LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar hosted a ceremony for children suffering from thalassaemia at 90 Shahrah-e-Quaid Azam on Sunday.

The chief minister shook hands with all children suffering from thalassaemia and talked to all of them. Addressing the ceremony, he said these children were flowers of country’s garden and he wished them a happy and comfortable life. The government, he said, would do everything possible to help them. He said an effective awareness campaign was needed against this disease. He said it was an inherited disease and could be uprooted by adopting preventive measures.

The chief minister announced the Punjab government would table a bill in the provincial assembly to make thalassaemia test mandatory before marriage. He expressed the hope that the new legislation would prove to be an effective mechanism for protection against thalassaemia. He said the scope of thalassaemia test laboratory would be extended to divisional level and then district level in the second phase.

He said the Punjab government would provide resources on priority for prevention of thalassaemia. “There is a lot of room for improvement in the health sector. I am personally a witness to problems in the healthcare sector and I have seen patients dying in my hands due to a lack of medical facilities. The PTI government will work round-the-clock for improvement in the health sector. In the five years term of our government, we will take measures for improvement of the health sector that have never been taken in 70 years. We will bring about real change in the health sector,” he said.

Buzdar said there would be no shortage of funds for the health sector. He said Dr Yasmin Rashid was an active health minister and she was working diligently. He said that services of individuals, doctors and institutions for thalassaemia patients were praiseworthy. “These people are doing a sacred service and we should encourage all those who are working for welfare of thalassaemia patients. All segments of society should work closely to defeat thalassaemia,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Yasmin Rashid said thalassaemia patients were living as productive citizens of the society and the thalassaemia prevention programme was working effectively in Punjab.  Thalassaemia Federation of Pakistan President Lt-Gen Moeenud Din Haider said the Punjab government’s thalassaemia prevention programme was praiseworthy.  He said this sector would improve after public-private partnership and awareness needed to be created about blood donation.

Thalassaemia Federation Punjab Secretary Dr Syed Hussnain Jafferi said the thalassaemia prevention programme of the Punjab government was working in 36 districts. Thalassaemia labs are working in four big cities, including Lahore.

The chief minister hosted a luncheon for the thalassaemia patients.

BALOCHISTAN STUDENTS MEET CM

A delegation of students of the Balochistan Residential College, Khuzdar, called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar here on Sunday.

The chief minister went to every student, shook hands with them and welcomed them to Lahore. He assured them that their problems would be solved.

Teachers and students of the Balochistan Residential College said the Punjab government had always cooperated with them. They thanked the chief minister for his assurance to solve their problems. Spokesman for the chief minister Shehbaz Gill was also present.

CM’S MESSAGE ON

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that a society protecting human rights is necessary for social and economic development of a country. In his message on International Human Rights Day, Buzdar said protecting rights of people is basic responsibility of a society and the constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights for all citizens. He said Islam is torchbearer of human rights and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave universal and timeless message of human rights.