Stating that public health is the top priority of his government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday instructed 0doctors posted at community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs) to stay overnight at their designated locations so that there is no inconvenience in treating the patients who come to the CHCs and PHCs during the night.
While reviewing the status of preventive measures and healthcare facilities to tackle communicable diseases like Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), in the Gorakhpur-Basti region via video-conferencing on Sunday, the chief minister said: “Ensuring public health is the top priority of the government, and any form of negligence in this matter will not be tolerated.”
He also directed the officials from the administration and Health Department to monitor the night shifts of the doctors at their assigned locations and report it to the government.
During the video conference, public representatives from Gorakhpur, along with officials from the administration and Health Department, were physically present, while officials from the remaining six districts participated virtually.
In response to concerns over the shortage of doctors at CHCs and PHCs, the CM suggested that in such a scenario, doctors should be deployed by the District Magistrate and Chief Medical Officer on a contract basis. “Monitoring of the 102 and 108 ambulance services is necessary to ensure easy transportation of patients to hospitals,” Adityanath said.
Meanwhile, the CM praised various departments for their efforts in controlling JE and AES in the region. “There has been a reduction of over 98 per cent in JE and AES cases, which has brought the mortality rate close to zero… A complete eradication of these diseases will be achieved very soon. There is a need for continuous inter-departmental coordination to maintain control over JE and AES and ensure consistent progress in this direction,” the CM said, according to a press note issued by the government.
The CM stated that consistent vigilance was crucial for other communicable diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and others. To prevent the spread of these diseases, awareness campaigns should be created by involving ASHA workers to educate people and swift healthcare facilities should be provided to patients in case of illness, Adityanath said.
He also reviewed the ongoing tuberculosis and filariasis control campaigns.
To check the spread of dengue in the state, the CM urged all District Magistrates and Chief Medical Officers to remain in touch with blood banks, making sure that there is no shortage of platelets in any situation. The CM asserted that if any complaints of black-marketing of platelets arise from a blood bank, strict legal action should be taken.