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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
19th August 2018
Kerala battles its worst floods in 100 years: Acute health effects of floods

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Floods waters not only take a toll of human life, they also leave an aftermath of illnesses. The health effects of floods can be immediate as well as long-term. Today we discuss the immediate or acute health effects of flood.

Floods create an immediate risk of drowning for everyone. It has been postulated that two thirds of flood-related deaths worldwide are from drowning and one third from physical trauma, heart attacks, electrocution, CO poisoning or fire.

Drowning may occur by falling into fast-flowing water, at times of unknown depth, including open manholes, crossing flooded rivers or streams, standing on bridges that might be washed away or driving through flood-water. Driving through floodwater is risky. Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water. As per the CDC, people in vehicles are at greatest risk for drowning, while according to the UK health protection agency, 6 inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult, and 2 feet of standing water will float a car. more

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Committee constituted by the Indian government for inclusion of medical devices, disposables, and consumables in NLEM
The move is in response to a detailed letter and RTI by the Heart Care Foundation of India in June this year
New Delhi, 18th August 2018: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has constituted a committee for preparing detailed guidelines and procedures for revision of the National List of Essential Medicines and inclusion of Medical devices, Medical Disposables and Medical Consumables and other products used for Health and Hygiene of general public in NLEM.

This is in response to a representation submitted by the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) on 8th June 2018, to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, and the Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice.

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