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Health Department sets up medical relief camps in flood hit areas

DG Health Punjab Dr. Zahid PervezLahore: Punjab Health Department has set up medical relief camps in the flood affected areas of seven districts i.e. Mianwali, Bhakkhar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan. Doctors and staff have been deputed as well as necessary medicines, aquapura tablets for water purification, vials of anti- snake venom (ASV) and anti- rabies vaccine (ARV) have also been supplied. Moreover, ban has been imposed on leave including Sunday of Field Staff of the department and the officers/officials of Directorate General of Health Services till further orders.

This was stated by the Director General Health Punjab Dr. Zahid Pervez while chairing a meeting to review the medical relief arrangements for flood affected people, here today. Besides, international development partners WHO, UNICEF, Director Health headquarters Dr. Ahmed Afifi, Director EPI Dr. Mohammad Munir, Director Health CDC Dr. Habib, Director Non communicable diseases Dr. Haroon Jehangir, Dean Institute of Public Health (IPH) Prof. Maaz Ahmad, Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Dr. Islam Zafar, Incharge Hepatitis Control Programme Dr. Sabeen, Dr. Masood and other officers attended the meeting.

Dr. zahid Pervez informed that all arrangements have been made to provide medical cover to the flood affectees and there would be no shortage of medicines in the camps.

He informed that World Health Organization would provide 40 medical kits (one kit contains medicines for nine thousands people for 15 days) within couple of days while UNICEF has been requested to provide one million tablets of aquapura for water purification. He said that UNICEF would provide three lac tablets within two days. DG Health further said that sufficient stock of medicines is available in the stores of the department however, additional stock of medicines is being arranged to strengthen the buffer stock to ensure availability of medicines in case of any worst situation of flood.

He directed that Medical Stores Depots of Lahore and Multan would remain open round the clock and MSD Multan would cater the needs of southern Punjab and MSD Lahore would meet the requirements of Central and Northern Punjab during flood season. He said that anti-snake venom and anti rabies vaccine has been supplied to the medical relief camps while sufficient stock of ASV, ARV and ORS is available in the department. He said that all the necessary medicines have already been supplied to medical relief camps.

Director General Health further informed that Flood Monitoring and Response Centre has been established in the DG Health office which would remain open round the clock. This centre would also collect data of patients and pregnant women from all the medical relief camps and IPH would prepare disease trend and generate early disease warning guideline to control any epidemic in flood-hit areas. Institute of Public Health would also carry-out laboratory tests of water samples sent from the flood affected districts.

G.M. MSD informed that eight thousand mosquito nets are available in MSD Lahore and three thousands in MSD, Multan. Dr. Islam Zafar informed that stock of insecticides for spray as post flood arrangements is available to control any epidemic, malaria or dengue.

Director General Health said that on the instruction of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique and Secretary Health Jawwad Rafique Malik have already reached Muzaffargarh to monitor medical relief activities in the flood affected areas. He directed that daily meeting of flood relief committee should be held to monitor the situation.

Dr. Zahid Pervez said that due to the flood, emergency has been declared in the department and ban has been imposed on leave of the field staff and the officers, officials of DGHS office till further orders.

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