LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of dengue outbreak in Chakwal and directed the concerned authorities to take immediate precautionary measures and provide best healthcare facilities to dengue patients. He directed the Health Secretary to carry out a survey in the province and take effective measures and carry out fumigation in the areas that are prone to dengue outbreak. He also ordered action against the Health Department officials within 24 hours, who showed negligence in taking precautionary measures for eradication of dengue virus and carrying out fumigation in Chakwal. On CMs orders, Secretary Health Fawad Hassan Fawad has suspended Executive District Officer (Health) Chakwal Dr. Arshad Ali Sabir due to failure of making timely arrangements for checking dengue fever in district Chakwal and additional charge of EDO Health Chakwal has been assigned to District Officer Health Dr. Nasir Mahmood. Secretary Health informed that CM, while taking strict notice of the news items of outbreak of dengue fever in Chakwal, had directed the health department to take action against the persons responsible upon which action has been taken against the concerned officer for showing negligence in carrying out timely spray and performance of duties. He said 200 kg Delta Mythrine and one hundred kilogram Mythrine were dispatched immediately to Chakwal and spray has been carried out on emergent basis in dengue affected areas, Dhudial, Faimkasar, Phudhal and Bhain. In addition, arrangements have also been made for spray against mosquitoes in other areas of Chakwal. Director Health Services Rawalpindi, Dr. Zaffar Iqbal Gondal has informed that 49 suspected cases of dengue have been reported, out of which presence of dengue virus has been confirmed in six persons. He further informed that spray has been started in district Chakwal by bringing special spray pumps from Attock and Jhelum.