Government precautions against spread of communicable diseases during incessant rains

As widespread rains continue in various parts of the state, the Kerala government has warned people against the spread of various communicable diseases, including air- and water-borne, zoonotic and vector-borne infections and Instructions have been issued to prevent this.

Rat fever, dengue, diarrhoea, typhoid, jaundice and viral fever were among the diseases that could spread widely during the floods, and extreme vigilance should be taken against its spread, health officials said.

Giving details of the situation, Health Minister Veena George said that since the state is yet to be completely free from Covid-19, extra vigilance and care should be taken to follow the instructions of the department.

“Special care should be taken in the case of elderly people and those living in (relief) camps with related diseases. Everyone should wear masks properly. Various other airborne diseases can also be prevented by this.”

Health workers from nearby hospitals should visit the camps regularly, he said, adding that those showing any discomfort or difficulty should be shifted to the hospital as soon as possible. The Minister added that those who are facing any mental stress or any psychological related problems can avail the services of counselors at the state-run Disha Helpline.

Meanwhile, the health department directed people to disinfect drinking water sources as there is a possibility of septic tanks being contaminated with sewage due to flooding.

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