Doctors, nurses, and staff of Kalamassery Government Medical College rose to the occasion on Sunday, working tirelessly to attend to the injured who were rushed to the hospital from Zamra International Convention Centre in Kalamassery, Kochi, where an IED exploded while over 2,200 people were attending a prayer meeting organised by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
While one person was killed in the blast, over five others were critically injured. The explosion also resulted in chaos, causing a large number of casualties. Police and firefighters who reached the scene shifted the injured and panic-stricken people to Government Medical College.
“Doctors, nurses, and paramedics were quickly mobilised to provide immediate medical assistance to those in need. The injured were in a state of shock. Special medical teams were formed to efficiently assess the severity of injuries and prioritise treatment,” said a senior doctor at the hospital.
Hospital Superintendent Dr. Ganesh Mohan issued an urgent order, recalling all the staff, including the doctors, to report for duty.
“Our priority is to ensure that every injured person receives prompt medical attention. Despite the chaos and uncertainty, the staff displayed exceptional professionalism and unwavering dedication,” said the officials at the hospital.
The critical patients were swiftly shifted to special care units, with the medical staff working around the clock to provide the necessary care. In addition to the medical teams, local blood donation groups also came forward with tremendous support, offering to donate blood for emergency surgeries and transfusions.
As the police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conduct an investigation into the bomb blast, the dedication displayed by the staff of Government Medical College and the resilience of the victims serve as a source of inspiration and hope, reaffirming the values of compassion and solidarity that bind the community together.