15 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

President says mosques can be utilized to educate out-of-school children

Dr Arif Alvi mentions examples of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka where literacy rate among children is higher than Pakistan

President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the serious issue of 26 million out-of-school children required combined efforts and mosques could be utilized to impart education to these children; sharing examples of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka where the literacy rate among the children is higher than Pakistan.

Addressing a National Health Summit organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) in Rawalpindi, he cited the precedent of China that lifted about 700 million people out of poverty by focusing on health and education sectors. “The state can show the path but it is responsibility of all stakeholders of the society to share responsibility by addressing issues in the education and health sectors,” he added.

President suggests awareness about child sexual crimes and drug abuse through different mediums

The president stressed upon focusing on priorities and continuity of policies which required public involvement. He said that the provincial governments in the country only spent 25 to 30 percent on education out of their allocated budgets which was not suffice to address issues in this sector. Referring to population growth, he stressed the demographic transition involving all segments of society to realize the significance of the matter.

About 24 percent of the population was suffering from the mental stress due to various reasons which should be addressed comprehensively, he said, adding that awareness about the child sexual crimes and drug abuse should be created through different mediums. He also called for morality-based principles and reiterated removal of disparity in distribution of wealth and accumulation of resources in fewer hands.

Dr Arif Alvi said that the entire nation had set a precedent in the world with their collective efforts during Covid-19 pandemic and stressed that such a display of unity was critical to address disconcerting issues in education, health and economic sectors. During Covid-19 pandemic when the deadly wave was hitting the globe, he said that Pakistan emerged as the third best performing country to avert the damages in health and economic sectors.

He said it was all possible due to the collective efforts and cooperation of the people and all stakeholders who displayed unison in their efforts to ward off the spread of the pandemic. “That precedent has carved a path for the future which can guide us in our endeavors to overcome the contemporary challenges,” he opined. Highlighting importance of physical hygiene, he said that personal hygiene was linked with spiritual purity.

About 90 percent dental cases could be cured if prevention habits were developed by the people, including regular brushing of teeth, similar was the case with communicable diseases, he told the audience. He also urged all the stakeholders and the business community to play their parts in creating awareness among the masses over health-related issues including mental stress and population growth.

Saqib Rafique says RCCI carrying out water testing and data collection in 74 union councils of Rawalpindi Division

Speaking on the occasion, RCCI President Saqib Rafique said that President Dr Arif Alvi was the first head of state who visited the chamber’s building and encouraged the business community for their involvement in different initiatives taken for the health of the general public. Almost 90 per cent of people could not afford the expensive treatment of dentistry, he said, adding dental-related diseases could be avoided with due care and prevention.

He said that the chamber was making all possible measures to extend better health facilities in every nook and cranny of the Rawalpindi Division, under which it had arranged mobile dental units for diagnosing chronic disease caused by bad oral hygiene. Besides, it was carrying out water testing and data collection in 74 union councils of the division, he told the audience.

RCCI Standing Committee on Health Chairman Dr Shimail Daud Arain stressed the need for creating awareness among the masses about oral health as around 90 percent of Pakistanis were suffering from dental-related diseases. RCCI group leader Sohail Altaf said that a strong economy guarantees the strong national defense that comes from political stability and consistency in policies.