Health Care Aftermath FANI

Senior Mandarins in Department of Health & Family Welfare are closely monitoring Health Care System aftermath Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm-FANI hit several districts of the State.

Pramod Kumar Meharda, Secretary Health & Family Welfare along with senior officials are engaged in monitoring the activities to take care of the people.

Shalini Pandit, Special Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) Managing Director Archana Patnaik, Yamini Sarangi, Joint Secretary H & FW and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Based on the impact of the cyclone, presently nine districts are being closely monitored, said an official.  Those are Puri, Khurdha, Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Separate advisory was issued in the print and electronic media, All India Radio and FM Radio for massive IEC/BCC campaign informing general public about the public health preventive measures to be taken in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Around 745 Medical Relief Centres(MRCs) are continuing till date. All ASHAs have been mobilised along with ANMs and AWWs for house to house visits for massive BCC (Behabioural Change Communication).

ORS satchets, Halazone tablets are being distributed to each household and those persons who had been evacuated to the temporary safe shelters.

Around 371 deliveries have been conducted safely out of the 1945 expectant mothers who had been shifted to Maa Gruhas/Delivery points/FRU etc.

Around 7805 cases of minor ailments and injuries have been treated at the Health Care Facilities. Details of the essential medicines received by OSMCL from Government of India and the distribution Plan is being monitored.

As a precautionary measure steps are taken for prevention of possible epidemics caused by water and vector borne diseases.
Cleanliness drives including drainage of stagnant water and filling up of ditches are being conducted by the Gaon Kalyan Samiti, cleanliness drives in 3252 villages have already been completed till date.

Massive drive for disinfection of open water sources is continuing, around 8478 oper water sources have been disinfected till date. Distribution of ORS satchets, Halazone tablets is continuing.

Teams led by Director, NCDC , New Delhi and RMRC, Bhubaneswar are visiting the affected districts to conduct surveillance of water borne and vector borne diseases and water sampling for early warning signals for possible outbreaks.

ASHAs, ANMs and AWW are continuing their awareness drives.

Dr,Meherda convened an emergency meeting on 1 May before 48 hours before the cyclone hit the State. FANI hit the State on 3 May.

All kinds of leave of doctors and health staff of all medical collage and hospitals and all health care facilities were cancelled up to 15 May.

Those who had already proceeded on leave, were directed to report back at the respective head quarters by 9 AM.
24x7 Control Rooms, both at the periphery level and state head quarter were immediately made operational.

Nodal officers from the state directorates were deployed to 20 high focus districts. For better coordination at the state head quarter, nodal officers (on the rank of Deputy Secretary and above) were designated for each of the 20 high focus districts.

Advisory was issued in the print and electronic media, social media, All India Radio and FM Radio for massive IEC campaign informaing general public about the public health preventive measures to be taken.

A total of 1945 expectant mothers (based on their EDD calculation) were shifted to Maa Gruhas/Delivery Points/FRU etc.
56 doctors were deployed from outside to the high focus districts.

A total of 135 staff nurses and paramedics were deployed to the high focus districts. 680 ambulances (including 108, 102, those provided from CSR etc.) were mobilized. CDMOs were directed to keep some of the 108 ambulances under their direct disposal for immediate deployment in case of possible failure of mobile/telephone connectivity.

A total of 321 mobile medical teams were deployed at strategic locations in the high focus districts.

Sufficient stock of essential medicines, viz. ORS statchets, anti-pyretics, anti-diarrhoeal, ASVs ARVs and IV fluids was maintained.

The details of stock available with OSMCL and which was distributed to the districts, said an official.

24x7 power back up was provided in all the health care facilities in advance, said he.

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