LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Law and Local Government Rana Sanaullah Khan has directed all government departments to ensure their participation in Anti-Dengue Day (November 3) activities.
Presiding over a meeting of Central Response Committee for Dengue, on Thursday, Rana Sana said that indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance should be intensified in high risk towns.
Provincial Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindu, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, MPs, additional chief secretary, secretaries of concerned departments, IGP, Commissioner and DCO Lahore, senior officers of Health Department, principals of various medical colleges, KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Faisal Masood, PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif, DIG Special Branch and other officers attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that mother and child health week under MNCH programme has been postponed in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Kasur, Nankana Sahib and Okara districts until November 10 and the services of staff including lady health workers have also been placed for anti-dengue activities.
Moreover, 500 nursing students would be put on door-to-door dengue surveillance from November 3. The meeting further informed that the Agriculture Department has placed the services of 20 entomologists at Punjab Health Department disposal for dengue surveillance.
Lahore Commissioner briefed the meeting about ongoing activities and action plan for Anti-Dengue Day. It was disclosed that cleanliness and solid waste management issues were pile up in the localities of Pakistan Railways which may convert into dengue breeding spots.
Rana Sanaullah directed that the officers of Pakistan Railways should also be asked to attend Central Response Committee meeting on every day to address these issues for the safety of common man. It was also decided in the meeting that Town Emergency Response Committees meetings would be ensured twice a week.
The law minister directed that the maximum media coverage of anti-dengue activities being carried out by the government departments and public representatives also be ensured. He stressed the need for vigorous awareness campaign and publicity through print and electronic media. Meanwhile, Lahore DCO Dr Ahmed Javed Qazi said that anti-dengue campaign had been continuing in all towns of the city with matchless effort and officials concerned were fully alert day and night to combat murderer dengue mosquito.
“Indoor and outdoor surveillance is being carried out on daily basis,” he said while paying surprise visits to different parts of city for inspecting anti-dengue campaign. CDGL officers were also present. The DCO visited Union Council 72, Urdu Bazaar and Bhatti Gate localities.
He went door-to-door and asked residents to keep their surroundings neat and clean and to remove standing water, which is favorite place of nourishment for dengue larva. He also supervised spray sprinkling process and showed his satisfaction.
Furthermore, the Punjab Environment Protection Department on Thursday inspected 332 places in all the nine towns of Lahore and got registered five FIRs where dengue larvae was found and issued 24 notices where dengue SOPs were not being followed.
A spokesman said that all the nine squads of EPD, working under the supervision of Secretary Environment Punjab Muhammad Anwar Rasheed, have been conducting inspections in every town of the city and taking strict steps on presence of dengue larvae at these places.
Secretary Environment, Anwar Rasheed along with MPA Khawaja Imran and Ch Shahbaz inspected Pak Paper Mill at Peco Road and Lahore Fabric Cotton Mill at Katcha Jail Road where dengue larvae was present at various points in these mills jurisdictions. FIRs against the mill owners have been registered with Liaqatabad police station.