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Health Ministry sends over 100 tonnes of medicines to J&K

New Delhi: The Health Ministry has sent over 100 tonnes of medicines and other supplies besides teams of doctors and experts to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.A 20-member clinical team comprising physicians, paediatricians and reproductive health

PTI PTI Updated on: September 13, 2014 9:42 IST
health ministry sends over 100 tonnes of medicines to j k
health ministry sends over 100 tonnes of medicines to j k

New Delhi: The Health Ministry has sent over 100 tonnes of medicines and other supplies besides teams of doctors and experts to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

A 20-member clinical team comprising physicians, paediatricians and reproductive health specialists have been deployed in Srinagar, an official statement said, adding that a 10-member team has been there since September 10.

The Ministry has set up a control room here to monitor the situation in the state round-the-clock.

Acting on the request of the state government for supply of 23 medicines, the Ministry has dispatched five medicines while 13 drugs have been supplied in part and remaining five drugs are being procured on an urgent basis.

An earlier statement from the Ministry had put the quantity of medicines sent to the state at 100 tonnes but it later clarified that the figure included "medicines and other supplies".

"Two water purification plants each having a capacity of purifying around 50,000 litres per day and six small water purification units along with operators have been dispatched from Delhi by Air Force," it said.

Over 998500 chlorine tablets too have been sent by Air Force planes.

The Ministry said a public health team each in Jammu and Srinagar have been present since September 8 for rapid health assessment and to prevent and control public health exigencies.

Two psycho-social teams for psycho-social need assessment are being sent tomorrow from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, it said.

Indian Red Cross Society has also joined relief efforts by supplying 1082 tents (each to house eight people). In addition, they have sent 750 tarpaulins, 1000 kitchen sets and 2500 blankets, the statement said.

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