Indian Medical Association lends a helping hand to flood victims in Kerala

As Kerala is struggling to gain back normalcy, after the floods have overwhelmingly caused the loss of life and destruction of settlements. The Indian Medical Association has come forward to pitch in with the relief efforts in the coastal state

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In view of great calamity in Kerala following unprecedented floods, Indian Medical Association (IMA), National Headquarters and IMA Kerala has made elaborate arrangements to help the flood vicitms.

A national co-ordination committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr Vinay Agarwal and Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Past National Presidents who are co-ordinating the activities.

IMA National President, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar is personally monitoring the Rescue and Relief operations and co-ordinating on daily basis.

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IMA Kerala State level co-ordination committee is directly monitoring the activities in the state specially focussing on the mostly affected districts viz. Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Thrissur.

Until Sunday, the medical assistance and other activities of the Indian Medical Association focussed on providing immediate medical attention to those who have been rescued from flooded areas.

  • Medical personnel were deployed in around 420 rescue camps for this purpose.
  • All private hospitals were instructed to provide free consulation services to flood vicitims.
  • The IMA ambulance network has provided a helpline number and free ambulance services are being provided to the flood victims throughout the state.
  • Medicine worth Rs 40 lakhs have been distributed till now.

A state level control room with phone number: 0471 2741155 has been opened at IMA State quarters at Thiruvananthapuram.

District level control rooms have been opened at Chengannur of Pathanamthitta district and Aluva of Ernakulam district where rescue work is not yet being completed.

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The National Co-ordination committee met at New Delhi on August 01 and August 17 and state level co-ordination committee met at Thiruvananthapuram on August 19 has decided to work with a 5 pronged strategy:

  • Medical assistance and drug distribution in relief camps
  • Material supply
  • Epidemic prevention and control
  • Monitoring and research.
  • National level resource mobilisation

In order to provide medical assistance, manpower will be mobilised to provide medical assistance at more than 1,800 camps. Medical students network has arranged around 1,000 volunteers to assist the medical services.

The ambulance network will continue to provide the free services. There is abundant material supply pouring in as of now. The IMA committee will monitor the situation and arrange material supply from various states as the situation demands.

There is a definite threat of infectious diseases and IMA has initiated campaign for its prevention.

Measures have been initiated to ensure safe drinking water, proper hand hygiene, healthy toilet activities and proper waste management.

Sufficient stock of medicines for managing such a situation is also being ensured.

Various State Chapters of IMA, institutions and individuals have extended both financial and material assistance which are being handed over to the state at periodic intervals. Until now more than Rs 1 crore have been collected and relief material from IMA Branches of nearby states is being sent.

The IMA stated that is ready to go to any extend to help the citizens of Kerala in this hour of crisis.