SIALKOT/BAHAWALPUR/SARGODHA/BUREWALA/WAZIRABAD/NOWSHERA VIRKAN/ FAISALABAD/MUZAFFARGARH - The Education, Health and Social Welfare departments flanked by TMAs, NGOs and civil society organisations conducted a number of activities including walks, seminars, debates, screening of documentaries and distribution of literature across Punjab province to observed Anti-Dengue Day on Sunday.

According to detail, in Sialkot DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal stressed the need for individual vis-a-vis collective efforts to raise awareness about dengue breeding and its treatment in society.

He was addressing the participants of a daylong anti-dengue awareness-raising seminar held at TMA Hall. EDO (Health) Dr Zafar Awan and DO Health Dr Javaid Warraich were also present on this occasion. Hundreds of college students and teachers also attended the seminar and showed keen interest in this anti-dengue awareness and its preventive measures.

On the occasion, the DCO said that students and teachers could play a pivotal role in the promotion of anti-dengue awareness, its hazards and preventive measures. He said that the PML-N government was striving to curb the menace of dengue and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif was himself visiting door-to-door to eliminate the menace of dengue.

In BAHAWALPUR, a seminar and a walk was held here at Abbasia Campus of the Islamia University Bahawalpur to develop awareness about dengue and preventive measures to control the virus.

The seminar and walk was conducted on the directive of IUB Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar in accordance with the Punjab government’s Anti-Dengue day.

On the occasion, IUB Senior Medical Officer Dr Muhammad Usman Cheema informed about the symptoms dengue fever and preventive measures. He said that necessary measures should be adopted to improve sanitation and water should not be allowed to stay long at a spot and water for domestic use should not be kept open and spray should be conducted every week in the houses and all localities to kill mosquitoes.

IUB Registrar Muhammad Ali Walana, Dr Faizul Hassan Nasim, Dr Mst Razia Mussarat, Dr Shahid Naveed, Dr Ejaz Rana and other faculty members and university staff besides a number of students attended the seminar and walk.

Literature and posters about the anti-dengue preventive measures were distributed among the participants and general public to develop awareness about the virus.

In NOWSHERA VIRKAN, Anti-Dengue Day was observed here by the Town Municipal Administration. In this connection, an anti-dengue meeting was held at town hall which was attended by TMA and Revenue officials, schoolteachers, Anjuman-e-Tajran representatives and notables of the city to review anti-dengue measures in the tehsil. Assistant commissioner Ali Akbar Bhindar chaired the meeting.

In SARGODHA, awareness walks and seminar were held to raise awareness against dengue menace on the occasion of Anti-Dengue Day on Sunday.

A large rally was taken out from University of Sargodha which was led by Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Registrar Brig (r) Rao Jamil Asghar and others. The VC not only led the rally but also delivered pamphlets inscribed with anti-dengue precautions among the masses. Over 10,000 people participated in the rally.

On the occasion, Dr Akram Ch told the media that dengue could be curbed by keeping houses and atmosphere clean. He said that people should change social attitudes for elimination of dengue. He also paid tribute to the Punjab government for unprecedented work in this connection. He said that a specific dengue diagnostic desk had also been established at University Medical College. Meanwhile, another walk was taken out from Commissioner Office.

The participants of the walk were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-dengue slogans.

Director Agriculture Rana Javed Iqbal Anjam and other officers led the walk. Meanwhile a seminar was held at Government Ambala Muslim College. Speakers including Tahir Rahim Khan, Gulzar Ahmed Awan, Dr Haroonur Rashid Tabassam Prof Babar Mehmood Shah, Abdul Aziz and others said that the Punjab government had been working to weed out dengue and expressed the hope the strenuous efforts would bring forth positive results.

In FAISALABAD, Anti-Dengue Day was observed here on Sunday throughout the Faisalabad Division. In this connection an awareness walk was arranged by the City District Government which was led by Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain and DCO Amin Ch.

The officers of different departments, social workers and people from all walks of life participated in the walk. The walk started from Halal-e-Ahmar Chowk and culminated at the same place after marching through Gumti Chowk outside Rail bazaar.

The participants of the walk were carrying banners and placards, having slogans against dengue problem.

Speaking on the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner said that the campaign against dengue would continue with full commitment and spirit because rise in temperature could cause breeding of dengue mosquito. He informed that a comprehensive plan was being implemented to control the dengue problem and concerned departments had been mobilized to achieve the good results in this regard.

In TOBA TEK SINGH, the Agriculture Department employees took out a rally at here on Sunday to create awareness among citizens against dengue.

The rally was started from agriculture complex and the participants marched through different roads and reached TMA complex.

They were carrying placards and banners containing slogans to apprise the public to adopt precautionary measures to save themselves from dengue. EDO Health Dr Shafiq Muhammad, District Officer Agriculture Shabbir Afzal Warraich and Deputy District Officer Ch Khalid Mehmood led the rally. Meanwhile, the Population Welfare Department employees also arranged a separate walk to mark Anti-Dengue Day.

In BUREWALA, the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and Health Department organized a dengue awareness walk and seminar to create awareness amongst the public against possible threat of dengue on Anti-Dengue Day observed on Sunday.

Assistant Commissioner Saifullah Sajid, Deputy District Health Officer Dr Shahid Iqbal, THQ hospital Medical Superintendent Rana Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Asad, Anjuman-e-Tajraan President Muhammad Jameel Bhatti, TMO Rao Muhammad Khan, representatives of civil society and people from all walks of life participated in the walk.

The participants were carrying banners inscribed with slogans against dengue virus while pamphlets were also distributed among the citizens on the occasion. The participants appreciated anti-dengue campaign of the Punjab government.

In MUZAFFARGARH, the Education, Health and Social Welfare departments flanked by the TMAs and other agencies are making all-out efforts to prevent the dengue breeding in the district, said DCO Abrar Ahmed Mirza talking to reporters here on Sunday.

He directed the ADC Muzaffar Khan Sial and all heads of the departments to supervise the campaign themselves and take action against tyre shopkeepers keeping tyres in open areas. He also called for cleanliness and spraying in junkyards and requested TMAs officials to cover all manholes in the district.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare and Education departments along with the TMA held an awareness walk to mark Anti-Dengue Day.

The walk, led by DO Social Welfare Ch Muhammad Saleem Akhtar and ADC Muzaffar Khan Sial, started from Government High School Alipur Road and ended at the DCO Office. A large number of students, teachers, NGOs representatives, Journalists and notables participated in the walk.

In WAZIRABAD, a seminar was held under the chair of THQ Hospital MS Dr Manzoor Sial to mark Anti-Dengue Day and raise against the disease at the hospital.

Gujranwala EDO (Health) Dr Azhar Masood Bhatti was the guest of honour at the seminar. DDO-H Dr Nasar Ullah Cheema, District Coordinator National Program Dr Madiha Sajid, DO-H Dr Ehsan Asad, Gujranwala DDO-H (HQ) Dr Nazish Nadeem, Dr Hafiz Myuhammad Akram Gondal and Ajmal Aqiq Mirza attended the seminar.