Health Minister proposes floating clinics

Omar Abdullah directs officials to mobilise boats in Srinagar

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:28 pm IST

Published - September 15, 2014 01:15 am IST - NEW DELHI:

A man rows his makeshift boat through a flooded area in Wazirbagh inSrinagar on Sunday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

A man rows his makeshift boat through a flooded area in Wazirbagh inSrinagar on Sunday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday proposed that boats should be mobilised to send medicines to the people of the flooded areas of Srinagar. These “floating clinics” can be used to deliver medicines, first aid and other supplies to those areas where floodwaters are yet to recede and boats are the only mode of access.

After returning from his tour of the flood-ravaged areas, Dr. Vardhan said his proposal had been received “positively” by the Jammu and Kashmir government.

“The Chief Minister [Omar Abdullah] has directed his officials to mobilise the available boats and start something on an urgent basis. Meanwhile, I am arranging for doctors and health workers,” he said.

Efforts are being made to reach people suffering from diabetes and hypertension who need medicines immediately. The Ministry has also urged the State’s Health Secretary and other officials to dispose of the carcasses lying around Srinagar. Cautioning against the spread of diseases on account of the dead animals, the Minister has called for the launch of an information-education-communication-intervention to make people aware of the need to boil water before drinking.

“I have urged for central monitoring of water supply. For people cut off, I have advised that chlorine tablets be supplied. Just one tablet dissolved in 20 litres of water could safeguard people against water-borne diseases,” Dr. Vardhan said.

The Minister said all efforts were being made by the Army, the BSF and other agencies to offer medical care. “There are a large number of doctors from Delhi’s central government hospitals who rushed there,” he said.

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