Churches in a northern Pakistan province have collaborated 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 says about to 3,300 dengue cases have been recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province where 443 individuals are being treated in hospital.
KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has declared 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 laborers later held a Q/A session and distributed brochures.
Rehman wants to hold similar sessions in schools keep running 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”.
Pastor Robin James of the AOG Church valued the administration’s endeavors to help individuals.
“Most of the local Christians live in slums with poor hygienic conditions. The government’s intervention can help.