For medical check-up and awareness about various diseases and their prevention, the Punjab government launched specially-designed information education and communication (IEC) vans. A total of 70 such vans to be deployed in different parts of the state were flagged off by chief minister Amarinder Singh under flagship program ‘Tandarust Punjab’. The vehicles would cater to basic healthcare needs of the people residing across the state. A total of 13 vans have been being deployed in Majha region, 14 in Doaba, 43 in Malwa and 17 in the constituencies in border districts. The hi-tech vans, equipped with LED screens, public address systems and elevated platform as makeshift dais, will have experts interacting with the masses to educate them on health issues, besides showing awareness films.
The unique statewide mass contact-cum-awareness program would cover all 117 assembly constituencies of the state. The vans will be equipped to conduct various laboratory tests like – hemoglobin, blood pressure, random blood sugar, and vision. Free medicines like paracetamol and antibiotics will be given to the patients. Those requiring further treatment will be referred to the nearest government health facility. Capt Amarinder asked the health department to ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines by maintaining sufficient stocks in advance in all the villages where the vans have been pressed into service. Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra shared that each vehicle will cover minimum 8 to 10 locations per day and stop at the biggest village among these locations. Each district will have a detailed route plan, along with the details and contact numbers of members of medical teams and other para medical/support staff members on duty. – TOI