Minister, babus huddle for toughening action against dengue offenders

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Dr Akhtar Malik on Friday termed the next 15 days crucial in term of preventive measures to avert dengue spread, asking for expediting legal action against habitual dengue offenders and imposition of fine on them.

“No leniency will be tolerated in this regard.”

Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Minister Dr Akhtar Malik gave these directives while co-chairing a meeting of Provincial Dengue Control Committee along with Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sunbal held at Civil Secretariat here on Friday. The meeting was attended amongst others by administrative secretaries, besides all commissioners and deputy commissioners through video link. The meeting was briefed by Secretary Health Dr Irshad Ahmad in detail.

The meeting was informed that upon violation of dengue SOPs 263 people were arrested and 1064 FIRs registered against them. As many as 12 deaths and 8383 dengue confirmed cases were reported during current years so far. Dr Akhtar Malik said that 4-member team has been constituted which will monitor dengue workers activities on spot and submit their report in this regard.

He also directed commissioners and DCs to submit lists of Contingent Paid Satff so that they may be adjusted for dengue duties. He asked to increase dengue workers strength in a bid to prevent dengue situation. On the occasion, chief secretary Abdullah Sunbal asked to submit recommendations of panel of experts after reviewing dengue SOPs and expedite surveillance of larviciding activities. The chief secretary appealed to the citizens to lend their hand with the government for eradicating dengue larva. Secretary PSHD Dr Irshad Ahmad said that online modules have been developed in collaboration with PITB for training of dengue workers.

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