A doctor who provides care to hospitalized patients at Akron General Medical Center is returning to his native Nepal to help victims of this week’s devastating earthquake.
Dr. Ganesh Chaudhary is traveling to Nepal on Wednesday with medical supplies donated by Akron General, where he works as a hospitalist, or hospital-based doctor, through the group Sound Physicians.
Chaudhary said he is meeting about eight other physician friends from Nepal who work in the United States to offer their assistance to earthquake victims in their homeland. He came to Ohio in 2007 for his residency and has been with AGMC for five years.
“We are trying to integrate with the team that is already on the ground,” he said Tuesday.
Chaudhary, 35, of Brecksville, said he has been in touch with his family in Kathmandu through cellphone calls to make sure they are safe and unharmed.
“They are physically safe, but they are mentally so terrorized because of all the aftershocks they have been getting,” he said. “The housing is standing, but they’re not able to get in. They have been camping outside in an open space.”
Chaudhary is taking donated IV antibiotics, IV supplies, casting materials, gloves, masks, iodine and other items “that would be very important and necessary doing the medical rescue,” he said.
He plans to stay in Nepal for about two weeks.
Chaudhary is coordinating his response through the nonprofit Health Foundation Nepal (www.healthfoundationnepal.org) and American Nepal Medical Foundation (http://americanepalmedicalfoundation.com), which are raising funds and assisting with disaster relief.
Chaudhary said he encourages people to do their part to help by donating to these or other organizations involved with response efforts.
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