LAHORE –  Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) will carry out cleanliness operation in 150 churches before and after Easter celebrations on Sunday.

Turkish contractors Albayrak and Ozpak have also deployed their latest sweeping and washing machinery on Saturday to make cleaning arrangements. LWMC manager operations Asif Iqbal will remain in the field and visit various churches to supervise the operations.

The compactors staff has been directed to empty the containers near Christian colonies and churches. The cleaning operation will continue in three shifts. The LWMC administration will be present at different churches at the time of Easter prayers to express solidarity with the community.

LWMC Chairman Ahmed Rafay Alam has greeted the Christians on Easter in a message. “We are trying to facilitate our Christians in maximum possible ways and I extend warm greetings to them on the Easter”, he said the Christians would be given holidays, ration bags and cash prizes.

Iodised salt drive: Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema has appreciated Health department staff for achieving the Universal Salt Iodization program targets.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘USI Program: Review and Way Forward’ at a local hotel on Saturday, he said that health managers’ efforts have yielded positive results. EDOs, DOHs and Medical Superintendents of DHQ hospitals from all 36 districts attended the seminar.

Dr Nisar Cheema said that USI program in Pakistan has achieved a lot but still considerable efforts were needed to bring the iodine deficiency to minimum level.

Punjab Food & Nutrition Program Manager Dr Mahmood Ahmad welcomed the participants, saying that the purpose of seminar was to review the USI achievements and plan for next three years. He said that this program was the only distinction among the large preventive health programs that has visibly made progress during the last 10 years.  He compared the National Nutrition Survey (NNS) 2001 versus NNS 2011. He informed that according to NNS 2011, 79% people in Punjab were consuming iodized salt which was only 17% in 2001. He shared that notification on USI by DCOs of all 36 districts helped to improve and sustain the edible salt iodization.  He commented that subsidy withdrawal and KIO3 price rise has turned out to be the major challenge.