In order to provide better medical facilities in the encephalitis-hit districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh,the state health department has proposed to set up round-the-clock special early treatment centres at the inter-district convergence point of encephalitis-endemic districts. Proposed under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),20 such centres will be set up in four districts of Gorakhpur division including Gorakhpur,Deoria,Kushinagar and Maharajganj.
As per the project implementation plan (PIP) of NRHM,which is yet to be approved by Government of India,the state health department has proposed to set up these centres at places where patients can have easy access to the facility. Some of the locations proposed for the centres are Hata,Khadda,Ramkola,Tamkuhiraj and Kasiya town areas of Kushinagar,Badhalganj,Sahjanwa and Campairganj areas of Gorakhpur,Pharainda,Nichlaul and Nautanwa town areas of Maharajganj and Bhatni and Gaura Bazar of Deoria. All the proposed sites are well connected and thus easily approachable for the locals.
The proposal has been sent to the Centre,the approval for which is awaited, said Dr Ramji Lal,Director General,Medical and Health.
The centres will be well equipped with medical officers and health staff to provide immediate care to encephalitis patients at the periphery. It will also help take the patient load off from BRD Medical College at Gorakhpur,which alone caters to patients of encephalitis across eastern UP,Bihar as well as Nepal. Each of the centres is expected to cost around Rs 25 lakh and a budget of Rs 5 crore has been proposed by the state health department in the PIP.
Further,a budget of Rs 1 crore has also been proposed to provide free transport facilities to all patients referred to government hospitals.
Apart from the centres,the health department is also planning to train traditional healers of the region for early treatment of encephalitis patients. Parents of sick children initially seek treatment from local traditional healers,resulting in late referrals,poor prognosis and leading to aggravating the disease, said the PIP.
Over 1,600 such healers,once identified,will be trained with specific treatment literature to identify cases of encephalitis and give them initial treatment,before referring the patient to the nearest government hospitals the earliest.
A budget of Rs 1.65 lakh has been proposed for the training.