The deadly Dengue and other diseases causing havoc in State found the place in a Call Attention Motion raised by members in Legislative Assembly. NCP members even staged a walk out charging inadequate measures by Government in controlling the spread of diseases.
Raising the issue, Congress member Vijay Wadettiwar, BJP’s Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohale, Samir Meghe and four dozen other members said that so far more than 25,000 patients have been found affected by Dengue, Malaria, Gastro, Typhoid, Hepatitis, TB, Swine Flu and other diseases across in the State including Vidarbha. Over 250 are dead. An acute shortage of platelet is being faced. The rural areas are abysmally lacking dengue treatment. Moreover, the private hospitals have been found exploiting the patients and minting money. Even the High Court has intervened in the matter but the State Government is not serious in tackling the diseases.
Replying to the Call Attention Motion, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare Dr Deepak Sawant said that Since January to November 2014 a total of 7383 Dengue patients were found in State. 72 patients have died. Out of 39705 Malaria patients, 40 died. Similarly, 80 patients were found suffering from chikungunya. However, no fatalities have been reported. 552 patients of Typhoid were found and one died. Out of 1673 Gastro patients, five patients succumbed. A total of 112 Swine Flu patients were found in State of which 43 died. However, the TB took a heavy toll. A staggering 101766 persons were inflicted with TB in the period between January and September this year and 5866 patients died, said the Minister.
Sawant further said many insecticides such as pyrethrum extract were found ineffective in eliminating mosquitoes. The Central Government has directed the State Government to use Tami Flu tablets, the effective drug for Swine Flu, at its level. Therefore, the concerned department has started the process for purchasing the tablets. From September 1 to 21, almost all hospitals were found having Swine Flu patients. Approval has been given for purchasing the drug and the fund have been made available. On September 22, four lakh Tami Flu tablets (30 mg) and 7440 Tami Flu syrup have been made available. At present the State is possessing adequate stock of the drug, informed the Health Minister.
“A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in High Court for issuing directive to State Government for controlling spread of Dengue. Hearing is being held today. Orders of High Court will be followed,” said Sawant.
The Presiding Officer, after the Minister’s reply, stopped further discussion on the Call Attention Motion and called for another issue. This led to protest by Opposition members who demanded continuation of the discussion. However, the Chair rejected their demand. This again led to NCP members boycotting the further proceeding and staging a walk out.