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No case of Omicron in the Punjab: OP Soni

PUNJAB NEWSLINE | December 04, 2021 07:28 PM

AMRITSAR: No case of Omicron has been detected in the state so far and all arrangements have been made by the government to deal with the third wave and teams from the health department are testing the arriving passengers at all the airports in the state.

These words were uttered by Mr. Om Prakash Soni Deputy Chief Minister Punjab who is also in charge of Health Department after giving green signal to the bicycle rally and three vans at Bhai Dharam Singh Satellite Hospital Ranjit Avenue today under the awareness campaign on non communicable diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Soni said that in today's age non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, brain stroke, blood pressure etc. are spreading very fast and sometimes the afflicted patients are not even aware that they are suffering from such a terrible disease. There are victims. Mr. Soni said that this campaign has been launched to make us aware about the changes in our eating and drinking habits, abstinence from alcohol and physical fitness to stay away from these diseases. He said that more than 31 lakh people have been screened by the health department for these diseases. Out of which 14.67 per cent are suffering from diabetes, 15.38 per cent from hypertension and 0.35 per cent from cancer.

Disclosing this here today the Deputy Chief Minister said that Rs.850 crore has been spent by the government for the residents of Punjab for cancer patients and each cancer patient is being treated up to Rs.1.50 lakh free of cost under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. He said that State Cancer Institute has been set up in Amritsar district at a cost of Rs. 120 crore and this hospital would be operational soon. He said that the Treasury Cancer Care Center Fazilka was also being set up at a cost of Rs. Off-the-art tools are provided.

Mr. Soni said that 2.35 lakh people across the state have taken the first dose of Corona vaccine and more than 36 per cent people have also taken the second dose of Corona. Mr. Soni told the children present during the bicycle rally that they should avoid junk food and pay more attention to physical exercise so that they can avoid these diseases. He said that it was common to see that even small children were now falling prey to these non-communicable diseases. The main reason for which is eating out.

In response to a question from the press, Mr. Soni said that the ANM And Asha workers should call off their strike. He said that the government was also paying attention to their demands and he had already discussed the matter with the Chief Minister. Mr. Soni said that the legitimate demands of the employees would be met.

Addressing the function Deputy Director Health Dr. Nisha Shahi said that the main objective of the bicycle rally was to protect children from non-communicable diseases. He said that only by changing our diet we can avoid these chronic diseases. Addressing the function, Civil Surgeon Dr. Charanjit Singh said that cancer of the mouth, breast and cervix can be cured in the first phase only. He said that a new project related to cervical cancer has also been started in the state.

The Civil Surgeon said that these three vans would go to different districts of the state and would make the people aware about the non-communicable diseases.

On this occasion Chairman Dharamvir Sareen, Senior Vice President Punjab Scale Small Industry Mr. Paramjit Singh Batra, Dr. Sandeep, Dr. Madan Mohan, Mr. Sanjeev Anand, Dr. Apart from Raju Chauhan, all the senior medical officers were also present.

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