ANDHRA PRADESH

24-hr. medical camps set up in schools Round-the-clock medical camps set up in school complexes

Measure initiated to help prevent spread of diseases in agency areas, says the ITDA Project Officer

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Round-the-clock medical camps have been set up in school complexes in five mandals to prevent spread of diseases in the agency area, according to the Project Officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA-Paderu), Siddharth Jain.

The programme was taken up from Monday in five agency mandals where the incidence of diseases was higher.

Medical camps were set up in school complexes at Gemmali, Nurmati and Lochalila in G. Madugula mandal, Jerrela and Sapparla in G.K. Veedhi mandal, Roodhakota in Pedabayulu and Labburu in Munchingput mandal.

Every medical camp has a medical officer, lab technician, paramedical staff, supported by the school's warden or deputy warden. Each camp has also been equipped with microscopes, a vehicle and sufficient medicines.

Fever cases

The para-medical staff would go to villages in the area where the medical camp was located to examine cases of fevers and collect blood smears. Serious cases would be rendered first aid and referred, if necessary, to the Community Health Centres.

Senior officials of the agency area have been designated as programme officers to oversee the medical camps in each mandal while a round-the-clock control room was set up in the office of the District Malaria Officer (DMO), Paderu, to monitor the situation.

Regarding medical facilities in the residential schools, Mr. Jain told headmasters and wardens to work with better understanding and coordination. Seriously ill children should be immediately shifted to hospital. Officials responsible for delay in shifting the sick children would be punished, he said.

A sum of Rs. 2,000 would be given to each hostel to meet the transport costs while the Additional District Medical Officer would provide the medicines.

De-worming

Since threadworms were found to be the reason for many diseases like jaundice, fevers, etc., in children, the ITDA decided to launch a de-worming programme. As an experimental measure, the de-worming programme would be taken up in G. Madugula mandal from Saturday. It would be extended to other areas depending on the results in G. Madugula mandal.

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