KARACHI- Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that the government in view of increasing cases of hepatitis in the province has decided to expand its plan of screening people at union council (UC) level across the province.
Moreover, screening of people to detect cases of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDs, has also been planned at UCs level as such measures will help in controlling prevalence of the disease, he added.
He was inaugurating Sindh’s healthy programme, called `Sehatmand Sindh’, at Jinnah Sindh Medical University. The event held under the aegis of Sindh health department coincided with World Health Day observed on April 7 across the world.
Highlighting the aims and objectives of the programme, the minister said that the health department which has accorded top priority to health-related issues will educate people about importance of nutrition, vaccination and family planning.
Besides, workshops and seminars would be organised to create awareness among people about mother and neonatal health issues, Dahar added.
Claiming that health delivery system in Thar district has been improved considerably, he said that Sindh government was now focusing on social issues being faced by people of the district in line with the fact that `prevention is better than cure’.
Admitting that health sector has been ignored in Karachi in the past, he said that the provincial authorities were taking measures to help resolve the health-related issues of the metrpolis.