Community participation with administrative efforts required to tackle dengue: Niharika

Central Chronicle News
Bhilai, May 31:
On Friday, state health secretary Niharika Barik chaired a review meeting of the health department here at District Collectorate. She asserted that community participation along with administrative efforts are necessary to tackle the diseases like Dengue. She instructed the health officials to select volunteers and work on association with them in areas where dengue spread was reported last year.
She further said that awareness is the first step for prevention of dengue. It is not possible only through administrative vigilance, but community participation is also necessary. For this reason only, it is necessary to select a volunteer in every street where dengue was reported.
The administration has to work with support of such volunteers. The volunteers would be able to maintain watch with the administrative officials over the situation of sanitation, collection of water in coolers, pots and other places which act as breeding grounds for the mosquitoes, etc. District Collector Ankit Anand informed that they have already started working to ensure community participation in drive against dengue and other seasonal diseases. With special focus on Dengue, a task force of 50 men has been already constituted. These people are visiting every ward and are monitoring the cleanliness of tanks.
They are distributing temepos and are spraying insecticides at spots which are possible breeding grounds of mosquitoes. In addition to this, they are staging street plays to make the people aware about the prevention of dengue. Officials of Bhilai Municipal Corporation informed that they have already distributed 38250 bottles of temephos among common people.
The mosquitoes generally take shelter in the sewerage pipes during spraying the insecticides. Considering the situation, nets are being tied on the air outlets of the pipes. Spraying has been done at 2400 places. Niharika gave necessary instructions to the civic body officials regarding the anti-dengue drive.

Health Secretary inspects preparations of Universal Health Care

State government’s ambitious project of Universal Health Care Programme is going to be launched from Patan Block of Durg District. For reviewing the preparations of infrastructure and human resource, Health Secretary Niharika Barik and Mission Director Dr Priyanka Shukla inspected the health centres of Patan on Friday. They made the first visit to Community Health Centre in village Jheet. With an investment of Rs 2.5 crore, CGMC is developing this centre as a Model. The work is likely to be completed in the month of June. Niharika gave necessary directions for developing this Model Centre. She also detailed the officials about expected arrangements of Pharmacy and OT. She directed the team of District Hospital to conduct a inspection in Jheet and give feedback for improving the arrangements here. He sought information regarding availability and stick of the medicines which will be provided to the patients under the universal scheme. She instructed the district level officials to arrange all the required items. If it is not possible at district level, the state government will ensure that all the shortcomings are fulfilled. She questioned the officials regarding the training programmes which have been conducted for implementation of the Universal Health Care Scheme.
Later she visited the Supela Government Hospital also and enquired about the shortage of staff. She visited the District Hospital too and inspected the MCH Wing. She gave necessary directions to the CGMC officials regarding the arrangements of lift and repair works. She inspected the Trauma Care Centre also.

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