Bathinda, :The health department is geared up to tackle dengue in every aspect and is committed to provide all needed help to the dengue patients. Following the efforts of Bathinda administration no new dengue cases have been reported in past 2 to 3 days. The Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mrs Vini Mahajan said this while talking to media persons here today.

Mrs Mahajan was in Bathinda to conduct a special meeting of Bathinda administration and NGOs regarding dengue. While interacting with the media persons Mrs Mahajan said that dengue has affected other states in the country too. She said that 1400 dengue cases have been reported in Punjab of which maximum cases are from Bathinda. She reiterated that the health department was committed to take care of dengue patient in every possible way.

Appealing the media and people she said that every citizen can make an important contribution in curtailing the spread of dengue. She said that people should keep their surroundings clean, drain their desert coolers and if any of the dengue symptoms is found, the patient should immediately get free tests conducted from government hospital and take the requisite medication.

Speaking at the event the Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr Basant Garg stated that the Bathinda administration was going to start a special campaign wherein all the government and private buildings will be checked for stagnant water and dengue larvae. He said that if stagnant or dengue larva is found at any of the buildings, the owner of building/ head of department will be challaned. He added that the basic aim of challaning was not to issue challans and collect money but to create awareness amongst the masses.

Mrs Mahajan conducted a meeting of the health department, administration officers, doctors from Indian Medical Association (IMA) and members of various NGOs. During the meeting she appealed the private doctors to report every suspected and confirmed case of dengue to the civil surgeon. She said that no private health facility should dupe people in the name of dengue and prescribe costly tests and medicines as the tests and medicines were available free of cost at the government hospitals.

The ADC (development) Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma, ADC (general) Mr Sumit Kumar Jarangal, SSP Mr Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti and other officers were also present at the meeting.

Later, Mrs Mahajan visited the civil hospital Bathinda wherein she interacted with the patients in dengue wards and directed the doctors to ensure that no poor patient is left bereft of the treatment due to paucity of money. She also visited the Advanced Cancer Diagnostic Center.

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