Harsh Vardhan assures support to rebuild J&K

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday assured the Jammu and Kashmir government of providing support to reconstruct the health infrastructure which was damaged due to the floods.

IANS| Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 20:05 PM IST

Srinagar: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday assured the Jammu and Kashmir government of providing support to reconstruct the health infrastructure which was damaged due to the floods.

"Thanks to the tireless efforts of the army and doctors as we have been able to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. This is a rare achievement for which I thank the medical and paramedical personnel," said Harsh Vardhan who visited the state for the second time after the floods.

The health minister visited a number of hospitals in the city.

"In most places, I saw doctors themselves cleaning the mess left by the receding flood waters. Police constables were helping them everywhere. I was touched by the spirit of camaraderie evident in Srinagar in the post-floods scenario," he said.

The health ministry has supplied 150 metric tonnes of medicines, 35 lakh chlorine tablets, 50,000 IV fluids (DNS), 50,000 dextrose, 50,000 Ringer Lactate, 50,000 normal saline and 2,70,000 Oral Rehydration Solution sachets.

Harsh Vardhan said: "I am satisfied that a crucial stage in disaster management is now over but there is no scope for lowering the guard against the possibility of infectious diseases breaking out."