An integrated Public Health Operation Center (PHOC) has been launched by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) Islamabad. The aim of the center is to deal with various public health emergencies.
According to the report, PHOC has been set up with limited financial resources in a short period of time to respond to health emergencies in the Federal capital.
While addressing the media following the launch ceremony, Director General DHS, Dr. Hasan Arooj, said that PHOC will work to control COVID-19, dengue, polio outbreaks in Islamabad in the future.
He stated that Islamabad has had 10 times less burden of dengue virus patients in comparison to adjoining cities for the last 9 years while the city last reported a case of poliovirus 14 years ago.
Dr. Hasan added that the World Health Organization (WHO) had included Islamabad in its Healthy Cities Program thanks to the unrelenting efforts of DHS Islamabad to make the city a healthy place for the public
WHO’s Country Representative to Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, also attended the launch ceremony of PHOC.
While appreciating the concept and establishment of PHOC, Dr. Mahipala stated that public health surveillance plays an essential part in controlling the outbreak of any disease.