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Dastak in UP is an upcoming campaign aimed at protecting citizens from seasonal diseases

As per the given information, the prime objective is to curtail the spread of ailments like Encephalitis, Malaria, Chikungunya.

As a part of the comprehensive Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) approach adopted by the Uttar Pradesh government, 'Dastak' initiative is being started from July 1. Being launched to train healthcare workers and strengthen connectivity amongst them, this scheme is aimed at protecting the citizens from infections and other diseases. As per the given information, the prime objective is to curtail the spread of ailments like Encephalitis, Malaria, Chikungunya.

Medical services being upgraded at rural levels

In order to strengthen the current medical infrastructure, authorities from Health Department have been instructed to collaborate and synchronise to make all essential arrangements. Further, training programs are being implemented at the state level and the medical services are being upgraded at the rural level.

Additionally, Block Development Officers (BDO), District Panchayat Raj Officers, District School Inspectors, Chief Medical Officers and officers of all departments have been roped in for the project. They have been directed to make sure that the campaign is successfully implemented with their assistance.

State's attempt to fight against fever, vector & water-borne diseases

Attempting to combat seasonal fever, vector & water-borne diseases, 73,000 monitoring committees are functional across the country. As a part of this, 4 lakh officials are trying hard to spread awareness amongst the common masses to practice caution and preventive behaviour against the diseases. Further, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and village heads have been ordered to alert the rural residents against water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

At 3,011 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 855 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Uttar Pradesh, sufficient facilities are being readied to ensure proper cure and treatment of these diseases. While 24-hour services will be available at 592 PHCs in the urban areas, fever clinics have also been set up at PHCs and CHCs to cater to emergency requirements.

- With inputs from IANS

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