DHOs taken to task over lack of health facilities

Doctors need to visit villages on a regular basis, says Khader


Health Minister U T Khader was visibly upset with District Health Officers for not taking measures to improve health facilities in rural areas, during a review  meeting held at the District Health Office here on Tuesday.

“Instead of doing office work by exchanging mails between concerned authorities, the health officers should focus on field work and every doctor should visit villages for ensuring better health for the people,” he felt.

Observing that DHOs lacked concern, the minister instructed doctors to conduct surprise checks on hotels and visit and tribal hamlets for ensuring cleanliness. “Every hotel should provide hot water for drinking. Precautionary measures and awareness programme on epidemics diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya should be conducted.”

He instructed DHOs and programme officers to conduct awareness program in association with students and volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) in all schools and colleges across the district.

“Patients visit government hospitals, expecting better health service at a reasonable price. The  doctors should give priorities to such cases and should not advice the patients consult a health specialist, citing vague reasons. If there is short of facilities at Primary Health Centres, the lab technicians should collect blood samples and send it to District Health Centres for further tests. The report has to be done free of cost. No doctors should instruct patients to go to private laboratories for various tests,” the minister instructed.

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