District administrations have been asked to check the sale of sliced fruit, crushed ice balls, substandard ice cream and drinks.
The instructions have been issued by the Health Department as part of its campaign to control an outbreak of food and water borne diseases, especially gastroenteritis.
A spokesman of the department said that a control room has been set up at the Health Services Directorate General at Cooper Road in Lahore. The control room will monitor daily cases of gastroenteritis reported at hospitals across the province.
Executive district officers (EDOs) (health) have also been instructed to test samples of drinking water and food. The EDOs have been directed to establish disease surveillance system and immediate notification and prompt case response. They have been told to establish control rooms to monitor reported cases and forward all data daily to the headquarters.
All public sector hospitals have also been directed to displaying at least two banners, and the tehsil headquarters hospitals, rural health centre and basic health units one each.
The banners, says the circular, should inform the public about the availability of gastroenteritis medicines at the hospitals. The hospital administrations have been directed to make sure ORS, intravenous drips and other essential medicines are in stock.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2012.