LAHORE – Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique on Tuesday stressed upon the need of launching a public awareness campaign to eradicate various diseases.

Chairing a meeting to review measures to overcome HIV/AIDs, Khawaja Salman Rafique said if attention was not paid to prevent such diseases, the number of patients would keep increasing beyond the hospital capacity.

Terming increasing population the biggest hurdle in planning health related needs, Rafique stressed upon public representatives, ulema and media to highlight the importance of family planning and preventing deadly diseases like AIDs. He said that the government was discharging its duties effectively to ensure dengue control on permanent basis. He said that the health sector was above politics and there was a need to concentrate on practical steps rather than just making speeches for which every person had to play his due role.

Parliamentary Secretary Health Dr Saeed Elahi stressed upon public representatives to help legislate it besides keeping a close liaison with people of their constitutions so that greater awareness could be created about AIDs and other illness.

Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar said that Punjab was the only province that was effectively running AIDs Control Programme without any foreign aid for the last three years. He said that the government would continue to support AIDs Control Programme in future as well.

Project Director Punjab AIDs Control Programme Dr Salman Shahid gave detailed briefing regarding steps and government efforts to control AIDs.

Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Arifa Khalid and Maulana Raghib Naeemi presented suggestions regarding prevention of AIDs.

Public representatives, ulema and media personnel attended the meeting.