LAHORE - City government officials on Friday found a large number of dengue larvae in Miani Sahib graveyard and destroyed it as District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal said the anti-dengue campaign was continuing in all towns of the city and town municipal administrations were taking measures to eradicate the dengue larvae.
Additional District Collector Nadir Chattha, along with Samanabad Town officials, said they had found a large number of dengue larvae in Miani Sahib Graveyard and destroyed it. The number of dengue patients in the province has increased to at least seven in the last couple of days despite the Punjab government’s claims of remaining “alert and making all kinds of arrangements to cope with a possible outbreak of dengue in the province”.
Meanwhile, DCO Mengal said all graveyards of the city would be clean and made water-free within two days. “Citizens can visit the graves of their kith and kin without any fear on the day of Eid,” he said.
He said that anti-dengue activity was also carried out in Aziz Bhatti Town where the town TMO, along with employees of the Health Department and volunteers of civil defense, visited various graveyards in union councils No, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, 45, 48, 43 and 41, and checked the arrangements.
Separately, a survey of graveyards falling in the jurisdiction of Data Gunj Bakhsh Town was conducted. Standing water in graveyards of Shadman, Muhammad Hussain Shah Jamal Road, Sanda, Gulshan-e-Ravi D-Block and Mominpura was removed by the town administrations.
The DCO Lahore said water pots had been removed from these graveyards. TMO Gulberg Town Faisal Shahzad visited the ICC paint factory and where fogging spray was conducted at factory limits. He also directed the factory administration to carry out all cleanliness arrangements. Despite these arrangements, five to seven cases of dengue, including that of a Chinese citizen who had arrived in Lahore via Bangladesh, have been reported across the province so far.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Health Department has issued an intensive emergency plan that wou8ld work round the clock to facilitate people during Eid holidays.
According to a spokesman of the provincial Health Department, instructions had been given in this regard to heads of hospitals, the health services DG, the health services director, health EDOs, and the superintendents of hospitals in the district headquarters and tehsil headquarters.
The health secretary ordered a complete health cover, including medical, surgical and emergency care services to people during the holidays of Eidul Fitr.
He said the crisis management plan to counter any situation should be made and the availability of vaccines, injections, ambulances as well as blood donors’ list must be ensured.