LAHORE    -   Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal has directed all deputy commissioners to speed up action against those violating dengue standard operating procedures (SOPs). He directed this while presiding over a meeting to review the measures being taken to control dengue in the province, at the Civil Secretariat here on Mon­day. Additional chief secretary, administrative secretaries of various departments and officers concerned attended the meeting while all divi­sional commissioners and deputy commission­ers participated through video link.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that no leniency should be shown over vio­lation of dengue SOPs and action should be ex­pedited in high risk districts, especially Rawal­pindi. He said that culling of larvae was very important to control dengue, adding that spe­cial attention should be paid to indoor and out­door surveillance in this regard. He mentioned that continuity of collective efforts against den­gue was a must to overcome the disease. He also asked the officers to continue work with the same spirit and dedication. Primary and Sec­ondary Healthcare (P&SH) Secretary gave a de­tailed briefing at the meeting. He said that 107 people were arrested and 712 cases were regis­tered in different cities during a week for violat­ing SOPs. The authorities arrested 65 people in Lahore, 11 in Rawalpindi, 16 in Gujranwala, 8 in Bhakkar, 4 in Sheikhupura, 2 in Chakwaland one in Attock. He said that 2,278 confirmed dengue cases and four deaths had so far been reported in the province this year.