Fatal dis­eases can be pre­vented by tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - TAFF

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.

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