No check on sale of sub­stan­dard food, drinks in Ra­mazan

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - To­day 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15

Launch re­port PLAN­NING Com­mis­sion has de­vel­oped first Mul­tidi­men­sional Poverty In­dex for Pak­istan in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ox­ford Poverty and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, Pak­istan. Its for­mal launch is sched­ule on Mon­day, June 20, 2016 at 10:00 am in the Au­di­to­rium of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Ah­san Iqbal will launch the re­port.

ZUBAIR QURESHI RAWALPINDI—Whereas gen­eral busi­ness de­clines dur­ing Ra­mazan-ulMubarak, a month of bless­ings and virtues, a large num­ber of makeshift stalls of­fer­ing sub­stan­dard dates, lemon­ade and spicy foods (samosas, pako­ras, and chat) dot the city.

These out­lets re­spect the holy month to the ex­tent that they don’t sell their things dur­ing the day­time but as soon as the sun sets there is no end to sale of such un­hy­gienic food and drinks and the sim­ple res­i­dents of the city re­ly­ing on the face value pur­chase these un­healthy things.

There is a dan­ger­ous trend of rise in busi­ness of spicy food items and they are caus­ing health risk to the peo­ple un­abat­edly. Most of these stalls have al­ready been in the busi­ness even days be­fore the start of the holy month. The ris­ing trend among the res­i­dents re­gard­ing use of spicy food and be­son (gram flour) items of­ten re­sults in gas­tric acid­ity. The city hospi­tals are al­ready stormed by the pa­tients with com­plaints of gas­tric acid­ity and it is feared that the num­ber might dou­ble in the days to come. Around 100 pa­tients are re­port­ing daily with com­plaints of gas­tric acid­ity at each of the al­lied hospi­tals. When asked, a doc­tor in Med­i­cal Ward of Holy Fam­ily Hospi­tal con­firmed rise in the num­ber of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from gas­tric trou­bles. The cause for such dis­eases are acid se­cre­tion, spicy and heavy meals and seden­tary life­style, he said.

He ad­vised the res­i­dents a healthy life­style. In or­der to keep healthy and fit dur­ing the Ra­mazan, peo­ple should walk daily for at least 20 min­utes and avoid ly­ing down af­ter tak­ing Sehri, he said.

Mean­while, the Is­lam­abad Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Health Depart­ment has also di­rected the field staff—san­i­tary in­spec­tors and lady health work­ers—to gen­er­ate aware­ness among pub­lic about preven­tion and con­trol on wa­ter and vec­tor borne dis­eases in the high trans­mis­sion sea­son that has al­ready set in.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial of the Health Direc­torate, the field staff has been di­rected to closely mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion to avoid any wa­ter born out­breaks, since the sur­veil­lance de­pends on the fact that epi­demics are first rec­og­nized at the Ru­ral Health Cen­tre (RHC) and Ba­sic Health Unit (BHU) level where the weekly num­ber of cases in each area should be com­pared to base­line data de­rived from rou­tine sur­veil­lance dur­ing pre­vi­ous months and years. The health fa­cil­ity staff should know the ex­cess oc­cur­rence of any disease to take prompt ac­tion to stop the disease as­sum­ing the form of an epi­demic.

The san­i­tary in­spec­tors have been asked to take pre­ven­tive and con­trol mea­sures to avoid out­breaks of acute gas­troen­teri­tis. They would work to en­sure proper chlo­ri­na­tion of drink­ing wa­ter at its source and at the stor­age tanks inside houses. They are asked to in­spect and is­sue guide­lines for any re­pair of the wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion system re­quired so that stag­nant rain wa­ter mixed with sewage may not be sucked into the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply lines, said the of­fi­cial. Another tip for those suf­fer­ing gas­tric acid­ity is to use two pil­lows in­stead of one, he said. Us­ing light di­gestible food in­stead of the spicy food will also prove quite help­ful against the gas­tric ail­ment, he said.

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