Collector convenes meeting on March 17

Focus on inter-departmental coordination

Health Department draws up

action plan

Kozhikode: Learning lessons from the viral fever outbreak last year, the district administration and the Health Department have started taking steps well before the advent of the monsoon season.

The District Collector is convening a meeting of all department heads concerned to improve inter-departmental co-ordination, at the Collectorate Conference Hall on March 17.

The meeting will discuss steps to be taken at the district-level and ensure coordination between various departments to tackle any disease outbreak.

Officers from the Directorate of Health Services, the National Rural Health Mission, the Local Self-government Department, the Kudumbashree Mission, the Education Department, and the Kerala Water Authority will attend the Collector's meeting. Professors from the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode and elected representatives will also attend the meeting.

Meeting planned

A meeting of panchayat presidents will be held in the last week of April to take steps to prevent the outbreak of chikungunya. The Health Department had chalked out an action plan and it is being implemented at the panchayat level. The action plan involves monitoring mosquito density, awareness and training programmes and month-wise evaluation of vector-destruction efforts.

Monitoring of mosquito density is being performed by vector control units under Junior Health Inspectors in all panchayats. Weekly reports are submitted to the District Medical Office. Training programmes to combat vector-borne diseases are on at schools, colleges, anganwadi and Kudumbashree units.

Health authorities are trying to ensure adequate facilities at hospitals. Lack of adequate number of doctors at Primary Health Centres and shortage of medicines are the major issues to be addressed.

The Health Department will try to enlist the services of more doctors and nurses through the NRHM like it did last year. Facilities at hospitals like beds, equipment, etc have shown marginal improvement, sources said.