By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 29 Sep: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, while chairing a review meeting of the Medical Education and Medical Health Department at the Secretariat, today, directed the officers to ensure that patients in hospitals did not have to stand in long lines for registration. For this, a system needed to be developed for online registration and tokens. He also directed that helpline number 104 for telemedicine facility should be widely publicised for greater public awareness.
Dhami stated that in order to make Uttarakhand free from tuberculosis soon, public representatives and officials had to be motivated to adopt tuberculosis patients. Ayushman cards issued for health facilities, golden cards, cards issued by the Labour Department and other health related cards should be brought on a single platform for proper monitoring, he instructed.
The CM also directed the officers that awareness programmes should be run by the Health Department by various means to make the public aware of the various schemes being run by the Central and State Governments in the field of health care. He added that innovative initiatives were needed to improve health facilities in the hills and that the doctors motivated to work in remote areas. Every effort had to be made to provide better health facilities to the local people up to the block and tehsil level. Arrangements had to be made to ensure that the birth certificate of the new-born child could be issued from the hospital itself at the time of birth.
The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that proper sanitation arrangements are made in all the hospitals and the patients distributed quality food in hospitals. He said that in view of the outbreak of viral infections, dengue and malaria after the rainy season, all necessary arrangements had to be made in the hospitals to deal with it. Arrangement of regular fogging should be ensured in Municipal Corporations and Municipality areas. Special precautions had to be taken in view of the festive season.
The Chief Minister ordered the officers that strict action be taken against the executive agencies engaged in construction work at the hospitals for any delay as these were bound to affect the planned improvements in health facilities. He said that unnecessary delay in construction works also increased the costs. He directed that all the departments concerned would have to undertake well planned moves to make Uttarakhand a drug-free state by 2025. For this a meeting would be held every month under the chairmanship of the Health Minister.
Health Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat stated that uniform arrangements were needed for patient registration and the registration fee in all the government hospitals of the state. Best practices of other states had to be taken into account for providing better health facilities at the block level.
In the meeting, the officials of the Health Department gave a detailed briefing to the CM and the Health Minister about various activities related to healthcare in the state through a presentation.