#HealthOfKerala: Maha docs embark on door-to-door campaign to reach out to the elderly

After attending to patients at relief camps for the last two days, the team of doctors from Maharashtra have now started a door-to-door campaign to reach out to the flood-affected people in Kerala

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  • The door-to-door campaign has been launched for those elderly people who can’t come to the medical camp.
  • The doctors have provided door-to-door Medicare in Edyarmulla, Komalappuzhy areas in Pathanamthitta district and few houses in Haripad, Alleppey district.
  • The team of doctors has been diligently attending to the patients and providing medical relief to them.

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On the first day of the medical relief camp in Kerala, Tuesday, August the team of doctors from Maharashtra, had screened more than 2,600 patients and on Wednesday, August 22, the doctors had screened around 2,000 patients.

The doctors also visited the house of a 70-year-old woman who couldn’t come to the health camp due to an amputated leg. The doctors went to her village and provided medical assistance by cleaning and treating her wounds.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Arun Rathod, from Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospital said, “There are a few elderly people who can’t come all the way to the health camp. So in order to provide medical services to the needy people we have started door-to-door campaign. We have screens six patients like this.”

Dr Rathod further added, “Flood-affected people in the remote areas are not getting proper food. We had a few biscuits packets which we were carrying. We have distributed those packets among these people. Also the doctors did not think twice before contributing for medicines from their own pockets.”

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While Dr Sriniwas Chavan, Head of ENT department of Mumbai’s Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “On Thursday, August 23, we have screed over 1000 patients in Alleppey and Pathanamthitta districts. Our doctors are visiting homes of those who can’t come all the way to the health camp”

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Most of the patients are suffering from fever and skin-related ailments.

Kerala has suffered its worst flood within living memory. While 7.25 lakh people have been rendered homeless, about 400 are feared dead due to the havoc created by the flood. More than 4,000 relief camps have been established across Kerala and disaster management officials said they were now focused on preventing the outbreak of water-borne diseases.