As Kerala is trying to limp back to normalcy, the role being played by various state governments of India, is pivotal is ensuring the well-being of the flood-affected people. Rebuilding Kerala should be everybody’s responsibility, aid in whichever form is greatly appreciated.
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. It has sent a full stock of medicines to people in relief camps.
While the rescue and relief operations have given people a new lease of life, the action plan for post-flood disease management has started in full swing in the state. Sadly, the time is ripe for the spread of water-borne and infectious diseases. In order to treat people suffering from diseases; Kerala urgently needs supply of essential medicines.
The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the initiative to transport the necessary stock of medicines needed, for the doctors to help treat the people in medical relief camps.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Madan Yerawar, Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Minister of State for Energy, Tourism, Food and Drugs Administration and General Administration Department (GAD) minister of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said, “We are sending the medicines required as and when we are getting demands for more medicine to be dispatched. Whatever we are sending should be utilised and so we are delivering the drugs according to the demands.”
Yerawar added, “We are sending saline fluid (IV bags), injectables, cough syrup, etc. While we even help foreign countries in times of crisis, now it is our own countrymen who are facing hard times. We will do all we can to help the people of Kerala. The doctors won’t be able provide and care for patients without the essential medicines.”
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. This demand of medicines will be catered from other states also.
As there is fear of an outbreak of epidemics like dengue, chikungunya, malaria, diarrhoea, typhoid, leptospirosis, cholera, jaundice and viral fever in the state post flood. Therefore, an uninterrupted supply of essential medicine is of utmost importance.