Union minister for health and family welfare C P Thakur on Thursday reviewed the health situation of Gujarat following reports of impending epidemics in the relief camps in riot-hit areas of the state.
The meeting, attended by Gujarat health minister Ashok Bhatt and senior officials in the health ministry, was informed that as a result of effective measles vaccination of children up to five years of age in the relief camps, only eight cases have been reported so far in some camps.
In view of this it was decided to vaccinate children up to 15 years of age only in those camps where no cases of measles have been reported.
The government also decided to sanction medicine worth Rs 8.26 crore for use at relief camps as was demanded by the Gujarat government. Three truckloads of medicines were despatched on Thursday morning and the rest will be sent shortly.
The Indian Red Cross Society is already providing medical relief in the riot-affected areas and over 20 specialists have been sent in batches to assist the state government. A control room has also been set up at the All India Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad.