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Effective action for prevention and control of encephalitis must : Chief Secretary

Lucknow, May 21, 2015 || The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Alok Ranjan has issued directions for effective and immediate action through inter-departmental coordination for prevention and control of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese encephalitis in susceptible districts of the state.

jenHe said that measures should be taken for wide publicity to educate people about 104 encephalitis treatment centres (ETC) functional at block level to identify and provide quick treatment to patients in all districts of Gorakhpur and Basti divisions. He said that people should be made aware and motivated to utilize well-equipped and free ambulance services (108 & 102) to take encephalitis patients to treatment centres or referred treatment centres.

The Chief Secretary has issued these directions through a circular to District Magistrates (DMs) of Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Deoria, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, Ballia, Behraich, Gonda, Blrampur, Shravasti, Hardoi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Raebareli, Kanpur rural and Saharanpur.

He directed the DMs to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of actions being taken to prevent AES & JE by departments of Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Medical Education and Training, Rural Development, Jal Nigam, Urban Development, Panchayati Raj, Child Development and Nutrition, Handicapped Welfare, Fisheries, Basic Education. He also asked the DMs to send the monthly report on action taken to Principal Secretary, Medical, Health & Family Welfare and Director General, Medical & Health Services.

Ranjan further said that encephalitis patients of all districts of Gorakhpur and Basti divisions and those of Behraich district should be treated in district hospitals and in 10-bed ICU established in Opec Hospital, Kaily, Basti. Patients should be referred to BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur only when super-specialty treatment is required.

He instructed for immediate operationalization of Pediatric ICU in District hospital of Lakhimpur after installing necessary equipment. He ordered for availability of at least one pediatrician in AES and JE affected 20 districts. He added that District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) established at district headquarters, where not working, should be made functional for treatment and counselling of disability due to encephalitis.

He said that availability of pure and quality drinking water should be ensured in districts affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) & Japanese Encephalitis (JE). Stressing on hygiene and cleanliness, he asked to motivate people to use clean toilets already constructed.

For proper nutrition and to develop immunity in children, Chief Secretary asked to provide nourishment and take-home ration to children through Anganwadi centres with due monitoring. He said that 100% target should be achieved through regular JE vaccination to secure 2-year old children against mosquito induced JE.

Chief Secretary directed departments of Rural Development and Urban Development for installation of India Mark-2 hand-pump and tank type stand post/ mini public water supply in slums in identified municipalities for providing pure drinking water.

Panchayati Raj department was directed to ensure full utilization of amount provisioned for construction of clean water-sealed toilets in houses and Basic Education department with Integrated Child Development Services department to meet the targets in building such toilets in schools and Anganwadi centres.