LAHORE: The campaign against dengue fever will continue till the eradication of the mosquito-borne disease, Minister for Excise and Taxation, Finance and Law Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said on Monday.
Talking to several delegations in Shalimar Town on Monday, he said that medicine and mosquito repellants would be provided to people living in vulnerable areas of Lahore. Rehman said that during the previous year, elected representatives had played a commendable role in promoting public awareness against dengue fever. He urged the clerics to play their role in raising awareness against the disease. “The government is focusing on the health and education sectors,” he said.
“By increasing the health budget to Rs121.80 billion, the government wants to ensure the provision of modern healthcare facilities and free medicine to the poor,” he said.
Rehman said that people of rural and remote areas were being provided treatment facilities through mobile health units. “A total of Rs1 billion has been provided for the health units,” he said.
“Around Rs47.4 billion is being spent on upgrading hospitals during the current financial year,” he said.
Be prepared to deal with floods: Khanzada
Home Minister and Cabinet Committee on Flood Control Chairman Shuja Khanzada directed the Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) on Monday to take steps to cope with potential floods.
He told a meeting at Civil Secretariat that arrangements to deal with floods should be made in all districts.
Khanzada ordered that embankments on all rivers and water channels be monitored and repaired. He directed the PDMA and the Health Department to check the condition of their boats and dewatering pumps and submit a report in this regard at the next meeting of the committee. He asked the authorities to ensure that they had ample quantities of medicines, including anti-snake venom vaccines.
Board of Revenue Senior Member Nadeem Ashraf, PDMA Director General Jawad Akram and the irrigation secretary attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2015.
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