Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 19
Activities to create awareness against Covid-19 were conducted by a team of the Mass Media Department of the Civil Surgeon office at Phase I and II in Dugri here to detect more cases of Covid-19. Dugri was declared a containment zone by the district administration due to the detection of a large number of Covid cases in its areas.
On Monday, the awareness campaign team of the District Health Department visited various places in Phase 1 and 2 and urged residents through the public address system to come forward for testing, which is being conducted free of cost by the department. The government has made it mandatory to test all residents of containment zones.
Members of the team also told attendants of positive patients about how to take proper care of their positive relatives and other related information.
Deputy Director Dr Kiran Gill said due to the high cases of Covid in Dugri, it has been made a containment zone. The Health Department, Ludhiana, has significantly increased testing. Testing is important for early detection of the cases, which can prevent the rapid spread of the virus.
“More testing means we can track positive cases on a fast pace,” she said.
“People usually go for test only when they come in contact with a positive persons or have any symptom,” she said.
However, people should understand that they have to come forward to give samples for tests regardless of their symptoms or contact as the testing facility by the department is completely free.
“There are a lot of misconceptions among people that sampling is a painful and time-consuming process, which is wrong,” Dr Kiran Gill said.
She said the Covid sampling takes less than a minute and the process was painless.
Dr Sukhjivan Kakkar, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, appealed to residents to come forward in large numbers for coronavirus testing and encourage others also to get themselves tested as early as possible.
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