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Kerala Flood Relief Medical Camps 2018

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You are aware of the flood havoc in Kerala and part of Karnataka right now as a result of the unusually severe southwest monsoon. Never in a century has the state witnessed a calamity of this scale. In the current monsoon period, rain started in May last. In the first phase, mostly 2 northern districts were affected. Subsequently 3 districts of Middle Kerala were flooded which heightened the sufferings of the people.

MUKTI is committed to health, as its HEALER services begin with Health. In the case of Kerala floods, MUKTI endeavours to utilize partner NGO ecosystem and started medical camps. MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE (MSC) is such an India-wide NGO, operational since 1977, collaborating with Mukti comprising medical doctors, nurses and other medical workers. Mukti Jointly with MSC conducting on-the-field medical relief camps and trauma care management.

One of the Medical Camps conducted on 1st September 2018, Kallara, District Kottayam, Kerala where 129 patients were examined, and medicines dispensed. Significant malnutrition was noted among the people. Public health interventions were suggested and demonstrated at the household and community levels to achieve somewhat sanitary and hygienic living amidst the ruins. One doctor, 3 medical students, 1 nurse, 1 pharmacist and 5 volunteers worked to bring medical and psycho-social relief to the flood victims.

To serve the victim of Kerala flood to improve health and drinking water situation in devastated area of Kerala and to deliver medical care, psycho-social care, health education regarding individual hygiene, safe drinking water, safe food handling, waste disposal, disinfection of contaminated wells.

The Need: Although the India government has announced an initial aid of Rs 500 crores with the other state governments doing their bit and there have been some financial and manual assistance extended by the NGOs, the need is more definitely. As water is receding, diseases and epidemics begin taking place rampantly, not to forget the trauma that settles in the minds of the affected due to insecurity of life and loss of possessions. As for present needs, apart from the rehabilitation exercise, treatment of the diseases and management of epidemics are squarely the need of the hour. As government and NGOs are usually adept at the rehabilitation, a sustained effort – for months – on the health issues usually takes a back seat because it is a common psychology that we do not tend to put stress on the issues emerging after the fury of the disaster is over. Thus, medical aid stands a major need for the Kerala people in the coming months.
As per latest circulation from the State Government, health minister of Kerala state has declared high alert in state for next three week starting September 4. There are many places where diseases are being outspreading like epidemic. For example, leptospirosis outbreak claimed 12 lives till now and 302 confirmed and 719 suspected cases have been reported. Therefore, immediate medical aid in affected areas became upmost necessity for Kerala now.

MUKTI’s Call: MUKTI is committed to health, as its HEALER services begin with Health. In the case of Kerala floods, MUKTI endeavours to utilize partner NGO ecosystem and started medical camps,. MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE (MSC) is such an India-wide NGO, operational since 1977, collaborating with Mukti comprising medical doctors, nurses and other medical workers. Mukti Jointly with MSC conducting on-the-field medical relief camps and trauma care management.

Mukti and MSC has already been in action at the disaster zones. Work started in mid July 2018, since when its Kerala unit has been holding medical relief camps in the devastated areas of Kuttanad, where below-sea legalized cultivation is done. This constituted the initial phase. Furthermore, Mukti – MSC has chalked out a detailed plan for the medical camps to be organized in the coming months at different locations of Kerala and Karnataka by assessing needs in terms of schedule, resources and assistance from local administration. According to the plan, the second phase had begun on 21st August with a Control Room at Kottayam, and plan of work being in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. Mukti – MSC plans to deliver medical care, psychosocial care, health education regarding individual hygiene, safe drinking water, safe food handling, waste disposal, disinfection of contaminated wells etc. They should be able to supplement government flood relief activities at least in the neediest pockets of the affected areas.
The first MUKTI supported camp held on 1st September in Kallara district Kerala, 129 patients were examined and given medicines. Significant malnutrition was noted among the people. This camp delivered medical care, psychosocial counselling, health education regarding individual hygiene, safe drinking water, safe food handling, waste disposal, disinfection of contaminated wells etc. The medical camp consisted of 1 doctor, 3 medical students, 1 nurse, 1 pharmacist and 5 volunteers worked to bring medical and psycho-social relief to the flood victims. MUKTI could provide such service because of the benevolent donations of its kind well-wishers.

In last 15 days there about 7 medical camps organised at various places of Kerala to treat the Kerala Flood victims. The following Flood Relief Medical Camps have been held jointly by MUKTI and MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE for the victims of flood in Kerala as per following details. General and specialist types of camps conducted at each spot as mentioned below:

  • General Medical Camp
  • Paediatric Camp
  • Leptospirosis Screening, Prophylaxis and Initiation of Treatment Camp
  • Camp for Respiratory Infections
  • Screening of the elderly for non-communicable diseases, newly diagnosed & aggravation of previously known chronic diseases
  • Screening for Neurological Problems
  • WASH (water, hygiene & sanitation) awareness, general health awareness
  • Relieving of psychological acute stress

Spots where these camps were organised and their dates are mentioned below:

  • 01-09-2018 Kallara, Kottayam
  • 02-09-2018 Idavanthara, Changanassery
  • 05-09-2018 Komankari chira
  • 08-09-2018 North Villiyanadu, Kavalam, Alappuza, Pin 689590
  • 10-09-18 Kuttamangalam, Kainakary, Alappuza
  • 10-09-18 Naduturitu, Kuppapuram, Alappuza, Pin 688011
  • 11-09-18 Pandanad,Puliyoor, Alappuza.

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