Civic Amenities – Floods decreased, risk of infectious diseases increased

Shahjahanpur. The water level of Ganga and Ramganga continued to drop on Saturday as well. However, the roads of the coastal villages are still full of water. As the flood recedes, the crops and grasses submerged in water have started rotting, causing a foul smell. This has increased the risk of infectious diseases in the flood-affected areas. But the health services in the flood affected areas from Mirzapur to Paraur are in bad shape. According to the information received by the flood control room this morning, 81018 cusecs of water was withdrawn from Narora barrage. Now the water level of Ramganga has reduced by eight cm to 158.96 meters. Water has receded from coastal villages in the Mirzapur region due to less water in the Ganges, but water is flooded around houses and on low-lying roads. The foul smell is rising from the rotting garbage and weeds. Cold, cold, fever and skin diseases are increasing due to the use of contaminated drinking water coming out of other submerged hand pumps. But there is no proper system of treatment in the flood affected areas so far. For treatment, the villagers are forced to come out of the dirty water filled in the streets and unpaved roads and go to the shelter of quacks. There is no doctor in the primary health center located at Prithvipur Dhai, about five km from the flood-affected villages. Jarianpur Community Health Center is about 12 km away from the villages on the banks of the Ganges, making it difficult for flood victims to reach there. People used to get treatment facilities when doctors, pharmacists, ANMs, lab technicians, ward boys etc. were posted in the primary health center located here. But after the retirement of Dr. VP Singh in the year 2018, the post of doctor is lying vacant. Now only sanitation workers, ANMs and pharmacists are posted here. Similarly, there is no doctor in the animal hospital located here since the year 2000. If the posting is done for a month or two, then the doctors concerned get their transfer done. In the absence of a doctor, the villagers face inconvenience in getting the animals treated. Due to lack of care, the people of the village have started encroaching on the hospital premises and tying their animals there and paving the bunds. Dr. Subhan Ahmed is posted to say, but due to additional charge of Madnapur and Mirzapur veterinary hospitals, he is unable to devote time here. Eating rotten grass also causes many diseases in animals, but government hospitals are just a sight to behold. Medicines are also not available due to the absence of doctors there. – Rambharose Prajapati, in Paraurgaon, people are far from being treated, even sick animals are not getting medicines. Neither doctors nor medicines are available when going to the hospital. The system of both the government hospitals should be improved immediately, or they should be closed.- Rakshpal Singh, Parour Many times there were occasions when one had to go to the PHC when he fell ill, but had to return empty every time because doctors are never available there. All the landless families are earning their livelihood from animal husbandry, but they have to wander for the treatment of animals. – Jai Singh Yadav, Mohanpur All necessary medicines for the treatment of seasonal diseases in the flood affected areas especially in the government hospitals of Mirzapur, Jarianpur and Parour in proper quantity are available in. There is no report of outbreak of diseases in the flood area so far. Doctors in-charge of other nearest hospitals have been attached to all these hospitals. If needed, additional consignments of medicines will be sent and health check-up camps will be set up.- Dr. SP Gautam, Chief Medical Officer, Parour Veterinary Hospital premises, I am not aware of encroachment. Recently a vet has been sent to Parour, but he has gone home on leave. The treatment of animals in the flood area is not interrupted and their regular vaccination is also being done. If any complaint of encroachment is received, strict action will be taken on it. Dr. RB Singh, Chief Veterinary Officer

Shahjahanpur. The water level of Ganga and Ramganga continued to drop on Saturday as well. However, the roads of the coastal villages are still full of water. As the flood recedes, the crops and grasses submerged in water have started rotting, causing a foul smell. This has increased the risk of infectious diseases in the flood-affected areas. But the health services in the flood-affected areas from Mirzapur to Paraur are in dire straits. According to the information received by the flood control room this morning, 81018 cusecs of water was withdrawn from Narora barrage. Now the water level of Ramganga has reduced by eight cm to 158.96 meters. Water has receded from coastal villages in the Mirzapur region due to less water in the Ganges, but water is flooded around houses and on low-lying roads. It smells of rotting garbage and weeds. Cold, cold, fever and skin diseases are increasing due to the use of contaminated drinking water from other submerged hand pumps. But there is no proper system of treatment in the flood affected areas so far. For treatment, the villagers are forced to come out of the dirty water filled in the streets and unpaved roads and go to the shelter of quacks. There is no doctor in the primary health center located at Prithvipur Dhai, about five km from the flood-affected villages. Jariyanpur Community Health Center being about 12 km away from the villages on the banks of Ganga, flood victims are finding it very difficult to reach there. PHC and animal hospital in Parour became a sham Parour. People used to get treatment facilities when doctors, pharmacists, ANMs, lab technicians, ward boys etc. were posted in the primary health center located here. But after the retirement of Dr. VP Singh in the year 2018, the post of doctor is lying vacant. Now only sanitation workers, ANMs and pharmacists are posted here. Similarly, there is no doctor in the animal hospital located here since the year 2000. If the posting is done for a month or two, then the doctors concerned get their transfer done. In the absence of a doctor, the villagers face inconvenience in getting the animals treated. Due to lack of care, the people of the village have started encroaching on the hospital premises and tying their animals there and paving the bunds. Dr. Subhan Ahmed is posted to say, but he is unable to devote time here due to additional charge of Madnapur and Mirzapur veterinary hospitals. Every year after the cessation of floods, diseases start occurring due to contaminated drinking water. Eating rotten grass also causes many diseases in animals, but government hospitals are just a sight to behold. Due to the absence of doctors, medicines are also not available there. Rambharose Prajapati, the treatment of men in Paraur village remained far away, even sick animals were not getting medicines. Neither doctors nor medicines are available when going to the hospital. The system of both the government hospitals should be improved immediately, or they should be closed. Rakshpal Singh, Parour, there were many occasions when he had to go to the PHC when he was ill, but had to return empty every time because doctors are never available there. All the landless families are earning their livelihood from animal husbandry, but they have to wander for the treatment of animals. Jai Singh Yadav, Mohanpur All necessary medicines are available in proper quantity for the treatment of seasonal diseases in the flood affected areas especially in the government hospitals of Mirzapur, Jarianpur and Parour. There is no report of outbreak of diseases in the flood area so far. Doctors in-charge of other nearest hospitals have been attached to all these hospitals. If needed, additional consignments of medicines will be sent and health check-up camps will be organized. – Dr. SP Gautam, Chief Medical Officer, Paraur Veterinary Hospital premises, the matter of encroachment is not in my notice. Recently a vet has been sent to Parour, but he has gone home on leave. The treatment of animals in the flood area is not interrupted and their regular vaccination is also being done. If any complaint of encroachment is received, strict action will be taken on it. Dr. RB Singh, Chief Veterinary Officer.

( News Source – Amar Ujala )

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