LAHORE  - Another 23 people were tested positive for dengue on Monday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 1944. The new cases were reported from Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has directed holding meeting of Technical Advisory Committee on Dengue on daily basis during next 10 days for reviewing arrangements for eradication of dengue and vector management.

Chairing a meeting of Technical Advisory Committee on Dengue at the Institute of Public Health on Monday, he directed the field officers to ensure implementation of guidelines provided by the professionals.

Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar, Additional Secretary Health (Development) Ghulam Fareed, Dean IPH Prof Muaz Ahmed, Epidemiologist Prof Farkhanda Kokab, Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Dr Jaffar Ilyas, Chief Entomologist Prof Waseem Akram, Prof Humayun, Dr Irshad Sindhu and officers of PITB attended the meeting.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that steps were being taken for strengthening Institute of Public Health and making it research oriented institute for checking epidemic and resolving public health problems.

He said that Institute of Public Health would have to play its role for evolving timely solid strategy and taking steps for eradication of diseases particularly epidemics. He said that the Chief Minister was personally monitoring anti-dengue steps and people should also play their role in this regard.

Epidemiologist Prof Farkhanda Kokab said that dengue was a social problem and people should take steps personally for its elimination. She proposed constitution of mohallah committees for elimination of dengue.

He said that due to strict monitoring, attendance of senior doctors in the hospitals has been ensured. He said that all possible efforts have been made for obtaining correct data of dengue patients. He said that the authentic data would help controlling disease and case management.