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Pakistan Christians go into battle against dengue

Churches team up with govt health department to spread awareness about outbreak that killed 10 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistan Christians go into battle against dengue

Doctor Ali Rehman a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department official presents a dengue awareness lecture at the Assemblies of God AOG Church in Peshawar. (Photo supplied by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department)

 

August 29, 2017

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Churches in a northern Pakistan province have teamed up with the provincial Health Department for an awareness and prevention drive against a dengue outbreak that has resulted in 10 deaths this month.  

Media reports say about 3,300 dengue cases have been recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where 443 people are being treated in hospital.

KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced a 500,000 rupees (about US$ 4,750) compensation payment for each of the families of the dead.

Doctor Ali Rehman Surveillance Officer of the KP Health Department briefed more than 400 parishioners about symptoms and prevention methods to ward off the disease following an Aug. 27 Mass at the Assemblies of God Church in Peshawar, the provincial capital.

Government workers later held a Q/A session and distributed brochures.

Rehman plans to hold similar sessions in schools run by Catholic and Protestant churches.

"The parents of these students will also be involved. The network of these churches is a potential resource for public awareness. We have also trained church youth teams to help communities in other cities," he told ucanews.com.  

Pastor Robin James of the AOG Church appreciated the government’s efforts to help people.

"Most of the local Christians live in slums with poor hygienic conditions. The government’s intervention can help save lives," he said.

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