LAHORE - “Punjab’s Red Crescent Society is prepared to set up medical centers to offer treatment, health and hygiene as well as mental relief and rescue services to the people,” said participants of a seminar on Thursday.

The role of the media could not be undermined and its use could be made more vibrant provided that the government devised an appropriate mechanism of checks and balances in reporting – this was established by speakers of a seminar on ‘Human Rights and Responsibilities of Red Crescent’ organised by the Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan (HNPIP) in collaboration with the Punjab Red Crescent Society on Thursday.

Additional Inspector General Police Sarmad Saeed presided over the sitting while Dr Shoukat Ali was guest of honor and Dr Tariq Hafeez Rathor and Dr Fouzia Saeed representing the society spoke on the occasion. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali moderated the seminar.

A large number of RCS volunteers, students, wardens and Rescue 1122 officials attended the sitting. They reiterated that the Red Crescent Society was highly interested in resolving all issues relating to mental and physical health of people and is eager to provide service for them better and more than ever. AIG Sarmad Saeed on the occasion said that society paves way for crime and criminals avail opportunity and commit crime. He said that diseases like hepatitis and HIV aids spreads rapidly if preventive measures are not adopted adding that ignorance on the part of authorities can lead to disastrous situation and then cure of such diseases becomes impossible. He said that role of police could not be ignored but circumstances in the society did not favor the law enforcing agencies to work properly. He said media could play a pivotal role and create awareness on diseases and crimes. He said that the nation that had been hungry of wealth, power and honor since ages could not be made a civilized one over night.