FAISALABAD - Punjab Secretary (Environment) Saeed Iqbal Wahla held a meeting with Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot DCOs Naseem Sadiq, Shahid Niaz, Javed Iqbal Bukhari and Dr Irshaad respectively as well as divisional, district and tehsil heads of different departments at the Commissioner Office. Addressing the meeting, the secretary said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had issued special instructions to gear up the efforts against dengue for safeguarding precious lives.  He emphasised the need for a mass awareness campaign to conduct door-to-door visits, hold corner meetings, lectures at education institutions besides distributing informative pamphlets and displaying banners and holding stemmers to ensure precautionary measures at residences, shops, factories, markets and other work places.  He said that legislation process was also underway by the Punjab government for prevention of communicable diseases.  However, there was no hindrance in taking legal action against the persons causing unwanted growth of larvae under the Local Government Ordinance, Punjab Epidemic Disease Act, Punjab Environmental Protection Act and the Criminal Procedure Code.  The secretary also gave details of insecticides, fogging machines, shoulder=mounted spray machines and other machinery provided by the Punjab government to the district to cope with dengue. He said that tyres were safe havens for dengue larvae to grow, thus the used tyres should be shredded and regularly monitored by the Tehsil administrations. He said that vector surveillance exercise should be repeated to check air coolers at houses, offices, shops, mosques and other buildings for 100 % elimination of dengue larvae.  Commissioner Tahir Hussain expressed his satisfaction over the anti-dengue measures in the four districts of the Faisalabad Division and said that dengue was under-control because of the strenuous efforts of the Punjab government. However, anti-dengue operations would continue to avoid any untoward situation, he added.