‘No re­port of any dis­ease out­break in flood-hit ar­eas’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Min­is­ter of State for Health Ser­vices, Reg­u­la­tion and Co­or­di­na­tion, Saira Afzal Tarar on Wed­nes­day in­formed Na­tional Assem­bly that there was not re­port of out­break of any dis­ease in flood-af­fected ar­eas of the coun­try.

Re­spond­ing to a call­ing at­ten­tion no­tice moved by Sheikh Salahud­din, Dr. Nikhat Sha­keel Khan and Syed Asif Has­nain re­gard­ing out-break of var­i­ous dis­eases in flood af­fected ar­eas in the coun­try and lack of quick re­sponse by the gov­ern­ment, she said, the min­istry of health was work­ing in co­or­di­na­tion with the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity ( NDMA) to pro­vide all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to flood af­fected peo­ple.

On re­quest of the Chi­tral ad­min­is­tra­tion, she said, a team of three fe­male doc­tors had been dis­patched there along with re­quired medicines to help the suf­fer­ing hu­man­ity. She said another team of doc­tors was pro­vid­ing med­i­cal as­sis­tance to peo­ple in the af­fected ar­eas of Sindh province. The min­is­ter said, in­ter­na­tional donor agen­cies were also co­or­di­nat­ing with the min­istry to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the calamity-hit peo­ple. How­ever, she said, health was the sub­ject of pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments but the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was pro­vid­ing all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to them on their re­quest.

Saira Afzal said all pet-an­i­mals had been vac­ci­nated by the Punjab gov­ern­ment in the flood hit ar­eas. To another ques­tion, she said the Sec­re­taries Health and Ir­ri­ga­tion are present in Dera Ghazi Khan for fur­ther as­sis­tance of peo­ple in the flood-rav­aged ar­eas.

The Hous was also in­formed that a pro­posal is be­ing an­a­lyzed to is­sue NADRA's smart card at re­duced rates. Min­is­ter of State for In­te­rior Ba­ligh-urRehman told the House dur­ing ques­tion hour that the smart card with in­built se­cu­rity fea­tures is presently be­ing pro­vided against fif­teen hun­dred ru­pees. To another ques­tion, he said un­der safe city pro­ject be­ing im­ple­mented in Is­lam­abad and Rawalpindi, thou­sands of cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled to mon­i­tor sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ba­ligh-ur-Rehman said a joint force com­pris­ing rangers and po­lice has played a very im­por­tant role in im­prov­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Is­lam­abad. To a ques­tion, Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Pervez Rashid said 399 of­fi­cers and of­fi­cials were pro­moted in Pak­istan Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (PBC) dur­ing the last three years. He said merit is be­ing up­held in pro­mo­tions and re­cruit­ments in PBC. He said in­ter­views of the can­di­dates were recorded on cam­era dur­ing re­cent process of re­cruit­ment to en­sure com­plete trans­parency. To another ques­tion, the Min­is­ter said K-Elec­tric is de­faulter of 1.138 bil­lion ru­pees of PTV and le­gal course is be­ing adopted for re­cov­ery of the amount. An ad­journ­ment mo­tion moved by Si­tara Ayaz re­gard­ing de­mo­li­tion of Katchi Abadi in sec­tor I-11 Is­lam­abad was held in or­der by the Chair­man and he will fix a date for de­bate on it.

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