LAHORE - Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Raffique has said that community participation was essential for eradication of dengue.

Talking to the media after conclusion of dengue awareness walk on Tuesday, he said that public awareness about preventive measures could save them from the menace. 

Walks started from Post Graduate Medical Institute, Birdwood Road and ended at Shadman Chowk. Principal PGMI Prof Anjum Habib Vohra, MS Lahore General Hospital Dr Pervaiz Imtiaz, President PMA Lahore Dr Tanvir Anwar and a large number of students and nurses participated in the walk.  Kh Salman said that surveillance, larvae-ciding and case response has been started in sensitive districts. He said that participation of public in dengue control measures was essential as if people did not remove hot spots from inside the houses and keep the surroundings clean and dry, dengue would not be fully controlled.

Meanwhile, the Punjab University Health Center in collaboration with the office of Resident Officer-II has started anti-dengue spray.

Spray teams consisting of 5 to 10 members will carry out the insecticide spray in different parts of both campuses including hostels on daily basis. Punjab University Chief Medical Officer Dr Nauman Ahmad said posters and leaflets were also being distributed amongst the university population regarding information and prevention about dengue fever and to ensure cleanliness of the varsity premises.

He said the spray would continue till both the campuses and hostels were completely. He said a team of the Dengue Research Group has also started visiting the areas around hostel sites to collect water samples for larvae of dengue mosquito. The teams will also ensure that the hostels are free from junk and waste material, he added.