LAHORE - Secretary Health Punjab Jawad Rafiq Malik has stressed the need for continuing dengue surveillance activities during Eidu Azha holidays.

Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat on Saturday, he said that any negligence could take dengue out of control. Elected representatives, DCO Muhammad Usman, senior officers of Towns, WASA, Solid Waste Management, PHA, PITB, EDO Health Sheikhupura and Dean IPH attended the meeting.  Secretary Health directed City District Government and other agencies to ensure complete sweeping in graveyards, parks and mosques to prevent the masses from mosquito bite. He also directed for random checking of surveillance teams during Eid holidays.

The officers shared action plan prepared for dengue surveillance during Eid holidays. DCO Lahore apprised meeting about indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance activities carried out by the CDGL at town and union council level. He said that larvae have been detected during indoor surveillance. He said that mostly larvae were detected from room coolers, water tanks, and refrigerators’ tray and from other articles. He said that targeted dengue surveillance and larvae-ciding activities would be carried out during Eid holidays. He said that Chief Minister has sanctioned honorarium for dengue staff for performing duties during Eid holidays. He said that Rs. 1000/- would be given to each worker as honorarium. Additional Director General Health (Vector Born Disease) informed that so far 161 confirmed dengue patients have been reported. In 2013, he said, 332 patients were reported till October 4. He said that 38 dengue patients have been reported from Lahore, 78 from Rawalpindi and 29 from Sheikhupura. He said that four patients were under treatment at Mayo Hospital Lahore, 18 at Holy Family Hospital and 13 at Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Lahore General Hospital will establish special counter at Emergency for administering polio vaccine and issuing certificates to intending travelers during Eid holidays.  Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and LGH Prof Anjum Habib Vohra said that government was committed to eradicate polio from the society. He urged media to play its due role for raising awareness about preventive measures against polio and dengue.

Healthy measures

Commissioner Lahore Division, Rashid Mahmood Langrial, has expressed that only successful dengue larvae surveillance is the guarantee of complete elimination of dengue disease, and so larvae surveillance program will be established on more modern and scientific ways.

Presiding over a meeting on Saturday, Commissioner Lahore Dr Omer Saif explained that current larvae surveillance and Mopping up exercise were producing better results regarding killing of dengue larvae. He added that through professional training and recruitment of more entomologists, dengue disease could be eradicated. He told the meeting that the government was taking sustainable steps to block the rampage of dengue mosquitoes.