Mashhood launches special dengue awareness campaign


LAHORE: Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan on Monday launched a special campaign to raise awareness about dengue by participating in two seminars at different girls schools in the Gulshan-e-Ravi area.

According to a handout, the special campaign is aimed at sensitising the people, especially girl students to gain knowledge about preventive measures to avoid dengue fever through eradication of Aedes Egypti mosquito that causes the disease.

Addressing the first seminar in this regard at Government Girls High School in Block-G, the minister said that raising awareness was a continuous process. He said that ensuring indoor cleanliness in households was of supreme importance in fighting battle against dengue.

The minister said that if we succeeded in controlling Aedes Egypti mosquito’s breeding through larvaeciding in stagnant water, we would be safeguarded against 80 percent of complications caused by dengue fever.

Addressing the second awareness seminar at Government Muslim Model High School, the minister advised students to maintain cleanliness at their homes and take it as a special “home work” for the upcoming summer vacation.

He directed the education department to ensure that “Zero Period” in each and every public sector school must be held on a daily basis prior to vacation in which students be provided specific guidance about preventive measures to avoid dengue mosquitoes and other vectors causing communicable diseases.

The minister expressed his satisfaction over the cleanliness achieved in public sector schools during the last two years and emphasised the need to spread dengue awareness in the masses at a large scale. The minister awarded a cash prize of Rs 7,000 to seven students, who presented a thematic tableau in Government Girls High School.

Muhammad Iqbal Dogar, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) local leader, offered the prize. Senior Headmistresses Rubina Gul Shabbir and Parveen Akhtar, Schools Education Additional Secretary Rana Hassan Akhtar, teachers and students of both schools attended the seminars.

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