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Dengue fear brings officers out from their offices

Commissioner Lahore Division Jawad Rafique Malik today paid a surprise visit to the tyre shredding points at Shalimar town and Wahga town where he witnessed the shredding process of old tyres taken into possession by the City District Government. On this occasion, the Commissioner was also accompanied by TMO Shalimar Town, TMO Wahga town in addition to the officers of Health, Agriculture and Environment Departments and entomologists.

The Commissioner expressed his displeasure over the shredding of old tyres by small gadgets and by hands and directed the TMOs of Shalimar town and Wahga town to acquire large machines for the shredding of tyres and present a report in that regard in 24 hours. He also directed the town officers to submit a report having completed the process of tyre shredding at the earliest.

The Commissioner made it clear to the officers that any dereliction or negligence in connection with the anti-dengue campaign would not be tolerated and any officer and official found guilty of that would be delt sternly. He also asked the officers that he kept visiting tyre shredding sites without any prior intimation.

Later on, the Commissioner accompanied by the Health Department staff raided a local motor workshop at Gulshan-e-Ravi and took into possession the used tyres containing ample number of dengue larvae. The Commissioner ordered to registered an FIR under the Dengue Regulation Act against the owner of the workshop having sealed the workshop there and then. Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner expressed the opinion that the old tyres were the main source of dengue multiplication. He said that it was necessary for the dengue eradication that the tyres be kept covered while the old tyres be disposed of through shredding instead of incineration so that the environment might be kept pollution free.

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