Mangaluru, May 2, 2015: Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Malaria and Dengue prevention programmes at the World Health Day observed by Dakshina Kannada district administration, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, district Health and Family Welfare department, Wenlock Hospital and Mangaluru City Corporation, at Zilla Panchayat Hall in Mangaluru.
Minister for Health U T Khader said Department of Health would provide platelets to poor patients free of cost and will launch a website providing information on the availability of platelets.
He it has been brought to the notice of government that some private hospitals were charging exorbitantly for platelets to dengue patients unnecessarily. The Department of Health will issue a notification to private hospitals to provide platelets only to those patients whose platelet count is below 10,000.
Ministetr Khader also announced that the government will provide platelets to needy poor patients. The department will also launch a website to display the list of hospitals where platelets are available. If platelets are not available in the district, steps will be taken to procure the same from other districts. He urged people to undergo tests for dengue and malaria, Primary Health Centres should have test facilities.
Proposals : PHCs which do not have test facilities, should send proposals and get the required facilities. In case of any complaints, DHO and THO will be held responsible. Stating that Mangaluru has become capital of communicable diseases in the State, he suggested health department officials and Mangaluru City Corporation officials to cancel licenses of buildings not having waste water segregation and proper drain systems. Also, health department staff should create more awareness on communicable diseases in rural areas.
He said last year’s pending salary of Asha workers, which comes up to Rs 60 crore, has been released and payments would be made soon. Inaugurating the programme, district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai felt a need for new PHCs in the district and also up-gradation of existing ones.