Casual leaves of doctors in Punjab's flood hit areas cancelled

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Chandigarh, Aug 19 (UNI) Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla today directed all the Civil Surgeons to take immediate steps to control the outbreak of water-borne diseases, especially in the flood affected areas of the state and ordered the cancellation of casual leaves of doctors posted in those areas.

Funds amounting to Rs 1.06 crore has been allocated to all the Civil Surgeons in the state for medicines, insecticidal spray and POL (Petrol Oil Lubricants).

The minister said the medicines required for water borne diseases, skin diseases, respiratory infections, malaria and insect bites have been made available in abundance in all the hospitals of Punjab. She asked the officers at the district headquarters to remain ready and vigilant for any inforeseen situation.

She said control rooms were established at all district headquarters and sub-divisional levels. Static and Mobile medical teams in fully equipped ambulances and with medicines and life saving drugs were constituted and stationed at vulnerable points.

Prof Chawla said to ensure safe drinking water to the people in the affected areas adequate number of drinking water samples were taken for analysis in the identified flood affected areas.

Chlorination of drinking water would be ensured, she said.

The minister said large number of chlorine tablets were made available for distribution in flood affected areas as well as in rural areas during the rainy season, to check the water borne diseases.

Although the flood situation was well under control but the state government as a precautionary measure, cancelled the casual leaves of all medical and para-medical staff in the flood prone areas till further orders.

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