Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Monday directed for launching a vigorous an anti-dengue awareness campaign across the province and expressed concern over the rising number of dengue cases.
“A comprehensive campaign should be launched with public participation to raise awareness drive against dengue fever and indoor surveillance must be expedited for eradication of dengue larva”, Dr Yasmin underscored.
The health minister said awareness campaigns should also be launched at various educational institutions across the province.
Special dengue surveillance campaign should be carried out in under-construction buildings, warehouses, graveyards and other places in the district and household indoor and outdoor survey should also be carried out effectively.
Dr Yasmin Rashid has said that strict action would be taken against those officers who will show any negligence in anti-dengue campaign.
“Commissioners, DCs should take stern actions against those who fail to report dengue larvae,” she declared.
The minister also directed the DG health to monitor the awareness drive from the Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccination centres across Punjab reopen after the supply of Covid-19 vaccines from China on Monday.
According to the deputy commissioner (DC) Lahore, the vaccination centres in the city are opened today, where the citizens will receive doses of Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.
The citizens willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine have been asked to wait. “Upon availability, they will be informed,” the DC said.
It is to be noted that Punjab and Sindh were facing shortage of vaccines and the centres in Lahore and Karachi remained closed yesterday.
On Sunday, a special flight of PIA carrying 1.55 million doses of vaccine from China had landed at Islamabad airport.
The shipment of Sinovac corona vaccine arrived in Islamabad on board a special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, the NCOC had stated.