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