The Punjab Health Department in joint collaboration with the civil society has geared up its activities to eliminate the Dengu menace from the state by launching consistent awareness campaign at grass root level. Awareness generation is the primary task for the total control of this deadly disease. It was disclosed by Mr. Brahm Mohindra Health & Family welfare Minister, Punjab while addressing the gathering on the occasion of State level Function of National Dengue Day organized at auditorium of Punjab Health System Cooperation. Earlier in the day the minister also flagged off an awareness cycle rally by children and auto rickshaw drivers.Addressing the gathering the minister said that the Dengu is such a disease which can be controlled by ensuring cleanliness in and around our houses and work areas. He said that the health department has chalked out a comprehensive plan to generate the awareness among the masses through social networking, traditional media like seminars, workshops, advertisement, Play and Nukkar-Nataks.The Minister advised the health functionaries to make close contacts with the masses by the making routine visits in the vulnerable areas and to preach the advantages of healthy life style. He said that the previous health department has always ignored its statutory duties of providing basis health facilities to the public.
He said that the congress government is duty bound to fulfill all its promises they made to the public. He exhorted the health functionaries to brace up their sleeves to implement the health awareness programme among the public.The minister also launched a live portal of National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme.Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, local MLA also addressed the gathering. He assured the Minister that they will fully support the health department in the generation of awareness at village level. He said that 80 percent of the Dengue cases are reported from urban areas. He said that in the previous year S A S Nagar topped the list of districts of Punjab with highest numbers of reported dengue cases. He said that it is a serious concern for all of us and we all have to work hard to curb the Dengue menace. He also demanded from the minister to upgrade the civil hospital of Mohali and to fill the vacant vacancies of doctors.Director Health Services Dr. H S Bali also addressed the gathering. Prominent amongst others who were present at the occasion included Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Dharampal, D H S,Mr. Rajesh Dhiman, Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Dr. Jai Singh Civil Surgeon and other senior officers from Civil and Health Administration.