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As dengue cases rise, Amritsar health dept launches awareness campaign

With dengue cases crossing over 400, the health department has moved to educate residents about the viral disease by putting up posters and pamphlets in offices and public places.

punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2016 15:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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A team of health department officials at the dengue ward of the civil hospital in Amritsar. (HT Photo)

With dengue cases crossing over 400, the health department has moved to educate residents about the viral disease by putting up posters and pamphlets in offices and public places.

To begin with, the officials of the department on Friday visited the civil hospital here and inspected the condition of the ward and interacted with the patients and informed them about the precautions to be taken by the patients, after they are discharged.

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The officials of the team stated that they are carrying out this checking not only in government hospitals but also in private ones.

District epidemiologist Dr Madan Mohan said, “The team visited the civil hospital on Friday. The sole purpose of the visit was to ensure that the dengue ward has all the essential things as per the set parameters. The department wants to keep a check on the private hospitals as well. So, we are conducting regular inspections there also. We will be regularly visiting private institutes. We want to ensure that patients are provided best possible treatment.”

An ideal dengue ward should be isolated, clean, equipped with mosquito nets and should also have a proper supply of medicines. When asked about the steps taken by the department regarding the implementation of the cap not to charge more than Rs 600 to conduct ELISA (enzyme –linked immunosobent assay), a test to confirm the viral infection, Dr Madan said, “We have so far not received any complaint, but as we get any complaint. we will inquire about it.” It has been over a month since the disease broke out in the city. Four cases of chikungunya have also been reported in the city.

The health officials said that it became important for them to carry out awareness programmes as the disease is spreading The department is also going to distribute posters in various government departments and at public places to inform the general public. The posters would include the causes and the precautions to be taken along with the contact number of the civil surgeon, Dr Pradeep Chawla, and district epidemiologist Dr Madan.

The department is also planning a rickshaw awareness rally in the affected areas, especially in the walled city from Monday, from where a majority of cases have been reported. Four rickshaws with information about the disease pasted on them would visit different areas of the walled city to inform and educate people about the disease.