LAHORE - The Anti-dengue Day was observed across the province on Sunday. On the call of Punjab government, lawmakers and babus led rallies and held special sittings, calling for adopting precautionary measures.

Government offices, medical colleges, hospitals and schools remained opened and the officials participated in cleaning, fogging and spray on respective premises. Medical universities and colleges including UHS and public sector hospitals arranged events like seminars and walks.

Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu told the media that surveillance teams, consisting of lady health workers and volunteers, were visiting every house, which would go a long way in eliminating the dengue menace. He said that free-of-cost treatment of dengue patients was being carried out in all government hospitals.

The Health Department arranged a walk on Cooper Road. Addressing the participants, Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar said that the mosquito was entering inside the houses because of reduction in temperature.

Auqaf and Religious Affairs Minister Syed Sultan Haroon led an anti-dengue walk at Aiwan-e-Auqaf. He urged scholars to play their part for the cause.

Lahore Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial visited different towns and participated in awareness walks of Data Ganj Baksh Town, Gulberg Town and Iqbal Town. He distributed pamphlets to the participants and citizens. He claimed to have made satisfactory arrangements to cope with the challenge. However, he called for public cooperation to achieve success.

The Punjab Metro Bus Authority established dengue desks at all stations to provide information to travelers about preventive measures. All stations of metro bus have been made dengue-free by conducting anti-dengue spray and this process would continue.

A spokesman for the Punjab Metro Bus Authority said travelers were being provided information regarding preventive measures against dengue disease at all stations, while anti-dengue pamphlets and brochures were also distributed by field inspectors. Banners were displayed against dengue at every entrance and exit of metro bus stations, urging the people to support Punjab government in anti-dengue efforts. The spokesman said that stickers were also displayed inside the metro buses to provide awareness against dengue to the travelers as well as for creating awareness against dengue menace.

The Lahore Development Authority organized an awareness walk, in Johar Town. The walk was participated by Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, Director DG’s (HQ) Rana Muhammad Shahzad, Director Engineering (HQ) Mudassar Tanvir Sheikh, Ejaz Kousar, Malik Mushtaq, Hasnain Baqir, Shakeel Anjum Minhas and a large number of other officers and officials.

The Lahore Waste Management Company took out a rally in Naseerabad. LWMC Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan led the demonstration. Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan said that it is essential to observe an Anti-Dengue Day to make the people fully aware about the dengue menace. He said, while process of cleaning open plots of LWMC continues throughout the year, but during anti dengue drive, special attention is given to it. Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan said that every year almost 2,400 plots are cleaned in order to apprise the general public about the importance of cleanliness, while the citizens are extended an appeal to help in maintenance of cleanliness. He said that necessary staff and machinery is available to ensure cleanliness throughout the city, Insha Allah, as result of effective steps taken by the Punjab government dengue disease would soon be eliminated. He also visited dengue awareness camps established under the auspices of LWMC.

A walk began from Govt. Shalimar Boys College to Shalimar Chowk during which the participants distributed pamphlets and visited every household to create awareness against dengue. MPA Bao Akhtar appealed to people to cooperate with government. Similar events were arranged in other districts of the province.