Speakers at a seminar disclosed on Monday that Pakistan improved its ranking among the countries with Tuberculosis (TB) patients as it went to 36th position from 12th in just one year, thanks to the measures adopted by the government and health department.

The seminar was organised by local health department in connection with World TB Day and EDO Health Dr Iftikhar Qureshi, Dr Khalil Baig, Syed Intisar Ali Shah and others spoke on this occasion.

The speakers lauded the role of NGOs in containment of TB spread and said that besides the steps taken by the government, the services extended by the NGOs like Mercy Core played key role in blocking the march of this disease.

The EDO Health pointed out that free TB check-up and medicine facility was offered to the patients at Khawaja Farid Social Security Hospital while 42 private doctors were imparted training on TB diagnosis and control. He added that the training programme to sensitize more doctors would continue for completely eliminating this disease from Pakistan.

Dr Waseemul Hassan Ramzi told the participants that 3,50,000 TB patients were registered in Pakistan and National TB Control Programme, Provincial TB Control Programme and Mercy Core TB Programme were currently being run in different parts of country to control this disease.

Later on, a rally was brought out from Civil Hospital to create awareness on TB and the participant marched up to Fatima Jinnah Hospital.


Secretary sports, youth affairs and tourism Muhammad Khan Khichi disclosed that the highest number of fresh graduates in entire province was given internship in Multan under Punjab Youth Internship Programme as 2,350 internees had started their internship.

Addressing the participants of a function held here at Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to distribute pay cards among internees, he added that the motive behind offering internships to the youth in private sector was identify and improve their skills for future. He stressed upon the internees to introduce new ideas in their fields so that they could win investment opportunities in future.

Speaking on this occasion, DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal said that the internship programme would not only improve the skills of the youth but also give them confidence for their future life. Citing the example of Sialkot, he said that the Chamber of Commerce could play key role in development of Multan. He asked the members of Multan Chamber to extend cooperation to the government and district administration for the uplift of Multan.