Persistent weather may extend dengue season till December


Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said due to persistent weather conditions, dengue season may prolong till December.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at the S&GAD Committee Room, Civil Secretariat, on Friday.
He directed all the government departments to continue their vigorous dengue surveillance activities. He said that quality assessment of outdoor and indoor dengue surveillance activities also be carried out in the meetings of town emergency response committees.
Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Dr Fayyaz Butt gave a briefing about the dengue surveillance and vector surveillance activities across the province, especially in the sensitive districts.
He said that during current year so far 177 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Lahore. He said that although 530 confirmed dengue patients had so far been reported in Rawalpindi, the situation is far better compared with the previous year.
Dr Fayyaz said that a lot of efforts were required to control dengue in Islamabad as 730 dengue patients had been reported in Islamabad whereas last year the reported cases were zero.
Kh Salman directed that gaps and sore points pointed out by the Punjab Information Technology Board and Special Branch should be removed.—APP