PUNJAB health department gear up to prevent outbreak of vector borne diseases


Chandigarh, June 28, 2013: Health department has made all necessary arrangements for the transmission season of Vector Borne Diseases especially Malaria and Dengue. All the civil surgeons are directed to take all necessary steps to prevent breeding of the mosquitoes in and around their vicinity. 

Disclosing this Madan Mohan Mittal said that all the state, district and block level health officials are directed to pull up their socks to tackle Vector Borne Diseases and there should not be any laxity in tackling vector borne diseases.

Minister said that the officers are directed to launch special awareness drives among public and educate them regarding prevention of breeding of the mosquitoes to prevent any cases of Malaria and Dengue. Department has sufficient quantities of insecticides for prevention of spread of the vector borne diseases.

The officials had also been asked to spray insecticides on the pits filled with water and prevent stagnating of water in their surroundings. The Health Department teams had been kept ready at various hospitals and health centres across the district in case of any eventuality, Minister added.

Mittal said that the Civil Surgeons are asked to ensure that all fever cases reported are tested free of cost for Malaria. He added that Malaria should be treated free of cost at all the Government Hospitals of the State.

Minister said that Punjab has adequate dengue testing kits for free testing of the suspected cases at Government Hospitals in the State as well as have medicines to provide free supportive treatment to the dengue cases.

Principal Secretary, Health and FW and Medical Education and Research Vini Mahajan briefing about the preparedness said that the all Civil Surgeons of the state have already been instructed to take all necessary measures to prevent Vector Borne diseases.

Mahajan said that besides keeping its staff on an alert, the health authorities are also asked to be in regular touch with the officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC), water supply and sewerage board and some others regarding the prevention of the outbreak of diseases.

Friday, June 28, 2013