PTCP , LCCi Sign MoU for TB Control
Provincial Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir on Friday revealed that TB has been declared as notifiable disease and this step would help weed out this deadly menace once for all.
He was speaking at the MOU signing ceremony between the LCCI and National/Provincial Tuberculosis Control Program here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The LCCI President Abdul Basit, Provincial Manager for Tuberculosis Control Program Ms. Zarfshan, Manager Partnerships Community Development & Communication Zubair Ahmad and the LCCI Executive Committee Member Mian Zahid Javed also spoke on the occasion.
Objective of this agreement is to fight against Tuberculosis in Pakistan to reduce mortality, morbidity and spread of TB infection. Both organizations would strengthen programmatic and operational management capacity of the TB Control Program while enhancing support both from public and private sector. Both institutions would device mechanism for free diagnoses/treatment of the worker’s and contact screening their family referral from coupon. Capacity building/training of the doctor and paramedic of the industrial unit will also be organized.
Provincial Minister Khawaja Imran Nazir said that MOU between the two organizations is a historic event. He said that private sector in general and the Lahore Chamber in particular had always played a crucial role and stood shoulder to shoulder with the government at all testing times. He said that a number of reforms are being introduced in the Punjab Health Department. Revamping of 40 hospitals in Punjab is well on the way that hopefully would be completed by the end of August. On the suggestion of the LCCI President Abdul Basit, he said that issues of cigarette selling to the minors and LCCI role in Health Department’s purchases would be considered seriously.
Manager for Tuberculosis Control Program Ms. Zarfshan said that to stop TB and to end TB from Pakistan is the main cause of this program. She said that the industrial workers would be provided diagnostic, treatment and medicine facilities. She said that MOU between National/Provincial Tuberculosis Control Program and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry would make this program more effective and stronger.
The LCCI President Abdul Basit said that such initiative was need of the hour as Pakistan ranks 5th in the list of 22 countries with higher number of TB patients. He said it is estimated that around 50,000 people dies annually just because of this deadly disease. He said that lack of awareness and health facilities in the rural areas are giving severity to this disease. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry is ready to launch awareness campaign through print and electronic media, its Lahore Chamber News and FM 98.6 radio. He said that smoking is also one of the biggest reasons of TB but despite various claims, cigarettes are being sold openly even to the children. He said that these areas should be focused particularly.
He said that in the past, there was a major role of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the purchases of Health Department that was suspended without any reason. He said that LCCI should be consulted in this process that would help make the things more effective and transparent.
“We have to save our coming generations from deadly disease of TB and for this cause, public private partnership would play a fundamental role. MOU between the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry would go a long way”, Abdul Basit concluded.