LAHORE - MPA Lubna Faisal has said that besides registration of FIR, strict action will be taken against the owners of educational institutions for not cooperating in anti-dengue campaign and having poor cleanliness conditions.

She expressed these views while presiding over a meeting accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Cantt Rao Iftikhar of Town Emergency Response Committee for anti-dengue Cantt and Walton Cantonment Boards, on Thursday.

Deputy Secretary Higher Education Nauman Jamil, DDO Health Cantt Dr Asif Iqbal, Senior Entomologist Dr Inamul Haq, representatives of DHA, Army areas, Health, Education, Fisheries, Cooperative and other departments as well as heads of educational institutions were present on the occasion.

The representatives of different departments informed the meeting about indoor and outdoor surveillance, clean sweep activities for eliminating larva in red alert and high risk areas, awareness seminars, distribution of pamphlets and other measures during anti-dengue campaign in the current week.

Lubna Faisal expressed dissatisfaction over cleanliness condition in different areas including Mian Mir Colony and some private educational institutions and said that these institutions were creating hurdles instead of cooperation to the anti-dengue teams and concerned staff during inspection.

Rao Iftikhar said that those educational institutions would not be spared as were playing with the health of children and becoming a source of breeding of dengue larva.

Lubna Faisal said that the Punjab government appreciated the role of private educational institutions for the promotion of education however indiscriminate action would be taken against all public and private institutions not implementing anti-dengue regulations so that human lives could be saved against dengue.

Assistant Commissioner Cantt directed the concerned institutions that rain water should be immediately drained in view of possible threat of breeding of dengue larva.

He said that zero period regarding dengue should be observed in educational institutions and awareness be provided to people especially women about dengue and importance of precautionary measures against dengue.

Adviser chairs dengue body meeting: Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat on Thursday to review implementation on measures adopted by different departments in the province especially in sensitive districts like Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Multan.

Elected representatives, senior officers of Health, Information, Agriculture, Irrigation, Fisheries, Social Welfare, Zakat and Ushr, Auqaf, Cooperatives, Labour, Environment, Local Government, Higher Education, School Education, PITB, Transport, Metrological Department, Pakistan Railways, Cantonment Board, Solid Waste, WASA, Police and Special Branch, Health experts, Commissioner Lahore, DCO Lahore, Entomologists and Epidemiologists attended the meeting while Commissioners Gujranwala, Multan and Rawalpindi participated through video link.

The meeting reviewed in detail the indoor and outdoor vector surveillance activities. DCO Lahore said that CDGL has increased surveillance teams that have detected larva in large quantity. He said that Nishtar Town, Ravi Town and Shalamar Town were sensitive areas.

He said that meetings of Town Emergency Response Committees were being held regularly.

He said that indoor residual spray has been conducted in 1180 houses. Moreover, 24950 fish has been stocked in the different water bodies.

Member of Dengue Expert Advisory Group Dr Somia Iqtidar informed that 106 doctors of private hospitals have been imparted training in clinical management of dengue patients, whereas, training of Food Department officials in surveillance has also been completed. The meeting was informed that close monitoring and surveillance was being conducted in graveyards, junkyards, tyre shops, construction sites and other places to eliminate breeding hotspots. The meeting also reviewed the stock position of insecticides and spray equipment.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed completing process of filling 4000 vacancies of dengue staff. He directed paying special attention to Rawalpindi, a sensitive district last year.