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Badal orders free treatment of dengue cases

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday directed the State Chief Secretary, Ramesh Inder Singh, to gear up health and medical services to meet any unforeseen eventuality caused due to outbreak of dengue in the State.

According to an official release here, Mr. Badal also asked the Chief Secretary to issue instructions to all Government hospitals and dispensaries to provide free treatment to dengue patients.

The Chief Minister conveyed these instructions telephonically from Ludhiana, where he had held a series of “Sangat Darshan” (Meet the People) programmes over the past two days.

After being apprised of the alarming rise in the number of dengue cases, Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to instruct the Departments of Medical Education and Research as well as Health and Family Welfare to constitute special teams in the medical colleges and hospitals to effectively treat the dengue cases.

The Chief Minister also asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to create awareness among the people about the causes, symptoms and treatment of the disease through advertisements in the print as well as electronic media. Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla held an emergency meeting with officials.

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