On Monday, the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement which stated that the Pakistan Army had arranged free medical and eye surgical camps in the remote areas of Cholistan, from the 5th to the 15th of February.
The army’s media wing further apprised that several doctors were sent there in teams, and with the help of the district, they were able to arrange medical camps in the Channan Pir, Din Garh, and Ahmed Pur East area of Punjab.
According to the press release, the locals of the aforementioned areas were assisted with X-Ray and lab facilities in the established medical camps.
Moreover, they were also provided with free eye checkups and glasses as well as free of cost laser cataract surgery. 500 laser surgical procedures were performed on locals, and around 4500-5000 people were provided with prescription glasses, the ISPP informed.
The Pakistan army’s outreach program aims to provide healthcare services to a vast majority of people. These services are frequently set up in remote areas like the Cholistan across the country all year round.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, visited Cholistan on Saturday, where he inaugurated an array of development projects including the Tourism Development Corporation Punjab (TDCP) Cholistan desert resort and double-decker bus service for the tourists in Bahawalpur.
Usman Buzdar inspected the double-decker bus and purchased the first ticket worth Rs 300. The route of the double-decker bus includes SD high school, commissioner house, DC Chowk, Bahawal club, CMH chowk, museum, central library, BVH hospital, Fawara Chowk, Noor Mehal, Ahmedpuri gate, Darawar gate, Farid gate, Mori gate, and the zoo.
The chief minister said that tourism is very close to his heart, Covid-19 has affected tourist activities, however, they are now being restored. He said that another promise made to the people of Bahawalpur has been fulfilled. The double-decker bus service is a gift for the citizens of Bahawalpur from the PTI government.
Usman Buzdar also attended the Cholistan Desert Rally 2021 in Dilwish Stadium. The paragliders made a low flight near the stage and gave a guard of honor to the chief minister.
Usman Buzdar witnessed the desert bike race and appreciated the expertise of the bikers.
He also inspected the food courts and stalls of local handicrafts and congratulated the administration and the concerned institutions for holding a successful Cholistan Desert Rally. He said such events not only promote tourism but also highlight the soft image of the country.