Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) project director Srikanth Prabhakar has asked all the nodal officers in the 11 agency mandals to accord top priority to medical services and make drugs available keeping in view the monsoon related sickness and diseases that might crop up in the agency areas in the district.

Reviewing the medical and health services, employment generation programme, Indiramma housing, Horticulture plantation schemes and bank credit extension to farmers at a meeting of the nodal officers at ITDA office, Paderu near here on Thursday, he said that the nodal officers must and should monitor the functioning of health centres by paying to visits to them twice in a week. He asked the nodal officers to depute mandal level officers to inspect primary health sub-centres. Payment of housing and other allowances to those who do not live in the mandal head quarters should be stalled.

The blood samples collected at the village level must be examined. Medicines should be made available at all the health centres.

Asha workers

The Asha workers should have medicines stored with them to meet exigencies at the mandal level. Mosquito eradication programme should be undertaken by the medical staff as part of malaria prevention programme. Students of ashram schools must use the mosquito nets. The ITDA project officer revealed that Rs.91 lakhs have been released for repairs of all tribal welfare hostels.

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