New Delhi: The National Assembly was informed today that the government is taking concrete steps to deal with the increasing cases of hepatitis in the country. The resolution moved by Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhary Muhammad Barjees Tahir expressed deep concern over the tragic incident of Indian unprovoked firing in which seven soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced Shahadat at the LoC in Bhimber sector by Indian troops recently.
The House took serious cognizance of the unprovoked and barbarian attack on the Pakistani border forces by the Indian army resulting in aggression and clashes. Through resolution, the House recognized the sacrifices of Pakistan army and paid glowing tribute to the martyred soldiers for their valour.
Meanwhile, Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Khalida Mansoor and others regarding rampant increase in the number of Hepatitis patients, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Darshan told the House that the government is taking steps to address the issue.
He said vaccine of Hepatitis B is available and efforts are underway to make it available in part of the country. He said there is no vaccine of Hepatitis C, however its treatment is available. He said doctors are also being given training for the treatment of Hepatitis.
He said the government is also working on provision of clean drinking water to the people as contaminated water is the main cause of Hepatitis. He said it is the vision of the Prime Minister to provide clean drinking water across the country.
Replying to another calling attention notice moved by Dr Nafisa Shah and others regarding explosion in an oil tanker at Gadani ship-breaking yard, Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Bizenjo told the House that two committees were formed to investigate into the incident.
He said the committee formed by the Federal Government has already presented its report to the Prime Minister while report of the committee formed by the Balochistan Government is under preparation.
The Minister said 28 people were died and 50 others injured in the unfortunate incident. He said the government has announced compensation for the victims of the incident. He said three officers have been suspended for their negligence and further investigation is in progress.
Hasil Bizenjo said Gadani shipyard lacked facilities like fire tenders. He said safety measures are being improved at the shipyard. He said laws for the ship-breaking are also being prepared.
Replying to points raised by Wasim Hussain, Syed Naveed Qamar and Ayaz Soomro regarding load-shedding in Larkana and Hyderabad, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House that Federal Government is ready to settle the outstanding payment issues between Sindh Government and HESCO and other distribution companies.
He said load-shedding is being carried out for more duration where line losses and theft of electricity cases are higher.