|dc.description.abstract||Storm Roanu that struck Sri Lanka on 15 May
2016 caused severe flooding and numerous
landslides, particularly in the west of the country.
Sri Lanka Navy deployed immediate disaster
management teams including medical teams with
other sister forces. This study was conducted to
identify acute medical needs of medical disaster
management at natural disaster situations
and immediate relief actions with a proactive
approach. Analysis data was done based on 2153
prescriptions out of a total 2490 cases treated at
Western Province immediately after flood on
basis of drug classification of British national
formula-2014 according to biological systems.
Study revealed that 24.9% prescriptions consisted
central nerve system medicines indications of
muscular skeleton/soft tissue pain and joints
pain 21.1% drug preparations consisted of
infectious diseases and 17.5% prescriptions
consisted gastrointestinal system medicines.
12.7% of prescriptions of nutrition preparations
were used as placebo for somatoform conditions.
12% of prescriptions included respiratory system
medicines, while 10.74% prescriptions were for
skin diseases, eye, ear and pharynx indications.
Total of 2.4% prescriptions included medicines for
hypertension, ischemic in heart disease medicines
of endocrine system. The study suggests providing
an outline of the risk factors for outbreaks after
a disaster, reviewing the communicable diseases
and care of non-communicable diseases likely
to be important, and establishing priorities to
address acute health needs in disaster settings.
This approach may improve quality of care with