangalore: Participants at the national seminar on man-made disasters, organised by the Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, here on Thursday, expressed a serious view of the constant visits by the Chief Minister, Home Minister and other VIPs to disaster-hit places, which obstructed relief operations.
Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology C.N. Manjunath, who gave a presentation on medical emergencies and mass casualty management, said VIPs obstructed relief work and providing urgent medical attention to the injured persons.Waste of time
Dr. Manjunath said such visitors, accompanied by their entourage, would attract all attention till they left the place, as doctors and police officials would be engaged in explaining the situation to them, wasting precious time.
Air Vice Marshal T.P. Madhusudhanan, Principal Medical Officer, Headquarters, Training Command (IAF) also expressed similar opinion. Home Minister V.S.Acharya, a doctor himself, went a step further and said that VIP visits to such sites should be banned.
The Minister said he was criticised by the media when he wanted to implement it after the recent incidents at churches in the city and elsewhere.Church visits
Dr. Acharya said that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and himself visited some churches and returned without any publicity.
Report from The Hindu

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