LAHORE, (Muzaffargarh.City – 13th Apr, 2017 ) : Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir gave away free Hepatitis C medicines to truck/bus drivers and cleaners at Sabzazar Truck Adda, Multan Road, here on Thursday.
The Punjab AIDS Control Program is providing free medicines of Hepatitis C to bus and truck drivers testing positive during the ongoing screening drive for transporters across the province. Officials of the Punjab AIDS Control Program and office bearers Punjab Goods Transport Association and other notables of the area attended the event.
Khawaja Imran Nazir said, “As a minister, it is matter of great pride that the Punjab AIDS Control Program is serving the marginalized and neglected members of the society. Transport staff travels all the time, away from homes to earn livelihood, and have fewer resources as well as little time for their health.
The PACP team, headed by Dr. Adnan Zafar Khan, has set a new precedent and I hope they will work with a missionary zeal,” he said.
Program Director PACP Dr. Adnan Zafar Khan in his message said, “The PACP is providing free of cost medication, treatment and counseling services to all HIV patients in Punjab as well as Hep C medicine to bus, truck drivers and other high risk groups like transgenders.
We are trying to reach out to marginalized groups to ensure no new persons are infected with HIV.” President Punjab Goods Transport Association Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali expressed gratitude to the government for taking care of bus and truck drivers.
“Our association has extended support to the Punjab AIDS Control Program in their camps throughout Punjab,” he added. It is pertinent to mention here that the PACP has so far conducted testing of truck, bus drivers in 11 districts including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Okara, Multan, Muzaffargarh, DG Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Sadiqabad.