Early Diagnosing is single way to end Tuberculosis: Balbir Singh Sidhu

302 Patients Diagnosed With TB Disease Under ‘Active Case Finding Campaign’

  • State Government Provides Free Diagnostic Including Chest X-Ray, Sputum Examination & Treatment of TB Patients

Chandigarh, October 17: Early Diagnosing is the single way to end TB and to accelerate the testing procedure of Tuberculosis across the State, the Health Department had installed the 29 CB-NAAT machines at high workload District hospitals and Government Medical Colleges. This hi-tech machine has the capacity to detect TB in just two hours and also detect resistant to anti TB drug rifampicin. It was disclosed here today by Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu in a press communiqué.

Giving details, Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab Government had set the target to make Punjab TB-free State by 2025. He said that to achieve this target there is need to further introduce new mechanism to diagnose the unidentified patients as fast as possible so that quality treatment would be provided to them at early stage. He said that these CB-NAAT machines proved helpful in treating TB patients and during 2019 till date around 22,272 patients have been tested on these machines for accurate treatment.

Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu further said that despite the higher curable rate of 89 percent of TB patients in Punjab, the state government had taken many initiatives to combat this communicable disease. These initiatives include ‘Active Case Finding Campaign’ to identify the suspected TB patients in high risk areas. He said that to break the chain system, Active Case Finding (ACF) was done in campaign mode in September, 2019 under which 27,55,189 persons were screened and 302 patients diagnosed with the TB disease. “Under this campaign, health personnel visited each and every household to find out any suspected TB case in high risk areas of cities and villages. He added that after detecting the symptoms of TB, the patients are referred to nearest health facility for free diagnostic including Chest X-Ray, sputum examination and treatment.

The Minister further said that TB is contagious disease and it easily targets the old aged persons and mal-nutrition children. He also said that it was on record that in many cases, even the healthy persons were also suffering from TB who intentionally ignored their cough for long time and later they were diagnosed with severe stage of TB. He said that precaution and having healthy and nutritious foods with proteins make our body naturally robust and it would make us strong to fight with communicable diseases like TB.

He also said that diagnose and treatment of unidentified TB patients at DoT Centres is one of the foremost practical method and by using it we should certainly make our State TB-Free and safe for our coming generations.



CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 17:-In a move to check stubble burning far more effectively, Punjab government has decided to depute nodal officers in nearly 8000 paddy growing villages across the state identified by the Agriculture Department where paddy stubble is traditionally being burnt.

Disclosing this here today, Secretary Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kahan Singh Pannu said that all the Deputy Commissioners had already been asked to depute the officers/officials in each of such villages to create awareness about the ill effects of paddy stubble burning hazardous for human health and environment. These nodal officers have been asked to keep a close vigil over the post harvesting operations.

The Secretary said the staff of Cooperation, Revenue, Rural Development & Panchayats, Agriculture, Horticulture and Soil Conservation departments and Powercom would work in tandem to check this menace efficaciously. The nodal officers will also undertake various activities, ranging from holding meetings with the farmers, arranging Crop Residue Management (CRM) machines, distribution of pamphlets/leaflets etc. in villages, besides making announcements in Gurdwaras etc. He said that these nodal officers had also been directed to interact with village schools for organizing rallies and awareness lectures to sensitize students so that they could in turn prevail upon their parents to make them aware about the harmful effects of stubble burning.

If any farmer burns the residue in the open fields, the nodal officers will ensure red entry in the Revenue records with the help of the Patwari of concerned village. Likewise, the nodal officers would also ensure effective implementation of Punjab Government's instructions in case of paddy straw burnt in land of employees of Govt./Board/Corporation/Coop. Societies and Panchayats land.

Mr. Pannu said that all the secretaries of 3485 Cooperative Societies across the state would be put on this job. Likewise, the services of the 1850 Panchayat Secretaries of Rural Development & Panchayats, 2000 Junior Engineers, 6000 linemen, 200 Sub Division Officers of PSPCL, 1500 officers of the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Soil Conservation would also be engaged for this purpose. Besides, the services of others officers/employees working at the grass root level would also utilize for this purpose. In addition, coordinating officers will also be deputed in a circle of 20 villages.


First Self Help Group Mela of Punjab-‘LAADO’ to be held from 23rd-24th October

  • 2 day affair to be organized by Social Security, Women & Child Development Department in collaboration with Self Employed Women’s Association
  • Work of Self Help Groups & Women Entrepreneurs of Punjab to be under focus

Chandigarh, October 17:“The Social Security, Women and Child Development Department, Punjab in collaboration with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) would organize the First Self Help Group (SHG) Mela – ‘LAADO’ from 23rd to 24th October, 2019.”

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that the ‘Mela’ would be held at Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh from 11 AM-7 PM and the main aim would be to highlight the work of self help groups & women entrepreneurs of Punjab. The spokesman also added that the Self Help Groups from Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Gujarat would also participate in the Mela.

Divulging more, the spokesman said that the special attractions on the occasion would be Hand Stitched Phulkari Work, Hnad Knitted Sweaters, Bags, Pickles, Ayurvedic Products, Handmade Sweets, besides original SEWA lucknow chikankari work, Hand woven linen saris from West Bengal, Hand Embroidered work from Gujarat and Organic Spices from Uttarakhand.

The spokesman also elaborated that training to self help groups would also be provided on the occasion and the entry would be free. Another unique aspect would be that the proceeds from the sale of products would directly go to the self help groups. The visitors would also get to savour the authentic Punjabi


Punjab Government declares holiday on October 21 for Haryana employees working in the State

Chandigarh, October 17:On account of Haryana State Assembly elections slated for October 21, 2019 any official / employee working in Punjab government offices / boards / corporations / educational institutions but is a voter in the Haryana State Assembly Constituency, can avail special leave to cast the vote from the concerned authority by submitting a copy of his voter card, informed an official spokesman of government of Punjab.

This leave will not be deducted from the employees' leave account, informed he and added that a notification to this effect has been issued.


Local holiday in Phagwara, Mukerian, Dakha and Jalalabad on October 21

Chandigarh, October 17:It has been notified that in the Assembly constituency 29- Phagwara, 39 - Mukerian, 68 - Dakha and 79 Jalalabad voting is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 21, 2019, hence it would be a local holiday on the government offices, boards / corporations and educational institutions located in these constituencies.

This holiday is declared under section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act – 1881, informed an official spokesman of government of Punjab.


Closed Day for voters of Haryana working in Punjab factories

Chandigarh, October 17:In order to enable employees working in factories situated in the State of Punjab who are voters in Haryana to cast their votes, October 21, 2019 has been declared as a paid holiday within the revenue jurisdiction of the districts adjoining to the areas of Haryana State.

It will be a 'closed day’ for the employees who are voters of Haryana working in the factories of the State of Punjab. However, this shall not be a 'closed day' in lieu of weekly off falling between 20th October, 2019 and 26th October, 2019,informed the official spokesman of Government of Punjab.


25.05 Lakh MT Paddy Procured

57.28% Lifting accomplished

Chandigarh, October 17:As of October 16, the government agencies and private millers have procured 25.05 lakh metric tonnes of paddy from various mandis across the State accompanied by 57.28 % lifting as against 72 hour norm, informed an official spokesman of the Government of Punjab 5

Giving details he said that the government agencies have procured 2447717 MT of paddy while 58051 MT has been procured by the millers. He further informed that PUNGRAIN has purchased 967669 metric tonnes, MARKFED 647166 tonnes and PUNSUP 475859 tonnes while Punjab State Warehousing Corporation purchased 310868 MT paddy and FCI 46155 MT.