LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed extreme indignation over the increase in the number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi and strongly reprimanded heads of departments and institutions concerned and officers of administration. The Chief Minister said that there is no justification for increase in the number of dengue patients this year compared to the corresponding period last year. He said that the concerned departments and institutions have displayed criminal negligence towards taking timely measures for controlling dengue and no excuse will be accepted in this regard. He said that Punjab government had evolved an effective strategy against dengue and the concerned departments have shown negligence in its implementation.

He was addressing a meeting through video link on dengue control, here today. The Chief Minister said that the increase in the number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi is lamentable and the concerned departments have shown negligence and dereliction of duty towards dengue control. He said that departments concerned have committed an unpardonable mistake by not implementing the procedure evolved for controlling dengue virus. He said that had timely measures been taken against dengue, this situation would not have emerged in Rawalpindi. The Chief Minister said that there is nothing more precious than human lives therefore, effective measures should be adopted against dengue and modern technology should be utilized for this purpose. He further said that anti-dengue plan should be fully implemented and concerned departments should take effective measures through collective efforts.

The Chief Minister warned that he wants results and no excuse will be acceptable. He said that all departments concerned and district administration should play an active role in this regard. He said that due attention should be paid to indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance. He directed that Advisor Health, Chief Secretary, Secretary Health and Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University should stay in Rawalpindi and personally supervise anti-dengue measures. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Additional Chief Secretary and authorities concerned participated in the meeting from Civil Secretariat Lahore while Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique, Assembly Members, former MNA Hanif Abbasi, Secretary Health, Dr. Faisal Masood, DCO Rawalpindi and concerned officers through video link from Rawalpindi. Similarly, parliamentarians and administrative officers attended the meeting from Attock, Jehlum and Chakwal through video link.