Navy undertakes medicare drive in lakshadweep

As part of the Navy's community outreach programme, a warship was deployed by the Southern Naval Command to Lakshadweep for providing health related training and medicare facilities.

PTI| Updated: Oct 21, 2014, 21:08 PM IST

Kochi: As part of the Navy's community outreach programme, a warship was deployed by the Southern Naval Command to Lakshadweep for providing health related training and medicare facilities.

The Medical officers of INHS Sanjivani, who were embarked on the ship, undertook medicare drive at Chetlat, Kiltan, Kadmat and Agatti islands last week, a Naval press release said today.

Specialist doctors -- Paediatrician, Dermatologist, Ophthalmologist, ENT specialist, Psychiatrist, Pathologist and Dental Surgeon were part of the medical team.

About 2,500 people of the island were provided medical assistance and treatment free of charge during the camp. Medicines and near vision spectacles were also distributed to the patients free of cost.

The medical team also went to the Government Senior Secondary schools in the islands, where it trained students and teachers.
School children were given lectures on importance of dental hygiene, washing of hands, harmful effects of tobacco, mosquito borne diseases, food/water borne diseases and their preventive measures.

A total of 1,200 personnel, including students, teachers and health centre staff of the islands were given training on Basic Life Support (BLS). Medical literature brochures on common relevant health topics were handed over to the school principals.