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June 20, 2017



Depts directed to focus on dengue surveillance


Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has directed all the departments  concerned to focus on dengue surveillance of graveyards, junkyards, tyre shops and godowns.

He asked the technical experts to update the guidelines for field staff for dengue surveillance according to the climatic effects on the dengue larvae as reports from semi-urban areas indicated that the mosquito is changing life pattern.

He stated this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue along with Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir in the Committee Room, Civil Secretariat on Monday, according to a handout issued here.

Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan, secretaries of local government, schools, cooperatives, forestry and senior officers of the departments concerned attended the meeting. Convener Dengue Expert Advisory Group Prof Faisal Masood and Prof Wasim Akram were also present in the meeting while Deputy Commissioners and CEOs of other districts also attended the meeting through a video link.

Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja directed the districts that under-reporting regarding dengue larvae should not be made. He said that larvae reporting is an indicator that the field teams are working properly. He directed the DCs to carry out third party assessment of indoor and outdoor surveillance in their respective areas. Prof Faisal Masood observed that during rainy season, Gujranwala district may become hotspot of dengue; therefore, special attention must be paid to dengue surveillance. He said that dengue larvae reports from semi-urban areas indicated that the mosquito is changing life pattern.

In-charge Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof Wasim Akram disclosed that dengue larvae has been caught from water accumulated in the big tree-holes; therefore, instructions should be issued to the field staff for special checking of such trees to eliminate the dengue breeding sites.

Kh Salman Rafique directed that the duty roaster for Eid holidays also be prepared and duties of field staff should be assigned in rotation. He said a large number of population will visit graveyards on Eid; therefore, dengue sweeping in graveyards must be completed before Eid.

Similarly, big gatherings of Eid prayers would be held in mosques and open grounds; therefore, special cleanliness drive also be carried out in these places for the safety of the people. Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir directed the CEOs District Health Authorities to ensure appropriate dengue indoor and outdoor surveillance in the respective districts. He warned that no leniency would be tolerated in this regard.

performance lauded: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore is strictly enforcing its zero-tolerance policy against corruption by keeping in view a vision of corruption-free society.

This was stated by NAB Lahore Director General Shahzad Saleem here on Monday. 

NAB Lahore has so far arrested 110 culprits since January 2017 till date who were allegedly involved in corruption and misappropriation of funds, the DG said.

In 2016, NAB arrested 126 accused persons and comparatively total 994 arrests have been made till NAB’s inception in 1999 to 2015 by Lahore region. 

According to a press release, the increased number of arrests by the regional bureau depicts its extended determination to resolve cases at earliest and to recover more and more looted money from them, Shahzad said, adding, all these accused persons were wanted in different cases of corruption, fraud, forgery, criminal breach of trust and corrupt practices.