Health officials on high alert in flood-hit regions in Karnataka

Yogesh K Porwar.Vinod M Jain 

Karnataka’s Minister of Health,Family Welfare, and Medical Education,Dr K Sudhakar,has directed health officials to take all precautions to prevent disease outbreaks in the state’s flood-affected areas.

Dr K Sudhakar,Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education,has instructed health officials to take all precautions to prevent outbreak of any disease in the flood hit regions of the State.

Dr K Sudhakar reviewed the health department’s flood preparedness in a meeting with Health Commissioner K V Trilok Chandra, Principal Secretary of Medical Education department,MD of National Health Mission Arundhathi Chandrashekar were present at the review meeting with senior health officials at Arogya Soudha in Bengaluru.

The officials were instructed to spray disinfectant in places which are affected by floods.The officials have also been told to be on high alert in flood hit regions and educate people about potential outbreak of diseases.

Vulnerable segments such as senior citizens, pregnant women and children must be given special attention during these floods,the Minister added.

The second wave of Covid is not over yet.Ensure that free masks and sanitizers are distributed to people in flood relief centres,the Minister told the officials.

The spread of communicable diseases such as chikangunya and dengue is low this year but the department needs to be on guard for any spike in cases in the coming days.

The Minister told the officials to make use of mobile health units in case there are no primary health centres or government hospitals close to flood relief centres.

In worst affected districts,the Department must appoint nodal officers to coordinate with the district administration,he instructed.