Wednesday, 08 September 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Health department organises one day interaction session with public representatives
The chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the target of 100 per cent vaccination of the adult population in Uttarakhand can be achieved in the month of November itself if all the public representatives take active part in the ongoing vaccination campaign. He suggested that every MLA should organise at least 100 camps in his area. Dhami said that since a MLA can easily ensure mobilisation of hundreds of people in one camp, the target of vaccination which the government has taken to achieve in December can be reached in the month of November only. He was speaking at the ‘Swasthya Samwad’ organised by the state health department here on Tuesday. The CM said that the objective of the interaction programme with the public representatives is to take their feedback and strengthen the health services. Dhami said that the union government has given its approval to set up a 300 bed ESI hospital in Haridwar and the state government has started the process of setting up medical colleges in Haridwar, Rudrapur and Pithoragarh districts. He said that the medical infrastructure in the country and the state has augmented in the last two years. He assured that the state government has made adequate preparations to tackle the probable third wave of the pandemic of Covid-19. The CM said that the state government has given packages to give relief to the affected sections of the society during the pandemic of Covid-19. He said that a package of Rs 205 crore has been given to the health sector similarly a package of Rs 200 crore is given to the tourism and associated industry. Expressing concern on incidences of dengue in the state Dhami emphasised on a need of an awareness campaign against the disease.
Speaking on the occasion the speaker of Uttarakhand assembly, Prem Chand Agarwal said that the interaction would help in strengthening the health services of the state. Cautioning about the challenge posed by the probable third wave of the pandemic, the speaker said that authorities should take necessary measures to combat it.
The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Uttarakhand assembly Pritam Singh said that there is a clear dichotomy in the health services in plains and mountainous areas. Regretting the fact that the medical college hospitals set up in the mountainous areas of the state are functioning as referral centres, Singh said that a lot needs to be done to strengthen the health services in mountainous areas of the state.
The health minister Dhan Singh Rawat said that the state government has so far made golden cards of 44 lakh people under the Ayushman Yojna.
The Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat emphasised on the need of an agency at state level for procurement of medical equipment.
The programme was attended by Mayors, presidents of district Panchayats, MLAs and senior officers of the state health department.
The CM Dhami also flagged off the ambulances of the Khushiyon Ki Sawari on the occasion. These ambulances are used to shift the new born babies and their mothers from hospitals to their homes.