LAHORE - All is set to mark anti dengue day throughout the province on Sunday (today).
Seminars, symposiums, sittings, walks and programmes have been organised at the level of the schools and departments, especially Environment Department, to create awareness against dengue. Public departments and schools are open today to participate in the awareness campaign.
Distribution of pamphlets on cleanliness and door to door to campaign other than constituency level dengue programme are being organised on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The health department Punjab, labour unions and NGOs have also finalised programs to create awareness against dengue.
Punjab Minister for Law and Local Government, Rana Sanaullah Khan chaired the Central Emergency Response Committee for Dengue here on Saturday. Provincial Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Minister for Food, Bilal Yasin, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, VC King Edward Medical College University Prof Dr Faisal Masood, representatives of District Administration, NGOs, Media and other concerned officers attended the meeting. It was decided that the cases against private practitioners, who misdiagnose dengue fever, would be referred to the Healthcare Commission.
It was also decided to take action against those who do not adopt anti-dengue preventive measures, under Dengue Regulation Act.
Addressing the meeting the Minister said that overall dengue situation is under control. He said the weather is slowly changing and dengue mosquito would die with the decrease in temperature. He said creating awareness about dengue disease is a national cause, for which media and citizens would have to work in close coordination.
Rana Sanaullah said that, unfortunately, no dengue vaccination has so far been invented, therefore, only preventive measures and effective awareness are the powerful weapons against the dengue disease. He said the larva of dengue mosquito gets eliminated at 15 degree centigrade, while mosquito itself dies at 10 degree centigrade. He said, with the decrease in temperature of weather, dengue mosquito would be wiped out.
He said that the dengue affected patients getting late treatment have fewer chance of their recovery. He said spread of dengue disease is directly linked with the social behavior of citizens, who should act upon maintenance of cleanliness inside and outside of their houses, alongwith strictly adopting preventive measures.
He said that mass media can play a highly effective role in creating awareness among the general public with regard to dengue disease, besides urging them to take preventive steps.
Rana Sanaullah reviewed the administrative arrangements for holding of Dengue Day, while heads of various government institutions briefed him regarding concrete steps taken by them. The Minister was informed that the number of high-risk union councils in Lahore have been reduced from 19 to 16, while 100% sweeping of these union councils would be ensured till Monday.
The meeting was informed that, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9300 dengue cases have occurred and 35 deaths have been reported. He further informed that dengue affected persons of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are coming to Punjab for medical treatment. Prof Dr Faisal Masood informed the meeting that number of training courses have been conducted for General Practitioners with regard to dengue treatment. He said that many dengue patients are brought to government hospitals who are already in serious condition, due to which it becomes difficult to save their lives.
More pour in: Fifty-two more people were tested positive in the province on Saturday. Out of 52 new cases, 37 were reported from Lahore. So far 1026 confirmed cases have been reported from across the province.
Meanwhile, special squads of the City District Government on Saturday killed 266 stray dogs in different parts of Lahore and dumped them at Mehmood Booti landfill site. The squads killed 56 stray dogs in Gulberg and Wahga Town, 54 in Samanabad and Nishtar Town, 53 in Shalimar and Ravi Town, 52 in Aziz Bhatti and Data Gunj Bakhsh Town and 51 in Iqbal Town.
Separately, District Coordination Officer Dr Ahmed Javed Qazi has directed the officials to ensure cleanliness and carryout necessary patchwork and insecticide spray on the route of Muharram processions.
Chairing a meeting held here on Saturday to review arrangements for Muharram, he directed the officials to remove hanging wires and make proper security arrangements along the routes of processions and at venues of Majalis-e-Aza. Besides officials from various departments including Revenue, Towns, Rescue 1122, LESCO, PTCL, Civil Defense and Bomb Disposal squad, leadership of Shia community attended the meeting. The DCO sought proposals from Shia leaders for improving security during the sacred month of Muharram. He directed officials to take stringent action against those fanning sectarian violence. He directed various departments to complete arrangements at the earliest and report to his office.