Punjab health dept website back in new avatar after four days
The Punjab health department’s website, pbhealth.gov.in, that had not been working since September 11 was restored at 3pm on Monday with a new look.
The message on the homepage read, “Welcome to the new website of Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab. The updation of the website is in progress.”
The website provides updates on the Covid-19 situation, intimates the public about government instructions to hospitals besides contact details of nodal officers and control rooms, and uploads public notices and media bulletins. It also provides details about the Covid-19 protocol for non-resident Indians (NRIs) headed for Punjab.
The Punjab government website, punjab.gov.in, has a webpage of the Punjab health and family welfare department but it contains only contact details of ministers and senior officials of the department.
There was concern among health staff and people as the website had stopped working at a time when the Punjab government is trying to counter rumours and misinformation about Covid-19 on social media. There have been rumours of organ smuggling of Covid-19 patients being spread on social media, resulting in people avoiding getting tested or hospitalised for Covid-19.