Four clinics, under the National Health Mission (NHM), will be set up in the city in March to improve health care support in the city, officials said. At present, there are 11 clinics in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
“The funds were already sanctioned. Four clinics will be set up in Noida in March as we have received all clearances from Lucknow,” Dr Anurag Bhargav, chief medical officer, district health department, said.
One of the four clinics will be set in Sarfabad village of Noida, which was in the news last year due to alleged mysterious deaths. The other clinics are also likely to be set up in Noida’s villages.
Twelve people of Sarfabad had died in a span of 15 days in August 2016. Villagers had alleged that the deaths took place due to a mysterious fever. At the time, many in the district were suffering from dengue and thousands had flocked the district hospital complaining of dengue and chikungunya fever.
However, a health department probe had ascertained that the deaths were not due to fever but due to individual health problems.The deaths had caused an outrage among residents of Sarfabad, who blamed the health department for ignoring them.
Villagers welcomed the move of setting up a clinic in the village. They said they do not have to travel to the district hospital for treatment and tests. They said that the officials must also conduct fogging drives in their area.
“We are happy to know that a clinic will be set up. However, prevention is better than cure, therefore, the government should also conduct fogging at regular intervals so that we don’t have a repeat of the 2016 deaths,” Mukesh Yadav, a resident, said.
Besides the four clinics in Noida, there is a proposal to set up more clinics in Greater Noida as well. However, the number is yet to be decided. “The funds for Greater Noida have not been sanctioned yet. Once the clinics are set up in Noida, we can gradually move towards Greater Noida,” Dr Bhargav said.