Fatal diseases can be prevented by taking precautionary measures
S REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Two day training workshop on Scaling Up Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS) in Punjab-Open Defecation Free (ODF) commenced in Rawalpindi which was participated by the members of District WASH Coordination Committee Rawalpindi and Community Based Motivators.
It was organized by Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department, Punjab. Presiding day one session of Training Workshop Executive District Officer Finance Muhammad Munawar Anjum said that observing cleanliness are teaching of Islam and we can reduce fatal diseases and infant mortality rate by adopting necessary precautionary measures.
He said open defecation is root cause of unhygienic sanitary conditions in most of the rural areas and with the active involvement and cooperation of concerned government department strategic plans would be implemented at District level to achieve the targets of WASH programme.
EDO, Education Qazi Zahoor ul Haq briefed about the existing sanitary conditions in public schools and said that there is needed to increase the number of bathrooms in the existing schools in accordance to the number of students. Master Trainer and Expert on Sanitation, Sadia Yaqoob gave a detailed presentation about the formulation and implementation of WASH Programme in Punjab and said that targets had been fixed to completely eradicate open defecation throughout Punjab Province up to 2018. She elaborated the coordinated efforts had so far been made to tackle the issue and creating awareness in the rural areas where this facility is not exist.