LAHORE - Following the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s directives, Anti-Dengue Day was observed across the province including Lahore on Saturday to raise public awareness about benefits of precautionary measures.

Seminars, walks and stalls were arranged to create awareness about treatment of dengue and measures to curb the menace.

Briefing the newsmen after dispatching vehicles carrying banners for promoting awareness in connection with the Anti-Dengue Day, Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu said that provincial and district governments were taking measures for effective control of dengue. He said that public awareness was an effective tool for dengue control.

Director General Health Dr Tanveer Ahmad, Dr Inam ul Haq, Dr Jamil Chaudhry, Dr Darkhsan Badar, Dr Ateeq ur Rehman and other officers also present. Khalil Tahir Sindhu said after worst dengue epidemic of 2011, coordinated efforts of government departments and health workers, enthusiastic participation of general public and a very vital role of mass media, the dengue was completely controlled in a very short span of time.

Additional Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Health Department visited various government hospitals of Lahore in connection with anti-dengue day. They inspected high dependency units and arrangements of treatment for dengue patients. They also reviewed the cleanliness situation regarding eradication of dengue in the hospitals.

Chairing a meeting at Environment Protection Department, Minister for Environment Protection Col (r) Shuja Khanzada said the government took every possible step to eradicate dengue and had adopted such an effective strategy with which breeding places of larva could be identified and eliminated. He said the Environment department had been working very efficiently in all parts of the province to cope with dengue.

The district administration arranged an awareness dengue walk in connection with Anti-dengue day. The awareness walk started from Town Hall and ended at GPO Chowk. Provincial Minister for Health Punjab Tahir Sindhu and District Coordination Officer Naseem Sadiq led the walk attended by officers of City District Government and people belonging to different walks of life.

The Government Islamia College, Railway Road, held an awareness walk which started from the college gate to the Railway Station. The college staff went door-to-door in the vicinity and informed the people about the dengue mosquitoes and precautionary measures against them. An awareness stall was also arranged in the college which was visited by scores of students.

In Rawalpindi, the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) observed Saturday as Anti-Dengue Day.

All the staff members of the RAC were present on the occasion. Awareness flyers and pamphlets of the venial viral of dengue were distributed amongst the visitors, general public and students throughout the day. The stagnant water was removed from the fountain and loans in the premises of this council. All the staff members participated in cleanliness campaign launched by this council to clean all those places, which could be favourable for dengue virus.

Resident Director RAC, Waqar Ahmed, pledged to make the anti-dengue campaign successful launched by government of the Punjab.