LAHORE – The Institute of Public Health and Department of Health organised a one day workshop for Program Directors on dengue prevention and control.

The event was organised in collaboration with the World Health Organization with the aim to develop a pool of master trainers from each district of Punjab. WHO Operations Officer Dr Babar Alam, Dr Rubina Sarmad and Dr Rabia Arshad also attended the workshop.

The main objective of the training workshop at IPH was to provide feedback to the training team regarding further trainings to be held for the remaining master trainers at district level and polish their capabilities.

Speakers said that seasonal extremes have provided a window of opportunity for the health managers to prepare and reorganise themselves for combating dengue during the coming season. They gave an in-depth review on the vector responsible for dengue and pointed out the misconception about the adaptability of variation in the life cycle of the mosquito.

They also discussed the results of local research and warned the participants that the mosquito was more than capable of containing its existence in the region and spreading the disease.

Dr Rubina Sarmad also talked about organisational framework for dengue prevention and control. She highlighted the job description and responsibilities of program directors with special reference to vector control.