Punjab steps up dengue control measures


In an office meeting to review dengue control arrangements, Punjab Health Secretary Arif Nadeem on Tuesday directed officers to pay special attention to vector surveillance for effective control of dengue and to ensure all necessary arrangements were in place to determine any outbreaks of the virus in Lahore as well as other districts. The Centre Depository Company (CDC) director said in the previous season, the majority of dengue cases reports had come from Ravi Town, Data Gunj Bakhsh Town, Samnabad and Gulberg Town.
Chief Minister Special Assistant Salman Rafique said the arrangements for vector surveillance and dengue control must be ensured in all sensitive districts, including Lahore. Nadeem directed the Institute of Public Health (IPU) dean to conduct random surveillance exercises in Lahore to check for any presence of dengue larva. He was also asked to go through the records of dengue patients at union council levels as they had shown to be more vulnerable according to the record of the Health Department, so that more vigilance could be applied to vector surveillance.


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