Kerala was devastated by heavy rain and floods few days back. Thousands of people lost everything including homes. To provide medical care to the people affected by floods Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) took immediate steps to help the people. A team of doctors and nurses along with volunteers from the IDPD, Doctors Association for Social Equality, Tamil Nadu Government Contract Nurses Welfare Association (TNGCNWA), AITUC-Working Women’s Forum (WWF) and Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) IIT Madras conducted medical camps in Ernakulam district on 25th and 26th August 2018.
Dr. G.R. Ravindranath, the TN state general secretary of IDPD and Dr.Sajeeth IDPD and AIPF general Secretary of Kerala led the team. Joint-secretary Marimuthu and vice president Sindhan and James of TNGCNWA, Founding member of APSC IITM Swaminathan, AITUC-WWF TN State vice-president Vimala Devi were also part of the team. Veeramani and Srinivasan of TNGCNWA took immediate steps to make the camps a successful one. The medical team visited different parts of the district including the relief camps at Kunnukara and Karumaloor Panchayaths. People were given medical care for diseases caused by contaminated, polluted water. Patients with known cases of hypertension, diabetes and psychiatric problems were provided with required medicines. The trauma caused by the disaster was given proper care. Preventive medicines were provided to the people in the relief camps. House visits were also made. In two days, medical assistance was given to nearly 1500 people.
In Karumaloor Panchayat, a relief camp at Manjaly school was held. It was coordinated by panchayath vice-president Umaitha Yusuf who provided facilities for smooth and successful conduction of the medical camp and gave moral support to both the medical team and the inmates of the camp. Comrade Ravindran, CPI Ernakulam mandal secretary and comrade P. Raju ex-MLA were also present during the camp giving necessary support. Comrade Rajan of Chethu Thozhilali Union and his family gave a warm, friendly and generous hospitality to the 10 member team, though they were also hit worse by the flood. Dr.Sajeeth and his IDPD and AIPF teams coordinated well to conduct the medical camps.