Fearing an outbreak of diseases, the state health department is running about 200 medical camps in various parts of the city as well as in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram — two other flood-hit districts in northern Tamil Nadu.
The water is contaminated with sewage water at many places raising a major health threat.
State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express that over 1,700 doctors were on duty.
“Patients at the Tambaram government hospital were rescued and shifted to advanced facilities. The Global hospital in the city had to shut down after water entered the wards. The health minister, who is also a doctor, led the evacuation efforts. All other hospitals are operational in full strength, “ he said.
The dean of the Madras Medical College, Dr Vimala, said all medical colleges were running with full strength of doctors, nurses and resources. “Besides, several doctors have joined from other districts to run over 200 fever camps and disaster management camps. Senior doctors from medical colleges have been deputed to the camps in flood-hit areas,” she said.