South Asia: Tsunami & Health Situation Report # 33
- No disease outbreaks have been reported.
However complacency must not set in, as disease surveillance still not
all health actors are reporting though the same systems, conditions in
affected areas remain favourable communicable diseases, and people's coping
capacities are overstretched.
- In Indonesia, WHO urges analyzing the
actual need (in terms of quantity) of infant formula, how to target infants
really require a breastmilk substitute, and the implementation of a distribution
- In India, WHO has provided technical support for a measles vaccination campaign, with vitamin A supplementation for children aged 6-59 months, and oral polio vaccine for children under 60 months. At least 71 338 children been vaccinated.
Indonesia: Two new cases of measles have been reported in North Aceh, bringing the total number diagnosed to 15 since January 2005. Measles vaccination has now been completed in the camps. In Aceh Besar more than 9,000 children were reported immunized January 31, 2005.
India: Many of the missing TB patients in Tamil Nadu were tracked and have returned to DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Course) TB treatment again. There was no significant damage to any TB health facility, drug store or records. Drugs are all newly-diagnosed patients, and special measures have been taken for the diagnosis and start of anti-TB treatment for patients in relief camps. HIV/AIDS awareness work is being planned for integration into the recovery and rehabilitation work.
Maldives: No outbreaks have been reported.
Sri Lanka: No outbreaks have been reported. Several cases of chicken pox have been reported in Jaffna and were treated in
Thailand: No outbreaks have been reported.
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