Lahore: Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has directed all the concerned government departments and institutions to continue dengue control activities with full dedication and special attention should be paid to the monitoring of dengue surveillance teams instead of holding meetings in the offices.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee for Dengue Control, here today. Besides, elected representatives, secretaries, additional secretaries and senior officers of government departments and DCOs of Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala attended the meeting. Additional Director General Health (Vector Born Diseases) Dr. Islam Zafar informed the meeting that so far 10 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Punjab out of them 2 patients belonged to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. He informed that more than 50 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Swat, KPK therefore, there is a need to accelerate dengue surveillance in Rawalpindi as there was a continuous travelling between Rawalpindi and Swat.
The secretaries and senior officers of School Education, Higher Education, Labour Department, Social Welfare, Environment, Auqaf, Agriculture, Irrigation, Fisheries Department Local Govt., Transport and Information & Culture Department apprised the meeting regarding the anti-dengue cleanliness activities and awareness campaign during Eid holidays. Additional Secretary Information & Culture Department Rana Ghulam Abbas informed about the cleanliness activities and awareness campaign in Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab Arts Council, Lahore Museum, Faisalabad Arts Council, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi Arts Councils. He informed that several seminars organized at arts council level as well as a documentary film were also shown in Rawalpindi Arts Council to create awareness among the masses.
Kh. Salman Rafique directed that the authorities concerned of CDA, Pakistan Railways and Cantonment Board should be contacted for effective anti-dengue activities in Rawalpindi and Lahore. He appreciated the officers and the staff of government departments for continuing indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance activities during Eid holidays and said that these efforts should be continued as the chances of dengue mosquito breeding have been increased due to monsoon rains.