LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has the district officials of Jhelum and Attock after hundreds of schoolgirls fell unconscious due to dengue spray .

The CM yesterday ordered the immediate suspension of DCO Jhelum, DCO Attock, EDO Health Jhelum, EDO Health Attock, EDO Education Jhelum, EDO Education Attock and TMOs of both districts for the negligence during anti-dengue spays at school. He said the samples of anti-dengue spray used in both the schools will also be sent to a laboratory abroad for chemical analysis after being examined in the country.

On Thursday, almost 150 students of a government high school in Jund district fell unconscious due to an anti-dengue spray at the school. The 1,334-student school was in session.

In a similar incident, over 60 students had fallen unconscious at Girls High School Domaili in District Jhelum on Friday.

Addressing a meeting through video link at Civil Secretariat Lahore, the chief minister said that every step for anti-dengue has been written in documents in detail but was not implemented practically. Similarly, committees have been constituted from provincial to district level but neither their performance has been reviewed nor monitored, he added.

“There is no legislation for regularising private sector by the concerned institutions with regard to insecticides. Had any emergency response committees been active at district level, such incidents would have been averted.”

Shahbaz Sharif inquired from the concerned authorities why permission was not taken from an authorised forum regarding anti-dengue spray. On his orders, an inquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the incident.

The inquiry committee comprises the Rawalpindi Commissioner while Dr Wasim Akram will review every aspect of the incident and submit his report after determining the persons responsible of negligence.

The CM was of the view that the concerned departments displayed criminal negligence by not implementing the plan evolved regarding anti-dengue. He said the affected girls and their parents had to suffer greatly due to such criminal negligence of the authorities concerned.

The CM also directed that best treatment facilities should be provided to the affected girls.

On the orders of Chief Minister, the Home Department has imposed section 144 throughout the province under which the anti-dengue spray by private companies has been banned at government and private educational institutions and public places.

Anti-dengue spray will not be carried out in any educational institution or public place in future without the permission of Health Department, the notification said.