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Action plan for Aids control on cards.

LAHORE, May 13 -- A new action plan would soon be prepared in consultation with stake holders for revamping Punjab AIDS Control Programme (PACP) to ensure provision of diagnostic as well as treatment facilities to the HIV/AIDS affected people.

Secretary Health, Punjab, Fawad Hasan Fawad said this while presiding over a Coordination Conference on AIDS Control Programme organised by the PACP, Health Department Punjab in collaboration with UNAIDS on Wednesday.

Special Secretary Health, Abdullah Khan Sumbal, DG Health, Punjab, Dr Mohammad Aslam Ch, Project Director PACP, Dr Salman Shahid, representatives of International donor Agencies UNAIDS, UNESCO, DFID, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNODC, USAIDS, ICRC and other NGOs working in Social Sector for AIDS Control were present.

Secretary Health said the meeting had been called to point out the flaws and loop-holes in AIDS Control Programme and for taking remedial measures.

He said PACP would be revamped in consultation with stake holders while in comparison with past a mechanism would be evolved to utilise funds in a transparent way instead of giving powers to individual so that pilferage of resources could be checked.

He further said Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has a special focus on the development of Health Sector and during the last two years development budget of Health Sector has been increased more than 100 percent besides providing latest and modern equipment in the Public Sector Hospitals.

He said quacks are the root cause of spreading AIDS and Hepatitis in the society.

Health Secretary said in the coming Assembly Session Health Care Commission Bill would be passed which would play a pivotal role in eradication of quackery from the society.

Earlier, Project Director PACP Dr. Salman Shahid informed Punjab AIDS Coordination Council would be established in consultation with the participants to move on the project in a effective manner. The representatives of Donor Agencies also addressed the Conference and gave their invaluable proposals to make the programme a success.

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Date:May 13, 2010
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