LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at S&GAD Committee Room yesterday to review prevailing situation and devise strategy to overcome the menace.

Elected representatives, Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Secretary Irrigation Saif Anjum, Director General Health Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Additional Secretaries, Member DEAG Dr Somia Iqtidar, DCO Lahore Muhammad Usman and officers of Punjab Information Technology and Meteorological Department attended the meeting. DCOs and EDOs Health of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, Multan, Attock and Jhelum apprised the meeting regarding dengue situation in respective districts through video link.

Expressing concerns over absence of secretaries of various departments, Kh Salman Rafiq said that input of administrative heads of relevant departments was necessary for making anti Dengue activities more effective.

He said that Incharge Officers of Town Emergency Response Committees seldom attend meetings which directly affect the performance of subordinate staff.

Additional Director General Dengue Control Dr Fayyaz Butt informed that 524 confirmed dengue patients have so far been reported in Rawalpindi and 1052 in Islamabad.

The DCO Rawalpindi informed that public sector hospitals were extending treatment facilities to patients coming from Islamabad. He said that out of 208 admitted patients in the government hospitals of Rawalpindi, 131 were from Islamabad.

DCO Lahore informed that dengue situation in DHA and Cantonment Areas was gradually improving.

Incharge Chief Minister’s Dengue Research Cell Prof Wasim Akram observed that sustainability of temperature and warm weather in the day may extend dengue season till mid December. He said that targeted fogging and indoor residual spray has been allowed to eradicate the adult mosquito.