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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 114-119

Learning from Chennai floods to mitigate epidemic

Director, Institute of Community Medicine, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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T S Selvavinayagam
Director, Institute of Community Medicine, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.196767

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Objective: The experience of Government of Tamil Nadu handling Chennai floods 2015 in preventing the occurrence of epidemic is critically analyzed and presented. This simple methodology in epidemic prevention is useful and replicable in needed situations. Materials and Methods: The mechanism of controlling the epidemic through organizing screening camps, vector control, monitoring of water supply, sanitation and surveillance mechanism, etc., is described in detail. Results: Based on the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme reports, which is part of a monitoring mechanism, we could show that occurrence of major epidemic following the floods was prevented through our efforts. Conclusion: This simple model of epidemic mitigation, which we practiced in Chennai, is useful and replicable in any disasters even with limited resources in any part of the globe.

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