LAHORE - The City District Government Lahore on Tuesday launched Dengue Fever Control Programme to stop any further spread of dengue viruses waking up from its deep slumber at last. The programme will start from Thursday (Today). Contrary to reports, fumigation spray could not be conducted anywhere in the city on Tuesday. Following an increase in cases of dengue fever, the CDGL planned to launch a fumigation campaign in October 22 but failed to do so owing to its traditional lethargy. DG (Health) held an urgent meeting to chalk out the programme in his office. The meeting was attended by DG (Health), EDO (Health), DO (Health) I, II, III, Director (Communicable Disease Control), PA (Health) and other health officials. The meeting decided that the Dengue Fever Control Programme would involve three phases. "First phase will target those localities with more cases dengue fever. Second phase will cover 45 suspected areas in different Union Councils. Third phase will include all the nine towns. The programme will continue with rapid pace until the situation is normalised," meeting said. The meeting said that under the programme, extensive fumigation would be carried out in houses, parks, transport terminals, drains and other places. When talked to EDO (Health) Dr Fiaz Ranjah to know more about the programme, replied that with the launching of programme, city would be purged from dengue virus. "We are upgrading entire infrastructure including staff, spraying machines and quantity of insecticide," he said. He said that strength of fumigation teams standing at 45 had been improved to 150 more teams. "Hand machines for carrying out spray have also been increased from 13 to 119 while further order have been placed to purchase more 140 machines costing around Rs5,000 each," he maintained. Meanwhile, 20 auto fumigation machines costing Rs0.4 million would be imported from Germany within two or three days, he said. CDGL Chief Anti-Malaria Inspector Syed Muneer Hussain Rizvi said, "we are all set to launch the Dengue Fever Control Programme." He said that department had been provided more staff including spray men, supervisors, sanitary workers, naib qasid and sweepers. He said that department had received the supply of around 1000 litres of insecticide like delta methrine, diesel and petrol. Tenders had been, he said, approved to purchase more 3000 litres delta mathrine, 8000 litre diesel and 3000 litre petrol. He said people should not leave water in pots and lawns should not be watered so that mosquitoes had no place to breed, especially in October and November, the breading season of mosquitoes. Dengue is a flu-like viral disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue. The habitat of the mosquito responsible for spreading the virus is grassy paces like parks and lawns. The change in weather kills the mosquito. The first case of dengue fever surfaced in 1994. At least 160 people died due to the fever that year. The fever again surfaced last year when many people were killed.