Team Yogi to keep a check on spread of communicable diseases

Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the situation of communicable diseases in the state in a high-level inter-departmental meeting at his official residence and gave necessary guidelines.

The Chief Minister said that every year in the months of April, July and October, a state-wide communicable disease control campaign is conducted with inter-departmental coordination for effective control of communicable diseases. Its new phase is to start from the coming month of October.

Along with government efforts, public participation is also important in this. We have two successful models of encephalitis control and Covid management, which will be useful for us in the communicable disease control campaign. Today there is facility for dengue testing in every district. The time till 15th November is sensitive from the point of view of communicable diseases.

In recent times, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Meerut, Moradabad districts have been affected by dengue. Dengue outbreak situation was also seen in Bulandshahr and Sambhal districts. Whereas the districts of Bareilly, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi Badaun, Pilibhit and Sambhal have been affected by malaria. Similarly, districts Prayagraj, Kanpur Nagar, Barabanki, Kushinagar, Sant Kabirnagar, Saharanpur and Basti are sensitive from Chikungunya point of view. There is a need to be especially cautious in these districts.

The Chief Minister said that thousands of children used to die due to encephalitis in the districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. In the year 2017, the state government formed an inter-departmental committee and worked for the control of Japanese encephalitis. All the concerned departments worked together. Hospitals were built, Piku was built, doctors were deployed. Along with this, arrangements for clean drinking water and toilets were also made. Result: From January 1 to September 7 this year, there has not been a single death due to Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya and malaria in the state. The state government controlled the disease that had been wreaking havoc for four decades in five years. After control, our next goal is eradication.

The Chief Minister said that a hotspot situation should not arise anywhere. If such a situation exists anywhere, the concerned Municipal Commissioner/Executive Officer should personally reach there and inspect. Availability of medicines should be ensured in hospitals.

There should be regular reporting of new patients in all government and private hospitals/medical colleges. One nodal officer should be nominated by the District Magistrate for all the PHCs, CHCs, district hospitals and medical colleges of the state. These nodal officers should inspect the hospitals under their charge every evening and maintain smooth functioning. Paramedics posted in PHC, CHC and other hospitals must provide their services regularly. Those who try to spread chaos and disorder in the medical and health system should be dealt with strictly.

The Chief Minister said that concrete efforts are necessary to control the situation of outbreaks in the districts. Fogging and larvicidal spray should be done by the Urban Development Department, Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj Department for effective control of mosquitoes. Sanitization work in the morning and fogging in the evening should also be done continuously. Waterlogging should be resolved quickly. Control and sensitization activities of vector borne diseases should be conducted in all the areas mentioned in the list of high risk areas provided by the Health Department.

The Chief Minister said that the Education Department should sensitize students and parents about communicable diseases through nodal teachers in all the schools of the district. Sensitization should be done regarding measures to prevent communicable diseases like use of full sleeve shirts, full length pants etc., control of mosquito breeding and measures to prevent bites. On receiving information about fever affected students from any area, information should be immediately provided to the local front line worker or medical officer.

Regular cleaning of all animal enclosures should be done by the Animal Husbandry Department. To eliminate the possibility of mosquitoes breeding in the containers used for watering animals, it is necessary to change the water regularly.

The Chief Minister said that inter-departmental coordination is an important basis for the success of the communicable disease control campaign. Concrete efforts should be made for cleanliness and health protection with inter-departmental coordination by the Medical and Health Department, Medical Education Department, Rural Development Department, Urban Development Department, Women and Child Development Department, Agriculture Department, Basic Education Department and Secondary Education Department.

There should be adequate availability of ambulances for the movement of patients. Response time of ambulance should be kept minimum. Community health services should be trained for rapid outbreak response. Disease surveillance data system should be strengthened for rapid outbreak response.

The Chief Minister said that in view of the rains, the drains should be cleaned. Silt should not accumulate, so that there is no waterlogging during rains. Special attention should be paid to cleanliness in slums. Regular fogging should also be done here. Make concrete efforts for solid waste management. Supply of pure drinking water should be ensured. Demo of chlorination should be given in front of people. Give information about boiling water, filtering it and drinking it. Chlorine tablets should be distributed.

On this occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak, Urban Development Minister AK Sharma, Minister of State for Medical and Health Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh, Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, Additional Chief Secretary Panchayati Raj Manoj Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Chief Minister, Home and Information Sanjay Prasad, Principal Secretary Health Parthasarathy Sen Sharma, Principal Secretary Medical Education Alok Kumar, Rural Development Commissioner GS Priyadarshi, Secretary Urban Development Ajay Kumar Shukla, Director Information Shishir and other senior officers were present.

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