At a time when cases of malaria and dengue are being reported in the district, the health department is busy organising "ceremonial" awareness programmes.
More than 300 cases of malaria and 10 suspected cases of dengue have been reported recently. And to arrest the number of cases, the department has been holding seminars but the message is getting lost, as experts said the department was targeting the wrong audience.
The department has been organising awareness programmes in urban areas whereas cases have been reported from rural areas.
In one such programme on Wednesday, the department in collaboration with the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here organised an awareness programme in the Ranbir Singh out-patient department (OPD) of the medical college.
In spite of the OPD receiving a heavy rush every day, the PGIMS organising committee did little to publicise the event and, as a result, very few people turned up. PGIMS vice-chancellor Dr SS Sangwan, director Dr CS Dhull and civil surgeon Dr VK Govila addressed the audience but owing to thin attendance, the programme was wrapped up in just 20 minutes.
Experts said there was a need to aware people in rural areas, from where a number of malaria cases had been reported.
When asked the reason behind not conducting seminars in villages or colonies of the town, Dr Govila said that unless people made themselves aware on their own, nothing much could be done.
On the provision of fine on people who leave their plots in residential colonies unattended, resulting in accumulation of rainwater, he said that if the department imposed fine on people, it would be a burden on their pocket and it would not be a good idea.