LAHORE: “All 32 jails in the Punjab have been sprayed with insecticides and fumigated to prevent breeding of dengue mosquito and spread of the virus,” Prisons Inspector General Mian Farooq Nazeer said on Sunday.
He was talking to the media about the completion of the first phase of fumigation and insecticide spray at jails. The IG said that all medical officers at the jails had been appointed as focal persons for dengue fever control.
All range DIGs and jail superintendents have been directed to arrange requisite medicines in advance, so that any prisoner with symptoms of dengue fever could be treated at the jails and taken to a hospital only if specialised treatment was required. During the first phase, all barracks, kitchens, factories, mosques, residential colonies, offices, interview sheds, toilets, lawns and adjoining areas in and around all the prisons were sprayed under the supervision of medical officers and jail superintendents. The IG said that instructions had already been issued to the jail authorities for the second phase of insecticide spraying.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2012.
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