MULTAN, Sep 15 (APP): UNICEF has set up temporary learning centres for the education of children in the flood-affected districts where students are being provided with stationery and uniforms.
Chief of Field Operations United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Pakistan Scott Whoolery during his visit to South Punjab Secretariat met with Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Saqib Zafar. Additional IG Police South Punjab Maqsood ul Hasan was also present in the meeting.
Mr Whoolery informed the meeting that cluster-based water supply systems have been installed to supply clean drinking water in the flood-affected areas and mobile water filtration plants have also been provided in these districts.
Health of mother and child, commencement of classes in flood-affected schools and projects of supply of clean drinking water were discussed in the meeting.
UNICEF Field Operation stated that a Child Protection Unit has been set up in Rajanpur district to meet the nutritional needs of the children.
Mr. Whoolery also thanked the government for extending full support to the district administration.
Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Saqib Zafar, while speaking on the occasion, said that due to India’s water aggression, several districts of South Punjab have been affected by floods.
He said due to rains and floods in nullahs last year, the infrastructure in DG Khan and Rajanpur was severely damaged and billions of rupees were spent by the Government on its restoration.
ACS said rehabilitation of flood-affected schools and commencement of classes was our first priority and educational activities of children in DG Khan and Rajanpur districts were not allowed to be disrupted.
He expressed hope that the educational activities will also not be affected in the schools affected by the flood of the Sutlej River.
Mr Zafar paid tribute to the services of UNICEF in the field of education and health and said UNICEF was being provided full support in the projects of education and clean drinking water in South Punjab.
He further said South Punjab was the region of rich culture and heritage and the restoration of this heritage in its original state is included in the government’s agenda.
He also talked about the digitization of the South Punjab Secretariat and its future planning of development.