Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said here on Wednesday that December 16, is a day to remember the Martyrs of APS tragedy by renewing the pledge to root out terrorism in whatever shape it exists.
She said the nation will always remember the children and teachers who lost their lives that day to a ghastly terrorist attack. She said these children and teachers will always be etched in the memory of the nation and terrorists can never defeat the courage and resilience of this nation. She said that the sacrifices of martyrs shall not go in vain. The martyred teachers and children will be remembered for their bravery and courage and they will remain in our memories forever.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid said the day reminds us to pledge our commitment to spread education and knowledge. Education, she said, is on top of the priority list of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. Even after so many years, terrorists are being condemned whereas children and teachers are being remembered with respect and admiration everywhere.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Health Department has formally taken over the Disease Surveillance and Response (DS&R) Units in all 36 Districts of the province set up with the support of the Federal Government and the USAID. Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid made the formal announcement here on Wednesday in a video link meeting wherein the formal handing over of the Units took place.
Present in the meeting were Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr. Faisal Sultan, Ms Julie from USAID, Health Ministers of all provinces, officials of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and key stakeholders. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Faisal Sultan and Ms. Julie elaborated the utility of the Disease, Surveillance and Response Units.
The Health Minister said, “I am extremely grateful to the Federal Government and the USAID on setting up of these units in all 36 districts of the province. The Disease Surveillance and Response Units shall be extremely helpful in battling the second wave of the Corona Pandemic. These units shall be pivotal for precise data collection from all districts. The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department shall be responsible for the monitoring of the centres.