Deptts urged to take measures to cope with dengue

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has directed the concerned departments to accelerate their anti-dengue activities and take special measures to cope with dengue threat in Rawalpindi.
He directed that indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance must be enhanced in Rawalpindi. He observed that monsoon rains might become a source of increasing dengue breeding.
He stated this while presiding over a Cabinet Committee Meeting on Dengue at Civil Secretariat, on Monday. Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Department Ali Jan Khan, Pir Ashraf Rasool MPA, DG Health Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed and senior officers of all the concerned departments and DCO Sheikhupura were also present in the meeting. Commissioners and DCOs of Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi participated in the meeting through video link.
Incharge Chief Minister’s Dengue Research Cell Prof. Wasim Akram said that 10 mm rain is a point of concern sufficient for creating dengue hotspots. He stressed the need of special arrangements from Solid Waste Management and WASA authorities in the metropolitan cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan to check the spread of dengue.
On pointing out gaps at the operational level by the Punjab Information Technology Board and Special Branch, Kh. Salman Rafiq directed the concerned departments to remove the gray areas in their working. He directed that special focus should be given on the dengue surveillance activities in graveyards, construction sites and in the junkyards.—APP

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