No shortage of testing kits, tablets, says V S Acharya

Primary and community health centres asked to be on high alert

Review: Home Minister Dr V S Acharya addressing the KDP meet in Udupi on Friday. DH photo

Speaking to the media shortly after attending the KDP review meet here at DC’s office on Friday, he said that the Central assistance to deal with the infection is satisfactory. Union Ministry is monitoring the situation. Delayed courtship between State and Centre had resulted in some hassles. Now everything is fine, he added.

As many as seven people have been tested positive for A(H1N1) in Udupi district till now besides three suspected cases. All the infected in the district are recovering. Primary and community health centres in the district are kept in red alert to handle the situation, he said. Briefing on the other issues discussed at the review meet, Dr Acharya said that the State government has released a relief package of Rs 5 crore for Udupi district to compensate for the victims of rain fury, of which Rs 50 lakh each has been allotted to Zilla Panchayath, PWD and NH-17 Department. Temporary measures have been taken to repair the potholes on NH-17. A sum of Rs 10 lakh has been allocated for Udupi CMC, Rs 5 lakh each for Kundapur and Karkala Town Municipalities and Rs 3 lakh for Saligrama Purasabha to take up relief works. A sum of Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for contingency relief fund. The estimated average loss of rain havoc is Rs 40 crore. As many as Rs 1,111 crore has been earmarked in the budget for the special packages for City and Town municipalities to take up civic infrastructure development programmes, under which Udupi CMC will get Rs 30 crore for 2 years, Kundapur and Karkala will get Rs 10 crore each and Saligrama will get Rs 2 crore. Local bodies in the district have identified the construction works. Formal approval will be sought by the government followed by the tender process, he said.

DC’s Office complex in Manipal is expected to be completed by November 1 and till date Rs 12 crore has been invested. The entire cost of the project is Rs 12 crore. A sum of Rs 2.15 crore has been allocated for Yathri Nivas in Karkala and the project is taken up under KHDB. As many as 20-25 construction works are pending in the district. Two community hospitals at Baindoor and Kota besides 8 primary health centres will be set up in the district. There is a proposal for Mini Vidhana Soudha in Udupi taluk. Plans will be chalked out for the same shortly, he informed.

The review meet was attended by Udupi-Chikmagalur MP D V Sadananda Gowda, DC Hemalatha, ZP President Gerald Fernandes and others.

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