The government informed the state Assembly that soon all the 174 district level hospitals will have cardiac and cancer care units, besides a fresh drive will be launched from April 1 for vaccination of children against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in which 55 lakh children will be vaccinated.
“We are planning to set up cardiac and cancer care units in all the district hospitals as the number of cases are on the rise,” Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh said during question hour in Vidhan sabha on Monday.
However, Opposition members alleged that there was acute shortage of doctors and in most of the district hospitals, there were no specialist doctors. The members specifically said that there is no specialist doctor in Saharanpur, Ballia and Sharavasti district hospital.
Health Minister said that the government is trying to streamline health system and more than 800 specialists have been appointed. “The government has now introduced a system of bidding to appoint expert doctors in 28 districts. Through this system around 400 doctors have been appointed and other 400 are appointed through interview system,’ he informed Vidhan Sabha on Monday.
He said there were only 2970 doctors in the state when the Yogi Adityanath government came to power last year but this government appointed 2065 new doctors through UP Public Service Commission of which 1662 have joined their duties so far. There is a demand of 7300 doctors in the state and presently 3769 are working, he said.
These doctors are over and above the specialists who have been appointed, he said.
Talking about Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and JE, Singh said that all the expert doctors of the disease would be deployed in the Basti and Gorakhpur division for next four months from April besides a fresh vaccination drive will be launched against JE from April 1. The government will reach to 50 lakh household in eastern UP to aware them about the AES and JE, he said.
The Minister admitted that in 2015, there were total of 2900 cases of AES in which 491 children died while in 2016 the total number of AES patients was 3911 and death was 641 and in 2017 there were 4724 numbers of AES patients and 654 died.
But, the Minister contradicted the claim of Independent member Amanmani Tripathi who said that so far 6917 children have died alone in the BRD Medical College hospital of Gorakhpur due to encephalitis.
In another question, the Health Minister said the government has released Rs 553.7 crore out of the total Rs 623.74 crore for the purchase of medicines for the government-run hospitals. Of the allotted amount 30 percent will be used for the local purchase of medicines, he said. – Daily Pioneer