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Dr Yasmeen Presides Meeting to Review Anti-Dengue Campaign Across Punjab

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LAHORE– A high-level meeting was held under the chair of Provincial Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid at the Civil Secretariat on Tuesday for reviewing the activities of anti-dengue campaign.

The meeting was attended by Minister Auqaf Saeed ul Hassan Jaferi, Chief Secretary Punjab Naseem Khokhar, Additional Chief Secretary Cap (retired) Ejaz Ahmed, Provincial Secretaries Zahid Akhter Zaman and Cap (retired) Usman and DC Lahore Saleh Saeed including all commissioners and DCs attended the meeting through video link.

Departments including Labour and Human Resource, Fisheries, PITB, LWMC, Higher Education, Cooperative, Weather, WASA, LDA, Railway, Punjab Health Care Commission, Food, Police, Inhaar, Environment, Special Branch, Institute of Public Health, Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education and concerned officers attended the meeting.

Provincial Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Zahid Akhter Zaman, Commissioner Rawalpindi Cap (R) Saqib Zafar, DC Rawalpindi and the representatives of other departments were briefed on anti-dengue campaign.

Provincial Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that increase in dengue cases in Rawalpindi is a matter of great concern. She said that purpose behind imposing medical emergency in Rawalpindi is to control dengue cases. She said that complete controlling of dengue larvae is only possible through complete monitoring of affected areas.

All concerned departments will have to work jointly for overcoming the dengue disease. All public sector hospitals have been directed to increase the number of beds for the dengue patients. She said that months of September and October are very sensitive regarding controlling dengue.

“ICUs have also been alerted. She further said that district administrations should report every single case of dengue to Health Department with complete responsibility. Citizens should keep the houses, offices and work places clean.”

Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar reprimanded the DC Rawalpindi on showing negligence in anti-dengue campaign. Chief Secretary said that strict action would be taken against concerned Commissioner and DC for showing negligence in anti-dengue campaign.

He said that 100 percent implementation should be ensured by evolving a comprehensive action plan for controlling the disease of dengue completely.

A focal person should be appointed in Primary & Secondary Healthcare for informing all the officers regarding anti-dengue campaign. At the end, Fateha was offered for the departed soul of Late Prof. Dr. Faisal Masood.— PRESS HANDOUT