PESHAWAR   -   Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahzad Ban­gash on Wednesday directed the Deputy Commis­sioners to take multi-sectoral measures for larva elimination to prevent the dengue outbreak. 

The Chief Secretary presided over a meeting about dengue control at Civil Secretariat. The meet­ing was attended by Secretary Health, Director Gen­eral Health Services, Director PMRU, and Integrated Vector Control Program while deputy commission­ers and district health officers participated through video link. 

The meeting was informed that the KP province had recorded 5,264 dengue cases this year with 3,521 reported in the current month. During the last six weeks, most of the dengue cases were reported in Mardan, Peshawar, Haripur, Khyber and Nowshera. 

The forum was further informed that fogging and chemical spraying was carried out to eliminate mos­quito larvae in high-risk districts and relevant de­partments were working in coordination for the pre­vention of dengue outbreak under a multi-sectoral approach. In addition, 1,215 beds are reserved for dengue patients in hospitals across the province. 

The Chief Secretary ordered deputy commissioners to make coordinated efforts to control dengue spread and give special attention to dengue hotspots in high-risk districts. He stressed creating public awareness to stop dengue spread and urged people not to store water in uncovered pots and utensils.