Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 22:
With the onset of monsoon in Odisha, the state government has asked the chief district medical officers (CDMOs) to take preventive measures to stop the spread of vector-borne diseases.
In a letter to the CDMOs, Health and Family Welfare secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra has asked them to remain on high alert against the spread of all water and vector borne diseases in their respective districts.
Stating that the state government this year has employed over 6000 health workers including 4670 multi-purpose health workers and 1597 health supervisors and diagnosis and prevention of these diseases, Mohapatra has asked the CDMOs to engaged these staffs at the panchayat level with each one of them in charge of one panchayat who will work in association with the ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
Apart from taking preventive measures to curb the spread of vector borne diseases in the panchayat, these staff will also provide health services to the ailing patients.
In case of any laxity in duty, stern action would be initiated against them, the health secretary warned.
He also made it clear that apart from these staffs, the medical officers in each district headquarters, block and Primary Health Centres would also be taken to task if any report on their negligence in duty is reported.