Screening, treatment camp for cops kicks off

VEHARI-A three-day screening camp for police employees began here at District Police Lines here on Friday. Vehari Deputy Commissioner Ali Akbar Bhatti inaugurated the medical camp wherein the police employees will be screened for contagious and fatal diseases and provided with treatment facility.
Almost 40 paramedics and doctors will provide healthcare services at the camp under the supervision of District Health Authority CEO Dr Shoaibur Rehman. According to the officials, as many as 700 police employees will be examined on daily basis for Malaria, Sugar, HIV, TB, Hepatitis B and C during the camp. Weight and height examination facility has also been made available at the camp. On the occasion, the DC said that apart from the health department employees, it is for the first time that the Police Department employees are being provided free screening and treatment facilities. He stressed that only a healthy body can perform efficiently and therefore vaccination and treatment facility is being provided to policemen after diagnose.

Chitrali warm clothes’ sale picks up

CHITRAL-The sale of hand-made traditional dresses, caps, waistcoats and Chugha (long coat) has witnessed increase in the winter season in Chitral.
These warm dresses are made from sheep wool. This wool is normally called Chitrali Patti. It has assumed the status of an industry in Chitral as women besides looking after their houses wash sheep wool and extract thread from it. After the process, the threads are converted into Patti which is used in preparation of Chitrali caps, Chugha, waistcoats and shawls. The hand-made items are famous throughout Pakistan and other countries. Visitors from different parts of the country and abroad take keen interest in these items.
Sohaib Mukhtiar, a visitor from Multan, said he had come to Chitral to buy Chitrali warm clothes for his family. “We have come here to buy Chitrali caps, Chughas and shawls. The hand-made items are of high quality and very good looking as well,” he said. Shahi Bazaar is the main market for warm clothes in Chitral. A large number of national and foreign visitors come to the market and take keen interest in shopping.
However, the people associated with the business of warm clothes complain about the lack of support from the government. Some people associated with the business told this correspondent that the government is paying no attention to development of the industry and they are still making warm clothes by using old and traditional techniques which is a time-consuming exercise. They demanded the government provide financial assistance to the people associated with the business and also provide modern machinery.
They said promotion of the industry will create thousands of job opportunities and eradicate poverty from the region.

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