Virbhadra Singh directs officers to work on war footings for effective control of jaundice
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken a serious note over the spread of jaundice in the Shimla town and the surrounding areas and asked the concerned departments to work on war-footing for its effective control. He directed the concerned departments that protocol to monitor the quality of water and sewerage connectivity besides health coverage at multiple levels should be followed strictly throughout the State. He cautioned all concerned that no laxity at any level will be tolerated. He also directed to send weekly reports/ observation to the government so that appropriate action could be taken in time. The Chief Minister was presiding over a high level meeting to review the status regarding the outbreak of jaundice in Shimla town and surrounding areas of Shimla and Solan districts here today. The Chief Minister said necessary steps had been taken by the State government to check and control the spread of Jaundice. He said special investigation team (SIT) had been constituted to look into the matter and action would be taken against the defaulters for negligence. He conveyed his displeasure that the precautionary measures by the concerned departments were not taken at the initial stage and the situation went out of control. Shri Virbhadra Singh also directed for super chlorination of water at the pumping stations and treatment plants throughout the State. He said that the government would provide free treatment and testing facilities for Jaundice patients in the State. The free test facility had already been provided at IGMC and DDU hospitals in Shimla. He directed the Irrigation and Public Health department and Municipal Corporation, Shimla to plug leakages and connect all households to the main sewer line by working in close coordination. He also directed to improve sanitary conditions in Ashwani Khad catchment and ensuring sewerage connectivity and plug missing links of sewerage network. He said action should be taken against those residents who had not connected their houses to the main sewer line. He directed Town and Country Planning Department to ensure cent percent sewerage connectivity in planning areas and department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for rural areas. He said that for the precautionary measures, three water ATMs had been installed at the Ridge, old bus stand and Vikasnagar in Shimla town and directions had been given to their operators to supply free drinking water to the public. He directed the Pollution Control Board to regularly monitor the quality of water at the source. He asked Irrigation & Public Health, Urban Development, Town & Country Planning and Health departments to launch joint massive public awareness campaign in the jaundice affected areas. Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra, Additional Chief Secretaries Shri V.C. Pharka, Shri P.C.Dhiman and Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Special Secretary, Health Ms Nandita Gupta, Director, Information and Public Relations Dr. M.P. Sood, Director Health Services Dr. D.S. Gurang, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Shimla Shri Pankaj Rai, Engineer-in-Chief, IPH Shri R. K. Kanwar, Principal, IGMC Dr. S.S Kaushal, Sr. Medical Superintendent, IGMC Dr. Ramesh Chand and other senior officers of the town and country planning, IPH, MC, Pollution Control Board were also present in the meeting.