Health department employees, especially doctors, will play an important role in making the district open defecation free (ODF), said deputy commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, while addressing a workshop of representatives of health department and sanitation department.
He urged the doctors to work on ground level and visit village households to make people aware about the ill-effects of open defecation.
He asked the doctors to make the patients and other visitors aware about this in hospitals and tell them about the consequences. “It is observed that people who use toilets in their houses are less prone to illness. Usually due to open defecation, flies and other sources transport harmful bacteria, which cause cholera and other harmful diseases,” said Sangha.
“So whenever a patient suffering from such disease comes to a doctor, they must encourage them to use toilets and shun the practice of open defecation,” he added.
Meanwhile Jasbir Singh, executive engineer of sanitation department said the government was providing Rs 15,000 financial assistance under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to those households which were not having toilets. He informed that out of 440 villages, 360 villages have been declared ODF.