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CM Yogi Adityanath demands better monitoring in UP districts battling dengue outbreak

By PTI

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday asked officials to improve surveillance in Firozabad and other districts, which are battling an outbreak of dengue and viral fever that has claimed over 50 lives.

Adityanath also announced that the government has moved forward to increase the honorarium of Anganwadi and ASHA workers in the state.

Addressing a meeting here, the Chief Minister said, “Effective arrangements should be made in Firozabad, Mathura, Agra and other districts to contain the spread of dengue and viral disease. Surveillance should be better and distribution of medical kits should start.” “

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He said, a 100-bed hospital is ready in Shikohabad (Firozabad) and it can prove beneficial for the people living in the nearby areas.

“Additional beds, medicine, paramedical staff, doctors, medicines have been made available there and can be increased further if needed,” he said.

He said that unnecessary crowding in OPDs should be avoided and health updates should be given to the family members of the patients and ‘CM Helpline’ should also be reached to them.

So far 51 people have lost their lives in Firozabad due to dengue and viral fever.

Last week, three doctors from Firozabad were suspended for negligence.

Firozabad’s Chief Medical Officer Neeta Kulshrestha was also removed from August 18 following the deaths due to suspected cases of viral fever and dengue, mostly children.

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The Chief Minister had visited the district on August 30 to take stock of the situation.

In the meeting, the Chief Minister also said that in view of the improvement in the situation of Kovid, ‘Corona Curfew’ should be held between 11 pm to 6 am.

“The authorities should ensure that all markets are closed by 11 pm,” the chief minister said.

At present, the markets are closed between 10 pm and 6 am.

Addressing a gathering after starting ‘National Nutrition Month 2021’, Adityanath said, “When during the corona pandemic, people self-isolated themselves in their homes, these Anganwadi and ASHA workers reached out to the people in the villages. Provided medicines and did an amazing job. Without their help it would have been difficult to control the situation.”

“Keeping in view their good work, the government has decided to increase their honorarium and has also moved in this direction. The department is preparing a plan in this regard. I have paid their dues, if any, immediately. also asked to do so.” she added.

On this occasion, Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister inaugurated 529 Anganwadi centers in the state and honored the workers with certificates and shawls.

The Chief Minister said, “Anganwadi centers should have their own building, we have put it in the priority of our government. It should be taken forward as a campaign.”

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