Commissioner Lahore division, Jawad Rafique Malik having learnt about the presence of dengue larvae at large scale at TMA Ravi Town, has ordered to provide more staff and equipment for the larvaeciding. He also emphasized that work of finding out of dengue larvae and larvaeciding be completed on emergency ground.
He issued these orders while presiding over a meeting held to review anti-dengue arrangements at Ravi Town, here today. The meeting was also attended by CM’s Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, Member Provincial Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Additional Commissioner General, administrator Ravi Town, Chief Entomologist Dr. Wasim Akram, Dr. Sajjad Dara, TMO Ravi Town, WASA, PHA, LWMC besides members of Emergency Response Committee. The Commissioner directed the DCO, Lahore and Health Department officers to provide more staff and resources for the improvement of the performance of teams working in the field so that better results could be achieved.
Earlier, administrator Ravi Town while giving briefing to the meeting told that the Ravi Town had been divided into three zones for larvaeciding task. The slides-based briefing pointed out that 3634 spots had been checked so far and out of which 367 spots were found positive for dengue larvae which the work of larvaeciding had been done for followed by the anti-larvae spray on 1825 houses. Similarly, during the outdoors activities, as many as 1886 larvae breeding sites were also detected and the work of larvaeciding was done by the field team while 23 marriage halls, 298 factories, 617 godowns and junkyards were also checked and 60 FIRs had been registered against the owners and fined Rs 35000 for the violating anti-dengue regulations.
In the meeting the administrator Ravi Town presented petitions for coping with the dengue effectively upon which Commissioner, Lahore Division directed the Additional Commissioner General and DO Civil Defence to ensure the presence of civil defence staff in the Ravi Town. He also ordered the Health Department officers to provide three more vehicles to the TMA Ravi Town.
CM’s Advisor on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the health department alone could do nothing for the eradication of dengue and expressed the opinion that the participation of the masses was indispensable to get rid of dengue. He further said that traders, owners of factories, plazas and private institutions would have to take measures against the dengue making use of their own resources. He further said that each and every person would have to discharge his responsibility to get rid of that menace.