Ghaziabad: Doctors must mention the reason in the register if a dengue patient is referred to another medical facility by a government hospital. This was UP deputy CM Brajesh Pathak’s clear message to the district health department officials at a review meeting on dengue and other infectious diseases in Ghaziabad on Thursday.
Ghaziabad will observe a door-to-door health drive across its 100 wards from Friday, in which teams will check for patients with symptoms for dengue and other diseases. During the door-to-door health drive, health officials said they would also make people aware of maintaining hygiene around their households, shops and other buildings.
On Thursday, the deputy CM visited the house of a five-year-old boy who recently recovered from dengue. Ayush Pandey, a resident of Rajendra Nagar’s Sector 3, tested positive for dengue on October 4.
Emphasising the need for adequate beds, medicines, and doctors at government hospitals in the district, the deputy CM said, “Now if a patient is referred outside by a government hospital, the doctor concerned will have to mention the reason. A report will be compiled by health officials and gaps in the health services will be plugged.”
During the meeting with the health department officials at the collectorate, the deputy CM sanctioned four mobile ambulances for the district. The ambulances will be equipped with a doctor, a pharmacist and an assistant. The ambulances will be deployed in various wards to ensure door-to-door inspection for identifying dengue patients.
“Diseases like dengue caused by mosquito bites can be avoided through positive action by officials and effective public participation and hence the departments must work in close coordination to achieve the common goal of keeping diseases at bay,” the deputy CM said.
At the meeting, Pathak also directed all the department heads to share their daily work progress in managing communicable diseases. He also asked chief medical officer Dr Bhavtosh Shankdhar to increase surveillance activities in the district and stressed on conducting special campaigns for cleanliness and fogging by civic bodies.