PESHAWAR - Claiming that success rate in TB patients’ treatment was maintained well above the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) target, health experts on TB control programme Fata said that establishing linkages with Education Department officials in the tribal areas would help sensitizse masses about treatment of the disease.

Involvement of 21,000 teachers and about 0.6 million students was at the final stage and the human resource to spread awareness among masses for arresting the viral disease in the region, officials of TBCP Fata informed during a media workshop on TB with the collaboration of AGEG/ GIZ, ACD and KFW here on Wednesday.

Dr Abdul Khaliq, Programme Manager, TBCP Fata, while sharing information about the future plan on TB said that they were trying to introduce procurement of new diagnostics for the disease including GeneXperts, LED Mircroscopes wherein the former would give result about sputum test within three hours instead of current process of two-days to test a patient for TB disease, while the latter technology would make it more easy regarding visibility of TB germs. He said that they had provision of TB/ health services in Peshtakhara to off-camp IDPs in Peshawar, adjacent to Bara, Khyber Agency, and have rapid assessment survey of IDPs in Jalozai camp that will provide TB services after the need assessment survey there.

Dr Nek Dad Afridi, Senior Technical Advisor TBCP Fata, while giving presentation on TB signs and symptoms said that it was a droplet infection and TB spread through cough and sneezing stressing that patient should not be isolated socially rather should be encouraged to adhere to treatment for six months.

Dr Qasim Abbas, Deputy Manager TBCP Fata while lingering on facts and progress of the programme in controlling TB in Fata that an effective surveillance system is established for evaluating TB performance in tribal areas of the country. There are 34 diagnostic centers for TB spread all over Fata wherein out them 8 were closed due to law and order situation, he added, saying that 35,977 TB patients were successfully treated under the TB control program in Fata during the year 2002-2011.

He said that all agencies and FRs areas have full time Agency TB officers, trained medical officers, lab technicians and paramedics are posted in every diagnostic center to provide quality TB services to the Fata population.

Meanwhile, in a notification issued by the administration of the University of Peshawar Wednesday said that Mr Zahid Gul to look after the duties of Treasurer, University of Peshawar.

According to university spokesman, upon the retirement of Dr. Sanaullah, Treasurer University of Peshawar Wednesday March 21st, Mr. Gul, who is presently working as Additional Treasurer UoP, would look after the office of treasurer till further order. The case of appointment of new treasurer would be placed before, in the agenda of the forth coming meeting of the syndicate as per requirement of University of Peshawar Amended Act 2011.

Meanwhile, a  man was killed when his rival party opened fire on him in Khazana area of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Police sources said that the incident occurred over a land dispute. They said Safdar and Jawad allegedly triggered fire on his rival, killing him on the spot. Station House Officer Khazana Police Station Yaseen Khan said that both the accused have been arrested and FIR has been registered against them.