Punjab reins in break-bone fever: minister

Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare, Dr Akhtar Malik Saturday said that the PTI-led government during last three months had undertaken more effective measures to control dengue as compared to previous government of Hamza Shehbaz.

Dr Akhtar Malik was addressing a high-level meeting of Punjab Dengue Monitoring Committee at Civil Secretariat. The meeting was attended amongst others by administrative secretaries.

Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sunbal, divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners attended the meeting via a video link.

The health minister said that in a bid to control dengue, 20.4 million surveillance, 185,000 IRS and 7,000 fogging activities were undertaken by the government of Hamza Shehbaz, while “our government during past three months undertook 79.2 million dengue surveillance, 1.18 million IRS and 100,000 fogging activities across the province which reflected out commitment towards addressing these issues”.

He added that despite heavy flash floods the situation in the province is much better and “only 38 deaths were reported in the current years as compared to 98 casualties reported during the corresponding period of last year”.

The minister asked all deputy commissioners to expedite indoor surveillance activities.

Health Secretary Dr Irshad Ahmad said that due to hectic surveillance activities, 17,061 dengue confirmed cases were reported in Punjab.

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