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TN health department launches door to door health camps to tackle monsoon diseases

- November 16, 2021

Chennai, Nov 16 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu health department has launched door-to-door health camps to tackle monsoon-related illness among people. After the Northeast monsoon hitting the state in October, heavy rains have lashed Tamil Nadu leading to several monsoon-linked diseases cropping up.

The health department of Tamil Nadu has commenced door-to-door health camps to take stock of the monsoon-related illnesses and to provide effective medical treatment to these diseases.

Health department officials including doctors and nurses were in the team that inspected several residences and housing colonies in low-lying areas of several parts of the state. The team took assessment of the rain-related diseases that were plaguing many areas after the rains subsided.

Diarrhea, fever, common cold, and foot sores are the major diseases that are cropping up in many parts of the state including the state capital Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and Chengalpattu as these districts received more than normal rains. Many parts of these districts are inundated in water leading to the spread of fever and diarrhea. Common cold and foot sores have also affected people in large numbers in these areas.

State health minister, Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “I have myself visited a few areas in Perungudi on Monday. Doctors and nurses are in the team that is taking surveillance on the diseases and if diseases are diagnosed we are providing medicines immediately.”

The state health department is planning to conduct 500 health camps per day during the monsoon season. The state has already launched the ambitious ‘Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvum ‘ scheme taking medical care to the doorsteps of people which was launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin at Krishnagiri district on August 4, 2021.

The scheme, according to the state health minister Ma Subramanian has benefitted around 37,43,015 people since its launch in August 2021. The scheme was intended to provide medical support to those with infirmities and women public health workers, woman health volunteers (WHV) , Physiotherapists, and nurses are included in the team.