LAHORE - Anti-dengue day was observed across the province on Sunday to create awareness among citizens about the dengue virus and to motivate them to keep their surroundings clean for the elimination of such fatal virus from the country.

Different government/semi government departments, colleges, schools and hospitals not only remained open but also arranged awareness walks with holding seminars in different cities of the province including the provincial capital.

CDGL: In this regard, the City District Government Lahore organised an anti dengue walk. The walk was headed by District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal, Advisor to CM Kh Salman Rafiq and MPA Ajasam Sharif. Officer and officials of CDGL and a large number of citizens, belonging to different walks of life participated in the walk.

Participants were holding banners, and placards, urging people to be ready to fight against dengue mosquito and its larva and to keep their surrounding clean. The participants committed that they would participate in anti-dengue campaign actively and would cooperate with the CDGL in this regard till the elimination of the dengue.

On the occasion, the DCO said the CDGL with its all town administrations were fully ready to combat with dengue and entire machinery was functional in this regard. Dengue spray would be started in all towns of the City soon, he added. He said that all towns had completed registration process of junkyards and tyre shops and he too appealed the citizens to keep clean their houses, streets and mohallas and drain out stagnant water wherever they found.

Advisor to CM Kh Salman Rafiq said the Punjab chief minister was doing his best to eradicate dengue from Punjab and the services of the Punjab government were admired on international level.

TOWNS: The CDGL, DGBT and Ravi Town arranged a dengue awareness seminar at Town Hall. Besides the DCO and Kh Salman Rafiq, Advisor to CM for dengue Dr Waseem, Saeed Riaz, and MPA Ajasam Sharif also addressed the participants of the walk.

EPD: Meanwhile, Environment Protection Department (EPD) Punjab organised an awareness walk from Liberty Roundabout to Main Boulevard to observe the Anti-Dengue day here on Sunday.

Senior Assistant to chief minister on Environment Mansha Ullah Butt, Secretary Environment Punjab Anwar Rasheed and Director General EPA Farooq Hameed Sheikh lead the walk while officers and officials of the department, representatives of various NGOs, people from various walks of life and a large number of students participated in the walk. The walk participants were holding the banners and placards containing awareness messages for masses besides they also distributed pamphlets and leaflets among the masses. A flag march of eight squads of EPD Punjab was also carried out during the walk at the EPD office.

LDA: Further, special cleanliness day was observed in all the offices and premises on LDA in connection with anti-dengue campaign in the city.

The authority adopted comprehensive measures for eradicating the chances of the presence of dengue in and around LDA Plaza. All the debris and junk had been removed from various places in the building. Water accumulated at various places had also been dried.

LWMC: A number of university students and members from various NGOs joined the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) in awareness activities on Dengue Day. Besides special cleanliness arrangements throughout the City, the LWMC teams also participated in various awareness activities held by concerned departments.

Moreover the LWMC school awareness component is also having a special focus on dengue related information. LWMC teams are regularly visiting schools and briefing students and teachers alike to adopt precautions in order to avoid any unpleasant situation. 

DGPR: Like other departments, Anti-Dengue Day was also observed in Directorate General Public Relations. The offices of Directorate General Public Relations remained open, while anti-mosquito spray was conducted in all rooms, park and workshop.

GCU: “Battle is won but war against dengue is not over yet as it is called an “emerging and reemerging disease” which usually resurfaces when its vector (mosquito) finds favorable environmental conditions,” said Government College University Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman while addressing a seminar organised by the GCU Directorate of Facilities at GCU Bukhari Auditorium in connection with the Dengue Day.  GCU chief zoologist Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan also addressed the seminar which was attended by all academic heads and students of the university.

LCWU: To prepare the whole campus actively against the dengue, the faculty members of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore gathered in the auditorium for a seminar where experts in environment science discussed the preventions for dengue. Dean and chairperson of dengue controller committee LCWU Dr. Kousar Jamal Cheema chaired the seminar. Prof. Riffat Saqlain, Dr. Aisha Roohi, Dr Noshaba Farooq, Director Administertion Ali Rizvi, members from faculty and hostel staff participated.

PU: Campaign against dengue fever continued at Punjab University and a team of Dengue Research Group visited various places at hostel areas. The team included Chairman Dengue Research Group Prof Dr Saeed, Akhter Chairman Hall Council Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter, Chief Medical Officer Dr Nauman Ahmed, Additional Registrar II Malik Zaheer and other university officials which collected samples from various places. PU teams also continued spray of insecticides against dengue. Moreover, University of Engineering and Technology also observed anti dengue day. Held seminar and walk in this regard.

LTC: The Lahore Transport Company officials have reviewed various measures and visited bus depots and terminals to check cleanliness at points. The LTC spokesman said company CEO Khawaja Haider Latif along with staff inspected the various bus depots located at Green Town, Daewoo station, Railways Station and showed satisfaction over the cleanliness arrangements.The LTC officials also distributed the anti-dengue awareness pamphlets among the masses containing necessary information to adopt precautionary measures to prevent from outbreak of dengue.

PTB: The Punjab Textbook Board arranged a seminar on preventing measures for Dengue Fever on Sunday.

PTB Chairman Shahid Ahmad Bhutta and UNO’s Consultant in Pakistan Dr Muhammad Idrees Rana delivered lectures. The chairman said that the board had taken special steps for eradication of Dengue in collaboration with Punjab Government. For this purpose the Board has incorporated literature in all the textbooks to prevent dengue fever, he said. Moreover, PTB has prepared handout for students of private schools.  Dr Idrees Rana delivered lecture on elimination of dengue. Dr Rana also narrated measures to control reproduction of dengue virus.

A dengue walk was also organized in this connection. The chairman along with staff participated in the walk. Pamphlets and handouts regarding awareness and elimination of Dengue were also disturbed amongst general public in a large quality.