Health ministry monitoring situation in Kerala, sets up 3757 medical camps

Besides establishing more than 3,000 medical camps and dispatching the requested stock of medicines, the union health ministry is also coordinating with other states which have committed to providing medicines so as to augment supplies

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New Delhi: The state of Kerala has been witnessing alarming level of flooding situation, with lakhs of people being severely affected from nature’s unpredicted fury. To tackle the unprecedented flood situation in the state, the union health ministry has set up 3757 medical relief camps and as requested by the state government, 90 types of medicines in required quantity are being sent to the state.

The first tranche of medicines is expected to reach today on 21st August. The health ministry is also coordinating with other states which have committed to providing medicines so as to augment supplies.

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr J P Nadda who is personally monitoring the situation has also spoken to the Health Minister of Kerala, Ms K K Shailaja regarding the availability of medicines and medical relief camps. In a statement, he mentioned, “Under the guidance of the Prime Minister, the health ministry is extending all support for the flood relief measures in Kerala. We are monitoring the flood situation in Kerala on a regular basis. Secretary (health) is in regular communication with the State health functionaries and monitoring the situation daily through the disease surveillance network.”

As per Mr Nadda, the health advisories on infectious disease prevention and control, safe drinking water, hygiene measures, vector control, etc., have been prepared and shared with the state government. “While no outbreak of communicable disease has been reported, health experts opine that once the flood water starts receding, the environment would be conducive for epidemic prone diseases. The state has been given instructions to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for epidemic prone diseases for detecting early warning signs of an outbreak,” he said.

In consultation with the state government, government of India will deploy teams for rapid health assessment and for taking appropriate public health measures to prevent and control outbreak of epidemic prone diseases. Considering the additional burden of disease in the aftermath of the floods, quick response medical teams will also be sent to Kerala to provide emergency medical care. Support under National Health Mission will be provided to make the damaged primary health care infrastructure functional, informed the statement.