Diarrhoea, dengue on the rise in Kerala, post floods

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In this photo released by Indian Navy, Indian military personnel rescue a flood affected man in the southern state of Kerala, India, Tuesday, Aug.21, 2018. The Indian military is scaling down rescue operations in this tropical tourist haven where intense floods killed more than 200 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. (Indian Navy, via AP)

Health minister J P Nadda reviews flood relief measures in Kerala

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on Wednesday reviewed the flood relief measures in Kerala.

Senior officials of the Health Ministry briefed the minister on the situation in the state where more than 300 people died in floods and landslides.

Government is closely monitoring the disease surveillance data for potential outbreak of epidemic prone diseases. A rising trend is indicated in cases of Leptospirosis, acute diarrhoeal disease and Dengue and they are coordinating with state to monitor the cases.

Union Government has supplied 73 MT of essential emergency drugs; 1000 inj Adrenaline vials; 2.25 crore Chlorine tablets (one tablet for chlorinating 20 L of water); 80 MT of Bleaching powder, and 4 lakh units of Sanitary Napkins to the state.

This is in addition to 1000 litres of Cyphenothrin 5%, 500 kg of Diflubenzuron 25% and 250 litres of Malathion (Tech).

12 public health teams, each comprising of 1 public health specialist, 1 microbiologist and 1 entomologist are being deployed

As per the additional request received from State, 58 items of essential drugs/ consumables weighing about 120 MT, and 40 Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Fogging Machines are also being sent to the state.

NIMHANS, Bengaluru has already deployed a 40-member psycho-social teams (Psychiatrist, Psychologists and Psycho-social worker), one team for each of the 14 districts for rapid psycho-social assessment and community based psycho-social care.

As per the request received from the state today, Government of India is sending 30 specialist doctors, 20 General Duty Medical Officers and 40 Malayalam speaking nurses and these teams are reaching Kerala tomorrow.

In addition 12 public health teams, each comprising of 1 public health specialist, 1 microbiologist and 1 entomologist are being deployed to assist the State health department in various public health measures.

Nadda also spoke to K K Shailaja, Health Minister, Kerala and assured her of the continued support of the Health Ministry in the ongoing flood relief measures.

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