THE Chandigarh health department has proposed to increase the amount of challans from Rs 500 to 5,000 for those who violate civic norms. The increase in amount was proposed in a meeting chaired by UT Adviser Parimal Rai on Monday and was sent to Punjab and Haryana Governer and UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki for approval. Sources in the health department told Chandigarh Newsline that during the meeting instructions were also given to take stern action against those responsible for creating mosquitogenic conditions in the city. “We have proposed to increase the challan amount up to Rs 5,000,” said UT health secretary Anurag Agarwal.
Agarwal said the department would also shut down city labs and diagnostic centre found involved in any kind of irregularity. “If anyone will not obey the administration orders, we will take strict action,” said Agarwal.
Sources said the process to invoke clinic establishment act in the city is under process and orders would be issued in this regard soon.
Health department sources said that during the Monday meeting it was also decided that if any city lab declares that the patient is dengue positive through the rapid test method, strict action will be taken. “A large number of people are taking Tamiflu medicines because they are declared dengue positive through the rapid test,” said a health official. “Action will be taken if any lab will be found going against the administration orders. Indian Medical Association has been informed to inform the private facilities about the decisions.” The Centre has already said that cases found positive through rapid tests will not be found dengue positive.
The official added that instructions were passed to the health department to issue challans against violators effectively and also step up the surveillance on malaria and dengue diseases in the city.
Meanwhile, the health department on Tuesday issued notices to 152 private labs in the city asking them not to charge more than Rs 600 from the public for conducting dengue tests in the city. “Orders were issued and then letters too been issued to the private city labs in this regards,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, Anti Malaria Officer, Chandigarh health department.
While there were 966 dengue cases recorded last year by the department in the city, no case has been witnessed in the city so far. The health department has already issued five challans and 800 notices against the violators during the inspection drives in the city. Last year, the department had issued 78 challans and 1200 notices in the city.