The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore on Monday departed two flood relief volunteer teams in connection with UVAS Flood Relief and Assistance Campaign 2022 (Phase-3) to the flood-affected areas including Khairpur and Lasbela (Sindh & Baluchistan).

The teams will provide relief items related to shelter, kitchen unit, medicines and hygienic food like dry ration/feed of animals, crop seed packet as well as veterinary services to the livestock farming community.

Before the departure of volunteers’ teams, UVAS arranged a ceremony in the City Campus. Vice-Chancellor University of Education (UE) Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha (SI) presided over the ceremony while Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Convener UVAS Flood Relief Management Committee Prof Dr Muhammad Ijaz, Chief Executive Officer Forward Solutions Animal Health Company Dr Asim Mahmood Khan and deans, directors, chairmen/chairpersons, from different departments, flood relief management committee members, UVAS flood relief volunteer teams members and faculty members were present.

Addressing the audience, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that UVAS always worked actively for the betterment of the community and accomplished such tasks smoothly with transparent manner is really appreciable. He advised to forward all your volunteer work to Director Generals Livestock concerning flood-hit areas. He acknowledged UVAS collective team work in worst flood affected areas especially for the noble cause. He mentioned UVAS playing a lead role by serving community services also for the betterment of poor livestock farming communities of rural areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad said that UVAS collected Rs 23 million donations in the shape of cash and goods so far under UVAS Flood Relief & Assistance Campaign 2022 (run through social, print and electronic media). He said livestock is the only source of livelihood for the majority of rural population and this year due to destruction by heavy floods, the livestock farming community is facing economic losses. He thanked all the donors who showed their trust in UVAS and played their vital role for the noble cause. He hoped UVAS Flood Relief volunteer teams providing relief services to Khairpur and Lasbela in a befitting manner and similarly provided their services in phase-1 and phase-2. He mentioned Chancellor/Governor Punjab Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Prof Dr Shahid Munir and Secretary Punjab Livestock Muhammad Malik Bhulla acknowledged UVAS philanthropist services for the betterment of humanity as well as for the uplift of livestock farming community. Later Dr Asim Mahmood presented a Rs five lakh cheque as a donation to Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad.

Earlier, Convener UVAS Flood Relief Management Committee Prof Dr Muhammad Ijaz gave a detailed presentation on UVAS initiatives in various disaster relief activities, flood relief camps & assistance activities (advisory meetings, donors conference, Vice-Chancellor visit in flood affected areas, fund raising, collection of goods, packing etc) of phase-1 and phase-2.

He also shared that in phase-1 and phase-2 large and small animals (buffalo/cattle, sheep & goat, horse, dog & cat) treated 20775, vaccinated 5785, food/ration packets 380, crop seed packets 175, clothes & shawls 186 and 40 kg animal feed bags 1860 provided among flood victims in Fazilpur, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Taunsa Sharif, Rojhan, Charsadda and Layyah with transparent manner. He said UVAS flood relief volunteer teams also distributed other necessary items related to mosquito nets and mats among deserving families of these flood affected areas as well.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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