Deploy ambulances to rural areas, says Khader

Deploy ambulances to rural areas, says Khader

Health Minister U T Khader on Friday, directed the district health department officials to deploy a few ambulances or 108 vehicles as mobile units for emergency services in rural areas  in the wake of malaria and dengue diseases in Dakshina Kannada. 

He was chairing a meeting of the health department officials to discuss the measures taken to control endemic diseases, at Primary Health Centre in Ullal. Expressing concern over the reported deaths due to dengue in Gutthigar village in Sullia, Khader stressed on converting ambulances and 108 vans as mobile units in rural areas which enable to deliver emergency treatment and collection of blood samples. 

He insisted the medical officers to visit the areas where dengue and malaria cases are reported, thus boost confidence in the public. Based on the report collected by epidemiologist about the dengue and malaria cases reported from various government and private hospitals, the local medical officers should trace the residential area of the patients and visit the locality. The officers should direct their personnel to find the mosquito breeding sites and carry out fogging work. This will not only help to control the spread of disease, but also will help to build confidence among the people, the minister said.

District Health Officer Dr O R Srirangappa furnished details about the measures taken up by the district health department towards controlling the spread of vector borne diseases.

Tackle sea erosion

The Minister also paid a visit to sea erosion prone areas in Mukkacheri on Friday.
 Furnishing details about sea erosion, Port and Fisheries Department Assistant Executive Engineer A S Rao said that there was a need to mount boulders on the sea shore in three points at Mukkacheri and Subhash Nagar as they are prone to sea erosion during monsoon. He estimated the cost for the temporary work at Rs 25 lakh.
 In reply, Khader ordered the engineer to ask the deputy commissioner to write a letter to the inland and port department requesting to grant money.

On the Asian Development Bank Project to stop sea erosion, Khader said that the first phase of the work at a  a cost of Rs 25 crore will be started in September, soon after the monsoon ends. 

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