#HealthOfKerala: Maharashtra doctors screen 2,600 patients on their first day

The state government of Maharashtra has promptly responded to the humanitarian crisis in Kerala brought on by torrential rains, which has caused one of the worst natural calamities in 94 years. The last major flood in Kerala was in 1924. The team of doctors has been diligently attending to the patients and providing medical relief to them

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  • The Maharashtra government has sent this team of doctors to offer healthcare services to the flood-affected people.
  • Girish Mahajan, the Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra is leading this team with the relief efforts.
  • On the first day of the medical relief camp in Kerala, the team of doctors from Maharashtra, have screened more than 2,600 patients.
  • The doctors had decided to form three teams so that they can cover more ground efficiently. They have divided themselves into Team A, Team B and Team C.
  • Medicines are being distributed on the spot to the flood-affected people. If required, more medicine will be ordered from Maharashtra in the coming days.

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Most of the patients are suffering from fever and skin-related ailments. Also, the doctors are counselling the flood-affected people, as they are in a state of shock after the massive devastation which wreaked havoc in Kerala.

The doctors have taken food products, such as chocolate bars and protein bars. Blankets are also being provided to the people.

The medical team consists of physicians, paediatricians, gynaecologists and other medical workers.

On Tuesday, August 21, 110 doctors who were armed with medial aid, had visited around 20 odd relief camps in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta and Alleppey districts of Kerala.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shriniwas Chavan, Head of ENT department, at Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “On the first day, a team which was based in Pathanamthitta, had screened more than 1,000 patients. Most of them are suffering from high fever and skin ailments. As a precautionary measure, we have administered them doxycycline, to avoid the threat of leptospirosis.”

  • Team A Pathanamthitta and Alleppey has screened around 1,000 doctors
  • Team B in Thrissur has seen around 950-1,000 patients
  • and Team C in Ernakulam has screened 600 patients

Dr Geete, who is heading a team in Thrissur, said “Patients who are visiting the camp are in a state of shock. We are giving them preventive medicines.”

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Dr Abraham Kalamannal, Chairman, Mount Zion Medical College, said, “We have seen this for the first time. We have never witnessed this kind of natural disaster. We have 32 dams and we had to open all of them. Kerala has been set back by at least 15 years. I don’t know when we will recover from this. “

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The 73-year-old doctor, added, “If the people, who are stranded outside, can get back into the houses; it would be of great help.”

The floodwaters have started receding in some areas of Kerala. However, the bigger concern now is lack of clean drinking water and diseases.