LAHORE: Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayyat Gondal has said stressed the need for enhanced coordination among federal and provincial departments for better flood management.

According to a handout, he was presiding over a meeting on flood management Wednesday. The Chief Secretary said better planning and coordinated efforts can help cope with disaster.

He said that it is the prime responsibility of the government to protect life and property of people and no compromise can be made in this regard. The meeting was briefed about flow of rivers and inflow and outflow at Tarbela and Mangla dams.

The Met Office told the meeting that water flow in River Ravi is 22000 cusses and there is no threat of flood in Lahore.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary told a meeting monitoring of flood was being regularly and the situation is completely under control. He said that no loss of life has been reported in the province due to floods so far but the administration of all districts has been put on alert. He also directed Additional Chief Secretary Syed Mubashir Raza to oversee the arrangements for draining rainwater in big cities, saying that special measures should be adopted to drain out rainwater. Secretary Irrigation told the meeting that all embankments are strong and there is no threat of dyke rupture in any area.

Medical camps set up in flood-hit districts: The Punjab Health Department has set up medical camps in the flood affected areas of seven districts – Mianwali, Bhakkhar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan.

Doctors and staff have been deputed besides providing necessary medicines, aquapura tablets for water purification, vials of anti-snake venom (ASV) and anti-rabies vaccine (ARV). Ban has been imposed on leave of field staff and officers/officials of Directorate General of Health Services.

The World Health Organization will provide 40 medical kits (one kit contains medicines for nine thousands people for 15 days) within couple of days. Unicef has been requested to provide one million tablets of aquapura for water purification.

Chairing a meeting here Wednesday, Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervez directed provision of sufficient stock of necessary medicine at medical camps. Representatives of WHO, UNICEF, Director Health headquarters Dr Ahmed Afifi, Director EPI Dr Munir, Director Health CDC Dr Habib, Director Non Communicable Diseases Dr Haroon Jehangir, Dean Institute of Public Health (IPH) Prof Maaz Ahmad, Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Dr Islam Zafar, Incharge Hepatitis Control Programme Dr Sabeen, Dr Masood and other officers attended the meeting.

Dr Zahid Pervez said that additional stock of medicines has been arranged to ensure availability in case of worst flood situation. He said that depots in Lahore and Multan would remain open round the clock.

He said that depot in Multan would cater the needs of southern Punjab and that in Lahore would meet the requirements of central and northern Punjab during flood season. He said that Flood Monitoring and Response Centre has been established in the DG Health office which would remain open round the clock.

This centre would also collect data of patients and pregnant women from all the medical camps and IPH would prepare disease trend and generate early disease warning guideline to control any epidemic. IPH would also carry-out laboratory tests of water samples received from the flood affected districts. He directed convening meeting of flood relief committee daily to monitor the situation.