Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health chairs meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue

Lahore, April 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that Dengue Control Module of Punjab has been appreciated internationally and the experts recommended replication of this module in other parts of the world for dengue control. He directed that all the concerned departments should continue and enhance their tireless efforts to ensure appropriate control on this menace during the current year.

He stated this, while addressing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue, at Civil Secretariat, here today. Besides, Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah, Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan, DG Health Services Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University/Convener of Dengue Experts Advisor Group (DEAG) Prof. Faisal Masood, Secretary DEAG Dr. Somia Iqtidar, senior officers of all the concerned departments, Dean IPH, DCOs of Lahore and Sheikhupura, epidemiologists and officers of federal government departments based in Lahore also attended the meeting.

Additional Director General Dengue Control Dr. Fayyaz Butt briefed the participants of the meeting regarding overall dengue situation in the Punjab. Head of Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof. Wasim Akram advised that indoor dengue spray only be permitted, when adult dengue mosquito identified during indoor dengue surveillance.

Prof. Faisal Masood said that case response be completed within 12 hours in that vicinity from where dengue patient was reported. He further said that according to the guidelines and SOPs of dengue, the concerned EDO should immediately report to the Health Department and PITB when any confirmed dengue case reported in his respective district so that it could be tagged on the dashboard immediately and case response also be carried out in time.

Kh. Salman Rafique directed that the officers of all concerned departments should personally visit Rawalpindi and Multan to review the steps taken by their departments for dengue control so that gapes in the operational system also be removed. The Advisor also issued directions to the concerned departments to redress the sore points, highlighted by the Special Branch in its report.

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Directorate General Public Relations
Government of the Punjab
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