Secretary Health directs steps to control dengue, health cover in floods season

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Staff Reporter

Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Punjab, Ali Bahadur Qazi has directed the officers of the department to take concrete steps for the prevention and control of diseases specially dengue and provision of timely health cover to the flood affectees during the coming season.
He said that anti-polio activities should also be focused for ensuring affective control on the situation. Ali Bahadur Qazi was of the view that Primary & Secondary Health Department directly related to the healthcare delivery services to the people.
Ali Bahadur Qazi stated this while chairing first formal departmental briefing session after assuming the charge as Secretary Primary & Secondary Health, here on Saturday. Besides, Special Secretary Dr. Faisal Zahoor, Director General Health Services, Dr. Munir Ahmed, Director Headquarter Dr. Haroon Jehangir Khan, Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Asim Altaf, senior officers of the department and Directors of different Health Programms were also present in the meeting.
DG Health Dr. Munir Ahmed briefed the Secretary. He said that health delivery at Primary & Secondary level have been improved significantly for which DHQ and THQ hospitals have been strengthened besides improving the working of basic health units. He disclosed that after February, 2017 no polio case has been reported in the province and due to the affective measures taken by the department routine immunization coverage has been reached upto 86 percent which was previous 50 percent.
Dr. Munir further said that E-Vaccs system has been introduced for monitoring the activities of vaccinators and due to which the attendance of vaccinators has reached upto 97 percent. He further informed that Punjab is the first province who has initially introduced Rota virus in six districts to prevent the children from watery diarrhea and now the scope of this vaccine has been expanded to all the districts.
The meeting was informed that arrangements are being finalized for the protection and provision of health cover to the flood affectees during the coming monsoon season. All necessary measures are being taken according to the SoPs and the sites for setting up medical relief camps in the traditionally flood affected districts have also been marked.
Moreover, 80 thousand dozes of Anti-Snake Venom (ASV) and 75 thousand Anti-Rabies Vaccine (ARV) are available in the stock whereas one million Aqua-pura tablets for filtering the drinking water have been procured which would be distributed in the flood affected areas.
Besides, this 5 lakh packets of ORS have already been supplied to the districts whereas buffer stock of 5 lakh ORS is also available in the department.
Dr. Munir Ahmed informed the Secretary that EPI program is very successfully being run in the province. He disclosed that every year one million new-born are included in the system.
While addressing the meeting Secretary Ali Bahadur Qazi appreciated that newly established Primary & Secondary Health Department have tremendously achieved number of targets and remained successful in providing health facilities at primary and secondary level.
He directed that all the procurements should timely be done to avoid any difficulty.
He said that due to general elections activities, the issues related public health should not be ignored and special focus be given on the provision of medical cover to the flood affectees and to control dengue in the coming season.

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