Islamabad - Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that process for recruitment of 1,062 dengue workers must be started immediately so that dengue preventive activities could be initiated by involving all field staff of health and line departments.

He stated this while chairing a meeting to review dengue control measures in Rawalpindi here on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, Tahira Aurangzeb, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Maryam Aurangzeb, MNAs, president PML-N Metropolitan Sardar Naseem, Raja Muhammad Hanif and Sobia Satti MPAs and other leaders Pirzada Rahat Massod Qudusi, Zia ullah Shah, Ch Zafar Iqbal, Mirza Mansoor Baig, Parliamentary Secretary Ch Sarfraz Afzal and representatives of government departments attended the meeting. EDO Health Dr Khalid Randhawa briefed about anti-dengue action plan 2015 to the participants and said that dengue surveillance was in progress and according to the laid down SOP sensitive union councils of Rawalpindi had been focussed for IRS.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar stressed on close coordination between district and sub-divisional level activities to check larvae at all indoor and outdoor potential breeding places and asked that elected representatives of respective areas may also be involved in the relating proceedings. In the light of provincial dengue control meeting the officers of irrigation department Rawalpindi had been given responsibilities to get the data of dengue patients to be admitted in private hospitals and monitor the flow of patients being referred to teaching hospitals from private hospitals. Raja also asked officers of provincial and federal government departments of twin cities to coordinate anti-dengue activities by utilizing all available resources and equipments.  

He said that we could save precious human lives by under taking prompt actions to eliminate dengue larva.

Commissioner Rawlapindi Zahid Saeed said that heavy rainfall and present environment was very conducive for larva breeding and we could overcome dengue threat by eradication of larvae. Tahira Aurangzeb, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal also shared their views for appropriate actions to combat dengue.