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Noida: Ensure that health services reach underprivileged children, says DM

noida Updated: Mar 05, 2017 23:21 IST
Vaibhav Jha

Gautam Budh Nagar DM told health officials to ensure that children from underprivileged sections receive health services, especially vaccinations.(Representative Photo/Reuters)

To ensure that children belonging to underprivileged sections of the society are not left out of government health schemes, the district administration and health department will repeat a survey of children in Gautam Budh Nagar that they had carried out earlier.

In a recent meeting, district magistrate NP Singh had asked health department officials to ensure that their facilities reach underprivileged children.

“It is absolutely necessary that all staff members of the health department are present on duty every day to ensure that government schemes reach the underprivileged. Even if the doctors and nurses have to work overtime to assist the poor, they should do it happily because their work is of extreme importance,” said Singh.

He especially stressed on providing vaccinations to children. “All children of the district must get the benefits under the National Child Health Programme and there is no shortage of funds for their vaccination and medicines. We must ensure that children who live in slums, under-construction sites, brick kilns or belong to nomadic tribes are also benefited,” he said.

Singh also gave orders to complete the survey to ascertain the number of children in the district under the age of five.

“These children were left out of the survey last time because they belong to migrant families. This time, they will also be included in the survey to ensure that they get vaccinated,” said Singh.

Dr Nepal Singh, vaccination officer of the district health department, said the survey process has already begun and soon children from nomadic tribes will also be provided vaccinations.

“A similar survey was carried out six months ago, but these children were not included. This time, the survey will be completed in the next 20 days. We have already begun the vaccination process by identifying these children,“ said Dr Nepal.