Hurricane also dwarfs the doctors’ spirit: Medical teams in Kerala crossed the river and were walking 17 km to reach villages inhabited by jungles

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Palakkad (Kerala)2 hours agoAuthor: K. A. Shaji

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Due to the storm, doctors are also reaching for the investigation in the cut off areas.

In the fight against Corona, the storm is not stopping the way of our doctors. One of them is KA Sukhanya, a 40-year-old female doctor from Kerala. The touted storm cut off the villages in the forests of Attapadi district in Palakkad district. The Bhavani river here was also hitting the hillocks. But this storm could not prevent Sukhanya’s team from going to Murugala tribal settlement settled in the forests of the Western Ghats.

He was accompanied by Health Inspector Sunil Vasu, Assistant Health Inspector Shaju and Driver Sanjesh. The team reached here after walking 17 km and crossing the swollen river. On this journey of the past, Sukhanya says that it is part of our duty. Water was up to the neck in many places. In 30 km journey, we were able to cover only 13 km by ambulance. The rest of the journey team completed on foot and across the river.

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Upon reaching the village and upon investigation, we saw symptoms of Kovid among seven people. We had to make a lot of efforts to get them to the Kovid Center in Pudur town. Now they are being looked after here. Home to 32,956 tribals, Attappady is the most backward region in Kerala, sharing a border with Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district.

This remote area has seen a rapid spread of epidemics in the second wave. The Nodal Health Officer here Prabhudas says that the health department team is having a lot of effort to reach remote tribal settlements these days due to storms and heavy rains. Despite this, the team of its doctors is reaching all the remote villages. Also, a doctor has been posted at every PHC in remote areas.

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