Taking an exception to the reports pouring in regarding inadequate infrastructure in government hospitals, especially in dealing with dengue patients, and also regarding doctors sending patients for clinical examination outside government health institutes, health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Tuesday warned the doctors to be more responsive while handling dengue patients.
He said any laxity on the part of doctors would not be tolerated as the Punjab government was providing free investigation and treatment to dengue patients.
The health department has issued a fresh advisory to all civil surgeons to intensify vector control measures in view of the recent rain. In the advisory issued on Tuesday, it was said that in view of the rain forecast by the met department, there is a possibility of water stagnation in containers and disposed-of plastic and junk material giving rise to breeding of Aedes mosquito.
It is advised that the vector control measures need to be intensified to contain the problem of dengue. All officials and departments concerned have been asked to intensify the ongoing efforts to check dengue.
The minister said all civil surgeons would be held directly responsible if any of the diagnostic machines was found out of order. Besides, he has asked them to ensure complete medical facilities in hospitals, mainly in especially created isolation wards for dengue patients.
The health minister has asked civil surgeons to ensure that no patient suffering from fever or suspected to have dengue was denied treatment, and the bed strength, if needed, should be increased to accommodate all patients who visited the hospitals for treatment for suspected dengue.
To take stock of the exact plight of dengue patients, right from the diagnosis till their discharge, Jyani said the NGOs had been roped in who would send decoy patients to hospitals and would directly report to the minister.
He reiterated the resolve of the Punjab government to provide quality health care facilities to people. Jyani said he stood by what he said on the floor of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha that all dengue patients were being treated free of cost in government hospitals.