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Health awareness drive gets few ears

Health workers are having a hard time carrying out their awareness campaign in various areas.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: August 11, 2011 3:55:06 am

Rich refuse to open doors,poor refuse to boil water due to ‘high LPG costs’

Health workers are having a hard time carrying out their awareness campaign in various areas. While residents in slum areas find it hard to understand things,the residents of posh areas hardly open doors to listen to them.

There are plenty of problems in posh areas,say the health workers. The residents throw garbage out of their houses and later complain to the Municipal Corporation about lack of cleanliness. In some colonies,vacant plots are turning into garbage dumps.

Hardeep Singh,a resident in Model Gram area said,“I have a plot in Rajguru Nagar and I have got it cleaned 4 times and once again MC authorities are telling me to get the plot cleaned or I will be penalised. I don’t even live there and the nearby residents dump garbage in the plot so as to keep their houses clean and later blame the authorities for mosquito breeding.”

Similar feedback was given by Surinder Kumar,who owns a plot in Punjab Mata Nagar he said,“I have spent Rs 2000 in getting my plot cleaned about 4 days back and again filth is lying inside it. I saw residents throwing garbage inside. They are not bothered that they themselves will fall ill,because they live nearby.”

Jagat Ram,Mass Media Officer in civil surgeon office said,“The big houses hardly open the doors to listen to us and later they will complain. But yesterday we did the awareness campaign in Ghumar Mandi area through loudspeaker announcement and distributed pamphlets as well.”

In Sahnewal block,Giaspura and other slum areas however,the residents refused to boil water before drinking. The reason: The water does not taste well after boiling or it consumes lot of LPG which is out of their budget.

Meanwhile the workers will be conducting awareness campaigns in more areas in the coming days. The campaign is being conducted on the instructions of Civil Surgeon Dr H S Bali and DC Rahul Tiwari to warn people. In the past years epidemics had broken out in many slums. Jagat Ram said,“Our job is to guide people because general cleanliness in their houses and also in surroundings has to be maintained by them.”

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