All support is being extended for the flood relief measures in Kerala: Health Minister J P Nadda


Health Minister J P Nadda today said all support is being extended for the flood relief measures in Kerala. Talking to media in New Delhi, Mr Nadda said his Ministry is monitoring the flood situation in Kerala on a regular basis and Health Secretary is monitoring the situation daily through the disease surveillance network.

He informed that three thousand seven hundred and fifty-seven medical relief camps have been set up to meet with the situation. Mr Nadda also said that as requested by the state government, 90 types of medicines are being sent to the state in the requested quantity.

Health advisories on infectious disease prevention and control, safe drinking water, hygiene measures, vector control, and other matters have been prepared and shared with the state government.

Mr Nadda added that the State has been given instructions to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for epidemic-prone diseases for detecting early warning signs of an outbreak.
The Minister said quick response medical teams will also be sent to Kerala to provide emergency medical care. He said support under National Health Mission will be provided to make the damaged primary health care infrastructure functional.

While no outbreak of communicable disease has been reported, health experts opine that once the flood water starts receding, the environment would be conducive for epidemic-prone diseases.


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