Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar, giving special instructions to the district administration from Saudi Arabia, said that anti-dengue campaign should be carried out more effectively and all officers of the health and administrative departments should ensure 100 per cent implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
While issuing orders for monitoring the anti-dengue teams, Sardar Buzdar said that the plan chalked out to control dengue disease in Rawalpindi, Lahore and other cities should be implemented completely.
He said that dengue would be eliminated by taking practical measures in the field rather than sitting in offices. He said that practical measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease instead of doing merely paperwork.
He warned that no leniency would be tolerated in that regard. The commissioners and deputy commissioners should personally lead the anti-dengue campaigns, he added.
The CM also ordered for paying special attention to indoors and outdoor surveillance besides providing the best treatment facilities to the dengue patients.
Cases have been lodged against 41 people in Lahore after dengue larvae were found during a series of raids.
Seven people have been taken into custody. The raids were conducted by the anti-dengue cell. In Gulberg, a plaza and a restaurant were sealed because of unsanitary conditions.
The Lahore government is working to prevent dengue breeding grounds from being formed. The city’s deputy commissioner said they will check wherever water has collected and if dengue larvae are found, cases will be registered.
Dengue is on the rise in Rawalpindi as well as over 90 people were hospitalised with the virus in the past 24 hours. In Punjab, another 160 patients were confirmed to have dengue on Sunday. This includes 86 in Rawalpindi and 63 in Islamabad.
The Punjab health department says four cases were confirmed in Lahore in the past 24 hours. Last year, 1,609 cases were reported across Punjab. Three people have died in the province due to dengue in the past two months.