Tribune News Service
Mohali, November 1
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, launched an awareness campaign on non-communicable diseases from the government dispensary in Sohana here today.
Flagging off two vans, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated that several initiatives had been taken to improve health services to realise the dream of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make Punjab a healthy state as well as to fight the Covid pandemic.
He said as part of this awareness campaign, two special awareness vans had been fabricated. Awareness material had been displayed, along with the LED and audio-visual address system, in these vans.
Balbir Singh Sidhu said these vans would reach out to different villages of Punjab to make the people aware of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, paralysis and cancer. Blood pressure and diabetes tests would be done free of cost in these vans.
He said elderly persons and patients already suffering from any non-communicable disease were at greater risk of Covid. He appealed to people of the state to make the most of this campaign and be aware of non-communicable diseases so that these could be prevented.
Sidhu said he had sent special letters to patients suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes in which he had appealed to them to take all preventive measures to protect themselves and get timely treatment during the pandemic.