Flood-stricken Regions In Maharashtra To Be Watched For Leptospirosis And Gastroenteritis

The authorities are now on a war footing, looking to tackle possible leptospirosis and gastroenteritis cases.

Flood-stricken Regions In Maharashtra To Be Watched For Leptospirosis And Gastroenteritis

In the next few weeks, regions that bore the brunt of heavy rains in Maharashtra will be looked into for leptospirosis and gastroenteritis bursts, amongst others. According to reports, medical teams have commenced the distribution of doxycycline that is used in the avoidance of leptospirosis. This is especially used, for those who paddled through murky waters.

Ratnagiri’s hardest hit, Chiplun, will soon be receiving more than 25,000 tablets of doxycycline, coupled with paracetamols. Similarly, the said drive is also being undertaken in some regions of Raigad, where some villages are still submerged.

Dr Sanghmitra Phule, a civil surgeon from Ratnagiri, is said to have stated, according to reports, that citizens are inclined to consume doxycycline.

Saturday onwards, in some villages in Raigad, doxycycline’s distribution has begun. District Health Officer of Raigad, Dr Sudhakar More, is of the opinion that the coming seven to eight days are critical. Those who have any symptoms, such as fever will also be receiving the medicine, he said.

Additionally, Rajesh Tope also conducted a virtual meeting on Saturday alongside health officials of the calamity hit areas. Reports state that they were asked to not just chlorinate all wells once the water reduces, but to also organize camps in the adversely affected housing areas.

On the other hand, Mumbai according to the IMD will receive moderate rains from Sunday for the next five days.

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