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Coordinated efforts stressed for dengue control

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PESHAWAR:

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Secretary Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash on Wednesday directed deputy commissioners to take steps for larva elimination to prevent further spread of dengue across the province.

Thousands have been infected by dengue in the province including the five most affected districts where thousands of cases have been reported.

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The chief secretary presided over a meeting about dengue control at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by secretary health, director general health services, director PMRU, Integrated Vector Control Programme while deputy commissioners and district health officers participated through video link.

The meeting was informed that the K-P province had so far recorded 5,264 dengue cases this year with 3,521 reported in the current month.

During last six weeks, most of the dengue cases were reported in Mardan, Peshawar, Haripur, Khyber and Nowshera.

The forum was further informed that fogging and chemical spraying was carried out to eliminate mosquito larva in high risk districts and relevant departments were working in coordination for prevention of further spread of dengue.

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In addition, 1,215 beds are reserved for dengue patients in hospitals across the province.

The chief secretary ordered deputy commissioners to make coordinated efforts to control dengue spread and give special attention to dengue hotspots in high-risk districts.

He stressed on creating public awareness to stop dengue spread and urged people not to store water in uncovered vessels to control breeding of mosquitoes.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2022.



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Constable martyred, 2 police posts attacked

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Both terrorists and law enforcement agencies had a field day across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Friday as two police posts were attacked in Swat and Lakki Marwat and one constable was shot dead in Kohat district.

Three terrorists were killed in encounters by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), police and security forces in Swat and Lakki Marwat operations.

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A police constable was shot dead around midnight in Kohat’s Gumbat area who was on his way home from duty.

“Constable Saifullah was currently posted at district security branch of police and after completion of duty he was on his way home when unidentified men opened fire at him, killing him on the spot,” said a police official while talking to The Express Tribune.

The official said that the slain policeman was the son of former district nazim Kohat Dilbar Khan Advocate and was from a very influential family.

“He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said, adding that it was clearly a case of terrorism.

The deceased left behind a widow, two sons and two daughters.

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The last rites of the police constable were offered at Kohat Police Lines after which the coffin was sent to the deceased’s ancestral graveyard for burial.

Three terrorists killed

In Tang Darra of Lakki Marwat district two terrorists were killed in an intelligence based operation in the mountainous region.

Police and security forces conducted an IBO after receiving information about a camp of militants in the mountains. Terrorists offered stiff resistance and two of them were killed in the exchange of fire. The rest managed to escape.

The operation was started on Thursday evening and continued till Friday morning. One suspected militant was also arrested.

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In Swat CTD claimed thwarting a terrorism plot and killing one terrorist.

CTD and police conducted a search operation in Maglor area of the district. During the IBO operation terrorists fired at police vehicles and one of them was killed in return fire. The terrorist was later identified as Adil Zeb resident of Manglor. Police claimed that he was involved in IED attack at peace committee member Idrees Khan and targeted attack at Shirin Khan. One terrorist managed to escape in injured condition.

Police stations attacked

In a more brazen move, militants attacked a police station and threw three hand grenades at it in Lakki Marwat. Police, however, responded with agility and the attackers were forced to flee.

There was no loss of life in the attack.

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In a separate incident in Swat, terrorists attacked the residential quarters of DSP Saidu Sharif but the attack was repulsed and the attackers escaped under the cover of darkness.

All the three incidents caused widespread panic in the area.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2022.



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Ayub Teaching Hospital gets digital X-ray machine

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ABBOTTABAD:

A modern digital X-ray machine worth Rs5 million was installed in the emergency department of Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH) Abbottabad on Thursday.

This facility will be useful not only for the people of the Hazara division but also for patients coming from Gilgit and Azad Kashmir.

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Three Computed Radiography (CR) systems were purchased for the Radiology Department of the hospital, one of these were installed in ATH emergency, while the remaining two CRs will be installed in the main radiology department. This would save the patients the trouble of having to go to the second floor to get their X-rays done.

With the addition of the three CR systems, all the departments would be shifted to a digital X-ray facility. The Board of Governors of Ayub Medical Institution has also approved the installation of more modern machines for the improvement of the hospital and to ensure better facilities for the patients. Through this advanced digital X-ray machine, the entire body will be scanned. However, the X-ray would be taken only of the required part.

Wild boars destroy crops

The people of Qalandar Abad were gripped with panic as they found wild boars in their villages during broad daylight. Standing maze crops in the villages of Banda Peer Khan, Kareem Abad, Maira Batang, Kaloor, Chuntry, Tarhanna, Boji and Mary Pattyan were destroyed by the animals.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2022.

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Schemes for Peshawar’s facelift okayed

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PESHAWAR:

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has formally approved three new projects under the Peshawar Uplift Program Phase-II in addition to directing the district administration to launch a strict crackdown against professional beggars across the province.

Chairing a meeting regarding Uplift Program Phase-II, the chief minister ordered completion of Hayatabad trail and other ongoing schemes under the scheme, further directing a proper maintenance and management plan to make these initiatives worthwhile and sustainable.

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The chief minister directed the district administration to take pragmatic steps to discourage and root out professional beggary which has become a nuisance not only for locals but also for people visiting the provincial capital from other districts and provinces.

While briefing the chief minister about the progress on the ongoing projects under the project, it was revealed that designing and planning of 20 various schemes had been completed, approved and tenders of these schemes would also be floated soon.

The 6-km Hayatabad Trail would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs803 million which would have the state of the art recreational facilities including jogging and cycle tracks, green belts, public toilets, tuck shops, kids zone, sit-outs, open gym, futsal, amphitheatre, badminton and basketball courts, library, ladies gym, skating area etc.

It would be a unique trail of its kind having four entry points at different sites connecting all the phases of Hayatabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2022.

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