320 agents change ready to work on disaster risk management, public health in Puri

Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fans, a category 4 storm that hit the slope in the Odish state on May 3, was one of the worst cyclones that hit India in the last two decades. Odisha’s readiness, an effective early warning system, timely action and well-planned evacuation strategies have largely helped 1.2 million people to move safely to cyclonic shelters.
The success of the mass evacuation of people to safer places by the state government has been recognized worldwide. However, after the disaster, the situation in real time and the challenges faced by vulnerable communities have not yet been understood and resolved. It’s been over two months, the state is still struggling to get back to normal.
According to the first preliminary report on the damage assessment of the Odysla government, cyclone hit at least 15.9 million people deployed in 16,659 villages, damaged five houses and 6700 hospital buildings and killed 34 lakh of cattle.
The catastrophe did not happen when Cyclone Fani raped Odish and hit more than 15.9 million people – a real disaster is taking place now. After Fani’s cyclone, a clear picture of the degree of physical damage appeared, especially for critical infrastructure, livelihoods, shelter and basic services, including health, education. Puria is particularly vulnerable to infections and epidemics due to lack of drinking water and functional sanitation.
Looking ahead to the growing need for emergency health services and ensuring adequate water and sanitation and hygiene conditions in communities affected by cyclones AJSA (Anchalik Jana Seva Anusthan), non-governmental organizations at the state level have emerged to address public health issues within the framework of the Humanitarian Aid (CAF) India and PHILIPS.
Recently, AJSA organized over 26 Mega health camps in Krushnaprasad and the Brahmagiri block in the Puri district. More than 5500 patients were treated by qualified doctors in health camps. In medical camps patients were provided with the necessary medical consultations and free remedies. During health camps, several cases of diarrhea, jaundice, dehydration, viral fever, eczema, influenza and asthma have been discovered. In addition, children are provided with a vitamin tonic, a cure for colds and coughs, fever by prescriptions by doctors and parents were familiar with adequate doses of the drug. As skin diseases spread rapidly due to contaminated water in the identified villages of these blocks, so are skin and fats and antibiotics given to patients. Several critical cases were also referred to the nearby hospital for further treatment.
In order to strengthen community disaster management and WASH programming, AJSA, CAF India and Philips conducted various trainings, where village level volunteers participated and trained on the basics of a Community Disaster Risk Strategy and risk management strategies disasters and various aspects of public health. Separate sessions have been organized to build volunteer capacity for search and rescue, basic first aid, etc.
Now in the Puri district, 320 volunteers have been created who act as “agents of change” in their society and have taken responsibility for the effective management of disaster risk in the community. AJAA has also sensitized over 700 adolescent and community-level health and community workers on menstrual hygiene in the 26 villages of Krushnaprasad and Brahmagiri.
In its emergency assistance program, AJSA distributed 1100 first aid sets, 1100 hygiene sets and 1100 water filters to the most vulnerable communities in 25 villages.
In addition to these emergency health camps, assistance, training and capacity building activities, AJSA organized a series of street drama and Odia folk games (Pala and Daskatia) to sensitize people about various aspects of water, sanitation, hygiene and other public health issues. . Since the performances were in the local language, the communities were highly appreciated. AJAA also created awareness through wall paintings in the walls of various villages and distributed leaflets and a specially designed manual to sensitize volunteers at community level, students on basic health and hygiene standards that will in the near future again sensitize the whole community in terms of hygiene and cleanliness in the past and after the disaster.

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