Punjab AIDS Control Programme  to screen transgender people


The Punjab AIDS Control Programme has decided to enhance services at transgender screening centre at Fountain House.  The Punjab AIDS Control Programme technical committee decided on Thursday to depute more human resource at the center, facilitating priority treatment and rehabilitation of HIV/AIDS patients, enhance counseling/health education sessions, approach other departments and vertical programs for extending broad based healthcare services to transgenders.  The Punjab AIDS Control Programme has set up Pakistan’s first ever exclusive Transgenders Clinic at Fountain House in partnership with Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehab Program. The camp is providing free screening for Hep B, Hep C, HIV and other diseases, vaccination for Hep B and treatment for Hep C.  The enhanced services will include more preventive and treatment services, vaccinations, counselling/nutrition sessions for communicable and non-communicable disease, said Director Punjab AIDS Control Programme Dr Asim Altaf.–Staff Reporter


Seven cattle markets to be set up for Eidul Azha


Seven temporary cattle markets for Eidul Azha will be set up in provincial capital. The decision was made at a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Anwarul Haq in the chair Thursday. Officials of Rescue-1122, civil defence, health authority and police attended the meeting.  Additional DC Amir Shaifiq briefed the meeting. A shuttle service will also be launched while medical camps for screening of animals will also be set up. The livestock department was directed to ensure arrangements to spray for prevention from Congo virus.–Staff Reporter


Commercial building catches fire


Goods and valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rupees were reduced to ashes when fire erupted in the ground floor of a multi-storey building located on Montgomery Road on Thursday.  Rescuers said that at least five firefighting units took part in the operation and managed to put out the blaze after hectic efforts. However, no casualty was reported in the incidents.  The cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained. The fire badly damaged at least three shops on the ground floor. Authorities were investigating the incident. –Staff Reporter


LGH Medical Superintendent Promoted


The Punjab government has promoted Dr Mahmud Salahuddin, Medical Superintendent of Lahore General Hospital, to BPS-20.  Principal of Ameeruddin Medical College Prof Mohammad Tayyab, faculty members, administrative doctors and allied health staff association have congratulated Dr Mahmud Salah-ud-Din and expressed hope that he would continue making sincere efforts for improving service delivery at LGH.–Staff Reporter