LAHORE - Punjab Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal has said that despite conducive environment for dengue outbreak due to heavy rains and increase in temperature, situation is not alarming.

Briefing cabinet committee meeting held at civil secretariat on Wednesday to review anti dengue steps taken by different government departments, he informed that as compared to previous year’s 373mm rain, this year 757mm rain has been recorded so far. MPA Kh Salman Rafiq chaired the meeting.

Hassan Iqbal informed that so far 218 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Punjab, 1,551 in Sindh and over 7,000 in KPK. He said that surveillance and larveciding activities were continued besides dengue awareness campaign across the province.

Lahore Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal briefed the meeting about anti-dengue drive in Lahore, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib. He said that strict surveillance was being carried out in graveyards, junkyards, tyre-shops, construction sites, nurseries as well as in industrial areas. He said that larvaecidiing was also being done through mechanical and chemical methods. He further informed that legal action was also being taken against the property owners from where larvae was detected. He informed that the meetings of Town Emergency Response Committees were held regularly in which government officers and elected public representatives were also participating. He apprised the meeting regarding the anti dengue activities carried out by Lahore Waste Management Company, PHA, WASA and Rescue-1122. The meeting was informed that the incidents of larvae reporting were more inside the houses and other indoor places.

Secretary Environment informed that 173 FIRs have been registered whereas 223 premises have been sealed from where the dengue larvae was detected.