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Emergency Health Support
Health issues in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake were provision of medical and surgical care to the injured as well as airlifting of critically injured people from valleys to medical camps. Acute Respiratory Infection, Tetanus, wound sepsis, gangrene and injuries requiring immediate surgical attention challenged the medical staff. There was also the need to prevent outbreak of disease.
UNICEF has so far provided essential drugs for one million people for 3 months, cold chain equipment to support vaccination of 4 million children, 1.2 million Tetanus vaccines, facilitated training programme for pharma staff and nurses and is supporting the government to set up a system to track children and other patients who have been evacuated from affected areas.
UNICEF has also developed a micro plan for measles immunization campaign and has provided Vitamin A supplement to 300,000 children.