Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique said strong commitment and full community participation was inevitable for effective control on dengue.
He added in Punjab dengue was under control because of strong political will and enthusiastic community participation in anti-dengue activities.
He stated this while addressing a dengue awareness seminar organised by the Cooperative Department in collaboration with PCSIR Housing Society in their community centre, here.
Salman Rafique said:” We did not forget the lesson learnt from dengue outbreak in 2011 in Punjab and since then we are struggling and taking concrete steps for dengue control and the Punjab government had succeeded to overcome dengue with the cooperation of community”.
The minister said as compared to approximately 20 thousand confirmed dengue patients in 2011, only 90 dengue cases had so far been reported during the current year (2017) in Punjab.
He said with the collaboration of the Punjab Information Technology Board, a modern IT system had been introduced through which whole province had been geo-tagged and dengue situation of every district could be monitored while sitting in Lahore.
Secretary Punjab Cooperative Department Muhammad Shehryar Sultan, Registrar Cooperative Mirza Mehmood ul Hassan, Consultant Specialized Healthcare Department Dr Zahid Pervaiz, senior entomologist Dr Asif Mehmood, office bearers of various Cooperative Housing Societies and a large number of residents attended the seminar.