Environment Dept told to speed up anti-dengue efforts

LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Environment Col (r) Shuja Khanzada has directed officers of the Environment Department of the province to complete anti-dengue arrangements for monsoon season and further accelerate the ongoing public awareness campaign regarding precautionary measures against dengue in their respective areas.
He issued these instructions while presiding over a high level meeting, here today. Secretary Environment Muhammad Anwar Rasheed, Director General Environment Farooq Hameed Sheikh and officers of Environment Department from all over the province attended the meeting. The Minister said that all officers should ensure 100 per cent implementation on precautionary measures issued by the government against dengue. He said that elimination of dengue is a national problem which cannot be overcome without cooperation of the people. He said that all officers should complete all arrangements before monsoon season so that this fatal disease could be checked. He said that the officers showing negligence regarding anti-dengue will not be spared and zero tolerance policy will be implemented against them.
Secretary Environment Muhammad Anwar Rasheed presented a report in the meeting and said that in addition to Lahore, officers of the department has checked 20411 places throughout the province during ongoing anti-dengue campaign since March 2014 which include 11525 tyre shops, 4408 junkyards, 2327 nurseries, 2151 under construction sites. He said that 215 places have been sealed on violation of anti-dengue laws and notices have been issued to the owners of 5292 sites. Moreover, 5910 places have been checked in Lahore during anti-dengue campaign which included 3303 tyre shops, 1781 junkyards, 326 under construction buildings, 500 nurseries while notices have been issued to owners of eight places. He said that 176 places becoming cause of possible breed of dengue larva has also been eliminated.
Shuja Khanzada while expressing satisfaction over anti-dengue activities being taken by the department said that the officers should pay full attention to anti-dengue activities in their concerned districts and maximum workshops and functions be held for public awareness so that people could be apprised of their responsibilities in this regard. 

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