To combat mosquito-borne diseases this season in the district, 20 beds will be reserved in the child superspecialty hospital and post-graduate institute and the district hospital for such patients, health minister Sidharth Nath Singh said on Monday.
Singh said in case of shortage of beds in government hospitals, the health department will take the help of private hospitals and bear the expenses. “In a month or two, vector-borne diseases will be on the rise and we are taking adequate measures to deal with the situation,” said Singh.
Earlier, six beds were reserved in the district hospital from August to October when dengue remains at its peak. However, chikungunya patients were admitted in the medicine ward of the district hospital.
The minister’s direction will help underprivileged patients suffering from dengue and chikungunya as there will be more beds available for treatment.
The minister was here to review the health services in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts. The chief medical officers of both districts and other health department officials were present at the meeting.
The minister said that he had directed health department officials to start preparing to combat dengue and chikungunya by taking all measures, from prevention to treatment. He said police help will be sought to map areas where there is water-logging.
“The police do not come under me but I will seek the help of the home department and ask the police to do an aerial survey of water-logged areas so that suitable measures such as anti larval spray can be taken to prevent mosquito breeding,” said Singh.
The minister said that preventing vector-borne diseases was a priority with his department and health officials in the two districts had been directed to run an awareness programme against the diseases.
“Awareness programmes in schools, public places and industrial areas will be held regularly to help prevent vector borne diseases,” he said.
Singh said regular fogging will be done in Noida during the season.