J&K floods: Harsh Vardhan reviews situation, assures all-out healthcare assistance

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday reviewed the situation in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir and affirmed that all assistance would be provided to the state health authorities to tackle any possible epidemic in the aftermath of the devastating floods.

Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 18:03 PM IST
J&K floods: Harsh Vardhan reviews situation, assures all-out healthcare assistance

Srinagar: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday reviewed the situation in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir and affirmed that all assistance would be provided to the state health authorities to tackle any possible epidemic in the aftermath of the devastating floods.

Vardhan visited the Valley today and met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior officers at Hari Niwas to review the ongoing relief operations in the state, an official spokesman said.

Before leaving for the flood-battered state, the Union Minister tweeted, "Leaving for Srinagar. Worried with medical shortage reports. Will meet all authorities there to find answer to logistical problems & issues."

And followed it up with: " Thanks to wide social media support, Health Min, Army+Para mil lots of relief reaching Kashmir. Going to Srinagar. Need last mile solutions."

After taking a detailed review of the health related relief measures Vardhan also took stock of essential medicines and other health care facilities provided.

The Chief Minister sought central assistance to restore the health infrastructure affected due to floods and also to carry out an extensive measles vaccination programme for vulnerable age group of 0 to 15 years.

He also informed that almost 50 lakh chlorine tablets have been received in the state and mobile purification plants are being used to provide safe drinking water to the people.

The authorities have been directed to press into service more pumps for dewatering and taking appropriate preventive? measures to check any epidemic outbreak, Omar said.

Vardhan was also apprised that supplies of emergency medicines have been dispatched to various district hospitals.

The Health Minister assured the state of all possible assistance and asked authorities to press medical teams to various affected areas so that much needed health care facilities is provided to the public.

He said it is important to inform the people about the water purification methods and other vaccinations to check diseases.

It was also informed in the meeting that general public should be sensitized that about one to two tablets of chlorine can purify about 20 litres of water.

With PTI Inputs