Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique instructed officials on Saturday to increase dengue surveillance activities during monsoon as weather conditions were conductive to mosquito breeding during monsoon.
He said presence of dengue larvae had been reported in some areas of the city. Rafique said that it had been reported that dengue mosquitoes nested in parks and open spaces. He said that mosquitoes nested in air coolers. Rafique directed officials responsible for indoor dengue surveillance to instruct the public to drain water from air coolers to check mosquito breeding. He instructed the health services director general to foster awareness about dengue publicly through print and electronic media. Rafique said that dengue had become a social ill. He said that it was mandatory to remedy the problem through the concerted efforts of public institutions, media and the community collectively to overcome this challenge.
Separately, Health officials said on Saturday that the department had commenced a recruitment drive aimed at filling vacant posts in the Dengue Control Programme.
Health Executive District Officer (EDO) Dr Zulfiquar Ali and Health Deputy District Officer (DDO) Dr Akhtar Saeed interviewed candidates for the openings of male sanitary patrols on Saturday (today). The department received 1,997 applications for 22 vacancies for male sanitary patrols while the number of applications for 129 posts of female sanitary patrols was 360. Candidates vying for the positions of female sanitary patrols would be interviewed on August 4.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.