ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Polities of Propertied Classes in Gujarat

to discuss the medical effects of NTS but rather to emphasise the relevant issue of proper relief and rehabilitation of the victims. Most of the victims who survived the calamity are suffering from the aftereffects of damage that has .already been caused or was initiated by MIC on December 3, 1984. Some of them arc suffering from lung damage and others may be suffering from damage to the liver, kidney, heart and the nervous system. Some of the damage is permanent and some requires appropriate symptomatic treatment. Where possible, the treatment should be directed towards specific complaints. This requires individualised care and there can- not be any universal treatment at this stage. There is no justification for subjecting these patients to useless drugs which can only do harm and offer little benefit. For example, if a patient develops infection, which will occur more frequently in the gas victims, appropriate antibiotics should be given. Routine administration of sodium thiosulphate, glucocorticoids, antibiotics, etc, is of no proven value and is potentially harmful.

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