Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that our valiant armed forces and Operation Zarb-e-Azb has full support of the nation and the entire nation stands united in the struggle to rid the country from the menace of terrorism.
He said that we greatly value the sacrifices being made by the people of the tribal areas, particularly the people of North Waziristan who have been displaced as a result of the Operation and every effort would be made to facilitate and provide relief to the affected families.
On the occasion of dispatching two Medical Mobile Health Units for IDPs provided by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University and PIMS, the President said that the Government was cognizant of the difficulties that were being faced by our brethren in IDPs camps and every possible effort was being made to alleviate their sufferings.
Press Secretary to the President Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza informed the media that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University and PIMS have dispatched two mobile health units for provision of medical care to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. She said that these Medical Mobile Health Units will serve the displaced persons and their families.
Ms. Saba Mohsin said that during his meeting with the delegation of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, the President greatly appreciated the gesture of the University and PIMS for providing Medical Mobile Health Units and also detailing paramedical staff and doctors for taking care of the health requirements of IDPs. These mobile units, doctors, paramedics staff would remain in the affected area for the next 18 months.
“This gesture of sending Mobile Health Units is a reflective of sentiments of the entire nation and symbolizes the level of appreciation of the sacrifices that are being made by our brethren of tribal areas”, Ms. Saba quoted the President as saying. The President said that the brave people of tribal areas have always served as frontline defence of the country not only against external threats but also against the threat of extremism and militancy.
The President reiterated his call for manifesting greater unity at this critical juncture and prayed for complete success of our armed forces and those who were braving great difficulties for a better future of the country.
President Mamnoon said that it was a matter of great satisfaction that the Government’s effort to provide relief to the affected people were being generously complemented by all sections of society and the civil society was forthcoming in assisting the displaced families.
However, in view of the enormity of the challenge there was need for greater efforts in this regard, continued the President. He advised Barrister Usman Ibrahim, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division to sensitize the business community for taking a lead role in providing financial assistance towards relief activities for the IDPs.
Ms. Saba said that the President was in constant touch with the concerned military authorities and Governor KPK and is being regularly briefed about the Operation as well as the situation of IDPs.
Earlier during the meeting, Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Akram while briefing the President said that these Mobile Hospitals, equipped with Mini Operation Theatre, X-Ray machines, laboratory and delivery suite, will be of great relief to IDPs who are looking for health assistance.
He informed that PIMS has detailed 08 doctors, 08 nurses and 08 paramedics who would be serving in the affected areas round the clock on weekly rotation basis. Prof. Akram said that besides routine medication and check-up of sick and the injured, IDPs will also be provided medicines for viral or any other infectious diseases.
The President was informed that in addition to these mobile health units, PIMS would provide 10,000 blood bags to Pakistan Army. Around 7,000 employees of PIMS would also donate one day salary for the IDPs.
Vice Chancellor informed the President that these Mobile Health Units would also act as vaccination point of polio for the IDPs and thus would help government in its mission to contain spread of polio virus from the affected tribal areas to the rest of the country.
Prof Javed Akram said that PIMS would also assist in rebuilding of health facilities in North Waziristan including primary, secondary and tertiary health care facilities. He said that PIMS would act as logistic centre and would establish medicine and blood banks in the affected areas.
Mr. Akram informed the meeting that a gap analysis of health services shall be made on weekly basis. He said that medicine bank would be managed through WHO recognized LSS software for ensuring complete transparency. He said that the financial aspects of relief activities would be audited every month and report would be share with all stakeholders.
On this occasion Mrs. Shehla Javed Akram, wife of the Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Akram, pledged Rs. 1 million for medicines as donation for the IDPs. The President greatly appreciated the gesture.
The President appreciated CADD, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University and PIMS for their efforts to provide relief to the affectees. He called upon the pharma bureau and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association to come forward and assist in establishment of drug banks with provision of medicines and other vaccines in the affected areas. Prof. Javed Akram was appointed as focal person in this regard who would be assisted by Prof. Khaliq-uz-Zaman.
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