PESHAWAR  - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to launch massive mass awareness campaign against the fatal disease of hepatitis in the next phase of "Sehat Ka Insaf" Programme.

More than 12,500 Insaf volunteers will participate in this crucial drive besides officials of the heath and other government departments who will distribute awareness materials door-to-door.

Similarly, during the campaign besides vaccinating the left over babies against nine fatal diseases, as many as 0.4 million detergents and health kits will be distributed among masses for which resources have been arranged. Decision has also been taken to make improved and foolproof security arrangements for the next phase of programme.

A high level meeting was held at CM Secretariat Peshawar with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak in the chair to this effect. The meeting was specially participated by Secretary General PTI Jehangir Tareen while other participants included Provincial Ministers Shaukat Yousafzai, Shehram Khan Tarkai and Mohammad Atif Khan, Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs RafaqatUllah Babar, IGP Nasir Durrani, focal person of the programme and Secretary General PTI Peshawar Younas Zaheer, representatives of WHO, administrative secretaries of health, education and home departments, commissioner and deputy commissioners Peshawar and other relevant quarters.

The meeting highly appreciated the role of PTI volunteers and police personnel in the initial phase of programme and decided to enhance their number and ensure maximum participation of women folk to make the door-to-door campaign a real success in the next phase. It also stressed the need to activate the women wing of PTI and female teachers for the purpose.

Addressing the participants of meeting, the chief minister said that because of substandard health facilities and deteriorating health of people, the provincial government had announced health emergency in the province and as such all segments of the society needed to fully participate in the campaign. He also announced to launch a motivation campaign through the PTI leaders and to convene their meetings to this effect.

The chief minister said, "Ensuring the health of public specially the women and children at homes, developing hygienic habits in them and prevention of diseases is the need of hour. In order to realize the dream of a healthy society is must so that the limited financial resources and energies of the poor people are not wasted on the treatment of diseases."

He directed the concerned authorities to carry out the Sehat Ka Insaf campaign in the remaining settled areas adjacent to FR on separate days and launch hygiene and sanitation campaign in five union councils per week. He also directed the provincial ministers and MPAs to closely monitor the campaign, check the sanitation in various union councils and take actions against the sanitary workers on poor performance. The chief minister further directed to arrange free medical camps for five consecutive days in the union councils lacking sufficient health facilities and to provide free medical treatment and medicines to the visiting patients therein. Jehangir Tareen highly appreciated the "Sehat Ka Insaf" programme and stressed the need to further improve and make it a success story in all respects.

He acknowledged that he was really impressed by the programme and desired to replicate the same in other provinces, including Punjab as well. He said that people from Karachi and Lahore were visiting Peshawar to analyse the program, which is a historical achievement of the provincial government.