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More than 100 people arrested over violations of dengue SOPs

Under the direction of the Chief Secretary of Punjab, the authorities have continued to take action against violators of the dengue SOPs across the province, arresting 112 persons and registering 592 cases in different cities during the last three days.

Officials presented the report regarding the action at a meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal at the Civil Secretariat. The officials briefed the Chief Secretary that nine persons were arrested in Lahore, 100 in Rawalpindi, one each in Attock, Chakwal and Vehari, while 592 cases including 231 in Lahore and 210 in Rawalpindi were registered.

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The Chief Secretary directed that the ongoing actions over the violation of dengue SOPs be expedited. He said that the protection of people’s health and lives is the most important for the government, adding that all possible measures will be taken to protect citizens from dengue. He said that collective efforts against dengue must continue as any complacency can turn the dengue into an epidemic.

The Secretary of Primary Health gave a detailed briefing at the meeting. He said that 1603 beds are allocated for patients in dengue wards of government hospitals and at present 307 dengue patients are under treatment in hospitals. He mentioned that 1303 confirmed dengue cases and four deaths have been reported in the province so far this year. 543 cases were reported in Lahore, 466 in Rawalpindi, 57 in Gujranwala, and 25 in Faisalabad, he added.

Secretaries of various departments and officers concerned attended the meeting while all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through video link.



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