Advisor dissatisfied with anti-dengue measures
RAWALPINDI—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over anti-dengue activities carried out by government departments in Rawalpindi. Presiding over a meeting to review dengue control measures he warned “if dengue epidemic prevails in Rawalpindi, the concerned govt. departments would be held responsible”. He said nothing is more precious than human life, so zero tolerance would be shown in dengue control activities. The Advisor directed that dengue control activities and surveillance should continue even during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
He said that Dengue Expert Advisory Group has imparted training to the doctors and nurses for case management of dengue. He said that field formations of dengue surveillance have also been trained in their field.
Khawaja said that district governments as well as provincial department was regularly monitoring anti-dengue activities to ensure effective control on dengue. He said since the government is providing maximum resources and facilitating the departments therefore, no negligence from any department would be allowed. He said the provincial government is fully active and closely watching the performance of all stakeholders. He said that last year there were lot of dengue patients reported in Rawalpindi but due to extraordinary arrangements in hospitals lives of hundreds dengue patients were saved.
He said forecast of heavy monsoon rains, there is a need to remain vigilant and alert during the current year to control dengue mosquito breeding. He said that besides, taking anti-dengue measures, a vigorous public awareness campaign is also essential for effective community participation. He directed that all necessary steps be taken to control dengue in Rawalpindi district. Earlier, DCO Rawalpindi and concerned departments briefed the Advisor regarding the indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance activities being carried out.