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Danger Dengue: Preparedness on high in the current weather condition

New Delhi, Sat, 05 Jul 2014 NI Wire

Department of Health and Family Welfare, GNCTD held a review meeting today in Delhi Secretariat with the hospital heads of Delhi Government and Municipal Corporations regarding the preparedness with regard to outbreak of water and vector borne disease during the current weather condition. The meeting was taken by the Secretary (Health) and attended by the Spl. Secretary(Health), Drugs Controller, Medical Superintendents of various hospitals , Director of Health Services and senior officers.

Giving details of review meeting Secretary Health Sh. S C L Das inform that as follow-up to the meeting taken by the Union Health Minister and the Lt. Governor, Delhi regarding preparedness to tackle any eventuality of vector borne diseases during the ensuing monsoon season. Hospitals were asked to keep sufficient beds available for intake of the patients of Dengue, Malaria and other vector borne disease and further put a system of coordination among themselves for optimally utilising the beds. Medical Superintendents of hospitals to ensure adequate availability of dengue testing kits for proper diagnosis. The Medical Superintendents of the Hospitals were specifically directed to check overhead and underground water tanks within their premises to ensure that there is no mosquito breeding.

He further said that for the purpose of blood diagnostics, all the hospitals were asked to keep their labs in full preparedness with reagents, chemicals etc. Hospitals were also asked to nominate a nodal officer who will be in touch with the Dengue Cell created especially for this purpose under the Directorate of Health Services. The Drugs Controller assured that inspection teams will be sent to the different blood banks in order to keep a check on the mal-practices in supply chain management of blood components. Availability of beds and blood/platelet units will be shown on the department website from 15th July. The system will be reviewed and closely monitored on regular basis.

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