Bhubaneswar: In view of possible cyclonic storm ‘Sitrang’, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Department has issued an advisory for authorities to combat the post-monsoon cyclone season this year.
In an advisory issued to all Municipal Commissioners, Collectors, CDMOs, PHOs and Superintendents of all Govt medical colleges and hospitals, the Health department stated that there is the possibility of flood or cyclone due to sudden low pressure during the post-monsoon season.
“This warrants possible causality, disease outbreak and other emergency situations,” an official notification stated.
The health authority asked the officials to ensure the following aspects on priority basis on receipt of cyclone warning:
1. Sufficient stock of essential medicines for flood related diseases, water purifying tablets, anti-snake venom in hospitals at different level.
2. Sufficient stock of bleaching powder, chlorine tablets, lime powders etc will also be ensured.
3. Necessary steps need to be taken for shifting of the pregnant women in vulnerable areas to Maa Gruha. Pregnant women having expected date of delivery within next 10 days should be shifted to nearest Govt hospital having safe delivery facility.
4. Ensure power backup arrangement in all PHCs, CHCs, DHH and other hospitals.
The Directorate of Public Health has issued a detail action plan for the health officials in state and district levels to combat cyclone/flood.
Here’s the action plan to deal with cyclone/flood: