LAHORE – On the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a door-to-door dengue surveillance and awareness campaign has been launched for the complete eradication of dengue larva, as well as to educate the masses on precautionary measures against dengue.

This was stated by Khawaja Salman Rafique, special assistant to the Punjab chief minister, while inaugurating a special dengue surveillance and awareness campaign at Government College for Women Baghbanpura in Union Council-38, Wahga Town Lahore.

During this campaign, special surveillance teams –each comprising one entomologist, one supervisor from the Punjab Health Department, officials of the City District Government, 15 lady health workers (LHWs) and 10 volunteers – will visit each house in UC-38 and search for dengue larva, as well as educate the inhabitants on the techniques of checking larva breeding.

Rafique informed that the 6,000 houses located in UC-38 had been divided into 10 clusters and one team had been constituted for each cluster. He said that this team would be further divided into 3 sub-teams.

The special assistant to the Punjab chief minister said that the government and people of Punjab, especially of Lahore, had learnt a lot from the previous spell of dengue, when “government departments, people and the media succeeded in managing the situation under the dynamic leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.”

Rafique said that initially the experts of Sri Lanka and Thailand had helped a lot, but “now our experts are in a better position to deal with the menace of dengue.” He further said that door-to-door dengue surveillance campaign would also be extended to other union councils of Lahore. He especially directed the surveillance teams to educate the masses, especially women, on precautionary measures to control dengue breeding.

The inauguration ceremony was also addressed by Shaista Pervez Malik, EDO Health Dr Inamul Haq and Government College for Women Baghbanpura Principal Dr Fozia Iftikhar; while MNA Pervez Malik, MPAs Wasim Qadir and Raheela Khadim, Punjab Information and Culture Secretary Mohyuddin Wani, Punjab Health Secretary Captain (r) Arif Nadeem, Lahore Commissioner Jawad Rafiq Malik and other senior officers of the Punjab government were also present on this occasion.

Later, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Pervez Malik, Shaista Pervez Malik, Jawad Rafiq Malik, Dr Inamul Haq and Chief Minister Research Cell Incharge Dr Wasim Akram (entomologist) visited a few houses of the area and briefed the residences about dengue control arrangements.