Harsh Vardhan promises more medical consignments to flood-hit J&K

Noting that the flood tragedy in Jammu region had acquired "great proportions", Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday pledged additional consignments of medicines and other essentials to the state.

Jammu: Noting that the flood tragedy in Jammu region had acquired "great proportions", Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday pledged additional consignments of medicines and other essentials to the state.

On a visit to the state to review the situation, Vardhan held a meeting with state government officials and urged them to "ask for anything" as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged whole-hearted support, an official statement said.

Tomorrow, Vardhan will be visiting Kashmir valley where the devastation is "on a much larger scale".

Asking the divisional commissioner to work out a deployment plan, he said a team of doctors from central government hospitals is ready to be sent and the Indian Medical Association and Delhi Medical Association are also standing by for assistance.

"Vardhan has asked for additional consignments of emergency medicines to be dispatched to Jammu where the destruction of property and marooning of people has acquired great proportions," the statement said.

We have to boost supplies to deal with the post-flood situation which tends to drag on for months, he said.

Various kinds of antibiotics, oral rehydration solution sachets, anti-diarrhoeal drugs, chlorine tablets, bleaching powder, medicines for eye and skin infections, IV fluids and other essential drugs will be sent in the next few days, Vardhan said.

The Minister also visited Poonch, a border district which suffered many casualties and devastation on a large scale, and assured people at relief camps and patients at the district hospital full support from the Centre.