Friday, 07 March 2014 19:38:26
Encouraging public response as 'Sehat Ka Insaaf' ready to enter 6th week
PESHAWAR, Mar 7 (APP): The joint venture of KP Health Department with
the support of UNICEF and WHO is ready to enter the 6th week as public pour in large numbers to avail the health services provided free of cost at the medical camps held in the under privileged areas of the provincial capital.
The pilot project initiated by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led
provincial government remained successful so far as people are provided diagnostic and treatment facilities against all nine diseases under one umbrella.
These diseases include tuberculosis, measles, hepatitis, diarrhea,
pneumonia, whooping cough, pertussis, tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
Talking to APP here on Friday, Health Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Shaukat Yousafzai said that Sehat Ka Insaaf is an innovative localized health initiative for children that has widely been accepted and
welcomed by the community.
He said that the campaign remained successful so far so much so that it
is now being copied by the Sindh Government.
Shaukat Yousafzai said that the prime objective of the campaign is to
raise public awareness about health and to provide free of cost
immunization services to the people at their doorsteps.
He thanked PTI volunteers, frontline workers and police department
Peshawar for making it a successful venture.
Law enforcers have played a key role in maintaining law & order
situation in the provincial capital during the campaign as no major
security incident has been reported so far, he said, adding that we must appreciate police personnel for standing on guard and vigilant during the Sehat Ka Insaaf campaign that has ensured conducive environment for frontline workers.
According to the data collected from health department KP 362,004
children have been vaccinated against polio in 45 union councils of Peshawar in the first round, 455,906 children in the second round of the campaign, 547,093 in third round, 560,881 in 4th while 650,405 children in the 5th round of the campaign.
12000 people have been provided diagnostic and treatment
facilities in 16 medical camps held in different union councils of Peshawar with preference given to areas having no health facility to provide healthcare facilities to the patients.
Other salient features of the campaign include distribution of free
coupons to people for free immunization services against all nine diseases at local health facilities, distribution of hygiene kits and literature to raise public awareness on importance of routine immunization and other prevalent diseases like dengue fever.
Various health promoting initiatives are added throughout the campaign
such as vitamin A and Oral rehydration salts (ORS) for the treatment of water borne diseases in the underserved localities.
The Government has also started working on replacement of rusted sewage
pipes besides directing Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) to clear garbage in the area that was spreading diseases among children and people living in the area
It is noteworthy that Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkwa,
is hometown of four million people and acts as a major transit hub for spread of many infectious diseases including polio.