BAHAWALNAGAR

The claim made by the Health Department in a press statement that it had observed the "Mother and Child Health Week" from April 27 to May 2 has proved to be untrue as no such exhibition or other activities in this connection were carried out here in reality.

The press release had said that the exhibition was organised from April 27 to May 2 under the national programme of family planning. It had claimed that different stalls were arranged and important information was conveyed to the participants on the occasion. However, the no such exhibition was observed.

"The need of vaccination for the children was stressed. Vaccination was administered to various children of upto 5 years of age by the lady health workers during the week," said the statement. But the aforesaid statement is fabricated as neither any health exhibition nor any vaccination was carried out by the Health Department. The press release issued by department was a bid to highlight its bogus performance. When contacted, Executive District Officer (Health) Dr Habibur Rehman was stick to his stance that an exhibition had been organised even without the provision of funds by the government.

Later, The EDO asked the media-men to contact to programme coordinator Dr Khalid Hussain for details. When asked, Dr Khalid admitted that no exhibition was organised as the plan to do so was shelved.

Then the matter was brought into the notice of DCO Bahawalnagar Syed Haider Iqbal, who took action and order a probe into the issue.