Provincial Health MinisterSeptember 9, 2014
SIBI: Health Department is committed to eradicate health problems in all areas of Balochistan. Crackdown would be carried out against inefficient employees in the department. All resources were being mobilized for elimination of all fatal disease including TB. Officers of TB Control Programme should visit areas and play their role for treatment of people suffering from this disease. Provincial government would help them within available resources.
These views were expressed by Provincial Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch while chairing 2-day meeting of TB Control Programme.
He said he visited various areas of Balochistan. Wherever he went he found only files of TB Control Programmes with papers.
Expressing anger health Minister said treatment of TB patients is important need of the time but incharges of this programme is seen confined to Quetta only. With the result the disease was spreading in Panjgur, Gaddani, Turbat, Khuzdar, Hub Jewani, Kalat, Mekran and backward areas of the province. It is no less than a tragedy for us. He said he would not allow hurdles in the way of providing health facilities. Work on making Balochistan TB Free has begun and all resources and capabilities would be mobilized. Diagnose and treatment facility is being extended to workers in fisheries, coal mines, ship breaking, those travelling in border areas and in jails.
He said under the leadership of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch we are striving for end to problems of people. We are committed to free all departments including health of corruption. Our objective is to provide all facilities of health to the people at their doorsteps. He would complete his desire of making Balochistan strong and disease free. Health is big blessing of Almighty Allah and a healthy man can play important role in the progress and prosperity of the country and nation.
Saleh Baloch said government was mobilizing all resources in providing basic health facilities to the people particularly building and repair of basic health units at the district, Tehsil and Union level, increasing their numbers, posting of doctors in remote areas and villages, supply of medicines through special efforts.
He said there is no dearth of inefficient employees in the department. Departmental action would be taken against such employees while those working honestly would be encouraged at every level. Problems of employees would also be resolved on priority.
Health Minister directed al the officials at the meeting about to discharge their duty honestly and employee their abilities for eradication of TB from the province.
Director General Health Dr Naseer Ahmed Baloch told the meeting that 1.25 lakh people fall victim of TB annually in the country. As soon as symptoms of TB are seen test of spit should be carried out and a complete treatment should be done because leaving TB treatment incomplete patient is danger to entire society. He said due to no awareness2.5 lakh people suffer from this disease in the country every year. He said recovery is possible through treatment upto six months.
Incharge TB Control Programme Dr Syed Murtaza Shah briefed participants about prevention of TB in Balochistan with the help of multimedia and charts