Punjab Environmental Protection Secretary Sher Alam Mehsood called upon the health and other departments to take concrete measures for control of dengue as it spreads during monsoon, saying that dengue eradication could not be possible in a short span of time.

He was presiding over a meeting at the Commissioner’s Office. The meeting was convened to review the ongoing anti-dengue campaign and environment-related issues. The secretary said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had ordered to the departments concerned to work on a war footing against dengue virus and was visiting all over the Punjab for reviewing the arrangements of anti-dengue campaign. He said that dengue eradication could not be possible in a short span of time but it can be controlled by mobilising all the resources to wipe out the breeding of dengue. He said that since it was a social issue, the community should be sensitised to adopt preventive and pre-cautionary measures by keeping the sanitation and clean environment in each and every locality.

He said that the awareness campaign should be vigorous so that every citizen be educated to effectively participate in the campaign. He stressed that repeated inspections and surveillance should be ensured at the dengue virus breeding points which include: junkyards, parks and nurseries, tyre shops, under-construction buildings and water bodies. He also urged for proper disposal of solid wastes and medical refuse and control of industrial and traffic pollution.

Divisional Commissioner Dr Ejaz Munir, DCO Najam Ahmed Shah, Wasa MD Rashid Majeed, EDO Health Dr Abdur Rauf, DO Social Welfare Waheeda Iftikhar, DO Environment Farhat Abbas and the dengue district coordinator also attended the meeting. The divisional commissioner said that town-level emergency response committees would be constituted which will meet at-least once a week and review the output against Dengue Virus.

He said that all relevant departments in Faisalabad Division have been put on high alert to achieve the desired results of government measures against Dengue. DCO Najam Ahmed Shah, in his short briefing, informed the meeting that comprehensive survey of junkyards , grave yard, tyre shops, water drains and water bodies had been conducted for taking precautionary measures against dengue breeding.

He said that all hot-spots should especially be focused to eradicate the dengue lava.

He also said that the city-district administration had displayed hundreds of anti-dengue banners and hoardings at all vital places and a ‘ zero period’ is being arranged in all educational institutions for creating awareness to students. He said that 0.8 million papers and stickers have been distributed to the students and sought their viewpoints. He added that a comprehensive survey of the houses regarding cleanliness of their surroundings was also underway.