“Dengue fever can be overcome with active cooperation of citizens. They should realise their responsibility,” DCO Najam Ahmad Shah said on Saturday. He was speaking on Anti-Dengue Day being observed across the city.
Several awareness walks were arranged by the Health Department.
MNAs Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MPA Begum Najma Afzal, Hajji Khalid Saeed, CPO Abdur Razzaq Cheema, Health Services Director Jawed Omer, Dr Muhammad Nawaz, WASA Managing Director Syed Zahid Aziz, PHA MD Ashiq Hussain Dogar and others participated in the walk in Faisalabad which started from Hilal-i-Ahmar Chowk and ended at the Health Department office.
The participants of the walk were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against dengue. They also carried pamphlets with information on precautionary measures to avoid contracting the dengue fever.
Speaking on the occasion, MNA Rana Muhammad Afzal said the objective of Anti-Dengue Day was to sensitise citizens about the issue. He said that dengue was a social issue which could be overcome with active cooperation and assistance of the community.
MNA Haji Akram Ansari highlighted the measures taken by the chief minister to control the dengue. He urged citizens to keep their houses and surroundings clean to minimise chances of dengue larvae breeding.
MPAs Begum Najma Afzal and Haji Khalid Seed appreciated the efforts of district administration for effective monitoring and surveillance and organising an effective awareness campaign.
An awareness walk was also held at Divisional Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).
The walk was led by DHQ Hospital Medical Superintendent Arif Ali and Additional MS Habib Ahmad Buttar. Doctors and paramedical staff also participated in the walk.
A seminar was also held at Allied Hospital in connection with the Anti-Dengue Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Allied Hospital MS Rashid Maqbool said arrangements had been made for treatment of dengue patients the hospital. He urged people to adopt precautionary measures against dengue fever infection.
GCUF observes anti-dengue day
The Government College University Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Zakir Hussain said students of the university would help develop anti-dengue vaccine to fight the disease.
He was addressing a seminar on dengue. He said resources of the university would be devouted to developing vaccine for the disease.
He said the government had many steps to control the dengue virus.
He stressed the need for social mobilisation for awareness about the disease.
He urged citizens to avoid accumulated water and to dispose garbage properly. He said unused plastic tyres should be wrapped at all times and water in containers should be refreshed regularly. He said people should keep mosquito repellents at their homes and urged them to keep their homes and localities clean.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2013.