LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the departments concerned for adopting every measure to prevent the outbreak of seasonal influenza in the province. 

More than a dozen people have so far died in Multan. Chairing a meeting, the CM directed health authorities to set a  committee to devise strategy to meet the challenge.  He said emergent steps should be taken to save citizens from the disease.

 He added that line departments should perform their duties proactively and awareness campaign be initiated about safety from the seasonal influenza and adoption of precautionary measures.

“It is duty of concerned agencies to save citizens from this disease,” he said warned that that there is no room for negligence on the part of government departments.  Ministers and officials concerned also attended the meeting.

Separately, he chaired a meeting to review progress on installation of solar panels in schools under the “Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Programme.”

Addressing the meeting, the CM said the programme of providing light to schools through solar panels is a beneficial investment for bright future of the country and directed that this program should be expedited speedily keeping in view its importance.  “Under this programme, solar panels will be installed in more than 20,000 schools across the province and this would ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the schools. In the first phase, more than 10,000 schools in southern Punjab will be electrified through solar panels.”

Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Programme will prove beneficial in providing best educational atmosphere to the students and alongside other initiatives of the Punjab government, this project will be an example of transparency. Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and senior officials attended the meeting.