Lahore—Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on Wednesday laid emphasis on collective efforts and public awareness to overcome common diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Speaking at a project naunching ceremony of ‘Management of Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea on Revised Global Guidelines’ at a local hotel he said that clean drinking water and public awareness were the most necessary steps to avoid such common diseases. He said the government was moving in right direction to provide healthcare and establish 40 new hospitals in the country. He also stressed upon young doctors to remember the “oath” related to their noble profession and therefore serve ailing humanity with zeal and fervour. He appreciated the efforts of Unicef,Punjab Government and other donor agencies for launching this project in Punjab. On the occasion,Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh.Salman Rafique said that Punjab had achieved the Zero polio target.He said ,”If dengue threat could be controlled then why we can’t overcome pneumonia and diarrhoea”. He said that its Punjab province which first of all conducted vaccination against pneumonia and diarrhoea.He stressed on the implementation of health policy at grassroots level to achieve targets of health projects. Parliamentary Secretary for Health in Punjab Assembly Kh.Imran Nazir said that over 700 FIRs had been lodged for selling spurious drugs and government is determined to root out sale of spurious drugs which are threat to public health. Earlier,Unicef representative Dr.Canady,Secretary Primary and Secondary healthcare Ali Jan,DG Health Services Punjab Dr.Mukhiar Shah addressed the gathering. Speaking on the situation of pneumonia and diarrhoea they said that among children under five years age,approximately 30 million cases of diarrhoea and 5 million cases of pneumonia were being reported annually in Punjab.
The gathering was informed that on average a child (under 5 yrs age) dies after every two minutes, as around 240,000 children die each year.