Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi reviewed the ongoing anti-dengue campaign in the Shah Jamal area of Lahore on Thursday.
The chief minister distributed pamphlets among the people to raise awareness against the fatal disease. He also interacted with the area people and asked them about the performance of the anti-dengue squad.
Talking to a citizen from whose house dengue larva was found, the chief minister stressed the need to adopt precautionary measure. He directed the anti-dengue squad to fumigate the surroundings of the house from where the larva was found. He asked surveillance teams to regularly fumigate hotspot areas.
The chief minister asserted that parks and the green areas should be specially fumigated on a regular basis. The Lahore commissioner, deputy commissioner and health department officials were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, around 196 new dengue cases were reported in Punjab on Thursday.
According to the health department, a total of 4,063 cases had been reported so far this year, while six people had died of the virus. “As many as 969 patients are currently under treatment in different hospitals of the province.”
According to the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, 67 cases were reported in Rawalpindi, 63 in Lahore, 29 in Gujranwala, four each in Multan and Khanewal, three each in Kasur, Sialkot and Vehari, two each in Attock, Sheikhupura Faisalabad, Chakwal, Gujrat, Rajanpur, one each in Jhelum, in Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Sargodha, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal and Chiniot
“All suspected cases of dengue have been kept in surveillance and their tests are being conducted. The anti-dengue squad under the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) eliminated dengue larvae at 2,120 places in the province during daily surveillance.”
The anti-dengue squad conducted surveillance at 421,275 indoor and 113,898 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours in different places. Furthermore, the P&SHD urged the people to adopt precautionary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.
Separately, Rawalpindi District Coordinator Epidemics Prevention and Control (DCEPC) Dr Sajjad Mehmood Thursday said that the number of dengue patients was fast increasing in the district. He added that the district administration was doing its best to control the dengue spread.