Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique on Monday stressed the need for monitoring teams carrying out dengue fever surveillance activities.
He told a meeting of the Cabinet Committee for Dengue Control the Capital Development Authority, Pakistan Railways and Cantonment Board should be involved in anti-dengue fever campaigns in Rawalpindi and Lahore.
He praised government departments for continuing anti-dengue operations during Eid holidays.
He said chances of dengue mosquito breeding had increased with the start of monsoon.
Health Services Additional Director General Islam Zafar said 10 dengue fever cases had been reported in the Punjab. Two of the patients were from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, he said.
He said more than 50 dengue fever patients had been reported in Swat and that fever surveillance should be accelerated in Rawalpindi as a large number of people commuted between the two cities.
Officials from School Education, Higher Education, Labour, Social Welfare, Environment, Auqaf, Agriculture, Irrigation, Fisheries, Local Government, Transport and Information and Culture Departments apprised the meeting of cleanliness campaigns launched Eid holidays.
Information and Culture Department Additional Secretary Rana Ghulam Abbas said cleanliness activities and awareness campaigns had been lauched at the Directorate General the Public Relations, the Punjab Arts Council, Lahore Museum and Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi Arts Councils. He said seminars had been organised at arts councils to educate people about dengue fever.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2014.