CM Punjab directs to take effective steps to check spread of dengue virus


Visits Kot Lakhpat jail to inspect arrangements

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has ordered all necessary measures to be taken to combat dengue and coronavirus adding that a comprehensive plan should be implemented to combat dengue, and timely actions be taken while following SOPs. He also instructed that spray pumps and other equipment should be kept functional and special attention be paid to indoor and outdoor surveillance. The CM asserted that authentic data should be uploaded on the Punjab Information Technology Board’s dashboard. The CBC test for dengue diagnosis will be available for Rs.95 and secretaries will be assigned to different areas to monitor the dengue control activities there.

The CM said that the situation of coronavirus in Punjab is normal, but people should take precautions to stay safe from it. Citizens who have received the second dose will be given the booster dose.

He directed the formation of a cabinet sub-committee. A meeting was held in the CM Office today which was attended by the Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education, Dr Javed Akram, the Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Dr Jamal Nasir, the chief secretary, Addl IG (Special Branch), secretaries of health, environment, local government, school education, auqaf departments, commissioner Lahore, DG health services Punjab, Chief Executive Officer Punjab Healthcare Commission and others attended the meeting while Dr Waseem Akram and Dr Tanveer Salam participated through video link. Meanwhile Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi made an unannounced visit to Central Jail Kot Lakhpat to inspect the facilities and listen to the grievances of the detainees. During his two-hour visit, he observed several concerning issues, such as three female prisoners sharing one cot and prisoners still being held despite completing their sentences or having their appeals delayed for up to 10 years.

The CM inspected the barracks, kitchen, hospital, technical training center, and daycare center for women prisoners. He instructed the jail administration to ensure that each prisoner has their own cot and that the female prisoner, whose father passed away, is released on parole. Additionally, he ordered that the patients suffering from kidney and liver diseases be treated at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and the jail administration should appoint a focal person to coordinate for the treatment. He also directed the jail administration to provide care for the children of women prisoners.

The CM expressed his belief that prisoners should receive the necessary facilities as human beings. He assured that the government would take steps to release prisoners who have completed their sentences, and the judiciary would be approached to expedite the release of prisoners who have completed their sentences. The CM also called upon the deputy commissioner to regularly visit the jail and resolve any problems the prisoners may have.