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October 26, 2013

Eye health project launched


October 26, 2013

THE College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences (COAVS) has launched World Health Assembly theme of “Universal Eye Health” and project of establishment of low vision clinics in 10 districts of Punjab.
The project was launched during World Sight Day celebrations held at College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences (COAVS), King Edward Medical University (KEMU), on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Pro-Vice Chancellor of KEMU and Principal of COAVS Dr Asad Aslam gave an overview of prevention of blindness work being done by COAVS, KEMU /Mayo Hospital, Lahore, under the supervision of Punjab Health Department. He informed about the formal launching of state-of-the-art low vision centre at Institute of Ophthalmology, Mayo Hospital Lahore, Skills Lab at COAVS and Low Vision Clinics in 10 districts across Punjab in collaboration with Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia) to rehabilitate blind people. The Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Zahid Pervaiz highlighted the services being rendered by COAVS, Lahore especially in the field of Ophthalmology and appreciated the launching the theme of “Universal Eye Health” and Low Vision Clinics in 10 districts of Punjab. Country Director, Sight-savers, UK, Dr Imam Yar Baig highlighted the work of Sight-savers in the country.
Country Director, Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia, Dr Rubina Gillani said that Fred Hollows Foundation is working in the fields of Human Resource Development and sub-specialty development in the field of Ophthalmology. Chief Executive, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, Hasan Minto said that we need to work on war footing level against blindness and low vision. The representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Ghulam Nabi Qazi described the role of Universal Eye Health as a tool for the access to the Comprehensive Eye Health. Besides, Dr Imran Akram Sahaf, Professor of Ophthalmology, KEMU, also spoke on the occasion.
dengue: Provincial

Minister for Food Bilal Yasin on Friday said that dengue virus could be controlled through preventive measures, stressing the people to adopt preventive measures as prevention was better than cure.
He said this while presiding over an anti-dengue meeting. AC Abdullah Nayyar, TMO Ravi Town, DDO Health and officers of Dengue Control Cell were also present. Bilal Yasin directed the staff of Dengue Control Cell to work round-the-clock for eradication of dengue. He said that the surveillance in those union councils where number of affected persons was higher should be doubled. The minister said that the number of affected persons in Union Councils 71 and 79 of Data Ganj Bakhsh Town was higher, therefore, he would himself conduct surveillance with the staff there.
No dengue death: Punjab Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal has said that due to clinical management by the doctors and best treatment facilities for dengue patients in government hospitals on the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, no death occurred due to dengue during current year in Punjab.
He said that in view of the increasing number of dengue patients in Swat, other areas of KP and Karachi, government departments and agencies will have to remain alert for eradication of dengue. He said this while briefing a meeting of Cabinet Committee held here to review the steps taken for dengue eradication, on Thursday. Health Secretary said that 671 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Punjab so far. However, 52 patients are under treatment in various hospitals at present and their condition is satisfactory. He said that no dengue patient is admitted in HDU; 9,000 dengue patients in KP and 2,600 in Sindh have been reported and 35 and 14 deaths have occurred due to dengue respectively. Hassan Iqbal said that increase in the number of dengue patients in KP is affecting Rawalpindi and its adjoining areas as due to the travelling of the people to these areas, the dengue virus is increasing. He said that with increase in temperature and hot and humid weather due to rains, the breeding of dengue is increasing. However, due to government departments’ solid steps, the situation is under control. He said that awareness campaign is also continuing.
Senior officers of Labour, Local Government, Cooperative, Irrigation, Agriculture, Housing & Urban Development, Social Welfare, Auqaf and Environment departments and Commissioner Lahore Division gave briefings about the steps taken for the eradication of dengue in Lahore, Nankana, Kasur and Sheikhupura. Additional IG Special Branch and officers of PITB informed about the activities for controlling dengue and identified the problems. The meeting decided that anti-dengue steps by various government departments and districts governments will continue without any break.

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