GUWAHATI, Aug 1 - The overall healthcare-related situation in the State�s flood-hit areas �is not bad�. The Health Department is trying its level best to supply all the essential medicines to the affected areas and there is no complaint received so far from any of the flood-hit areas of non-supply of medicines, said sources in the Health Department here today.
Sources further informed this newspaper that essential medicines are almost available with the Health Department and wherever any short-stock of such medicines is reported, money is paid to the authorities concerned there to purchase the required medicines from the market.
Moreover, the Health Department has deployed 162 medical teams in the flood-hit areas to cater to the medical needs of the people of these areas, sources said.
Malaria: In all, 5,800 blood slides have been collected with blood samples from among the flood-hit people all over the State and three of these people have so far been found to be malaria positive.
JE: The State has so far reported 304 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases, since April last. Reports of 69 JE-related death cases have also been received so far. Last year, around 180 cases of JE-related death were reported between April and August.
Dengue: In total, 184 cases of dengue have been reported from different parts of the State, between January and July 31, 2016. However, no case of dengue-related death has so far been reported from any part of the State, sources said.
Diarrhoea: The cumulative figure of diarrhoea cases reported from the flood-hit areas, since the beginning of the flood season this year, is around 920. However, there is no report received on diarrhoea-related death from any part of the State.
Today, 209 cases of acute diarrhoea have been reported from different parts of the State and Dhubri with 93 such cases has emerged as the worst-hit district in this respect, sources said.
Skin disease, snake bites: There is no formal report received from any of the flood-hit areas about the occurrence of any case of skin disease and snake bite, sources said.
Domestic animals: In total, 8, 41, 336 large animals like the cattle, 3, 66, 729 small animals like pigs and goats and 4, 03, 118 ducks and poultry are affected by the current wave of flood in the State.
The floodwaters have also washed away 38 large animals and seven small animals so far, said sources in the State�s Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary (AH&Vety) here today.
The AH&Vety Department has deployed 709 staff in the affected areas and distributed 20,532.51quintals of feed, like wheat or rice bran etc., and 997 quintals of fodder, like Napier and Para, in the flood-hit areas, sources said.