Mangalore, Aug 5, 2014 : At the meeting of district immunisation task force held at the DK DC’s office on Aug 4, D C noted that not even one critical case among 3,000 victims has been referred to the hospitals, that had entered into MoU with the district administration and health department, for treating endosulfan victims.
Expressing displeasure over the poor implementation of ’cashless care programme and day care centres’ for endosulfan victims in the district, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that the department of health has failed to meet the expectations of the programme.
The DC directed officials to send bulk SMSes in Kannada to all endosulfan victims in the districts, regarding the facility. The availability of the cashless treatment has not reached the patients and the concerned staff, the DC said. The DC meanwhile said that an endosulfan victim suffering from oral cancer committed suicide recently in Vittal. “Why nobody was referred to district government hospital at least,” he asked. The DC meanwhile directed the health department official to invite tender from NGOs for the setting up of day care centres at Vittal, Panaje and Uppinangady. He directed the taluk health officers to review the condition of endosulfan victims in their respective taluks once in a week and follow-up.
Immunisation : World Health Organisation Officer Sathishchandra said that the polio immunisation has been made mandatory for the people who are travelling to out of the country where polio cases existed. The WHO has declared India as a polio free country. He said that the involvement of medical colleges and private medical establishments were also important in the success of immunisation programme. There was a need to improve Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance towards the prevention of acute flaccid paralysis, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, neonatal tetanus and other diseases, he added. District RCH Officer Dr Rukmini said that 923 health workers have been trained for immunisation. The DC directed the RCH Officer to submit areport on the number of cases of physical deformities in the district.
Vacancies in PHCs : The DC directed the DHO to recruit doctors for filling the vacancies in seven Primary Health Centres in Belthangady. District Health Officer H S Shivkumar was present.