ISLAMABAD - The Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the Balochistan earthquake affectees is receiving donations both from home and abroad which shows the deep concern of all Pakistanis for well being of their Baloch brethren.
The Punjab government taken the lead by donating Rs. 100 million to this fund setting good example for others to come forward and extend a helping hand to the people of Balochistan in this hour of need.
Soon after the earthquake, Prime Minster Nawaz Shairf issued orders for rescue and relief operations involving the Civil organizations as well as army and FC. It was heartening to see immediate announcement by the Prime Minister of a relief package of Rs 100 million for the victims of the earthquake.
Taking notice of the difficulties in access to the affected areas, he gave directions for pallet dropping that has largely facilitated supply of relief goods, equipment, food etc to the people in the affected places.
Pakistan’s all weather friend China has sent three flights carrying relief assistance including medicines, emergency medical equipment, water purifiers, blankets, tents weighing 260 tons in total.
As always the NDMA has been actively undertaking relief activities. As of 28 September it provided 8505 food packs, 10,335 tents, 5800 blankets, 300 mosquito nets, 3900 water bottles, 3 tons of miscellaneous food items and 1700 plastic mats to the people in affected areas. Besides 50 cartons of first aid kit and 600 sleeping bags are also on the way. NDMA has put in place Disease Early Warning system to control spread of epidemics.
The government has rightly reinforced the anti-terrorist forces in the earthquake affected areas to provided security to the relief workers.
Prime Minister is expected to announce special relief package for Balochistan quake affectees after his return from USA. On his directions, a special meeting chaired by Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was convened in Islamabad on Saturday to assess earthquake damage in affected areas. The Prime Minister gave clear instructions to ensure that every affected household be helped and provided at least one month’s food ration. He said that the Army‚ Frontier Corps and Civil Administration should maintain an equity pattern in the distribution of aid and transportation.
Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch‚ Ministers of State Abdul Hakeem Baloch and Jam Kamal are supervising relief activities for quake victims on rotation basis. As a great goodwill gesture the Chief Minister Punjab along with Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed visited the quake hit areas and assured of all possible help to the people. Their visit has left a positive impression on the people of Blaochistan that they are not alone in this difficult situation and the whole Pakistan stands by them.
APP adds: Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab for Dengue, Kh. Suleman Rafique has directed the departments concerned to make joint and hectic efforts to eliminate dengue larvae by larvaciding activities in the district particularly in Rawal Town as maximum dengue cases occur during the month of October.
Khalid Masud Ch. said that all the departments concerned were directed to join hands in the efforts to eliminate the dengue larvae and the directives had already been issued to the departments in this connection.
Sajid Zafar while giving a briefing said that we have coordinated with the departments of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) to make joint efforts to eliminate dengue.
After the awareness campaign the action plan was chalked out with the collaboration of health department.
The awareness campaign was started in February this year and CDGR observed four Dengue Days by arranging walks and seminars. Zero periods were arranged in schools and colleges and the special training session of various departments were also organized. Entomologists of Health department were going house to house with the lady health workers for the surveillance.
Fogging was also carried out. Tyre shops, junk yards and under construction buildings were constantly being checked by various departments like Municipal Services Department. The vacant plots where the garbage was thrown by the residents were got cleaned by the workers of solid waste management and notices were given to the owners of these empty plots.
Advisor to Chief Minister lauded the efforts being carried out by the CDGR and other departments concerned in connection with anti dengue campaign. VC, Arid Agriculture University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Niaz offered that the students of the university would make efforts with health department under the surveillance campaign.
Later, Kh. Suleman Rafique visited Holy Family Hospital and asked from the dengue patients regarding the health facilities being provided by the hospital management.
On this occasion the acting MS Dr. Tariq briefed about the treatment given to the patients and told that at present, there were 13 patients admitted in the hospital out of which five patients were positive while remaining were under suspicion.
Later on, Advisor to Chief Minister visited Chandani Chowk where lady health workers, entomologists and the workers of health department were doing the fieldwork under the surveillance campaign.
He expressed satisfaction on the work of health workers and said that this campaign should be accelerated and the houses should also be checked particularly in vulnerable areas to identify the dengue larvae and to educate the citizens.