LAHORE - Adviser to CM on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has urged the masses to remove stagnant water and other dengue hotspots from the houses for controlling the menace.

Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat on Monday, he said the community participation was a key for checking dengue at peak season. MNA Kiran Dar, MPAs Majid Zahoor, Pir Ashraf Rasool and Lubna Faisal, Additional Chief Secretary Syed Mubashar Raza, senior officers of various departments, public health experts, DCOs of Lahore and Sheikhupura, officers of PITB, Meteorological Department, Special Branch and other agencies attended the meeting.

Commissioners Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi divisions briefed the meeting regarding anti dengue activities through video link.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed early lifting of solid waste and complete sweeping in graveyards on the eve of Eidul Azha. He directed the analysis of blood samples of dengue patients for determining the type of virus.

He further directed the authorities to follow the instructions of the Health Department and SOPs laid down for fogging and spray in schools and colleges.

The meeting was informed that case response was being done regularly in areas from where probable and confirmed patients were reported. It was informed that special attention was being paid to Rawalpindi where dengue cases were higher than other areas.

Separately, Environment Secretary Iqbal Muhammad Chohan directed the officers to regularly check tyre shops, godowns, junkyards, nurseries and under-construction buildings in their respective areas.

Chairing a meeting yesterday, the secretary ordered stern action if larvae detected.

Environment Director General Javed Iqbal, Director Naseem-ur-Rehman Shah and other senior officers attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that special teams have checked 19541 tyre shops, 1961 junkyards, 802 under construction buildings and 1336 nurseries during the current year. Cases have been registered against 89 persons and notices served to 581 on detection of larvae from 150 places.