Chennai doctor in Merc on medicare duty for Noida F1
If you regret that not a single racer from Chennai will be there at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida to scorch the track as the 2013 Indian Grand Prix cranks to a roaring start on Friday, here's is some thing to cheer for: Four doctors from the city will be there on the tarmac to provide emergency healthcare in the event of an accident.
One of them, Dr Dhavapalani Alagappan, will be on a high-powered Merc parked close to the track, keeping an eagle's eye as the Formula One (F1) cars zoom past. The safety car can reach a mishap spot within seconds with Alagappan, who has done assignments at Motocross race in the UK and other racetracks besides cricket events in England and Chennai, including IPL matches.
"I am in the midst of an exercise, can't talk to you now," he told Express when he was first contacted on Thursday afternoon. The entire medical team, comprising 73 personnel that includes paramedics and support staff, was being trained in various aspects of emergency health service at a high-risk motorsport venue, by international experts associated with F1, he later said.
Two other doctors from Chennai, Ganesh and Hubert, will be at a helicopter that will wait at the venue to airlift any injured person to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital; and the third doctor, Logesh, will be at the medical centre in the sport venue, which itself has facilities that match any F1 race venue for medical support.
The entire Indian team is from Apollo Hospitals, the medical partner for the Grand Prix, and is headed by Dr Priyadarshini Pal Singh, who has undergone extensive training in Grand Prix events.
Alagappan, who is the head of the department of emergency medicine at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, was trained in emergency medicine in the UK, where he spent 12 years doing his FRCS and other speciality courses after completing his MS in Stanley Medical College here.
Extremely thrilled at the challenges at hand, Alagappan said that the entire team was doing mock exercises at the venue. In the event of a crash on the track, he could be the first doctor to attend to the racer. But he does not want that to happen.