Himanta reviews Encephalitis situation, announces new initiative

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Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressing concern over the rising cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has cancelled leaves for all doctors and para medical staff including surveillance workers till September 30 to combat the situation.

Addressing the media at a Press Conference the Minister put forth certain new emergency measures till September 30 to overcome JE and AES situation with minimum fatality.

The new initiatives for those patients who are tested positive are as follows:

  • Patients who reach government hospitals or health centres using own means of transport due to non-availability of 108 Mritunjoy Ambulances or 102 Inter facility transfer ambulances, will be paid a transport allowance of Rs 1000 from the hospital management.
  • All facilities of ICU, including hospital charges, medicines, diagnostics, will be made free of cost in all Government hospitals operating ICU facilities.
  • Patients who are admitted to private hospitals will be paid an ICU treatment allowance up to Rs. 1 Lakh. In order to avail this facility, the attendant of the patient need to provide the details to the JE central control room or the Joint Director Health Services of the district concerned immediately on admission. The JD of the district will verify the patient in the ICU and immediately transfer the allowance.
  • In order to detect the infection early and to ensure timely treatment, special incentive of Rs.5 per blood slide collected will be paid to the MPW, ANM, SW and ASHA as per the slide collection.
  • A dedicated help desk to guide suspected AES/JE patients will be set up in all medical colleges to ensure faster service delivery.
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