LAHORE: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that 13 confirmed dengue cases have been reported from Punjab Province during 2014 out of which five cases have been reported from the city of Lahore and two from Rawalpindi.
He said that indoor spray was being carried out as case response strategy in that particular area from where any dengue patient is reported. Moreover, he said, the Technical Advisory Committee has not recommended fogging as adult dengue mosquitoes have been reported in a limited number. He said that excessive use of chemical was hazardous for human health.
Rafique expressed these views while talking to the press after presiding over a meeting of cabinet committee on dengue at 90-The Mall on Tuesday.
The meeting reviewed in detail the steps taken by different departments for dengue control. Besides Punjab Assembly members Nawaz Chauhan, Sheikh Ijaz Ahmed, Kiran Dar and Lubna Faisal, Health Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik, Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz, secretaries and additional secretaries of other departments concerned, district coordination officers (DCOs) of Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala Districts, Punjab Information Technology Board director general, Solid Waste Management Company and Water and Sanitation Agency officials and Health executive district officers (EDOs) of Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura and Gujranwala Districts attended the meeting.
Health Additional Director General Dr Islam Zafar informed the meeting that 2,629 confirmed cases of dengue were reported in 2013 whereas during current year, only 13 confirmed dengue cases have been reported so far.
He also briefed about dengue surveillance, vector surveillance and larvaeciding activities being carried out by the Health Department. It was also informed that indoor spray has been completed in schools and colleges before their reopening after summer vacation.
Rafique directed all departments concerned to pursue anti-dengue activities vigorously in view of excessive rains anticipated in the month of September. He urged educational authorities to arrange awareness seminars for students. He also directed the Auqaf Department to ensure a brief speech by prayer leaders before Friday prayers for creating awareness about curbing polio and dengue.
He directed that senior officers should not only monitor anti-dengue activities of their staff but also participate personally in such efforts so that the lower staffers get motivated and encouraged.
Kh. Salman Rafique stressed the need of community participation for dengue control. He also directed officials concerned to improve data reporting regarding dengue surveillance.
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