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Kali Charan Saraf faces MLAs’ heat over government's inability to control seasonal diseases

The minister announced additional resources for fighting dengue, including more fogging machines and doctors along with paramedical staff, at a health review meeting in Kota.

jaipur Updated: Nov 02, 2017 20:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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According to government figures, there have been four dengue deaths in Kota. (PTI)

After facing heat over the rising number of dengue cases and the outbreak of other seasonal diseases, health minister Kali Charan Saraf said that a probe will be conducted into the deaths in Kota. He also announced additional resources for fighting dengue, including more fogging machines and doctors along with paramedical staff, at a health review meeting in Kota on Thursday.

Saraf had to face the wrath of all six MLAs of the ruling party at the meeting held at the Government Medical College Kota where all MLA unequivocally criticised the health department for failing to check seasonal diseases, particularly dengue.

Ladpura MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat said that the health department is citing fake figures of just four dengue deaths whereas more than four dozen people have died of dengue alone in Kota.

“Failure to check dengue has been a blot on the names of public representatives in Kota,” he said.

While another ruling party MLA from Kota North Prahlad Gunjal said that the failure to fight seasonal disease is a disgrace. Other MLAs from Ramganjmandi, Chandrakanta Meghwal; Kota South MLA, Sandeep Sharma; MLA from Pipalda Vidhyashankar Nandwana and MLA from Sangod Heeralal Nagar were also unhappy with the health department.

This year, over 1,300 patients have tested positive for dengue in Kota. According to government figures, there have been four dengue deaths and 24 people have died of Swine flu in Kota this year.

Saraf said that according to norms only those deaths from dengue are considered whose diagnosis is done through Elisa test and not a card test. Accordingly, only four dengue deaths from Kota have been confirmed.

However, he said that a factual study of the deaths due to seasonal diseases in Kota through a five-member committee of Government Medical College Kota (GMCK) will be carried out.

He also announced that 50 beds for the New Government Medical College Hospital, Kota, and 30 beds for the Government Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital, Kota, will be provided for dengue patients. He said that three new Elisa testing machines and one blood component separation unit will be purchased soon.

The health minister said that there are 19 fogging machines for dengue control in Kota. Now, eight more fogging machines will be provided whereas Urban Improvement Trust of Kota has also said that they will provide five fogging machines to the health department for battling dengue, added Saraf.

“Leaves and deputation of all government doctors have been cancelled in Kota, while doctors have been asked for night stay at the place of their posting,” he said.

He said that 17 doctors have been posted to Kota along with 23 assistant professors and 22 laboratory assistants.

After the meeting, Saraf also laid the foundation stone of the primary health centre in Borkhera area of Kota City on Thursday evening.

Principal Secretary, health, Veenu Gupta; director, medical health, Dr VK Mathur; principal government medical college Kota, Dr Girish Verma; chief medical and health officer, Kota, Dr RK Lavania and other health officials were present at the meeting.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 20:55 IST