LAHORE – Samanabad Town Emergency Response Committee Chairman MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmad on Sunday constituted a special committee comprising town officer (revenue), deputy district officer (health) and chief entomologist for carrying out a survey of the graveyards in the town, and identifying and destroying dengue larva.

Presiding over a special meeting regarding dengue eradication in Samanabad Town, he said dengue could breed in graveyards because of accumulation of water there. The meeting was attended by town officers and officers of all the departments concerned.

Marghoob said instructions had already been issued to Auqaf department employees performing duties in graveyards to immediately report the town office about standing water, so that its drainage could be ensured. The meeting decided that the chief entomologist, along with a team, will again conduct survey of those factories, industries, junkyards, warehouses and under-construction buildings that were sealed because dengue larva was found there and because they had not adopted preventive measures against dengue. Marghoob assigned the principals of government colleges to visit five private educational institutions each and present a report in the next meeting. He also took notice of the accumulation of rain and sewerage water on Ranjha Road and directed Wasa authorities to immediately drain it out.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Town Dengue Control Response Committee Member Farah Deeba said on Sunday that anti-dengue campaign was in progress and all segments of the society were participating in it.

She said maintenance of cleanliness at public and private places was the only way to control the dengue virus. “The experience of developed countries should also be kept in mind while adopting dengue eradication measures,” she maintained.

Deeba said the town administration was conducting a survey of tyre shops and warehouses, and warnings had been issued to the ones having poor sanitary conditions. “The dengue awareness campaign is continuing in schools and colleges while students are also conducting walks in this connection,” said Deeba, adding that maintenance of cleanliness is essential as otherwise the desired results cannot be achieved.