RAWALPINDI - Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdad Ullah Bosal has urged the Ulema, religious scholars and members of peace committees to play their pivotal role in creating awareness among the citizens to adopt precautionary measures to avoid dengue threat in the division.

“Ulema and religious scholars should hold forums and deliver lectures on the importance of cleanliness as it is the only weapon to tackle the dengue virus,” he said during a meeting with the delegation of members of District Peace Committee, which called on him here on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by DPC Chairman Maulana Allama Syed Izhar Hussain Bukhari, Maulana Muhammad Akram Humdani, Maulana Mehmood-ul-Hassan Balakoti, Maulana Amin sialvi, Allama Ishfaq Waheedi and other many religious scholars.

Addressing the meeting, Imdad Ullah Bosal lauded the spirit of Ulema and urged them to highlight awareness message during their speeches at Friday congregations for ensuring cleanliness in an around the houses of citizens by themselves, so that Larva of dengue might not grow and survive.

“The Larvacidal campaign is also in progress and spray is being conducted by the District Health and other concerned departments in all the Union Council and areas of Rawalpindi District and citizens should also ensure cleanliness in and around their houses along with not letting any place wet or inundating water there,” the Commissioner said.

He added that the DCOs of all four districts has also been directed to convene meeting with Ulema to disseminate message of fighting against dengue to the masses with a view to involved everyone in the on going campaign against dengue.

DPC Chairman Allama Syed Izhar Hussain Bukhari, speaking on the occasion, assured all-out cooperation on the part of Ulema and religious scholars for playing their effective role in the campaign launched by the government against spread of dengue virus. He said that Ulema would highlight precautionary measure about dengue in their Jumma speeches to make the people alert and safe from the dengue and killing the dengue larva.  On the other hand, Rescue Dengue Eradication Campaign and Fire Safety Orientation Course, held at Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Headquarters, Islamabad, concluded.

Punjab Emergency Service (PES) Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi Training Wing sensitized on the dengue virus and imparted Community Basic Life Support and Fire Safety Orientation training to first group of rescue volunteers from ERRA.

The main objective of the training was to create awareness on dengue virus and its prevention. Furthermore the participants have also been trained on Basic Life Support and Fire Safety measure, so that they could perform their role in case of any emergency and disaster. Emergency Officer Community Training, Deeba Shahnaz Akhter, briefed the participants about emergency situation, roll of emergency service, role of community in case of emergency, importance of airway birthing circulation, vital signs and golden hour’s management with the help of presentation and documentary.

Meanwhile, a poster exhibition based on public awareness of dengue viral infection and preventions prepared by the students of different institutions has been displayed at the Rawalpindi Arts Council. A large number of students and other arts lover viewed the posters.

The Council has also finalized its events to observe 2nd September 2012 as “Prevention of Dengue Day” enthusiastically. A variety program based on awareness skits and songs would be held on September 2 at 11am. Seminar on Dengue virus and its prevention would be arranged at 1pm. To create awareness among children a puppet show has been organized at 2pm while a drama titled Dengue in Trouble would be staged at 4pm in RAC, informed the Council spokesman.