#HealthOfKerala: Medicine is the key requirement for flood-affected people

On day two of the medical relief operations, the team of doctors from Maharashtra medically examined nearly 2,000 people. As there was a shortage of medicines, the Maharashtra government made special arrangements, so that they could be distributed to people in need. The medicines have been distributed in four districts of Kerala

#HealthOfKerala: Medicine is the key requirement for flood-affected people

  • On Wednesday, August 22, which was the second day at the medical relief camp, the doctors from Maharashtra, have screened around 2,000 patients.
  • As people are getting to know about the health camp, in various areas more and more people are visiting the health camps for the medical check-up.
  • The health camps set-up across the state has greatly benefited the people.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jamuna, Deputy Medical Officer, Alleppey said, “After the floods, the major challenge is to handle the post-flood situation. And what we urgently need here are medicines. We have doctors who are working here. But not receiving enough medicines is an issue.”

On Wednesday, the doctors had set-up camps at 10 locations in three districts of Kerala.

While speaking to My Medial Mantra, Dr Sriniwas Chavan, Head of ENT department, at Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, said, “We have handed over different types of antibiotics and medicines to the district administration in Alleppey. Wherever the district administration requires medicines we are providing them the medicines.”

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Kerala is in urgent need of medicines, the Maharashtra government is distributing medicines, wherever they are required. It has sent a full stock of medicines to people in relief camps.

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Dr Arshad Khan said, “We have received a truck load of medicines arranged by Maharashtra government on Wednesday evening. We have distributed the medicines in four districts.”

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The truck had come in from Tamil Nadu, after the government of Maharashtra, asked pharmaceutical companies in the neighbouring state to provide medical assistance.

Dr Santosh Geete, who is leading the team in Thrissur said, “Now, people in the flood-affected areas are getting to know that the doctors are providing good healthcare facilities. Most of the patients which we are treating, are suffering from fever and skin ailments.”

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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