Patiala, July 15: The District Health Department in Patiala is conducting awareness programs to prevent water-borne diseases in the areas affected by the recent rains and floods. The department has been spraying larvicide medicine on standing water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, which can spread diseases such as dengue, malaria, typhoid, and jaundice.
Civil Surgeon Dr. Raminder Kaur said that the health teams have checked for dengue larvae in over 38,600 houses in the district. The larvae found in 594 places were destroyed on the spot and challans were issued to 5 persons. She said that more than 3 lakh houses have been surveyed under the Khushak Divas campaign and these activities will continue.
District Epidemiologist Dr. Sumeet Singh said that people should ensure that they get some type of fever test done, which is available free of cost in government health institutions. In case of fever, they should take paracetamol pills and only take other medicines on medical advice.
The health department has distributed medicines, mosquito repellent creams, and chlorine tablets to the flood victims in the affected areas. Relief medical camps are also being organized to provide necessary health services to the people.