A comprehensive health plan needs to formulated for the flood affected areas of Uttarakhand where a number of villages are still cut off,revealed a team of Ludhiana doctors,who returned to the city on Tuesday after spending 17 days at a relief camp in the hill state. They added that the residents are suffering from water borne diseases,skin disorders and severe malnutrition.
The doctors were all part of a joint initiative by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA). It was a 17-day tour towards Uttarkashi but we actually worked for only four days. The rest of our time was spent on travelling as heavy landslides are still occurring and we were stuck at many places. Our team will go again once the travel routes are stabilised a bit, said Dr Arun Mitra,who led the delegation of doctors and paramedical staff.
He added that many villages around Uttarkashi are still bereft of basic facilities with many residents suffering from malnutrition and severe anaemia. The doctors said that the affected villages were still getting contaminated drinking water supply.
The team took medicines donated by different associations to the affected hills. Eight doctors of the 10-member team were from Ludhiana while one was from Haryana and the other from Bihar.
The doctors said that they had to trek to the villages as the road network is still badly hit.