All-out measures to prevent hepatitis

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services and Regulations, Dr Darshan Friday informed the National Assembly that the government was taking all out efforts for prevention of hepatitis disease across the country.
Replying to a calling attention notice in the House, Dr Darshan said vaccine of Hepatitis-B was available and efforts were underway to make it available in part of the country. Dr Darshan said there was no vaccine of Hepatitis C across the world, however its treatment was available.
Parliamentary Secretary said doctors were also being given training for the treatment of Hepatitis Dr Darshan said the government was also working on provision of clean drinking water to the people as contaminated water was the main cause of Hepatitis.
He said it was the vision of the Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to provide clean drinking water across the country.
Meanwhile, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir Friday informed the National Assembly that the Punjab government had taken strict action against the persons involved in torturing a transgendere in Sialkot.
Speaking in the House, the minister said that soon after the incident a first information report (FIR) had been registered with the concerned police station, following which 10 accused had so far been arrested and produced before the court.
Earlier on a point of order, Chief Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that the Parliament should condemn the incident and take appropriate measures to avoid such incidents in future. He said that federal government should ban the shipbreaking activities till formulation of the required laws. He said that medical and fire-brigade facilities should be available at the shipbreaking yards so for safety and security of labourers working there.

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