Centre sends emergency drugs to Kerala

New Delhi, Aug 21 : The Centre on Tuesday said 65 tonnes of emergency drugs have been transported by the Indian Air Force to check epidemics in flood-hit Kerala.

According to the Health Ministry, one crore of chlorine tablets have been sent and another crore is in transit.

"The total request for four crore chlorine tablets will be sent in phases.

The Health Ministry has further mobilized 20 tonnes of bleaching powder which is being sent by road," said a statement from the Ministry.

The Ministry has also formed 12 public health teams, one each to be deployed in the 12 worst affected districts in Kerala.

The Ministry's decision comes after Union Health Minister J.P Nadda held a meeting to review the relief measures in Kerala.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued several health advisories to support the state in meeting the post-flood public health management when the threat of water borne, vector borne and viral hepatitis diseases might become potent.



Source: IANS