Voice of the People

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Say yes to vaccination

The arrival of safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines is a major development in Corona Virus pandemic.

The COVID-19 vaccines were indeed developed and approved for use faster than any other vaccine sin modern history.

The government support allowed a number of companies to work on these vaccines at the same time, clinical trials were much larger, so they could be supplied faster taking months instead of years.

Vaccine-preventable diseases have not gone away. Viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines.

Fast global travelling makes it easy for diseases to spread. Vaccine-preventable infections can be deadly.

Every year in the US, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 50,000 adults died from vaccine-preventable diseases.

If you are young and healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way. So get your self vaccinated. Say yes to Vaccination and stay safe.

HARUM SHUJA
Karachi

Drug addiction

One person may use drugs but the whole family suffers. It breaks the heart of everyone, who loves him/her.

Drug addiction harms the well-being of an individual. Overcoming addiction is a complicated process.

Drug abuse is an increasing problem in our affluent society and carries great social and economic pearls.

Campaigns to educate people about dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol had relatively minor effects. Kick off drugs before they kick you down. Don’t fall into the death trap. Addiction itself sounds like a bad word.

It’s not for you, stay away from it. Make the right choice. Many times, taking drugs becomes out of control and this ruins complete life.

People are affected financially and tend to ruin relationships in life whether they are personal or professional. The most common reason to take drugs is to escape from reality.

There is life after addiction and I pray that every drug addict finds it.
FARHANA CHANNA
Karachi

Old pensioners

Old pensioners solely depend on their pensions. These people don’t have ability to start a business after their retirement at the age of 60 and above.

Many People tried to start new business but failed due to lack of experience.

At present, country is under the grips of a high inflation rate. Ever soaring inflation and price hike has made life miserable for common person and especially retired service man.

The prices of essential commodities are rising rapidly. Many pensioners are unable to cover their expenses.

The Supreme Court in a verdict had ordered banks to pay at least 8000/= to their pensioners but this verdict was not implemented.

Time after time, management of banks was requested to pay attention to their miseries and increase their pensions. But all these pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

The SC and concerned authorities are earnestly requested to redress grievance of miserable pensioners so that old pensioners are able to live with dignity.

JAMSHED ALAM SIDDIQUI
Lahore
Let diplomacy work

United States and Chinas’ continuous bickering threatens world order by creating cold war situation once witnessed between USSR and the West lead by the US.

Former US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger advocates diplomacy between United States and China to settle all issues.

Kissinger says that China is now a rising economic and military power, which is to be tackled by United States with constant dialogue.

In case if China’s threat is not resolved through diplomacy, it could lead to war like situation with serious consequences for all.

It is because defence technological advances in today’s world have multiplied threats to humanity that world couldn’t imagine few decades ago.

It’s time to understand and resolve ongoing conflict for better future and peaceful world.

MUHAMMAD ARSALAN
Islamabad
Protecting children

Through your esteemed newspaper I want to draw attention of incumbent government towards the gruesome issue of child abuse.

Annual increase and high prevalence of child sexual abuse cannot be ignored at any cost.

Children rights organisation Sahil reported, 8 children were sexually abused everyday in Pakistan last year, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year.

Isn’t this showing a bleak future and grim prospects for Pakistan?
However, the age group between 6 to 15 years is considered most vulnerable for abuse.

In 1,780 cases, from a total 2,960, abuser was either a relative, a neighbour or a service provider such as a teacher, tutor, driver, shopkeeper or doctor.

It is apparent from these grim details that problem is in our homes and neighbourhoods. It is mandatory for parents to teach their children about signs of abuse and must aware about daily activities of their children.
SAMEER UMRANI
Karachi

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