Puducherry: A five-member team of doctors deputed by the Union government visited Puducherry on Sunday to review the preparedness to handle dengue menace in the Union Territory. The team reached Puducherry after visiting the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu to examine the dengue situation there.
The Central team led by A Biswas of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) held discussions at the chief secretariat with ministers and senior officials of the administration. Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, Revenue Minister M O H F Shajahan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister K Lakshminarayanan, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida were among those who participated in the review meeting.
The team was reportedly apprised of the efforts taken by the territorial administration to control dengue. “The government alone could not contain dengue and the cooperation of people is a must in this regard. Every household and surroundings should be kept clean”, said Kalpana Parwa, a team member, while taking to reporters here.
The territorial administration requested the team to provide funds and equipment to check spread of dengue here.
The central team also visited the Government General Hospital, JIPMER and a few other institutions and held discussions with doctors. The team members later visited Lt Governor Kiran Bedi at Raj Nivas.
“The feedback from the team revealed serious inadequacies in our preparedness in prevention of dengue. The assessment of the situation reported by the central team revealed the matter could still go out of hand if proper action is not taken. Hence the daily review mandated to ensure coordination and proper follow up”, said Ms Bedi after holding discussion with the team....