‘Hepatitis Free Jail’ an initiative by Governor for Punjab jails

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Lahore:   Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar Inaugurated the “Hepatitis Free Jail ” program for all jails of Punjab. Hepatitis Free Punjab till 2030 is our mission. Prime Minister Imran Khan is working sincerely for the national progress and prosperity.

He stated this while addressing the Punjab Hepatitis Free Program on Thursday at Governor House. Provincial Minister for Prisons and Colonies, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, Inspector General (IG) Prisons, Shahid Saleem Baig, Special Home Secretary Zahoor Hussain, DG hepatitis Control Program, Dr Khalid Mehmood, Usman Khalid, Rana Zeeshan Shabeer, Khaleeq u Zaman and others were present on this occasion.

Governor Punjab said that due to current situation of Afghanistan, Pakistan is facing a lot of challenges and in order to overcome these challenges we should forge unity among us, adding that every political party should prefer national interest over personal and political interests to thwart the nefarious designs of enemies. He said that the work current government to strengthen the institutions is unprecedented. Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that provision of health facilities to people is top most priority of government and Sehat Insaf Card is the proof of it. As regards efforts to control Hepatitis, he said that after Punjab and Balochistan Hepatitis Free Programs, now we have started the program to protect the prisoners in Punjab jails from fatal disease of Hepatitis. He said that Hepatitis Free Jails of Punjab will be a relief for us and a great milestone in hepatitis elimination. In order to keep record of it , biometric devices, vaccines and bar code stickers will be provided in prisons, he added.

Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar appreciated the efforts of Hepatitis Control Program Punjab and said that all medical facilities will be provided free of cost to hepatitis B and C patients in jails, adding that every jail will be connected to nearest DHQ, THQ, or teaching hospital and ultrasound system in order to make this program successful. “I am sure that this will protect the prisons from Hepatitis,” he added. Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar also handed over medicines and other equipment to Provincial Minister for Prisons and IG prisons.