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Punjab Takes Over Disease Surveillance & Response Units to Control Pandemic

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LAHORE– Punjab has formally taken over the Disease Surveillance and Response Units in all 36 Districts of the province set up with support of the Federal Government and the USAID.

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid made the formal announcement here on Wednesday in a video link meeting wherein the formal handing over of the Units took place.

Present in the meeting were Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr. Faisal Sultan, Ms Julie from USAID, Health Ministers of all provinces, officials of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and key stakeholders. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Faisal Sultan and Ms. Julie elaborated the utility of the Disease, Surveillance and Response Units.

The Health Minister said, “I am extremely grateful to the Federal Government and the USAID on setting up of these units in all 36 districts of the province. The Disease Surveillance and Response Units shall be extremely helpful in battling the second wave of the Corona Pandemic. These units shall be pivotal for precise data collection from all districts. The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department shall be responsible for the monitoring of the centers. The Disease Surveillance and Response Units shall provide necessary support to implement the Integrated Program for Communicable Disease Control.

As many as 493 Health Managers of Rapid Response teams have been imparted training on COVID-19 so far. The capacity of the Command and Control Center to monitor the Corona Pandemic shall be enhanced with USAID support. More trainings shall be provided to our professionals on Infection Prevention and Control.

The trainings of the District Health Authority staff shall be conducted also very soon. I reiterate my gratitude to the Federal Government and the USAID for supporting the provincial health department.”
She said that all resources were being mobilized to control the second wave of the Corona Pandemic.

The morale of our health professionals was very high in the wake of the Pandemic. She appealed people to take precautionary measures to control the Pandemic. She emphasized that People must avoid large public gatherings.— HANDOUT