HAILAKANDI, Dec 20 - Altogether, 801 patients were rendered medical assistance in a mega health camp held at No. 383 Ramnathpur LP School bordering Mizoram under Katlicherra Block of South Hailakandi district on Saturday. District Media Expert Monika Das informed that 263 clinical tests were conducted for ENT, Paediatric, Medicine, Orthodontist, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Dental and Psychiatry in the camp.
Stalls were put up by the Social Welfare and Public Health Engineering departments, besides disseminating information on health schemes like RNTCP, Malaria, NCD, IDSP, Leprosy, Immunisation, Family Planning, RBSK, 104 and 108 etc. More than 1,000 people attended the health camp, mostly from interior places of the district, she added. Besides diagnostic facilities for common diseases and treatment, free medicine was also provided to the patients in the camp, the official said. The camp was inaugurated by Additional Deputy Commissioner Narendra Kumar Shah in the presence of Joint Director of Health Services Dr Astutosh Barman.
Earlier, reviewing health-related issues of Hailakandi, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the District Health Society, Megh Nidhi Dahal asked the health functionaries to take all possible steps to bring down maternal and child mortality rates.
Dahal told the functionaries that he would review it every month. �Maternal and child mortality will now be reviewed by the Deputy Commissioner every month so that the reason behind the deaths can be known and necessary steps adopted for preventing them,� said a health official.
In the meantime, teenage pregnancy and early marriage has gone up from 22% to 33% in the district. The meeting, while expressing serious concern, underscored the need for initiating remedial steps in right earnest.
The meeting decided that ante-natal check-up by ANMs for pregnant women will be monitored by district and block-level officials.
�Henceforth, all pregnant women must complete four rounds of ante-natal check-ups,� said the health official.
The silver lining is that there has been improvement in institutional delivery, family planning and immunisation drive in the district as per the National Family Health Survey-5 (2019-20). Dahal, while complimenting the health officials and functionaries, exhorted them to keep up the good work in the days ahead.
He instructed the Joint Director of Health Services to initiate strict action against all insincere and irresponsible staff.
"As per direction of the Deputy Commissioner, reorientation will be given to the incompetent staff so that they can extend better service,� quipped the official.