As the rescue operation for 41 workers trapped inside the Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in Uttarkashi reaches its seventh day, the Uttarakhand government has taken a unique approach to address the mental well-being of those stranded.
Authorities have reported that medical workers are providing anti-depression tablets to the trapped individuals who have been confined since Sunday morning.
The under-construction tunnel on the Yamunotri Highway became the site of a challenging rescue mission after an unfortunate incident left the workers stranded. In response, the state’s health department has established a camp outside the tunnel, equipped with six beds and essential medicines. Additionally, 10 ambulances have been deployed to ensure immediate medical assistance if needed.
Dr RCS Panwar, the chief medical officer (CMO) of Uttarkashi, stated, “We have been sending a psychiatrist and senior physician inside the tunnel for counseling of the trapped workers.”
This approach emphasizes the importance of addressing not only the physical but also the mental well-being of those involved in the prolonged rescue operation.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the trapped workers have not reported any serious illnesses, according to the CMO. This resilient response is a testament to the workers’ endurance and the efforts of the rescue teams involved.
The Uttarakhand government remains committed to the safety and well-being of the trapped individuals, employing a comprehensive approach that includes both medical and psychological support. The continuation of the rescue operation underscores the collective determination to ensure the successful evacuation of the workers from the tunnel.