The Indian Museum Kolkata, which has been constantly evolving at the heart of the city for 205 years now as a heart of the city community, hosted in collaboration with Essex Indians alumni of Medical College Kolkata, a Basic Life Support course workshop to learn how to Save A Life, on Saturday 11th August 2018. This was completely free of cost to all participants.
During this workshop, by practical exercises to increase confidence amongst people of all ages and diverse walks of life, the many young participants from schools across Kolkata and various other marginalized people including Trasngender friends from various professions as well as chief guest from Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee of Sex Workers of Kolkata, the doctors made those who got certified post training to actually undergo simulations and save the lives of almost real-life medical mannequins.
The participants mentioned how they now felt more confident in being able to intervene and save the lives of passersby, at home, at school, at work, and at many other places they transit while commuting every day. Particularly when ambulances might take longer to reach because of massive traffic congestion issues, and even transporting via private vehicle, might lead to loss of costly time to first stabilize people experiencing emergency.
This workshop also brought out the common humanity in how young and old, school student, or employed professional sex worker, we all are just humans with the same basic needs and emergencies.
In the first half, the attendees listened and saw the wonderful didactical presentation by doctors Arpita Ray and Anirban Mandal who have roots in Bankura, and studied in Medical College, Kolkata, before finding professional success in National Health Service, UK. The doctors’ demonstration of scenarios using the medical mannequin and how to react and save in those diverse scenarios had everyone listen in rapt attention, including when they mentioned in the second half the participants would have to do the same themselves and be tested for the same.
The workshop concluded with the presentation of the certificates, recognition to the organizing selfless doctors of Essex Indians, Dr. Arpita Ray and Dr. Anirban Mandal, and vote of thanks by the extremely gracious and humbled Education Officer of the Indian Museum, who welcomed the community to keep coming throughout the week to the heart of Kolkata at the many new fascinating halls of the Indian Museum Kolkata on anthropology, blue whale skeleton, science, history, and heritage.
The participants promised to each educate two more people about this course and basic emergency response protocol, and parted with a resolve to intervene confidently in the next emergency they might see unfold, and to practice what was learned and organize another workshop in the coming year to keep the knowledge refreshed.