Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday said he would seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s help to combat encephalitis in the state.
Manjhi was speaking at a seminar on encephalitis organised by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna. This is the second time that Manjhi said he would meet Modi to ask him to provide help of Centre to fight the diseases back home. Manjhi had earlier said this in a programme organised by Bihar Industries Association on Wednesday.
Manjhi also asked the Opposition not to criticise the state government on the rise in encephalitis cases. Rather, Manjhi requested the Opposition to come up with creative ideas to tackle the problem.
He said: “The state government is quite serious about the issue. We are taking all necessary steps to contain the problem. During my Muzaffarpur visit, I asked the officials of Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital to develop a 100-bed intensive care unit. There is already a 46-bed intensive care unit working there. We are also making arrangements of dedicated intensive care units in hospitals of other districts as well.
“In Muzaffarpur, we have provided 50 more doctors in addition to the existing strength. We have sent 50 ambulances to Muzaffarpur equipped with advanced support system so that emergency patients can be rushed to the hospitals without any delay. We have asked Asha workers working in the primary health centres to carry out inspection daily. They have to keep tabs on the new encephalitis cases. For motivating Asha workers, we are providing them additional Rs 100 if they are taking one encephalitis patient to the hospital,” he said.
Manjhi added that alerts have also been sent to the civil surgeon offices for making necessary arrangements at the PHCs, sub-health centres and referral hospitals.