Saaf Pani, 70 billion budget, free hand as a company- Not a drop to drink sofar?

It is strongly recommended that One RO and one UF be installed at an urgent basis and let us learn from its experience as the time passes. similar job was to be done by clean drinking water for all (CDWA) and we were promised 6700 plants by the year 2007. No efforts are being done to look into the cause of failure of that project by the ministry of special initiatives.

See a dedicated ministry could not go beyond 600 plants, not to speak of successful running.

This team of Lawyers, accountants, administrators, engineers may hardly deliver. Saaf Pani is a Microbiology. Biochemistry and Chemistry issues.

No body in this team is telling , what standards of saaf pani they will maintain and how ?

Think this is too much of asking from the team that has been chosen. The group has been given a free hand and enough money. Government speed and facilities have been removed by converting it to a Company, think those rules regulations might have helped keep the direction.
time to publish its policy and strategy. It is making No use of previous experience of clean drinking water for all project (CDWA) which was to supply one plant in every union council, under a special ministry , by the year 2007.
Keep your finger crossed CM sahib.
Though wish you and the team a good luck ,for the poor people of Pakistan.
Saaf Paani , please make use of previous experience of CDWA>

some proposed research topics for WASH , university level

1. situation analysis of policy/ legal documentation about water, sanitation and hygiene in KPK.

2. proposed water act for hazara
3. A viable legal control of WASH ( water ,sanitation and hygiene) -Starter
4.Controlling climate Change from Hazara by legal controls of saving and improving the trees – evepotranspiration hub of south asia
5.WASH rules/ controls in schools , colleges of KPK, a slow and silent development route

 

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Clean water to become available to more than 40m people: CM, saaf pani

Clean water to become available to more than 40m people: CM
Our Correspondent
Friday, July 03, 2015
From Print Edition

LAHORE

Shahbaz Sharif has said that potable water is the right of every citizen and Punjab government will give this right to the people through Saaf Pani Project.

He said that Saaf Pani Project was directly linked to the health of the masses and this project was of vital importance in this regard. He said that an amount of Rs70 billion would be spent during the next three years on this project of public interest. He said that work would be carried out on this big project speedily while transparency and standard would also be maintained.

The chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting here Thursday which reviewed the progress of Punjab Saaf Pani Project.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that potable water would become available to more than 40 million people of villages of Punjab during next three years. He said that a sum of Rs11 billion would be spent on Saaf Pani Project during current fiscal year. He said that work on this project had been started in four districts of Bahawalpur region of South Punjab, including Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Lodhran and Bahawalpur.

He said that third party audit would be compulsory for ensuring transparency and standard of the project. He directed that dashboard with regard to the project should be prepared and digital mapping of the entire project should be carried out. He said he would not allow extension of any kind in the timeline fixed for the project and it should be completed within timeline already given.

source  http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-326866-Clean-water-to-become-available-to-more

Scrap import by industrial consumers linked with EPA approval, plastic, hospital waste

Scrap import by industrial consumers linked with EPA approval

KARACHI: Ministry of Commerce has made it mandatory that waste; parings and scrap of plastics, excluding hospital waste of all kind, used sewerage pipes and used chemical containers; can only be imported by industrial consumers after the approval of respective Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs).

According to details waste/scrap can be imported by industrial consumers after environmental approval of Plastic Scrap Recycling facility by the respective Federal or Provincial Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs) indicating the annual recycling capacity.

Respective EPAs will give final decision within 30 days of submission of the application. Moreover, Annual Environmental Audit Report duly approved by the respective EPAs is also mandatory.

Besides, Pre-Shipment Inspection in exporting country by any of the companies mentioned would also be required. The companies shall certify that the consignment being exported to Pakistan does not contain any hazardous substance as defined in the Basel Convention.

Customs authorities, in case of doubt, may randomly get any consignment tested, through PCSIR or any other government certified laboratory. The imported consignment of the registered recycling plant shall be cleared from one custom station only.

Sources said that all the consignments of above mentioned goods are held up by the Customs authorities after the issuance of the above directives by Ministry of commerce. As many as 82 containers are stuck up at MCC Lahore, 30 at Karachi port and consignments are also held up at other dry ports.

It may be recalled that Polymer West Importers Recyclers Association had taken a stay order from Lahore high Court on the provisions of Import Policy Order in this regard. However, MoC has issued this new notification. But, Customs is confused over the implementation of these directives and has held up all the consignments of the above mentioned goods.

Customs sources that quota for import of the above mentioned goods should be finalized by EDB Islamabad or IOCO Karachi.

Source   http://customnews.pk/2015/04/30/scrap-import-by-industrial-consumers-linked-with-epa-approval/

Heatstroke leaves another 26 dead in Sindh-climate change

More than 100,000 people affected by heatwave in Karachi, says Sharjeel Memon. ─ AP/File
More than 100,000 people affected by heatwave in Karachi, says Sharjeel Memon. ─ AP/File

KARACHI: While the weeklong spell of heatwave has ended, with the Sindh government putting the figure of those affected by heatstroke at 100,000 in Karachi only, at least 26 more victims died in the city and two other districts on Monday.

Of the latest deaths, 20 were reported from Karachi and three each from Dadu and Naushahro Feroze districts, officials said.

The death toll has now increased to 1,332 — 1,234 in Karachi and 98 in other districts of Sindh — since June 20 when the punishing heatwave gripped the province.

While visiting patients at the Qatar Hospital on Monday, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said all the health facilities had been exempted from loadshedding yet the local power utility, K-Electric, allegedly suspended the supply to the hospital.

“Our government has to run generators for long hours at hospitals during the loadshedding to save the lives of thousands of heatstroke victims,” said Mr Shah.

He told the media that he himself was witness to the outage at the Qatar Hospital. He said it was in contravention of the agreement with K-Electric, as hospitals, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and other utilities had been declared exempted from loadshedding plan.

He said the situation worsened because of power outages though the government had made all necessary arrangements to cope with the heatwave, as hospitals were put on alert and extra facilities had been provided to save the lives.

The chief minister’s visit to the Qatar Hospital was the first one after Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had visited the patients at the Civil Hospital Karachi a day earlier. He said the government had put into use all available resources to handle the disaster that he declared the worst since the 2010 floods in Sindh.

Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said more than 100,000 people had been affected by the heatwave only in Karachi, the total number of heatwave victims living in other parts of Sindh was being compiled.

A senior official in the health department said that hospitals in Karachi were still receiving heatstroke patients despite a change in the weather after the last week heatwave. “The hospitals still receive heatstroke patients in the afternoon when the city abundantly receives heat,” said the official.

Officials at various hospitals said the focus on heatwave victims had affected the health care delivery system for other patients. “We are trying to keep our focus on all the patients along with the heatwave victims, but most of our doctors and paramedics have been diverted to the dedicated facilities for heatstroke victims, with the result that other patients are suffering,” said a senior official in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), which runs scores of health facilities including the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Published in Dawn, June 30th, 2015

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http://www.dawn.com/news/1191234

Diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis-A hit children in Rawalpindi

BBH, HFH receiving 350 to 400 patients daily with preventable yet deadly infections

Muhammad Qasim
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
From Print Edition

Rawalpindi

Acute diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis-A have severely hit child population in the district and the number of child patients reaching allied hospitals in town with the preventable but deadly infections is continuously on the rise.

On average, 60 to 70 per cent of total child patients reaching paediatrics departments at Benazir Bhutto Hospital and Holy Family Hospital are with diarrhoea while majority of the rest of the patients are with typhoid and hepatitis-A, said Head of Paediatrics Department at Rawalpindi Medical College and allied hospital Professor Dr. Rai Asghar while talking to ‘The News’ on Monday.

He said diarrhoea having much higher mortality rate along with typhoid and hepatitis-A can easily be prevented by adopting simple precautionary measures. All the three infections are water-borne infections and with the use of boiled water for drinking can save children from the deadly health threats, he said.

It is important that two of the three teaching hospitals in town namely BBH and HFH operate paediatrics departments. According to data collected by ‘The News’, the two hospitals are receiving as many as 350 to 400 child patients including infants with complaints of diarrhoea daily after the onset of heat spell. The total number of patients reaching paeds departments of the two hospitals daily is 500 to 600 on average.

The major cause behind incidence of the three infections is lack of availability of clean drinking water and insufficient awareness among parents, said Dr. Rai while responding to a query. He said to avoid these infections, there is no need of giving mineral water to the children and infants instead they should be given water after rolling boiled for over five minutes for drinking.

He said hepatitis A is caused by hepatitis A virus, typhoid is caused by bacterium Salmonella Typhi and diarrhoea is caused by E-Coli and Rota virus. All these are found in water and incidence of the three infections can easily be prevented by only using clean drinking water, he explained.

He said the main symptom common in the three infections is high-grade fever though continuous high grade fever up to 103 or 104 degree centigrade is a symptom of typhoid. In typhoid, temperature does not touch baseline that is 98.6 degree centigrade even after use of antibiotic for at least three to four days, he explained.

He added if a child is suffering from persistent high grade fever only and no other symptom is developed, it means the child has contracted typhoid.

Hepatitis-A has three major symptoms apart from high grade fever including severe anorexia (loss of appetite), persistent vomiting and abdominal pain while in diarrhoea, a child or infant suffers from vomiting and loose motion, explained Dr. Rai. He said the cause of death among children having diarrhoea is dehydration and it should be avoided.

To a query, Professor Rai said majority of the total child patients reaching allied hospitals are with complaints of acute watery diarrhoea because of Rota virus or E-coli infections. Child patients reaching allied hospitals with severe dehydration are admitted to wards but with mild to moderate dehydration are given ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution), he said.

He added that as soon as diarrhoea starts in a child or infant, mother should start giving ORS to the child but not through feeders (Feeding Bottles) as these are major source of infection. ORS should be given through cup and spoon, he said.

He suggested that mother should wash hands before preparing ORS and clean drinking water should be used for the solution. In case of dehydration, a child should be given more fluids. Feeding of the child or infant having diarrhoea should not be stopped. If the patient is of the age over six months, the child should be given banana that contains potassium, yoghurt and rice in the form of ‘Khichri’, he said.

He added that Zink syrup should be given to a child patient of diarrhoea for 14 days. No anti-emetic drugs should be given to stop vomiting in diarrhoea as it may cause serious harms. Anti-diarrhoea drugs and anti-biotic are also contra indicated in majority of the cases of diarrhoea, in over 70 per cent of the cases, though they may be used by physicians for treatment in cases of bloody diarrhoea, he suggested.

Professor Rai said diarrhoea is self-limiting that lasts from three to five days normally and the most important thing to save a child’s life is to give ORS to avoid dehydration.

To avoid infections including hepatitis A, typhoid and diarrhoea, children should be given clean drinking water and their hands must be washed thoroughly before and after every meal and after going to toilet. Children should not be allowed to consume locally prepared juices including sugarcane juice, ice creams and soda prepared at vendors. Parents should avoid using dishes brought from market for ‘Iftar’ during Ramazan as consumption of a single contaminated dish can cause infection not only among children but also in adults, he said.

To save life of a child or infant in case of diarrhoea, he must be prevented from dehydration and all parents must be aware of the fact that dehydration in result of diarrhoea causes death among children, concluded Professor Rai.

Source

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-326308-Diarrhoea-typhoid-and-hepatitis-A-hit-children-in-Rawalpindi

Climate change, Brazil and Pakistan- Good News

As a student of climate change, we know that climate change is unpredictable extreme happenings.  For us in Pakistan much was and is being said about shortage of water and and drought. luckily we are experiencing continued switching of dry and flood spells.

Same seems to be happening in Brazil/ Sao palo in times to come. It is hoped that in times to come/ and not  very far the other extreme  is round the corner.

Brazilians get ready and prepared to use and store water, as it comes by the Grace of Allah.

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Punjab government serving masses selflessly: Shahbaz, saaf Pani company

N-led Punjab government serving masses selflessly: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is serving the people selflessly and effective steps are being taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to overcome the challenges being faced by the country.

He said that transparency, standard and speed are the hallmark of Pakistan Muslim League-N government and it is free from corruption and no one can level any allegation against it in this regard.

He was talking to PMN Members Assembly from different districts who met him, here on Sunday. Talking to the Assembly Members, the Chief Minister said that national economy suffered a heavy loss due to sit-ins and politics of protest last year and these activities created hurdles in the process of progress and prosperity of the country. He said that those who wasted the precious time of the nation did not pay attention to the interests of the people or the common man. He said that with the grace of Allah, PML-N government has again started the journey of development with a new determination and it is moving ahead with a new spirit. He said that the first and biggest 100 megawatt solar power project set up by Punjab government with its own resources at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur has started production of electricity whereas work is being carried out speedily on solar project of 900 megawatt with the co-operation of China and this project will also be completed in a record period.

Referring to the projects of development of Punjab and provision of facilities to the people, Shahbaz Sharif said that culture of merit, transparency and speedy completion of development projects has been promoted in the province and no one can accuse the government of corruption of even a single penny.

He said that provision of potable water to the masses in all tehsils of Punjab will be ensured under Saaf Pani Project till 2017 and 70 billion rupees will be spent on Saaf Pani Project during next three years. The Chief Minister said that the aim of progress and prosperity of Pakistan can be achieved by adopting the golden principle of honesty, hard work and trust.

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