Assam Govt to provide free ICU treatment to JE & AES patients
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Assam Govt to provide free ICU treatment to JE & AES patients

Saumya Mishra | July 13, 2019 13:49 hrs

GUWAHATI: In the wake of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak in Assam, the state health & family welfare department has decided to provide free ICU care to JE and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) patients admitted in ICUs of all government medical colleges and district hospitals.

This was announced by state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently during a press conference.

“We will provide complete free ICU treatment to JE and AES patients along with free medicines,” said Sarma.

He further added that JE and AES patients admitted in ICUs of private nursing homes will be provided with Rs 1 lakh by the state government for ICU treatment.

Additionally, the minister also announced that those JE and AES patients who are unable to avail 108 ambulance services while reaching government hospitals, will be given Rs 1,000 as transportation cost.

The department has also intensified blood sample collection across the state in order to prevent the number of JE and AES cases. 
  
“All surveillance officers involved in blood sample collection will be provided with Rs 5 per sample as incentive to provide them with a sense of urgency,” said Sarma. 
 
He added that blood sample collection and testing is the single most important source of prevention and till now 12.8 lakh samples have been collected in the state.

“We are stressing that people who show even the slightest of symptoms must come for blood sample testing to any government hospital so that we are able to detect the disease at an early stage,” informed the minister.

He added that till now 1,094 villages have been identified as affected by the disease and the government has intensified fogging activities in these areas.
     
The state-wide JE death toll stood at 48, with more than 100 positive cases being reported across the state. 


Leaves of doctors, paramedical staff cancelled till Sep 30

As Assam has been witnessing an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE), with more than a 100 positive cases being reported, the state health & family welfare department has decided to cancel all leaves of government doctors, nurses and paramedical staff till September 30.

This was announced by state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently. 

“Doctors, paramedical staff and all health officials will not be able to avail any leaves till September 30, including casual leaves. They will also not be allowed to serve from a different place than their place of posting. It will be considered as criminal dereliction of duty,” said Sarma.

He added that the department will file FIR against those doctors, nurses and other health workers who are not found stationed at their place of posting till September 30. 
 
Sarma further announced that in case of emergency, doctors and paramedical staff will have to approach deputy commissioners of respective districts to avail any leave.

“Since this is the peak season for JE, we will have to remain vigilant till September 30 and take all necessary measures to prevent the disease,” mentioned Sarma. 
    
Talking to G Plus, joint director of health services of Kamrup (Metro) district, Ganesh Saikia said, “We are undertaking mass fogging in affected areas and we are also conducting routine fogging in other areas all 31 wards of the city.”

In the city, the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) has seen the maximum number of patients coming for treatment with symptoms similar to JE. Officials said that GMCH has been treated as a referral centre by far flung districts of the state, increasing the number of patients there.

For this, the authorities are now diverting the JE cases to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) which is currently underutilised for treatment to ease the burden on GMCH.

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