The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has asked five States and Union Territories to take necessary measures for the upcoming cyclone. As per the prediction of the India Meteorological Department, this cyclone is likely to touch Odisha and West Bengal on 26th of May of this month. It has also predicted widespread rainfall in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and several districts of east coast.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today wrote a letter to Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and Administrator of Andaman and Nicobar Island suggesting the precautionary measures to avoid spread of several waterborne, vector borne and airborne diseases.
The Union Health Ministry has asked to activate the Health sector incident command system and emergency operation center and control room. It has also asked to activate the hospital disaster management plan of all the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The Health Ministry has urged to do advance planning for the evacuation of the public and shifting of health facilities to safer places which are likely to come on the path of cyclone. It said, the district surveillance units and public health teams mobilized for Covid management also need to be reoriented on possible outbreak of epidemic prone diseases such as influenza, measles, dysentery, dengue and malaria. It has stressed that health facilities to be stocked with adequate essential medicines and supplies to meet any exigencies arising due to disruption on movement of vehicles due to high wind and heavy rainfall.
It has also been asked to ensure the adequate power back up arrangements for all the hospitals, labs, vaccine cold chain and Oxygen generation units and other supportive medical facilities.
The Union Health Ministry has emphasized on the advance planning for ensuring unhindered movement of oxygen tankers. It has also asked to ensure the Covid Appropriate Behaviour in the camps set up for the evacuated population.