LAHORE – District Coordination Officer Noor-Ul-Amin Mengal has put all the departments including health, agriculture, the PHA and environment on high alert over the expected breeding of dengue larva after monsoon rain in the City on Wednesday.

The DCO has directed the concerned officers of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to monitor dengue breeding places, particularly graveyards, under-construction buildings, nurseries, tyre shops and parks. He also stressed officers concerned to focus on the cleanliness of the City and get rain water drained out forthwith.

Mengal warned the deputy district officers (health) that if any dengue case was reported, the concerned officer would be held responsible. He also directed the executive district officer (health) to conduct a meeting with deputy district officers (health), inspect their dengue elimination plan and report to the DCO Office on a daily basis.

He also directed the town municipal officers of the City’s nine towns to cooperate with deputy district officers (health). “If negligence was shown by officers or employees of the CDGL, they will be treated as per law” the DCO warned.

It is worth mentioning that a full swing campaign to eliminate dengue mosquitoes and stop breeding of their larva was underway. Sanitary workers and inspectors, and lady health supervisors have been appointed for outdoor and indoor surveillance, respectively.

Meanwhile, Lahore DCO Noor-ul-Amin Mengal issued a new fee and fine notification for obtaining death and birthday certificates on Wednesday. As per the agreement between Nadra and the CDGL, no fee will be charged if birth or death certificates are obtained within 60 days of death and birth of an individual; while Rs100 will be charged on computerised birthday certificate.

Of the Rs100, Rs10 will be the bonus for the union council’s secretary. As per the notification, the fine in case of being late is as follows:

Rs50 up to 100 days; Rs60 for 101 up to 200 days; Rs100 for 201 up to 300 days; and Rs150 for 300 and above days. It is worth mentioning that Nadra has no share in the amount of fine that will go directly into the the account of the union council. The DCO has directed all the union council secretaries to follow the new notification. In case of negligence, action would be taken against them, Mengal warned.

Also, as many as 250 bags containing essential items were distributed among 250 needy and poor families by the CDGL with the aid of the Turkish Government on Wednesday afternoon at the Town Hall.

In the ceremony of distribution of essential items, Assistant Commissioner (City) Saira Umar, Deputy District Officer (HRM) Rahat Jabeen and Program Coordinator Tika Kenal Insaal were also present. The administration said each bag had essential items such as flour, ghee, pulses, Basin, milk and dates for one month. Mengal thanked the Turkish government on behalf of the citizens of Lahore and thanked the Tika company and its representative for showing this sympathetic gesture.