- Maharashtra was one of the first states to respond to the aftermath of the devastating floods in Kerala. The unprecedented rains have caused the worst flooding that the coastal state has witnessed in nearly a century.
- The Medical Education minister of Maharashtra, Girish Mahajan accompanied a team of 110 doctors, who work at Sassoon General Hospital in Pune and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai.
- The doctors visited Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, and Thrissur districts which were the worst affected districts in Kerala.
- Till now the doctors have treated more than 10,000 patients approximately.
While visiting a relief camp in a government medical college, G. Sudhakaran, the Public Works Department minister of Kerala noticed the doctors from Maharashtra, he came over to them and thanked them for their selfless service.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kerala Public Works Department Minister, G. Sudhakaran, said, “I am very thankful to the doctors from Maharashtra and the Maharashtra Government for coming here. The contingents of doctors from Maharashtra have helped the people of Kerala in an immense manner.”
Sudhakaran further said, “These doctors have visited various flood-affected districts. They have screened patients in various camps. Doctors have seen the problems faced by them and they have given patients health advice as well.”
Apart from working at the medical relief camps, the doctors also went on a door-to-door campaign to reach to elderly people who cannot make it to the relief camps. They visited transit camps which have given temporary shelter to the victims of the flood and carried out physical examinations.
The doctors gave stitches to people who had deep cut. The majority of the people that the doctors treated had fever and skin ailments, the skin ailments could be attributed to the hours or days spent wading through murky floodwaters.