Diabetic & Hypertension patients advised to adopt Covid-19 preventive measures

Chandigarh, October 28, 2020: To further spread awareness among all the diabetic & hypertension patients of Punjab to adopt preventive measures and schedule their diet and exercise routine, the Health & Family Welfare Minister. Balbir Singh Sidhu wrote letters to all such patients.
Giving details here in press communique, Sidhu said that considering that prevention is the only treatment of coronavirus, he decided to communicate with the patients personally by sending the letters.
Besides preventive measures, symptoms of diabetes and hypertension, all necessary details to lead healthy and disease-less life were provided in the letter.
He said that the Punjab Government has also launched a campaign titled ” Public Health Response to Covid-19: Appropriate Behaviour” to make people aware, especially those who were suffering from co-morbidity.
The Health Minister added that the health department was conducting a screening program to diagnose the non-communicable diseases under which about 20 lakh individuals have been screened for hypertension and 11.5 lakh for diabetes.
Apart from this, 17 lakh persons have been screened for oral, breast and cervical cancer.
The Minister stated that even the number of active cases of coronavirus rapidly declined in Punjab, the Civil Surgeons have been instructed to ensure the strict compliance of guidelines such as wearing of masks, following physical distancing at public places and maintaining hand hygiene in view of the festival season.
He said that he also directed the department to ensure that these letters be delivered to all diabetic and hypertension patients within 15 days with the help of ANM and ASHAs.
Disclosing about the COVID-19 status, Sidhu said that with the 93.8 percent recovery rate, Punjab led the national rate.
Of 161086 samples taken for the COVID test last week, only 3186 reported positive as the positivity rate of Punjab is just 2 percent.
Further instructions have been issued to all districts to expedite the sampling/testing.

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