No disease outbreak in Uttarakhand: Health ministry

    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The union health ministry Thursday said no disease outbreak has been reported from any part of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.

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    Three public health teams have been posted to Uttarakhand and eight additional teams have been kept on standby for being sent on short notice, a senior health ministry official said.

    He said district units of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), of the National Rural Health Mission is conducting health surveillance in all affected districts.

    Though there have been some diarrhoea cases in Haridwar, Uttarkashi, and Rudraprayag, no outbreak of water-borne, food-borne, air-borne or direct contact diseases has been reported from the affected areas yet, the official said.

    A three-member high-level committee from the ministry is in Dehradun to review the public health situation with the state health authorities, while a specialist from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has been placed with the state government for providing assistance.

    Apart from this, the Indian Red Cross Society has deployed a two-member team to Uttarkashi and another team to Pithoragarh. A high-level team also visited the state for assessment and coordinating relief work with the state Red Cross unit.

    The Red Cross has provided seven truckloads of relief material that includes tents, family packs, kitchen sets, blankets and lanterns.

    A total of 1,100 bags for carrying dead bodies have been arranged through the Red Cross. An additional 500 bags have also been procured by the health ministry, the official said.