Nepal Earthquake:5 Health Risks Faced by Survivors

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 01, 2015

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  • Hospitals are damaged and overloaded.
  • Many areas remain inaccessible.
  • Survivors are in the open.
  • There is scarcity of clean water.

Almost after a week after the catastrophe hit Nepal, life has started crawling back to normal. After a week long wait, as the residents gather courage and take shelter in their broken houses, they realize that broken bones or scarred bodies are not their only health concern.

While help pours in swiftly from various nations, there are several challenges that relief workers and healthcare facilities are at the forefront of. The trouble is not really over for Nepal earthquake survivors because there are several health challenges which they face now.

Nepal Earthquake Health Risks

Hospitals have Crossed their Capacity

According to the UN reports, hospitals in areas like Ramechhap, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk are damaged. In Kathmandu, where most of the hospitals are functioning, the facilities are overloaded. Many survivors are receiving treatment on the streets and supplying medical facilities and health care facilities to every corner is a critical job.

Vaccination Initiatives are Late

The vaccination initiatives for communicable diseases, like measles, take a back seat when a disaster strikes an area. But this leaves the population exposed to outbreak.

Lack of Transportation

Nepal has a wide area spread in small villages and communities, which have transportation obstacles. Many of these areas may only be accessed on foot and after the massive destruction, reaching such areas has got even more troublesome.

Nepal Earthquake Health Risks

Survivors are in the Open

The earthquake caused massive destruction to houses and shelters. This has left many people shelter-less. Most survivors can be found sleeping in the open, being exposed to health risks from various elements like the poor weather.

Lack of Clean Water and Hygiene

Getting hands on basic amenities is quite a task when there remains no question of maintaining hygienic surroundings. This puts the area under the risk of epidemics. Scarcity of clean water and hygiene can give birth to water-borne diseases like cholera.

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