HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES ADVISORY TO COMBAT VECTOR BORNE DISEASES & TO PROMOTE CROP DIVERSIFICATION, ADMINISTRATION TAKES NEW INITIATIVE- NOW OFFICIALS TO BUY SUPPLY FLOUR, FRUIT, AND PULSES FROM PROGRESSIVE FARMERS

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Ludhiana, July 16- The Civil Surgeon Dr. Rajesh Kumar Bagga on Tuesday said that the health department is committed to making Ludhiana dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases free district.
Presiding over a meeting here with multipurpose health supervisors, Dr. Bagga asked them to start a major drive for checking the spread of these Vector-Borne Diseases in the district.
He said that the vulnerable places for producing the larva of mosquitoes must be identified and action must be taken immediately.
The civil surgeon said that besides checking drive, the people must be made aware of the breeding ground of mosquitoes including air-coolers, old/ worn out utensils.
Dr. Bagga said that that the dengue is being transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito which usually targets in the daytime and severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscles, and joint pains are symptoms of the disease.
Dr. Bagga added that Aedes mosquito breeds in desert coolers, water storage containers, tyres, overhead tanks and many more places where rainwater collects or is stored. He said that people must be educated to keep all water storage containers covered, besides old tyres, broken pots, crockery should be removed.
He said they must hold seminars and competitions in the educational institutions to apprise the people about the vector-borne diseases and can save themselves. He said that people should be encouraged to wear full sleeves clothes these days.
Further, he asked them to release Gambusia fish in the ponds which is also called mosquito fish as fish eats the mosquito larvae and helps in controlling these diseases
He said that the people must celebrate Friday as a dry day to prevent dengue, chikungunya and others and can contact district epidemiologist Dr Rajesh Kumar 98557-16180 for further information.
DISTRICT PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, LUDHIANA
DC DIRECTS OFFICIALS TO PREPARE A MODEL UNDER ATMA PROJECT AND IDENTIFY PROGRESSIVE FARMERS
Ludhiana, July 16- To promote the crop diversification among the peasantry, Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal on Tuesday directed the agriculture department to prepare a model under ATMA project in which the progressive farmers can supply the wheat flour, fruit, and pulses to administration’s officials so that they can buy from the farmers as per their requirement.
Presiding over a meeting, Mr. Agrawal said that this project will not only promote the diversification but will also save the groundwater by diverting the farmers from traditional crops of paddy to other crops.
He said it has been found that farmers do not adopt crop diversification as they failed to find buyers or good price in the markets.
Mr Agrawal said that district administration is committed to promoting crop diversification to save the groundwater and to provide opportunities to the farmers so that they can adopt it wholeheartedly.
He also asked the department to persuade the farmers to sow maize in the fields and reduce the area of water-guzzling paddy. Further, he said that to promote maize cultivation, the state government has been providing Rs 2000 per acre to the farmers.
Mr. Agrawal added that the department is also offering a 50 to 80 percent subsidy on the Agri-implants to decompose the paddy straw in the fields. He said that the farmers must shun the practice of burning the straws which produce hazardous gases in the environment.
Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Baldev Singh informed the deputy commissioner about the activities carried out by the department.
On the occasion, Assistant Project Officer Mr Avtar Singh, Deputy Director Dr Dilbagh Singh, Soil Conservation Officer Mr Jagdish Singh Gill and others were present.