Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour and culture Shaukat Yousafzai has said that process of diagnosis, registration and determination of the total number of TB workers in coal mines in Shangla district, in collaboration with the Health Department and Dopasi, has started.
The event was formally inaugurated at the residence of Dr. Sharifullah Saqib. Insaf Doctors’ Forum Vice President of PTI Malakand Division Haji Sadid-ur-Rehman, President of Shangla District Waqar Ahmad, District General Secretary Haji Abdul Moli, District Secretary Information Islam Zada, Hayat Khan, Syed Alam, Asif Ali, Zafar Ali, Pir Aman, Shakeel Khan, Dr Tawab and Malik Obaidullah also accompanied the minister.
On behalf of Shangla Health Department, Deputy DHO Dr Ghafoor Khan, Dr Fazal Khaliq and representatives of Dopasi attended the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaukat Yousafzai said that 70% of Shangla youth work in coal mines. He said that majority of them were either disabled or suffering from TB which was a very painful thing. He said the PTI government was trying to save the youth from becoming disabled and suffering from TB.
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He said that exact number of coal miners would also be determined during the TB diagnosis process. Shaukat Yousafzai said that safety of coal miners should be ensured. KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has already directed to make the coal mines safe and bring reforms in it. Work on this has already started.
He said that we had to promote tourism to stop our people from working in coal mines. He said we could alleviate our woes by focusing on tourism. Thanking Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, he said that he was cooperating fully in this regard, which would alleviate the backwardness of Shangla.
After the ceremony, delegations from various Village Councils of Union Council Malik Khel met Shaukat Yousafzai and briefed him on their problems. The minister assured that a request would be made to the Chief Minister to include Shalkho Sar and Karal Sar in tourism.