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Health Care After Kerala Flood

Health Care after Kerala Floods:


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Kerala is facing disaster right now. It has been flooded since 8th August when heavy rain started. Despite the rescue and help, an enormous number of people are still suffering the aftereffects of the flood. Kerala is winning this battle but it still has a war looming ahead: disrupted Health Facilities.

Kerala should brace herself for next wave when the water recedes.

image Courtesy Google

Health care system should be ready to face:

Waterborne diseases:

  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A
  • Leptospirosis

Vector-borne diseases (transmitted by insects):

  • Malaria
  • Dengue

GI Infections:

  • Loose stools
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Cramps in abdomen
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite.

Respiratory Infections:

  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Aggravation of diseases like Asthma/ COPD
kerala floods
Image Courtesy Google

Precautions to be taken by each individual during and after floods:

Water-related care:

  • Boiling of water.
  • Chlorination of water.
  • Do not drink or wash utensils from flood water.

Food Related care:

  • Do not eat raw vegetables
  • Boil and cook food properly
  • Do not eat old or stale food
  • Boil milk properly before consuming
  • Avoid ill-cooked or undercooked non-veg food
  • Wash properly before preparing meals
  • Wash utensils properly
  • Dispose off the waste properly

Promote better hygiene practices:

  • Be clean keep surroundings clean
  • Avoid being in flood water for the long duration.
  • use plastic boots
  • Wash properly
  • Waste management should be proper
  • Dress wounds properly.

Seek help early in case of:

  • Fever with chills and rigors
  • Headache, cold and cough
  • Loose stools and vomiting
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Delirium
  • Watering of eyes/ burning of eyes/ photosensitivity.
  • Open wound

Get vaccinated for:

  • Tetanus vaccination (if not done previously)
  • Hepatitis A Vaccination
  • Flu Vaccination

Floods have brought the whole of the country together and everyone has joined hands to provide relief in any means possible. Important supplies are being shipped, major cities have collection centers. To donate get in touch with them.

Kozhikode: People engage in flood rescue work after Kakkayam dam was opened following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kozhikode on Thursday, Aug 16, 2018. (PTI Photo courtesy Google)

Financial help: Donate to Kerala Chief Minister Relief Funds. No amount is small to donate because it makes a huge difference to those who need it.

Help in any kind and every kind is appreciated. you could go through Quartz India Article for more helping bodies.

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7 thoughts on “Health Care After Kerala Flood”

  1. These are useful tips for thsoe recovering from such a devastating flood. I agree we as countrymen can open our hearts and wallets and I am sure all of us are doing our bit.

  2. They will really take a long time to come back to normalcy. You have given some simple yet important pointers. Thank you for creating the awareness.
    Cheers!!

    UK

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