The Department of Health and Family Welfare has held Karuna Trust, a non-governmental entity which maintains the primary health centre (PHC) in Chandrabanda village, responsible for the spread of dengue fever in some of the villages covered by the PHC.
Addressing a media conference at his office here on Monday, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Narayan said that the trust had not taken any steps for preventing epidemics and viral fevers in the villages coming under the Chandrabanda PHC paving the way for the spread of dengue fever.
“The maintenance of Chandrabanda Primary Health Centre, which covers 20 villages, including Naganadoddi where two confirmed dengue deaths were recently reported, has been outsourced to Karuna Trust for 10 years, from 2006 to 2016. As per the terms and conditions, the government provided all the facilities and funds to the trust, including salaries for the staff and additional funds for implementing various health-related schemes. However, the trust has not fulfilled its obligations paving the way for the spread of deadly diseases such as dengue,” he alleged. The trust has, he added, received over Rs. 50 lakh annually for the maintenance of the PHC. He said that he would submit a detailed report to the commissioner, Health and Family Welfare Services recommending the termination of outsourcing agreement from the next financial year.
The department has taken charge of Chandrabanda PHC covering the 20 villages and initiated multiple actions for controlling the spread of dengue, he said. “We have formed 23 teams, with each one of them consisting of two health staff. There are also four supervising teams. They have started field work, including making house visits and inculcating awareness, and collecting blood samples,” he said.
Dr. Narayan said, “Tips and guidelines being given by the Health Department should be followed at home by each individual household and at public places by civic bodies such as gram panchayats and municipalities to check dengue,” he said. To a question, Dr. Narayan clarified that Raichur stood third in dengue infection, after Bangalore Urban and Bellary, with 104 confirmed cases reported between January and August this year. Considering the increasing number of dengue cases in the district, he said that a dengue ward has been set up at the Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, with adequate staff and facilities.