Dengue awareness drive as part of ‘Swachh Fortis’ initiative

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NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : Fortis Hospital Mohali carried out a cleanliness-cum-dengue awareness drive in the Phase IX market, here today.  Organized as part of the ‘Swacch Mohali, Swasth Mohali’ campaign, the drive witnessed a participation by over 50 employees of Fortis Mohali, including medical and non-medical staff. With the dengue menace continuing unabated in the city, a street play was also performed on the topic, and pamphlets were distributed among shoppers and shopkeepers, explaining the symptoms and preventive measures for dengue.

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The cleanliness drive was led by Mr. Ashish Bhatia, COO (North and East), Fortis Healthcare Ltd. who was joined by doctors, Heads of Departments (HoDs), Nursing Teams, Housekeeping, Security, Human Resources, Purchase, Stores, Administration, Medical Services, Finance and Information Technology, who toiled to clean up the market and neglected stretches in the surrounding areas. The team cleared off all plastic discards, garbage and piled-up waste. This initiative adequately demonstrated willingness and commitment of the teams at Fortis Hospital that it is important to keep not just the interiors clean, but also the surroundings clean and sparkling. 

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Leading the clean-up drive, Mr. Bhatia said, “Cleanliness and hygiene are critical for good health at personal and societal levels. If not disposed in timely manner, garbage and stagnant water becomes breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes, causing health problems amongst residents, as we are seeing with dengue and chikungunya. As an institution that provides best-in-class health services, we have always been at the forefront to support causes of public health concern. We have spread awareness about targeting mosquito-breeding sites in and around our home and workplaces. Besides this, we must wear appropriate clothing for the season and use mosquito repellants.”