South Asian Disaster News Update from Emmanuel Hospital Association Update on the Relief and Rehabilitation work in the Andaman Islands June 2005
GIRLS AND BOYS HOSTELS 286 girls and 210 boys, from Car Nicobar, Katchal and Theresa Islands, the islands worst affected by the tsunami, reside in the 2 hostels. They are currently preparing for their 10 th and 12 th Board Examinations under the tutorship of Mrs Leela, a dedicated government school principal. EHA’s work with the hostels has included:
Conducting regular clinics at both hostels, up to 6 th June. During this period 31 boys and 66 girls were examined and treated free of cost.
Supplying supplementary nutrition kits to all the hostel residents, containing dry rations of pulses (2 varieties), soyabean chunks and groundnut candies and hygiene items consisting of soaps, detergents, toothpaste and coconut oil.
Arranging farewell functions in both hostels, as the students will return to their islands after the board examination. They were encouraged to look forward to their future with hope. The usual weekly Birthday celebration was also held and gifts of a photo card and bookmark distributed to all students.
TRAINING - Training of Anganwadi workers – We were invited to train the Anganwadi workers in South Andaman, during the 1 month Capacity Building of Anganwadi workers, jointly organized by the department of Social Welfare, and Indian Council for Child Welfare. Teaching was on Management of acute Respiratory infections, common diseases and nutrition.
- Training of children - A one day training course on cleanliness and good habits was conducted for the children in Wimberliganj.
- Training of volunteers in Wandoor - Training was given on management of common illnesses based on the book “Where There is no Doctor’, to the selected 4 volunteers in charge of Health Libraries in the Wandoor area of South Andaman.
WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITY BASED DISASTER PREPAREDNESS A 4 day workshop on Disaster Management, Mitigation and Preparedness was jointly conducted by EHA and EFFICOR at Deodars Retreat Centre, Mussoorie, north India, from the 14 - 18 th June. Health workers from the Andamans participated. Sessions included ‘Health Services in Disaster’, ‘Health Team in Disaster’ and ‘Managing Injuries During Disaster’.
PILAR HEALTH CENTRE, RANGATH Fortnightly visits were carried out by EHA doctors to the Pilar Health Centre on the 17 th and 24 th of June. Seventy patients were examined and treated.
DISTRIBUTION OF HYGIENE KITS TO CAMPS IN PORT BLAIR 136 sets of hygiene kits, comprising of soaps, detergents, toothpaste, talcum powder and coconut oil and 2 nutritional supplement kits were supplied to people in Tirupati camp. In addition, mosquito coils, chlorine tablets were also distributed.
ASSESSMENT IN HUTBAY, LITTLE ANDAMAN The settlement in Hutbay has been one of the worst hit following the disaster. An assessment carried out on 4 th June, by our team has indicated a deficiency in the nutritional quality of the food. A repeat distribution has been requested.
RELIEF CAMPS IN SOUTH ANDAMAN The following services were rendered to the people in the 13 relief camps and intermediate shelters of South Andamans:
Regular weekly clinics in all camps and shelters
Clinic in Tirupati camp started from 27 th of June. This was a community where previously the access was denied.
Distribution of hygiene kits: - A total of 300 kits comprising of soaps, detergents, toothpaste, talcum powder and coconut oil were distributed. In addition, mosquito coils, chlorine tablets, ORS packets and dressing sponges were also distributed in the following camps Wandoor jetty, Wandoor 123, Wandoor 8, Forest, scattered 3 camps and Badmash pahad and Namunaghar and Chouldari shelters
Supplementary nutrition kits: 300 supplemental nutrition packs comprising of dry rations of pulses (2 varieties), soyabean chunks and groundnut candies were distributed in the above mentioned camps and shelters.
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Health Education was taught in all the camps and shelters through posters, songs and skits.
Health Libraries were started: 4 in Wandoor camps and 2 in Chouldari intermediate shelter. Volunteers were selected from these areas to be in charge of the library materials supplied in a metal box with lock.
Pilar Health Centre,Port Blair – EHA has continued to support the work of the Pilar Health Centre.
Following are the statistical figures for the hospital in the month of June.