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Flood-hit villages: Along with food, water, admin supplies sanitary pads

A veterinary kit carrying 20 items is also being supplied, as a large number of cattle are stranded in the flooded areas.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Kapurthala |
Updated: August 26, 2019 11:34:37 am
Letter to the Editor: Gust of fresh air A veterinary kit carrying 20 items is being supplied as large number of cattle are also stranded in the flooded areas.

The Kapurthala administration has started supplying sanitary pads along with eatables, drinking water and medicines to women and young girls from all 67 flood-affected villages in the district. Keeping in mind the health risks involved for those still stranded in villages, the administration started the supply Saturday using 20 mobile teams formed to move in these villages on boats.

“We started supplying sanitary napkins from yesterday evening and supplied 2,500 pads till Sunday. Demands are coming from various villages and are expected to increase after water recedes and we are able to move more freely inside villages..,” said Assistant Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala, Dr Ramesh Banga.

Dr Banga said that at the moment, approaching some villages is difficult and at some places, teams take a long time to reach on boat.

“An NGO — ‘Stop the Spots’ — is supplying these napkins to us free of cost,” said ACS Dr Banga, adding that “our doctors and pharmacists are distributing these to the needy”.

“We have been providing a medical kit to every village, in which there are 55 items, including sanitary napkins and cotton pads. The kits carry several medicines related to water-borne diseases, anti-snake venom injections, anti-rabies injections, anti-scabies lotions and ointments. Our doctors and pharmacists are also available to treat the sick people in flood-hit villages,” said Kapaurthala Deputy Commissioner D P S Kharbanda.

Also, a veterinary kit carrying 20 items is being supplied, as a large number of cattle are also stranded in the flooded areas. “We are providing pads to needy women in the flooded villages, but the circumstances are quite unhygienic for them due to non-availability of water to keep them clean during their periods,” said one of the doctors, who visited flood-hit Bharowana village.

“We requested women having their menstrual cycle to shift to relief camps where adequate water supply is available, but their families are not ready this,” said another doctor, adding that polythene bags are also being supplied so that used sanitary pads are not disposed of in floodwater.

A schoolgirl at a relief camp said she requested her parents to move here, as the situation in her village was unhygienic for her. Several children at the camps have come here with skin and gastro diseases.

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