#HealthOfKerala: Rehabilitation and sanitisation, an uphill task for the government

After the massive devastation caused due to floods, the Herculean task ahead of Kerala government is to rehabilitate the flood-affected people, coupled with sanitation, house cleaning, providing potable drinking water. Lakhs of people across the state are stranded in the relief camps.

A doctor examining a patient to check for skin infections.
A doctor examining a patient to check for skin infections.
After the massive devastation caused by the floods, now the Herculean task the Kerala government is facing is to rehabilitate the flood-affected people.
Sanitation, house cleaning, providing potable drinking water, are the challenges faced by the government. As lakhs of people, across the state, are stranded in the relief camps.
In Alleppy, as per the state government, over 2 lakh flood-affected people are stranded and are waiting to go back to their houses. To rehabilitate them is an uphill task lies in front of the Kerala administration.
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My Medical Mantra got an opportunity to interact with Dr Thomas Isaac, the Finance Minister of Kerala.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Thomas Isaac, said, “In Kottinadu area, the houses are still submerged in the water as it’s a low-lying area. We need pumps to pump out the water from the houses. Then, the process of cleaning begins. We are thankful to the Government of Maharashtra, and Minister Girish Mahajan, for offering to help with heavy duty pumps. So once that is done, we will shift the people back to their houses.”
Dr Isaac further added, “Now as the floods are over, there is a threat that the epidemic might spread. Therefore, we will need doctors and trained healthcare personnel to manage the situation. We are gathering a workforce of about 70000 people, to clean the houses.”
Kerala is recovering, but the task is uphill and mammoth.
#HealthOfKerala: Rehabilitation and public health a dual priority for Kerala
A medical relief camp