LAHORE - The Punjab Health Department has directed Executive District Officers (EDOs) to ensure guidelines for controlling outbreaks of infectious diseases during the flood season by September 2013. These diseases include gastroenteritis, malaria and vaccine preventable diseases.

The health EDOs have been asked to get sampling and testing of water and make sure supply of drinking water as well as water supply schemes and chlorination of drinking water reservoirs. They have been asked to impose section 144 to ban sale of cut fruits, ice balls and substandard ice cream. They have been directed to ensure provision of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) packets, intravenous drips and essential medicines through Lady Health Workers (LHWs). The EDOs have also been directed for disease surveillance, immediate notification, prompt case response and treatment of patients. It has been directed that awareness campaigns for personal and environmental hygiene, hand washing before eating and after the defecation, breastfeeding to infants and use of safe drinking water must be launched.

All the EDOs have been asked to keep liaison with all the departments concerned for provision of safe drinking water.  The Health Department directed the officers for displaying banners at DHQ and THQ hospitals, Rural Health Centres (RHC) and Basic Health Units (BHU), indicating availability of medicines for the treatment of such patients. The department also issued guidelines for malaria control. The EDOs have been asked to ensure mechanical, biological as well as chemical control of malaria through anti-mosquito spray. The EDOs have also been sensitised on case management and treatment of malaria patients.

‘Flood affectees missing

food despite availability’

Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Muhammad Asif has said some selfish elements are not providing food items to the flood affectees, despite availability of stock. 

The DG said that stock of edible items is available in all storage houses from where essential items are being provided to the flood affectees. He said the relief items would continue to be provided to the affectees through the responsible persons till their rehabilitation. Asif said people have started returning homes from where the floodwater has receded and life has started becoming normal. He said the administration is draining water continuously through pumps in low lying areas.