LAHORE - While declaring that the Punjab Government is fully prepared to cope with the challenge of dengue, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed all government institutions to work in an organised manner to cope with the possible outbreak of the deadly disease.

Presiding over a meeting of the cabinet committee for dengue control here, he said that the cabinet committee headed by Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa will supervise implementation of the measures for the dengue control in the province. Similarly, he said, the Cabinet Committee formed for the purpose will monitor and ensure effective implementation of the steps taken by the government to deal with the threat of outbreak of dengue in Lahore.

Secretary Health apprised the meeting of the steps taken for controlling dengue virus. He informed that 30 entomologists were being recruited in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Gujranwala. The CM directed that 17 more entomologists be appointed for maintaining a vigilant eye on dengue virus. Secretary Health said that health department was fully prepared to cope with dengue.

Secretary Environment, Secretary Local Government and Secretary Forests informed the meeting about the steps taken by their departments. Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore also gave briefing regarding eradication of dengue from Lahore.

The CM was told that the cabinet committee for dengue control in the provincial metropolis will also include Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Ch Abdul Ghafoor, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Imran Nazir, Members Provincial Assembly and Secretaries of the concerned departments.

 It would will be fully empowered and meet on alternate days besides monitoring the  implementation of the measures for complete eradication of dengue virus from City.

The chief minister said that full benefit should also be taken from the experience of the experts of brotherly Islamic country of Turkey in waste management in Lahore. He said that breeding sites of dengue mosquitoes should be eliminated and the monitoring process should be intensified. He said that old tyres should be stored after shredding so as to check the growth of dengue larva. Similarly, the traders should keep the tyres in their wrappers.

Shahbaz stressed upon the people to extend all out cooperation to the government in the efforts against dengue. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that a modern software for monitoring of dengue virus had been developed with the technical assistance of Punjab Information Technology Board. He said that the staff of anti-dengue squad in Lahore will be given 1500 mobile phones equipped with necessary software.