LAHORE - Special Anti-Dengue squads of Environment department under the supervision of Secretary Environment Punjab Anwar Rasheed have claimed to inspect dozens of places in the city and lodged 70 FIRs against various junkyards, owners of tyre shops, under construction sites and nurseries owners after finding dengue larvae at these places during last one month.

Further, the special anti-dengue squads, headed by Secretary Environment Anwar Rasheed also inspected three places at Ferozpur Road and lodged cases against Wapda Hospital and two others on finding larvae at several places in the hospital premises. He immediately directed the Wapda hospital management to remove the water and to clear all the infected sites. Later, Itifaq Auto Workshop and Rang Sang Pane Company were also being sealed with lodging FIRs on the same allegation.

According to a spokesman of the department, Secretary Environment had constituted nine special Anti-dengue squads of EPA which have been working on daily basis to eliminate the dengue breeding sources in the city. Punjab government had assigned the task to Environment Protection Department to identify and eliminate the dengue breeding sites. The secretary, later, also inspected various tyre shops at Nulkha market and held a meeting with Nulkha tyre association. Environment department had inspected hundreds of places during the past one month and registered 70 FIRs and issued hundreds of warning notices. 

The Secretary Environment said in this regard that all kinds of awareness campaigns have been launched by EPD Punjab to create awareness among masses regarding dengue epidemic and government has been utilising all its resources to defeat the dengue virus. Meanwhile, an anti-dengue awareness seminar was arranged at Wahga Town Marriage Lounge with arranging a walk, starting from Akhri Mint to Quaid-i-Azam Interchange which was participated by officials of town and people belonging to different walks of life.

Further, District Coordination Officer Naseem Sadiq announced cash prize of Rs 2000 each for citizens on pointing out dengue larvae. In this regard the DCO also awarded cash prize of Rs 2000 to a women Shazia who identified a site where dengue larvae was found. Later, the DCO directed the surveillance teams to visit such site and conduct insecticide spray.