#HealthOfKerala: Rehabilitation and public health a dual priority for Kerala

As efforts to restore essential services is going on parallel with relief and rescue in Kerala, it is important to take into the account the severity of the natural calamity which has battered the state. As the fear of that an outbreak of disease is eminent, the role of the doctor is crucial in helping citizens in this time of crisis

#HealthOfKerala: Rehabilitation and public health a dual priority for Kerala

The threat of disease is now a key concern, given the lack of clean drinking water. Animal carcasses and mosquitoes raise the risks. The health ministry has set up 3,700 medical camps across the state and put six specialised medical teams on standby.

The issue of rehabilitation is another vital subject which is playing a role in restoring normalcy to the flood-affected people. The state government of Kerala is focused on the mammoth task of rehabilitation. Even if the water has receded, the houses may not be liveable.

The state faces a humongous task of rehabilitating over 7 lakh people who were displaced by the floods that killed more than 400 people. Relief material in the form of ready-to-eat food, clothes, essential medicines, foodgrains, among others, is being transported to the state.

Meghna Rajeev, a local councillor, said, “Rehabilitation is very important. People have to be informed about the rehabilitation. Many people were heading back to home to clean their houses.”

Dr Deepti Prem, a gynaecologist, assisting at the medical camp in Aramula, said, “Since today morning, we have been witnessed 70 per cent cases which have come with fever. The fever cases are rising and we need medical attention for the patient.”

She added, “Skin related infections are on the rise, due to people spending endless hours in the water. Insulin is not easily available for diabetic patients and this is a major problem. Respiratory infections are also on the rise.”

#HealthOfKerala: Rehabilitation and public health a dual priority for Kerala
A medical relief camp

The Union Health Ministry said it will soon airlift 72 metric tonnes of emergency medicines for Kerala.

With floodwater receding in some areas, lack of clean drinking water and diseases due to mosquito infestation, especially in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, have become a big concern.