ISLAMABAD: The World Well being Organisation (WHO) has performed a examine to declare Islamabad Pakistan’s first ‘wholesome metropolis’ and add it to the checklist of wholesome cities world wide.
Islamabad Directorate of Well being Providers Director Basic Dr Hasan Orooj made the announcement throughout an occasion to inaugurate the Public Well being Emergency Operation Centre on Monday. He stated that efforts are being made day and evening to make the town safer, including that Islamabad has been registered within the WHO’s wholesome metropolis programme.
Dr Orooj instructed Daybreak that 40 cities have been registered on this programme so far, and 15 have been declared ‘wholesome cities’.
“The WHO holds a examine to analyse whether or not a metropolis has the potential to develop into a wholesome metropolis. Quite a few indicators are analysed throughout research that are held from a 3rd get together. Within the examine performed to analyse Islamabad, mom and youngster well being, amenities for disabled individuals, functioning of establishments, well being, high quality of water, sanitation, surroundings, and so on have been declared benchmarks,” he stated.
Course of will take 4 years and can embody evaluation of various indicators, together with water high quality and amenities for disabled individuals
He added that the WHO would assess companies over 4 years to subject a certificates of a wholesome metropolis.
“Within the baseline examine, it’s identified that there’s a problem of human useful resource and a few technical points. Nevertheless, it has been noticed that there’s management in establishments so issues may be improved. In easy phrases, the town needs to be made appropriate with its residents,” he stated.
He stated a wholesome metropolis mannequin was launched in Islamabad in 2013, which is why the WHO has performed the examine via a 3rd get together.
“We must work onerous to get the certification of a wholesome metropolis. There are problems with water high quality, infectious ailments management, an entire ban on smoking in public locations, and so on,” he stated.
To a query, Dr Orooj stated that Tehran and Sharjah have been declared wholesome cities, and Islamabad has the potential to develop into the primary in Pakistan.
“There needs to be well being fairness within the cities and sources must be distributed evenly. Donor companies from the West make investments billions of dollars in growing nations to make sure that [the West remains] protected. As an illustration, if polio exists in growing nations, the virus can unfold to developed nations,” he stated.
Talking earlier on the Public Well being Emergency Operation Centre, Dr Orooj stated that that is the primary operation room within the nation that can deal with numerous emergencies, and has been developed with extraordinarily restricted sources.
He stated it has the potential to increase and work underneath unified command and management.
“This distinctive mannequin is possible to forestall Covid-19, dengue, challenges posed by polio, the Expanded Programme of Immunisation or different public well being calamities,” he stated.
Discussing the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Orooj stated the Directorate of Well being Providers has eight groups which might be a part of the hint, check and quarantine system, finishing up sampling, well being schooling, coordination, high quality assurance, verification and group screening.
“Likewise, we really feel delight in sharing that the burden of dengue sufferers has been lower than 10 instances from the encompassing areas in city Islamabad within the final 9 years. Islamabad has been polio free for the final 14 years. All of that is owed to the particular blessings of God however the onerous work of employees, supervisors, inspectors, vaccinators, and frontline professionals is the core behind this success,” Dr Orooj stated.
WHO Nation Head Dr Palitha Mahipala praised the idea and institution of the built-in Public Well being Operation Centre on the Directorate of Well being Providers within the Metropolitan Company Islamabad.
He stated the core function of public well being surveillance is to regulate illness.
Revealed in Daybreak, October 20th, 2020