Unicef extends health services to remote hamlets in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 7 (UNI) Oxfam, an NGO working in association with UNICEF, has adopted a number of remote hamlets in Bihar for providing better sanitation, health services and hygiene to its people.

According UNICEF and Oxfam sources here, these hamlets, situated on the banks of the Kamlabalan river in Darbhanga district, were ravaged by recent floods following which skin and various other diseases like diarrhoea and problem of mal-nourishment became rampant among the people, particulaly the children.

Thousands of children in the areas were not immunised and faced higher risk as the aftermath of the flood worsens the living conditions of the people forcing the UNICEF and Oxfam to step in, the sources added.

Apart from promoting a public health awareness campaign and water sanitation programme through its partners Bihar Sewa Samiti(BSS) and the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission, Oxfam had set up a number of medical camps in 40 odd villages for distribution of medicines among the local villagers.

Oxfam also extended its helping hands to thousdands of flood victims in different districts of north Bihar by supplying them tarpaulin sheets, safe drinking water and boats for evacuation.

Describing the problem of floods in the region as 'perennial', the Oxfam and UNICEF had decided to train the people to effectively deal with the annual menace and overcome the problem by themselves without expecting any aid from the government, the sources maintained.


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