LAHORE: Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique said on Tuesday that since the weather is changing, entomologists and health managers should adopt a consolidated strategy for dengue control.
Salman Rafique said dengue surveillance and larvae-killing must be started before the start of dengue season. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of refresher course for deputy district officers health (DDOH) and entomologists regarding dengue control at the District Health Development Centre (DHDC). DHDC Director Dr Shahid Ikram, District Officer Public Health Dr Bashir Ahmed, Manager Operations Dengue Control Dr Yadullah and Manager Training Dr Nadeem Zaka were also present on this occasion.
Salman Rafique said that doctors and entomologists who have attended the refresher course should impart training to others and utilise their professional abilities for the eradication of dengue. He said that every officer and official should utilise his professional abilities for the control of dengue. He observed, “We cannot afford a lethargic or careless attitude towards our responsibilities and should perform our duties with a national spirit.”
The adviser said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is committed to eliminating dengue in 2014, but it is possible only if the breeding of dengue mosquito is controlled. Speaking on this occasion DHDC Director Dr Shahid Ikram said that the centre has also arranged a refresher training course for environmental inspectors so that they could also participate efficiently in dengue control activities.
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