Public health: Nine more dengue cases confirmed

Around 250 people died and thousands were infected by dengue in an outbreak centred on Lahore a year ago.


Our Correspondent September 10, 2012

LAHORE:


Nine more people tested positive for dengue in Lahore on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the Punjab to 64, said Additional Director General for Vector Borne Diseases Dr Jaffar Ilyas.


Around 250 people died and thousands were infected by dengue in an outbreak centred on Lahore a year ago.

Also on Monday, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique presided over a special meeting of the Dengue Emergency Response Committee in Samanabad Town.

The committee decided that if staff found dengue mosquito larvae at a commercial place, an FIR would be registered against the owner of the place. Action would also be taken against those who leave empty bottles and garbage in open area.

Rafique said that businesses must pay special attention to the areas around their shops, plazas and commercial centres.

He said that the government was working hard to limit any dengue outbreak and members of the public must play their part. He said that a publicity campaign had been launched to raise awareness of precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, 91 FIRs were registered against owners of shops, godowns and factories for not cooperating with city government teams engaged in the anti-dengue campaign on Monday.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2012.

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