Himachal steps to check water-borne diseases

SHIMLA, JUNE 1. Himachal Pradesh Government has initiated preventive measures to control communicable diseases, especially water borne ones such as jaundice, gastroenteritis and diarrhoea during this summer and monsoon season in the state.

In its endeavour to ensure proper hygiene and sanitation, the water sources are being chlorinated and properly cleaned, an official spokesman said here today.

He said a meeting of district level coordination committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner is being convened to chalk out strategies in consultation with the departments of Revenue, Education, Panchayati raj and Irrigation and Public Health to contain the outbreak of any water borne diseases.

He said action plan has been chalked out keeping in view the local conditions and availability of manpower. The District Health officers have been asked to test water samples in their area both from main supply as well as consumer level. These concerted efforts of the State government would help in checking the outbreak of any diseases in the State, he added.

The spokesman said areas prone to water borne diseases have identified and are being regularly monitored so as to check any possible outbreak of any disease. ORS packets, Chlorine tablets, I.V.sets and ringer lactate bottles and other required drugs have been procured to meet any emergency.

To check the prevalence of diseases, the schools have been asked to educate the students on cause and prevention of communicable disease. Sale of contaminated fruits and sweets has been prohibited within the periphery of education institutions.

All the health officials and hospitals have been asked to be prepared for any emergency. An effective surveillance system has been developed in initiating appropriate action to quickly contain outbreak of water borne diseases.

He said all the health personnel have been adequately trained in oral rehydration therapy, as early treatment could save many precious lives. All the panchayats have been asked to monitor the cleanliness of drinking water sources. Orientation camps are being organized for opinion leaders for prevention of jaundice and diarrhoea so as to enhance the awareness amongst the people. - UNI