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Public Health England to extend cooperation in surveillance.

LAHORE -- The Public Health England (UK) would extend technical cooperation in establishing an Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System in Punjab.

It was disclosed by Secretary Health Jawwad Rafique Malik in a meeting with the Consultant for International Public Health of Public Health Department England Dr Annette Luker at Civil Secretariat here Thursday.

He said that Department for International Development (DFID) UK would provide funding for this project.

The secretary Health said that Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif was keen to establish a strong and vibrant system in Punjab for epidemic and vector born disease control for which government would provide financial resources.

He said the Punjab government would welcome the cooperation extended by the Public Health England to establish an Institute for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in Punjab.

Jawwad said the Punjab government was planning to enhance the role of Institute of Public Health (IPH) in disease control, research and alert generating against vector born diseases and epidemics.

He observed that there was a need to strengthen the IPH in this regard, adding that the IPH would be reorganized on modern lines keeping in view the research and disease control like dengue, malaria, Ebola, Congo and MERS etc

Dr Annette Luker said that her department would extend full technical assistance for evolving comprehensive Strategy for Disease Surveillance and Control.

Provincial Coordinator of TRF Plus Dr Anwar Janjua said the Public Health England would provide technical assistance for setting up disease surveillance and response system while DFID would provide funding for this project.

Representative of DFID Dr Ayesha said that Public Health experts of CDC Atlanta would also extend cooperation for setting up an integrated system for epidemic control and response in Punjab.

Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz and Director Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) Ali Bahadur Qazi were also present in the meeting.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 11, 2015
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