As the floods ease their grip on Kerala, the death toll stands at 361 with more than 20,000 houses being damaged.
In the midst of the chaos, amazing individuals are coming forward to help. One such story is that of a doctor couple in one of the worst affected areas– Aluva, in the district of Ernakulam.
The couple- Dr Najeeb and Dr Naseema, have been helping people ever since the rains took a dangerous turn. They volunteered to the NCC camp near their home.
For four continuous days, along with another doctor, they provided treatment to victims. With as little as 2-3 hours of sleep per day, the couple attended to thousands. “We thought we would collapse,” Dr Najeeb told NDTV.
People with snake bites or patients affected by strokes have been turning up at the camp, seeking treatment. With little to no supplies, the couple has been managing their best.
“Aluva was completely cut off from the rest of the world due to severe flooding,” Dr Najeeb told NDTV. He continues, “In the beginning, we somehow managed to send two patients to another hospital. But later realised, it was impossible to do so with everyone. So we did what we could to help patients, but it was extremely tough. Later, more doctors joined us.”
The camp in Aluva is the largest in the state, and with the region being flooded, other teams of doctors couldn’t join them. For the first few days, it was chaos, says the doctor.
His wife, Dr Naseema, also talked to NDTV. She said, “We treated over a thousand patients in the first two days. People who came here were psychologically frail and traumatised. Our focus was to prevent the spread of diseases. In the beginning, availability of medicines was a problem, but the supply streamlined soon.”
Kudos to the doctor couple and other volunteers who are constantly helping the flood-affected victims recover.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)