Delhi radiation patient may undergo bone marrow transplant
Radiation patient Deepak Jain is likely to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the Army Hospital Research and Referral following no improvement in his condition, doctors said on Tuesday.
New Delhi: Radiation patient Deepak Jain is
likely to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the Army
Hospital Research and Referral following no improvement in his
condition, doctors said on Tuesday.
"Jain is likely to be shifted today or tomorrow to our
hospital. A donor for bone marrow transplant has been
identified in his family and as soon as he is shifted to the
hospital, we will conduct further investigations and carry out
the bone marrow transplant as and when required," Commandant,
Army Hospital Research and Referral, Lieutenant General Naresh
Jain was admitted to the Apollo hospital since April 4,
following exposure to Cobalt-60 in the scrap shop he owned in
Mayapuri locality of New Delhi.
Regarding Ajay Jain, another patient who was recently
transferred from Max Hospital to the Army Hospital, Lieutenant
General Kumar said, "Ajay`s condition is stable and he has not
shown much improvement. His condition continues to fluctuate."
Exposure to the radioactive material claimed its first
victim yesterday after an employee of the scrap shop Rajinder
succumbed after battling for life for two weeks.
On the condition of the four patient who are being
treated at AIIMS, Medical Superintendent, Dr D K Sharma said,
"Until four or six weeks have passed we cannot judge that all
are out of danger. If they respond to treatment well then we
can say that they are better. The news of the death of one
patient has disheartened them."
Meanwhile, to learn from the radiation exposure cases and
enhance preparedness among medical staff, the National
Disaster Management Authority has decided carry out a
three-day course on radiation injury management for doctors in
the national capital.
Major General J K Bansal, senior consultant at NDMA,
said, "A three day course on radiation injury management is
being organised at AIIMS trauma centre, which will start
from tomorrow. Doctors from different hospitals have been
identified who will be undergoing this training."
Ten sources of Cobalt-60 were found in the Mayapuri scrap
market earlier this month and eight persons were hospitalised.
Only one of them has been discharged.
Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope of cobalt, which is
a hard, lustrous, grey metal. It is used in cancer therapy
machines and other medical equipment.