LAHORE – The City District Government has constituted monitoring teams at Union Council level for the prevention of dengue virus, said District Coordination Officer Lahore Ahad Cheema on Tuesday.

While presiding over a meeting regarding dengue prevention at Town Hall, the DCO said that a comprehensive strategy had been evolved to eradicate dengue virus and larvae from the city. Every union council will be under special focus for conducting fumigation campaigns, he added.

Ahad Cheema directed the Town Administration to pay special attention to graveyards, tyre shops, junk yards, ponds and under construction buildings and keep the equipments and machinery operational.

The activities and performance of the staffers, who have been assigned duties in the dengue prevention campaign, are also to be closely monitored. He further said that de-watering set-ups should be operational in case of rain to drain out water on priority basis. DCO Lahore also asked the concerned authorities to use services of Lady Health Visitors in the field after training them about dengue prevention and cure.

DCO Lahore said any negligence in this regard would not be tolerated during dengue prevention campaign. In the meeting, the administrations of nine towns of the city submitted their reports regarding dengue prevention arrangements.

WHO assisting govt in dengue drive: The World Health Organisation is providing technical assistance and collaborating with Punjab government to combat dengue, said Dr Babar Alam, Opertions Officer WHO Punjab.

He expressed these views while speaking at a training workshop on ‘Dengue Prevention and Control’. WHO and Institute of Public Health organised the event for Health Education Focal Persons here on Tuesday.

The main objective of the training was to give feedback to the training team for further trainings to remaining master trainers at district level and polish their skills.

Dr Rubina Sarmad, Prof IPH, said with collaboration of WHO and IPH, training sessions for teachers, district health officers and assistant entomologist, a number of training workshops had been organised.

“We are making them master trainer so that they learn to fight with dengue and teach other people in their respective districts. We are not only giving them training but will also visit their districts and monitor their performance”, she said.

Dr Islam Zafar and Dr Nadeem Zaka briefed the participants about dengue situation in Punjab followed by presentations on vector bionomics, vector surveillance and vector control methods. Pre-evaluation was done before formal presentations. Presentation on “social mobilisation”, group work and a role play exercise was carried out.