The Health Department of Sindh (HDS) has declared tuberculosis, hepatitis, and other tests mandatory for all students enrolled in public schools all over the province.
The decision was taken in a recent meeting of HDS presided over by the Minister for Health and Population Welfare Sindh, Dr. Azra Pechuho.
During the meeting, Dr. Azra said that the decision will help contain the transmission of communicable infectious diseases in the province.
Karachi (22.02.2021): Minister for Health and Population Welfare Sindh, Dr. @AzraPechuho, chaired a meeting on curbing communicable diseases. The meeting was attended by DG Health Services Sindh, Dr. Irshad Memon, Deputy DG CDC, Dr. Teerat Das & program directors #SindhHealth pic.twitter.com/lBCT6ezcnc
— Health and Population Welfare Department, Sindh (@SindhHealthDpt) February 22, 2021
The Health Minister also issued stern directives to concerned authorities to curb the open sale of medicines used for tuberculosis treatment.
She added that the Sindh government has long been providing free medicines to tuberculosis patients under the HDS’s TB Control Program.
Besides, the Health Minister also called on civil society organizations already working on communicable infectious diseases to join hands with the Sindh government and work closely to ensure transparency in different programs under HDS.