Staff Reporter

To monitor the functioning of Primary Health Centres

VIRUDHUNAGAR: The Virudhunagar Collector, S. S. Jawahar, has formed flying squads to monitor the functioning of all the 36 Primary Health Centres in the district.

The doctors and support staff of Government Hospitals should be on duty from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. They should be available between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the PHCs, he said.

"Flying squads comprising revenue officials would conduct surprise inspection at all the PHCs simultaneously," he told reporters. The Collector, who inspected the Kariyapatti Government Hospital recently, directed the Health Department officials to make necessary improvements at the hospital.

He has also initiated steps to provide diet to in-patients. "As a temporary arrangement, I have suggested the officials to convert the staff quarters, both unutilised and some of the occupied ones, into wards for the benefit of the patients," he said. He hoped that new buildings would come up soon.

Mr. Jawahar said that 600 colour television sets had been allocated for free distribution among the residents of the six Samathuvapurams in the district.Mr. Jawahar said that all steps were being taken to make the Tamiraparani drinking water scheme functional by September 30. A total of 69 habitations, the municipalities of Virudhunagar and Aruppukottai and two towns of Mallankinaru and Kariyapatti would benefit from the scheme.