‘Medical negligence to be dealt with severely'

Staff Reporter
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health watch:Collector T.Munusamy at the review meeting with the district health officials in Nagapattinam on Friday.
health watch:Collector T.Munusamy at the review meeting with the district health officials in Nagapattinam on Friday.

Any negligence on the part of health personnel during medical administration causing death of the patient will be meted out with serious repercussions. This was reiterated at the review meeting here with the district medical administration at the collectorate on Friday. Addressing the convention of health workers, and field workers here, Collector T.Munusamy said that grassroots intervention by medical personnel should match the schemes and focus given to health care by the State government.

According to the Collector, the State government has invested funds to the tune of Rs.4,500 crore to revamp healthcare and enhance its accessibility. Mobile medical vans equipped with a doctor, a nurse and emergency life-saving drugs were pressed into service to provide healthcare access to the rural areas.

The review meeting was a follow-up to the regional review meet organised under the State Health Secretary by the Department of Health and Family Welfare for the districts of Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Sivaganga and Tiruchi, early last week in Tiruchi.

Speaking of the review as a necessity to gauge the responsiveness of the health administration, Mr.Munusamy said that the efficacy of the health administration hinged largely on the responsiveness of health care workers at the village-level. A good health administration was reflected in the low maternal mortality and the number of institutional deliveries. Therefore, village health nurses at the PHCs have direct access to pregnant women and through this access, they could ensure healthy and safe institutional deliveries and also enhance antenatal and postnatal care for women, Mr.Munusamy said.

Urging the health administration to meet its assigned targeted coverage, the Collector also warned against negligence and uncalled for delays in medical care causing wanton loss of lives.

Further, in the absence of lack of competent medical practitioners for emergency surgeries under the Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, the Deputy Director of Health has been instructed to expedite treatment through private hospitals to avert delays.

The meeting reviewed the functioning of Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy maternity assistance, Tuberculosis and leprosy control, and Siddha administration. The medical administration at the primary health centres that include institutional deliveries, maternal health and mortality, antenatal and postnatal care, outpatient facilities at the government hospitals, anti-retro viral administration for HIV, Janani Suraksha Yojana, National Rural Health Mission, National Blindness Control Programme, vaccination programme for new borns among others were reviewed.




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