Alappuzha: National Health Mission and State water transport department have jointly launched the water ambulance service in the flood-hit areas. Minister for public works G Sudhakaran inaugurated the district wise service near KSRTC bus stand.
All measures are being taken to support the people affected by the heavy rains. Three more ambulances will be added to the service in coming days, said the minister.
The Water ambulances equipped with modern facilities are set up to take patients who need emergency treatments. Doctor, necessary medicines, oxygen facility, mask, ECG and nurses are available in the boat.
The water ambulances are operating in the model of 108 ambulances. For any emergency cases, water ambulance will reach the spot if you dial on the toll free number 108. District medical officer D Vasandhadas, National Health Mission program officer Dr K R Radhakrishnan, General Hospital Superintendent Dr Anas Salih were present.
The District Administration in collaboration with Horticorp has started to distribute food stuffs and groceries to relief camps. As a first step, on behalf of Kuttanad taluk office, 150 grocery kits were distributed in boats. Each kit contains vegetables that costs up to Rs 1000. As per the size of the camp, bigger kits are distributed. Each camp gets one kit.
Vegetable supply in boat has been carried out from DTPC jetty. White gourd, onion, yam, cucumber, carrot, curry leaf, tomato, ladies finger and drumstick are the varieties being distributed. Taluk office staff are distributing the vegetables.