LAHORE - Five more were tested positive for dengue at different hospitals on Thursday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 114.
Out of five new patients, three were brought to Mayo Hospital and one each to Lahore General Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Meanwhile, the Sindh Dengue Surveillance Cell confirmed 11 more dengue cases. According to report, a total of 1,112 dengue fever cases have been reported in Sindh province since January 2013, out of them 1051 were detected in Karachi and 61 in rest of the province. However, 11 dengue patients have died in the city during the said time period.
The anti-dengue squads of Environment Protection Department on Thursday sealed Nirala Sweets Jail Road, Lahore Broast Multan Road and four auto showrooms after detection of larvae on their premises. Punjab EPD Secretary Anwar Rasheed has constituted nine special anti-dengue squads which have been working on daily basis to eliminate the breeding sources in the city.
The anti-dengue squads under the supervision of Secretary Anwar Rahsid along with MPA Khawaja Imran and Ch Shahbaz inspected Nirala Sweets backyard and Lahore Broast rooftop where dozens of empty dishes and bins were placed in open sky and larvae was found there.
Anwar Rashid directed the squad to register FIR against owners and TMA to remove the larvae and water immediately. They also inspected four car showrooms where larvae was found in tyres and car scraps on the rooftops. FIRs were got registered against owners.
Talking to media, Anwar Rasheed said that the Punjab government had been utilising all its resources to defeat the dengue and every department and citizens as well have to come forward to fight against this menace. He said that the environment department would continue operation till the day when not even a single dengue site would be present in the provincial capital.
IPH to be restructured
on modern lines
Provincial Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu has said that Institute of Public Health would be restructured and transformed into a state-of-the-art research centre.
Chairing a meeting held here Thursday regarding restructuring of IPH and enhancing its capacity, he said that institute should guide the government for control of diseases so that future planning could be done in a better way. Secretary Health Hassan Iqbal, Secretary Regulations Mrs Shahnaz Nawaz, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Faisal Masood, Acting Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Prof Muhammad Tahir, Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar, Dean IPH Prof Muaz Ahmed and other senior officers attended the meeting. Khalil Tahir Sindhu directed the Dean IPH to come with an action plan for future within two weeks so that planning could be done for control of diseases. He asked VC KEMU to provide assistance and guidance to Dean IPH for preparing action plan.