Directive For Steps Against Waterborne Diseases
PUNJAB Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed the health authorities to make all-out efforts to ensure prevention of infectious and waterborne diseases in the monsoon.
Secretary Health Fawad Hasan Fawad, in compliance with the orders of the chief minister, chaired a meeting to review the arrangement at district level.
According to a handout issued here on Wednesday, the Secretary Health assigned duties to the senior officers of the department at divisional level to monitor all arrangements.
He said that Director General Health Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch would be responsible for looking after the arrangements regarding preventive measures in Lahore division and supervise overall arrangements as well whereas Director Headquarters Dr Zulfiqar would look after arrangements in Gujranwala division.
Similarly, responsibilities of monitoring of these arrangements in DG Khan division has been handed over to Dr Arshad Iqbal, Dr Junaid Qureshi in Faisalabad division, Dr Arshad Usmani in Sahiwal, Additional Director Dr Mubasher Malik in Rawalpindi, Dr Azhar Masood Bhatti in Faisalabad, Additional Director Dr Muhammad Naeem in Sargodha and Dr Mehmood Ahmed will supervise the arrangements in Bhawalpur division.
The officers have been directed to stay there at least for four days in a week and hold meetings with EDOs (Health) and other officers for ensuring the availability of all necessary medicines.
They have been directed to send a report to the Secretary Health and DG Health after reviewing the arrangements.
Fawad Hasan Fawad also directed that ORS packets and chlorination tablets should be distributed door to door through lady health workers in rural and low-lying areas to prevent the people specially children from diarrhoea and waterborne diseases.
He directed that the availability of anti-snake venom should also be ensured in such districts and tehsil headquarters hospitals where these incidents were reported. The Secretary Health directed all the EDOs (Health) not to leave their districts without prior permission.
The meeting was also attended by Special Secretary Health Development Waseem Mukhtar, Punjab Director General Health Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch and Additional Secretary Health Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Sulehrya.