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Find reasons for recurrence of jaundice in Himachal: CM

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Sensitive towards the concern of water borne diseases, the state government is mulling to find out the cause for the jaundice cases being reported from various parts of the state each year.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that his government is serious over the issue of water borne diseases and every possible step would be taken to prevent their outbreak in any part of the state. He stressed that all departments should work in close coordination to monitor the situation and public feedback should be taken on priority.

While presiding over a review meeting with the senior officers of the Health and Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) departments, he called for an exercise to find out the reasons that why viruses of water borne diseases were getting active every year.

He said although there was no alarming situation, yet we need to adopt preventive measures at all levels to check outbreak of water borne diseases.

Jai Ram Thakur directed the Rural Development department to ensure proper cleanliness of water bodies and adequate availability of bleaching powder at village level.

He said the Municipal Corporations need work in close coordination with IPH department and all water tanks, reservoirs and traditional water sources should be chlorinated and cleaned regularly.

The Chief Minister asked for starting an extensive campaign to educate the masses about maintaining drinking water sources safe by involving panchayats, mahilamandals and schools. He directed IPH department to chlorinate and maintain water reservoirs in all major towns of the State and motivate the people support the efforts of the government.

He directed that sampling and testing of water was done properly and it should be ensured that there was no leakage in water tanks and water supply pipes.