Lahore-Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Ch Parvez Elahi Thursday walked around the streets in Shah Jamal neighbourhood of Lahore to get first-hand knowledge of dengue prevalence and to evaluate the performance of the anti-dengue surveillance teams of the health department. 

The chief minister talked to the citizens and reviewed the anti-dengue campaign in Shah Jamal and checked the activities of the surveillance team. He also distributed pamphlets among the people to create awareness about the steps being taken by the government for the eradication of dengue. 

The CM also visited some houses in the locality from where the dengue larva was found. The health officials also showed him dengue larva in a water bottle found from one of the houses.

Parvez Elahi talked about the performance of the anti-dengue teams with the inhabitants of the area. Talking to a resident Farhan from whose house dengue larva was found, he apprised him and other residents about the need to adopt preventive measures to save themselves from dengue. 

While talking with the staff members of the anti-dengue team, the CM directed that if larva is found from one house, a survey should be conducted in the surrounding houses as well. 

He directed the surveillance teams to regularly visit the hotspot houses and other areas. 

He said that the parks and the green areas should be specially checked and spray should be done regularly, adding, that wherever there was stagnant water, its drainage should be ensured expeditiously.  The CM ordered to carry on the anti-dengue campaign in a further effective manner. 

Commissioner Lahore Division, Deputy Commissioner Lahore and officials of Health Department were also present on the occasion.

Hungarian ambassador all praise for Punjab CM 

The ambassador of Hungary Mr Bela Fazekas called on Punjab Chief Minister  

Ch Parvez Elahi and former federal minister Moonis Elahi at the Chief Minister’s Office and discussed matters of mutual interest. 

It was agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, wastewater treatment and water management. 

The CM said that the provision of scholarships to Pakistani students by Hungary was a welcome step. 

He told the Hungarian envoy that Punjab government had created new facilities for investment and all kinds of facilities were being provided to foreign idvestors. He stressed that the two countries should benefit from each other’s expertise. 

Mr Bela Fazekas said that Hungary expressed his country’s willingness to support the Punjab government in the fields of agriculture, wastewater treatment and water management. 

He also commended the chief minister for the development work done for the public welfare during his last tenure as chief minister.  

“When you were the chief minister in 2006, I met you at that time too; and I remember the happy memories of meeting you. It is a good coincidence that now that you have become the chief minister again, I am meeting you once again”; the ambassador said and concluded that he was an admirer of the public welfare-oriented work done by the CM. 

Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister GM Sikandar and others were also present.