Lahore:Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that, with the grace of Allah, best strategy and continuous hard work, dengue virus has been brought under control to a large extent during the current year, however, all government machinery is fully active in this regard. He said it has been decided to hold a two-day international anti-dengue seminar in the provincial metropolis during next month. He said the performance of staff which worked day and night during anti-dengue campaign is highly appreciable.
The Chief Minister was presiding over a high level meeting to review arrangements for anti-dengue international seminar at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, here today. Special Assistant to Chief Minister Kh. Salman Rafique, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretaries of Health, Higher Education, Environment, Agriculture, Information, Schools and officers of the concerned departments were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the anti-dengue seminar, to be held on 10th and 11th November in Lahore would also be attended by anti-dengue specialist doctors from Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore. He said that at the seminar, commendatory certificates and cash prizes would be given to the government officials, members of civil society, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff who displayed an outstanding performance during anti-dengue campaign. He directed that merit-based selection of the persons showing good performance should be ensured. The Chief Minister especially referred to the cooperation of Sri Lankan experts during anti-dengue campaign, and said that the master trainers who got their training from Sri Lanka are rendering commendable services in Punjab. The Chief Minister directed making best arrangements for the conduct of seminar, for which a provincial level committee should be formulated. The Chief Minister was also informed during the meeting that a poster exhibition would also be held on the occasion of international anti-dengue seminar.