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
According to medicine distributors at least 500 medical stores in the state have been inundated due to the floodwaters. The state will need essential medicine’s supply for many more months now.
The three things which Kerala urgently requires are clean drinking water, food, and a constant supply of medicines.
The Maharashtra government has been prompt its response to the natural disaster; it has been distributing medicines, wherever they are required. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had earlier sent a stock of medicines to people in relief camps. And now, the Medical Education Department has sent a new batch of essential medications.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Medical Education Minister, Sandeep Jadhav, said, “On the appeal made the Medial Education Minister of Maharashtra, Girish Mahajan we took the decision of sending a fresh batch of medicines to Kerala. We requested the Medicine Suppliers and Nashik Chemist Association to arrange these medicines and sent them over to us.”
He further said, “We collected these medicines and immediately transported them by a car to Kerala, we received news that the car reached Kochi on August 24, the medicines have been distributed to the people. These medicines are worth Rs 20-23 lakhs, the medications consists of ORS supplements, medicines for fever, antibiotics, multi-vitamins, anti-allergic medicines and water purification powder.”