Chandigarh : Health and family welfare minister Punjab, Brahm Mohindra on Friday declared war against vector borne diseases and instructed the health officials from 11 departments to tackle these on priority.
“There should be no laxity given in dealing with the outbreak of such type of diseases. All the concerned departments should focus on prevention and awareness about these diseases” said Mohindra. Consistent campaigns should be conducted on the radio, mass media, bulk SMS, Cinemas, hand out, pamphlets to make people aware.
Mohindra said that he will personally take up the matter with Local Bodies Minister for ensuring smooth operations especially in the cities. The local bodies should also stress on the spraying in collaboration with Health Department before the season starts.
He also asked the Education Department to generate awareness among school children through quiz competitions, and lectures.
Health Minister instructed the department of Rural Development and Panchayats to use the Gambusia fish in the ponds, spraying and sanitizing rural areas.
At present there are 26 sentinel surveillance hospitals in the state providing free diagnostic facility for dengue and chikunguniya where tests for these diseases are also done free.
Punjab has become the first state to introduce Malaria treatment cards and is also the first state to launch an android mobile app ‘dengue free Punjab’.
Awareness drive to lay emphasis on school children.
Punjab has become the first state to introduce Malaria treatment cards.
At present there are 26 sentinel surveillance hospitals in the state providing free diagnostic facility
11 departments to fight collectively against vector borne diseases.