LAHORE - Pledging to continue the fight against dengue, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Anti-Dengue Larva Day will be observed across the province on Sunday (today).

“Getting rid of dengue is a mission of the Punjab government, but it cannot be completed without the help of masses, the chief minister said while talking to MPAs from various districts who met with him here Saturday.

He urged the people to join the government’s effort to fight against dengue, saying that the masses should observe Anti-Dengue Larva Day with the same spirit they exhibited while making the Anti-Dengue Day a success.

He stressed the people should play their role in keeping their streets, roads and surroundings clean since there was a need for concerted efforts to eliminate dengue larvae.

He said that government machinery along with elected representatives would lead the drive for elimination of dengue larvae on Sunday to rid the country of this deadly disease. The chief minister said that with the grace of Allah Almighty, and vigorous efforts of the government and popular cooperation, dengue had been controlled to a large extent.

He asked the MPAs to continue monitoring the steps taken in their respective areas for eradication of dengue while stern action should be taken against negligent staff. He said the Punjab government was following a revolutionary programme of welfare and uplift of the masses since service to the people was PML-N’s top priority.

He came down hard on the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for ignoring the people, saying: “The Punjab government has been utilising all resources to bring prosperity while the corrupt rulers in Islamabad have shown criminal negligence in serving the masses. “The rulers gave the country loadshedding and unemployment and they have lost the right to rule, and the people are now determined to oust them,” he said, adding that if people gave mandate to PML-N to serve them, the destiny of Pakistan would be changed under.

To mark Anti-Dengue Larvae Day, special teams, comprising entomologists, experts, and workers, will visits dengue-prone areas and adopt precautionary measures to avert the threat.

The Punjab government has also set up a helpline. In the City, Shahbaz will lead a walk from Liberty while pamphlets and brochures would be handed the masses to raise awareness about the disease.

Separately, American diplomat Robin Raphel called on the chief minister and discussed bilateral issues. American Consul General in Lahore Nine Maria and Michael Grey were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz congratulated Higher Education Secretary Ejaz Munir, Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Umar Saif and the boards of intermediate and secondary education for the success of online system. He said it was a historic step that helped in timely compilation of results. He said that it had also helped in elimination of forgery. He said that online system has improved the image of educational boards.