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Local Government Department finalizes anti-dengue campaign

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALahore: On the directive of Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi, the Local Government Department has finalized all anti-dengue campaign arrangements, whereas, 144 Tehsil and Town Municipal administrations have been activated. Senior officers of Local Govt. Department are visiting various districts to personally monitor anti-dengue campaign related pesticides, machinery and equipments. They will also monitor pace of implementation of Tyre Regulations and Junkyard Regulations.

These views were expressed in a special meeting of senior officers of Local Govt. Department, held under Provincial Secretary Local Government Punjab Sultan Sikandar Raja, who conveyed to the officers the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi about anti-dengue campaign. The Secretary Local Govt. informed that 61 dengue brigades, consisting of fogging machines and pickup vehicles, have been activated against dengue virus, while 1640 fogging machines, 4874 spray pumps, 828 dewatering sets and 1705 safety gears have been made functional. He said that separate warehouses have been constructed to safeguard anti-dengue machinery in all Tehsil and Town Municipal administrations, while licenses, under Tyre Regulations, have been issued throughout the province, to 7213 out of 12596 tyre shops. He said as many as 3180 junkyards out of 9850 have been issued licenses throughout Punjab under Junkyard Regulations. He further informed that survey has been completed by 144 Towns and Tehsil Municipal Administrations, throughout the province of junkyards, basements, under-construction sites, abandoned sites, CNG stations and petrol pumps.

Secretary Local Govt. also pointed out that a provincial control room has been set up in Lahore to monitor anti-dengue campaign, throughout Punjab, from where performance of every Town and Tehsil Municipal Administration would be measured on daily basis. He said, so far, in 9 towns of Lahore, a detailed survey has been conducted of 2260 junkyards, 933 basements, 978 under-construction buildings, 1244 abandoned sites and 415 CNG stations and petrol pumps. He said the process of prompt eradication of potential dengue larva has been initiated at these places, whereas, so far, over more than 800 places have been declared as free of dengue.

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