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Complaints about prescriptions to be examined, says Sreemathy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said here on Friday that the Government would examine whether doctors were following protocol in the treatment of chikungunya and other contagious diseases.

Replying to questions at a press conference, the Minister said the Government had advised paracetamol and B-complex tablets for chikungunya (as there is no other treatment). If there were complaints about prescription of banned drugs by doctors, they would be examined.

Ms. Sreemathy said chikungynaya had led to deaths of patients with low immunity. She said that in view of a few cases of dengue fever reported from Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha districts, the Government would be taking steps to ensure availability of blood for transfusion in all parts of the State. A meeting of officials in charge of Government blood banks would be held shortly, and November 15 would be observed as Blood Donation Day.

A meeting of field staff of the Health Department and municipal bodies, especially Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, would be held for a renewal of their mission.

Denying reports that she had misled the Assembly about exclusion of those aged above 60 from assistance for medical assistance to the poor, the Minister said that assistance were being given to the aged also. However, the governing body had been faced with more than 2,550 applications and funds were there for only 706 patients. So, it was decided to give preference to earning members of the family and surgeries of heart, brain and cancer, she said.

She noted that the governing body had not met for a month and a half.

She wanted to speed up disbursement of available funds as some patients had died in the past before receiving the assistance.

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