LAHORE – Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that an effective strategy, in the form of close coordination between departments, has been devised to prevent the possible outbreak of dengue. A Cabinet committee has also been formed in this regard, he added.

The committee is also assisting in making arrangements by various departments for the eradication of dengue. He said that the persons of different sectors who have received training from Sri Lanka and Thailand are imparting training as master trainers to the people of various districts regarding preventive measures against dengue. He said that on the pattern of Lahore, the model of dengue brigade should be replicated in all districts for controlling this menace.

The CM said this while presiding over a high level meeting held to review measures to tackle with the possible outbreak of dengue at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, here Saturday. Parliamentarians, secretaries of various departments and experts were present.

Provincial secretaries informed about the measures taken by their departments against dengue outbreak. Experts informed the meeting that there is no need for spray against dengue at present.

Addressing the meeting, the CM said that every possible step is being taken to deal with the threat of dengue next season and public awareness is also being developed in this regard.

He said for creating awareness among the students, questions are also being set in examinations regarding dengue, and he directed Advisor on Education Zaeem Qadri and Secretary Higher Education to submit a report in the next meeting as to the questions asked and answer attempted by the students on the subject of dengue. He instructed for maintaining a thorough monitoring of the tyre shops and go-downs so that they do not provide breeding ground to the dengue.

The CM also sought a comprehensive system for providing information to the media regarding dengue situation. He said that media should provide facts to the people, however, it refrain from creating panic in the masses.

 He said that surveillance of dengue larva is the responsibility of Public Health Department and City Government as such they should play their due role.

Shahbaz directed that Solid Waste Management, PHA and Wasa should give a detailed briefing regarding cleanliness situation in the City, while commissioners of all divisions should inform about the steps taken for dengue control in their respective divisions in the next meeting.

Earlier, Secretary Health said that project management unit has started functioning in the office of DG Health Services and dengue situation is being reviewed on weekly basis. Commissioner Lahore said that cleanliness campaign is in progress in the provincial metropolis and heaps of garbage are being removed from open places.

Secretary Higher Education said that special periods for teaching the students about preventive measures against dengue are being held regularly in all colleges and special desks are also being set up in colleges where informative material will be available in this regard. Secretary Education said that regular inspection of schools is being undertaken while seminars are also being conducted. Secretary Food informed that more than 17,000 places have been checked and a special campaign for curbing adulteration especially in milk is in progress.

Secretary Transport apprised that cleanliness arrangements are being improved at general bus stands.

Punjab IT Board Chairman Dr. Umar Saif briefed the meeting about the system for advance information regarding outbreak of viral diseases including dengue which the CM appreciated and directed the departments concerned should devise a strategy with mutual consultation for adopting this system.