Gidderpindi (Jalandhar), July 16(STN): Punjab Health Minister Dr. Balbir Singh on Sunday directed the medical teams of Health Department to be ready to provide healthcare services as well as medical checkup of people at their doorsteps in flood hit areas across the state.
The Health Minister, who went to Gidderpindi villages on Sunday morning, met medical teams deputed in the area to know about the medical problems being faced by the residents of affected villages. He asked the teams led by specialized doctors to start extending door-to-door medical assistance in the areas immediate after the water level receded besides utilizing the motorboats for medical aid in emergency cases so as to ensure requisite treatment well in time.
On being asked about the extent of different water borne and vector borne diseases, which are expected during a flood situation, SMO incharge Dr Davinder apprised the minister that so far no particular disease had got prevalence and mostly the situation was under control and medical teams were keeping a continuous track .
Accompanied by Shahkot SDM Rishabh Bansal, Civil Surgeon Dr. Raman Sharma and Shahkot SMO Dr. Devinderpal Singh, the Health Minister also appreciated the efforts being put in by the health teams. He said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was personally monitoring the situation and the State Government would extend all possible help to the people facing tough time. He directed the health teams that free medicines and medical aid should reach at the houses of patients so as to avoid any hardship to be faced by the needy people.
Health Minister meets Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, discusses current situation in villages:
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Balbir Singh met renowned environmentalist and Rajya Sabha Member Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal at the breach site in Mandala Channa village. He discussed about the current situation with Sant Seechewal and apprised that as many as 25 medical and 16 rapid response teams were providing medical facilities in the area. He also commended the efforts of District Administration and Sangat to plug the breach under supervision of Sant Seechewal within a few days time. Rajya Sabha Member also gave detailed information to the Minister about the plight of villages. Others present amongst included District Family Welfare Officer Dr. Raman Gupta, SMO Dr. Gurmit Lal and A.H.O. Dr. Satjit Kaur.