If overcharged for dengue test, contact authorities: Govt to Amritsar residents
After cases of private laboratories overcharging patients to conduct dengue confirmation test came to light, health authorities on Sunday appealed to residents to contact them, if they are being charged more than Rs 600punjab Updated: Sep 26, 2016 13:31 IST
After cases of private laboratories overcharging patients to conduct dengue confirmation test came to light, health authorities on Sunday appealed to residents to contact them, if they are being charged more than Rs 600.
An order issued by the Punjab health and family welfare department on September 15, all government and private hospitals and laboratories had been told not to charge more than Rs 600 for conducting a test to confirm the viral infection.
Dengue was added to the list of notifiable diseases in June making it compulsory for health care providers to notify every dengue case to authorities concerned.
Civil surgeon Dr Pradeep Chawla said, “The authorities are very serious about it. The rates of the test were capped, so that patients are prevented from any kind of exploitation. We will take strict action against the labs for overcharging for the test. But, one has to notify the health department. Anyone can contact the civil surgeon’s office directly, if they are asked to pay more than Rs 600. We will take strict action against them.”
Chawla added, “On receiving a complaint, we will be sending a report of violators to the deputy commissioner’s office and action against the defaulters would be taken.
Dr Madan Mohan, district epidemiologist, said, “We will be taking action against the labs. People should come and notify us.” Dengue cases have crossed over 400 and four cases of chikungunya have also surfaced in the city. On an average, as many as 12 cases are being reported in the city, despite a number of steps taken by the district authorities.
3-day polio immunisation drive begins in Amritsar
Amritsar: A three-day polio immunisation drive began in the district on Sunday. The drive is being organised under the banner of the World Health Organisation. The drive is mainly focused on migratory population in the city and low-income group families.
During these three days, children below 5 would be administrated polio drops. Marking the beginning of the programme, civil surgeon Dr Pradeep Chawla inaugurated the drive and flagged off a rickshaw rally to create awareness about the drive.
Dr Chawla said, “The aim of the rickshaw rally is to make people aware of the drive as they will move in in different areas of the city.”
The teams from the health department would visit different areas of the city and administer polio drops. District vaccination officer Dr Bharti said, “We have formed 784 teams with 1,568 members to cover 2,28,570 houses to administer polio drops.” Under the drive, the focus would be on migratory population, workers in rice-shellers and other daily workers. The health workers will specially visit the residences of the people belonging to the lower income group. Besides informing about the disease polio drops would be given to kids. htc