Coimbatore District Collector T.N. Hariharan in the presence of senior officials on Friday scrutinized the level of cleanliness, medical awareness at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and listened to the patients` grievances.
The move followed instruction from the State Government to senior officers to inspect health establishments following the rise in dengue cases. At the hospital, there are 23 patients who had tested positive for dengue and another 190 patients with fever.
Sources said that Mr. Hariharan went to the dengue ward, interacted with patients, learned about the facilities available at the hospital, the needs of patients and the treatment provided to them. Soon after interacting with the media, he said that the doctors were available 24x7 to attend to patients and were also monitoring their blood count.
He said that he had asked doctors to provide extra care, monitor the health very closely and stock adequate quantity of medicines. The State Government has ordered to set up for a separate ward especially for dengue patients and designated a doctor as nodal officer to deal with dengue cases.
If the patients admitted to the CMCH were from the district, their details were collected and passed on to the local bodies concerned so that they could sanitize the area around the patients` houses and monitor fever cases in those regions.
He also appealed to persons with fever and dengue symptoms to reach hospitals early so as to get treatment at the right time.
The district administration had asked local bodies to strengthen waste collection efforts, officials concerned to carry out regular inspection, provide clean drinking water and create awareness among the public on dengue, a release from the district administration said.