Uttarkashi tunnel rescue: May need to check rescued workers for PTSD: AIIMS professor

| Updated: 30 November, 2023 8:09 pm IST

RISHIKESH: Dr Narendra Kumar, an assistant professor at AIIMS Rishikesh, in an exclusive interview with The New Indian elaborated about the possibilities of the 41 workers, who were trapped inside the Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel, experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Speaking with TNI, Kumar said, “Since they were locked in the tunnel for 17 days, it could be psychological, like post-trauma anxiety syndrome, which means, that there was some kind of mental trauma, so after that, there is a condition, in which psychological imbalances occur.”

He further added that the institute was conducting routine lab tests through serum electrolytes, liver, kidney and blood tests. “So, first of all, that thing is to be ruled out in AIIMS, and on top of that, there is no internal issue in the body, electrolytes or any other kind of imbalance, that thing was brought to AIIMS to be ruled out,” Kumar said.

The assistant professor further said that the 41 patients who had been brought to the AIIMS by air, were all medically fit. “They have no complaints or any injuries. Now, some routine lab investigations like serum electrolytes, liver function test, kidney function test have been sent to the lab. Once the report is out, it will be confirmed,” Kumar said.

“After the psychiatric and psychoanalysis, we can tell the patient’s condition only after the final verdict, but till now, they are fine,” Dr Narendra Kumar added.

When the workers were trapped in the Silkyara tunnel they used to play games like Ludo and Chess to keep them active mentally.

The workers were rescued on November 28, after 17 days of toil, after which they also had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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