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Epidemic threat after flood, high alert

Dinesh Bhardwaj/Trinew
Chandigarh, July 14
After the extreme effects of floods and rains in many cities and villages of 13 districts of Haryana, now the threat of diseases is also looming large. There is a possibility of increasing diseases after waterlogging in the fields, people’s homes and colonies. Keeping this in mind, all doctors and para-medical staff have been put on high alert. All CMOs have been ordered to arrange medicines and essential items. Not only this, all the CMOs have formed Rapid Response Teams on the instructions of the government. More than half of Haryana is in the grip of flood and rain water. More than 982 villages have come under the grip of flood so far. Realizing the danger of water-borne diseases, the government has canceled the leaves of all the employees of the health department. Along with this, the CMO has been instructed not to grant leave to anyone till further orders.
Ambala, Fatehabad, Faridabad, Panchkula, Jhajjar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat, Palwal, Sirsa and Yamuna Nagar districts are facing maximum water-logging problem. The Director General of Health Services Haryana has given instructions to the civil surgeon keeping in mind the diseases. All district hospitals have been asked to set up control rooms and deploy non-clinical staff.
If water is filled in any hospital or health center, then the concerned CMO will immediately ensure its evacuation through pumps. The government feels that in the coming days, where patients of waterborne diseases will come. Cases like snake bite, electrocution etc. can also come. It has been asked to make arrangements for the treatment of such potential patients in advance. The CMO has been told that if there is a shortage of any medicine, it should be procured immediately.
Nodal officers will be appointed
Rapid response teams have been formed in all the hospitals. The CMO will appoint nodal officers for these so that the patients do not face any kind of problem. The CMOs have also been instructed to regularly monitor the ambulance service and referral transport system. Till further orders, only those patients will be operated in government hospitals, which are necessary.
128 villages came in the grip of flood
Apart from Yamuna and Ghaggar river, 128 more villages of the state have come under the grip of flood due to overflow of other canals and breakage of canals at many places. Water has entered these villages during the last 24 hours. At the same time, the number of flood and rain-affected districts has increased from 11 to 13. The two new districts are Palwal and Sirsa. Yamuna river in Palwal villages and Ghaggar in Sirsa have created flood situations. The number of flood affected villages has increased to 982.
20 killed, no trace of 3
The death toll due to floods, rains, house collapse and electrocution etc. has increased to 20. The government has confirmed the death of four people during the last 24 hours. Similarly, two people are still injured. The police have not yet been able to trace the three people. They are still missing. A missing complaint has been given by his relatives.
262 houses damaged
So far, 262 houses have been damaged across the state due to floods and rains. The houses of 127 people were completely destroyed. One more house has collapsed during the last 24 hours. At the same time, the number of houses damaged due to water-logging has increased to 135. During the last 24 hours, 29 more houses have been damaged.

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