Mangaluru, July 06, 2015: Speaking to media persons in the city July 5, Minister U T Khader said, to control communicable diseases, programme officers have been appointed as nodal officers at each taluk and Rapid Response Team has been formed to check sudden spurt in diseases like dengue and malaria.
The minister said that the Rapid Response Team would comprise a doctor, entomologist and taluk health officers who would collect data of the taluk on daily basis and would also conduct random blood tests if needed. In case of positive results, they will advise treatment. He warned against availing service of Ayurvedic doctors during health emergency; it would be considered as serious negligence.
Four deaths apear to have taken place due to dengue in the district, the victims neglected the early symptoms of the disease and the relatives admitted them to private hospitals.
When there is fever, people should test their blood sample in nearby Primary Health Centre (PHC), which works according to ’government protocol’. If there are any symptoms, it would be monitored at taluk-level. The government will take responsibility and treatment would be given in the district hospital. Private hospital should treat dengue patients only if they have the proper facility.
The Minister said that at least 24 beds are reserved for communicable disease patients in Malaria Ward of Wenlock Hospital. The patients who get admitted in the particular ward even get compensation from chief minister’s compensation fund. In case of emergency, the hospital also has a storage capacity of five lakh blood platelets.
Further, to a query on MLC Srinivas Poojary’s demand on regularisation of nurses, the Minister said that about 890 nurses working in State zone and getting salary from State treasury can be regularised.
A proposal will be submitted to the chief minister in this regard. However, in case of 3,500 nurses who were appointed at district-level through Arogya Suraksha Samithi, the State government is helpless. NRHM is purely project based and there was no scope. The government was giving minimum wage to nurses and Rs 17,650 is the salary, according to sixth pay commission.
The department is tabulating NRHM staff according to their appointment order and first preference would be given to them during next recruitment, he said. There are 800 old government ambulances in the State and they would be revived through NGOs. DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sadashiva Prabhu, District Health Officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao, Mayor Jacintha Vijaya Alfred and others attended the meet.