Govt functionaries fully engaged to combat dengue


Punjab ministers, high ranking officials visit Rawalpindi localities to inspect anti-dengue
activities; Vigorous efforts needed to wipe-out the disease

Sarwar Awan

The Punjab government functionaries are fully engaged to combat dengue and additional facilities to dengue patients had been provided in public as well as private sector hospitals.
This was stated by the Punjab ministers and other high ranking officials talking to a number of citizens in Rawalpindi during their visit to different areas to assess the working of anti-dengue teams.
Punjab Minister for Literacy, Informal Education and Incharge Minister of Anti-Dengue Measures in Rawalpindi Raja Rashid Hafeez, Provincial Minister for Colonies Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Dengue Dr. Waseem Akram, Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Wasiq Qayum Abbasi, Samavia Tahir, Farah Agha MPAs, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Captain (Retd) Saqib Zafar, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Saifullah Dogar, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Zaheer Ahmed Jappa, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Headquarter) Saima Younis and Assistant Commissioners visited different areas of the city.
They monitored the performance of supervisors, doctors and sanitary patrols at their respective work places and questioned residents with regard to performance evaluation of field staff. They also analyzed the process of fogging and spray to avert the menace and case response timing of reported dengue cases.
Commissioner Saqib Zafar, during field visit to different localities stressed the need to launch massive public awareness campaign about dengue prevention by seeking cooperation of ulema, opinion leaders and social mobilizers.
Deputy Commissioner Saifullah Dogar said that entomologists were evaluating the outbreak of dengue and surveillance teams were working under their guidance. He was of the view that more vigorous efforts are required to wipe-up dengue by ensuring full swing anti-dengue campaign.
The performance of Filter Clinics was also reviewed during the visits and people termed this initiative very positive for early diagnosis of dengue patients.

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