LAHORE – The Punjab government is all set to observe the Anti-Dengue Day across the province including the City on Sunday (today) to create awareness among the masses.

All government departments, non-governmental organisations, universities, schools and colleges are organising different programmes and seminars on breeding, prevention and cure of dengue. In this regard, all educational institutions including universities, colleges and schools will remain open and their heads will monitors the activities.

The Punjab Higher Education Department has formulated an action plan regarding the Anti-Dengue Day under which all public and private sector educational institutions will remain open. All subordinate offices will strictly observe the instructions issued by the department.

A spokesman of the department said parent-teacher meetings would be held in connection with the Anti-Dengue Day and walks will be arranged in big cities for creating awareness about dengue.

Posters and banners will be displayed on prominent places in educational institutions and camps, and desks will be set up at various places for distributing pamphlets regarding dengue awareness. Moreover, seminars and workshops will be arranged in educational institutions with the help of master trainers and activities of identifying larvae will continue.

The spokesman said that camps would be set up in all colleges for registration of volunteers. Public representatives and the media will be included in the dengue awareness campaign and all administrative officers will spend two hours in the field for reviewing the steps taken for protection from dengue.

Zero period will be arranged for teachers, volunteers and staff; and officers of agriculture, health and environment departments as well as the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) will be invited for delivering lectures.

Volunteers will be included for providing training to teachers regarding eradication of dengue, while master trainers and volunteers will impart training to the staff. The spokesman further said that monitoring teams would also visit private sector institutions to ensure anti-dengue measures. All students will wear full-sleeves shirts from Monday onwards. Heads of educational institutions, director of education (colleges), deputy director (colleges), and principals of all government and private colleges have been advised to remove waste junks and debris from offices and educational institutions in collaboration with the CDGL and the Solid Waste Management Company (SWMC).

In this regard, the Punjab Local Government Department has completed the process of constituting 15 special teams for destroying the dengue larva and carrying out spray at all CNG stations, patrol pumps and 7,083 suspect places of dengue larva.

Faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Public Health will observe the Anti-Dengue Day, and in this connection a public awareness seminar and a walk will be arranged. Moreover, all officials of the LDA and Tepa will also remain present on duty today.

Likewise, the Punjab Irrigation Department is holding a seminar at the Government Engineering Academy Thokhar Niaz Beg for creating awareness among its employees to keep the environment clean. Irrigation Secretary Khalid Masood Chaudhry will address the seminar; and Public Health Engineering Department, Dengue Experts Advisory Group and Irrigation Department officials will deliver lectures on dengue.

Shalimar Town Dengue Response Committee Chairman MNA Pervez Malik said the Anti-Dengue Day programme would start at 09:00am. A documentary film on dengue would be shown in the office of Shalamar Town TMA, he added. The message of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be read out on the occasion and a dengue seminar will also be held.

Later, a dengue rally would be taken out from Shalimar Road. The rally will conclude at Shalamar Chowk after passing through Sehr Road, Graveyard Hafizpura, GT Road, Leather Market, Aik Moria Pul, Shadbagh, Amer Road, China Scheme, Sher Shah Road, Boghiwal Road and College Road.

Aziz Bhatti Town Dengue Response Committee Chairman MPA Haji Allah Rakha said the Anti-Dengue Day would be observed with national spirit. The day would start with a walk at Mughalpura at 8.00am. Anti-dengue kits will be distributed among the masses at their doorstep, besides holding of seminars and special programmes at schools and colleges for dengue eradication.

As per the schedule, students of high schools, scouts, elected public representatives, officers and officials of concerned departments, traders, and people from all walks of life will take part in the walk. Similarly, a rally led by MPA Mian Naveed Anjum will be taken out from Government Degree College Salamatpura, while anti-dengue camps set up in union councils 41, 43, 44, 45, 48, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 and 61. Anti-dengue awareness pamphlets and dengue kits will also be distributed among the people.

Rakha said anti-dengue awareness had already been created among people to some extent and lady health workers were also creating awareness by going door to door. He said the people were also being informed regarding cleanliness of their surroundings and drying up the accumulated water in their areas.

In this regard, all senior officers of the Punjab Health Department have been directed to visit teaching hospitals, district and tehsil headquarters hospitals, and other health institutions in various districts to monitor the measures and activities regarding the Anti-Dengue Day.

On Saturday, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Health Special Secretary Dawood Muhammad Bareech in which arrangements in connection with creating public awareness and dengue eradication were reviewed. Additional Secretary Health (Administration) Dr Sajid Mehmood Chohan, Additional Secretary (Establishment) Asfandyar Khan, Additional Secretary Health (Technical) Dr Anwar Janjua, Deputy Secretary (Administration) Dr Bilal Haider, Deputy Secretary (MOs) Rana Saleem Afzal and other officers attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that Punjab Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, Special Secretary Dawood Bareech and Health Director General Dr Nisar Cheema would visit hospitals and other medical institutions of district Sheikhupura, Kasur and Sialkot, respectively; while additional secretaries and deputy secretaries had been assigned the responsibility of reviewing arrangements and activities regarding public awareness, cleanliness, dengue eradication and inspection of teaching, district and tehsil headquarters hospitals of Lahore. The meeting was told that directors and other officers of the Health department had been directed to monitor all district hospitals so that the causes of dengue breeding could be removed.

The meeting was told that administrations and heads of all government medical colleges, teaching hospitals, and district and tehsil headquarters hospitals had been directed to arrange seminars and walks for public awareness and special cleanliness campaigns in their institutions.  Special seminars, walks and debates have been arranged in all institutions, hospitals and medical colleges of the Health Department. In addition, students of medical colleges and officials of the Health Department will also participate in the door to door awareness campaign and distribute pamphlets among the people. All offices of the Health Department will remain open today.

The Government College University will organise a Dengue Control Seminar at Bukhari Auditorium wherein experts will sensitise faculty and students about the dengue epidemic.

The Literacy and Non Formal Basic Education Department will organise an awareness walk that would be start from Al-Flah Building, The Mall, at 10:30am. The walk would be lead by Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman and Literacy Secretary Dr Pervaiz Ahmed.

The Lahore College for Women University will organise a dengue awareness seminar and walk in the university campus. All the faculty and staff will be present to mark the day.

Awareness seminars will be held at all the six LDA Model Schools, situated in Allama Iqbal Town, Johar Town, Sabazar and Gulshan-e-Ravi, in connection with the day. All the teaching and non- teaching staff of LDA schools will be on duty at this occasion. However, the students of only 8th, 9th and 10th classes will attend schools and participate in the seminars arranged in their respective schools.

The Lahore Museum will organise a music show in connection with dengue awareness at 2:00pm at its auditorium.