LUCKNOW: Chief secretary Jawed Usmani asserted on the need for inter-departmental coordination to effectively implement preventive measures for checking the annual death of Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome.
In a review meeting held on Monday he stated that departmental milestones should be fixed, so that achieving the assigned target is easy.
He also delegated the responsibility of implementing anti-JE/AES plans to divisional commissioners and district magistrates in their respective areas of influence. The strategy to check encephalitis in the endemic region largely depends on access to safe drinking water and so proposal for installing 4,189 hand pumps worth Rs 24337.13 lakh has been sent to the Centre.
The strategy has elements of strengthening the BRD Medical College, providing healthy food to children through anganwadi centres, impart training to anganwadi workers among others.
In a prior meeting, the chief secretary fixed March 2013 as the deadline for completion of all construction work related to the 100-bedded ventilator ward at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur. He has also told the officials to ensure that the unit gets fully functional by the end of June 2013.
In 2012, the UP government had claimed that it has taken various steps to control the spread of encephalitis in the eastern districts of the state, but the year-end report shows little improvement on ground from the previous years.
Figures from the health directorate show that as many as 3,484 persons were affected by acute encephalitis syndrome and 557 died of it in 2012. In 2011, the corresponding figures were 3,490 and 583. However, a considerable fall was noticed in the number of JE patients.