Centre monitoring the surveillance data for potential outbreak of diseases in Kerala

Vastavam web: Following devastating floods in Kerala, the Union Health Ministry said today that there are indications about the spread of diseases, including acute diarrhoea and dengue, and asserted it is coordinating with the state in monitoring the cases. The floods in Kerala killed more than 480 people since the onset of Monsoon on May 28 and hit the state’s economy badly.

The Health Ministry said the Centre is sending 30 specialist doctors, 20 general duty medical officers and 40 Malayalam-speaking nurses, who will reach Kerala tomorrow after the state requested so on thursday. Senior officials of the Health Ministry informed Nadda that the government was 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 (the officials) are coordinating with state to monitor the cases,” an official statement said. The Centre has supplied 73 MT of emergency drugs, 1,000 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, besides 1,000 litres of cyphenothrin 5 per cent, 500 kg of diflubenzuron 25 per cent and 250 litres of malathion (tech).

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, 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, the statement said.
The ministry has also deployed 12 public health teams, each comprising one public health specialist, one microbiologist and one entomologist to assist the state health department. Nadda also spoke to Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja and assured her of the continued support of the Health Ministry in the ongoing flood relief measures.