Staff Reporter

IMA help sought to help people in rural areas

  • Seventy-six fever cases reported on Monday
  • Collector convenes meeting to assess situation

    KOCHI: With suspected chikungunya cases reported from certain pockets in the district, the duty time of medical officers in the Health Services has been extended up to 4 p.m.

    Government doctors are usually available at the outpatient services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new timing will continue till further notice. This was decided at a meeting of doctors called by Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish here on Monday in connection with the threat of chikungunya taking an epidemic form.

    Seventy-six suspected chikungunya cases were reported at the District Medical Office on Monday. Most cases were reported from Moothakunnam in Parur and Vadakkekara followed by Chittatukara, Malippuram and Njarackal, said DMO K.T. Remani.

    The health authorities have sought help from the Indian Medical Association to provide doctors for the patients reaching the peripheral and rural health centres.

    Representatives of the IMA agreed to do voluntary work to help out the Health Services to reach medical help in remote areas where there are no doctors.

    Many primary and community health centres in the district do not have doctors. About 25-30 primary health centres and community centres are without a medical expert.

    The list of places and the number of doctors required for services will be finalised at a meeting at the IMA Hall on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The IMA representatives agreed to augment the strength of doctors as well as conduct medical camps by involving all the IMA branches in the district.

    Mr. Hanish promised to provide all support for the services extended by private doctors. Representatives of all branches of the IMA and private hospitals were expected to attend Tuesday's meeting.

    Dr. Remani said the supplies of medicines were normalised. Mr. Hanish ordered that hospitals should provide mosquito nets for patients by taking funds from the Hospital Development Fund.

    Representatives of the Kerala Government Medical Officers' Association and IMA, Kochi, were present at the meeting.