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  • Jun 22nd, 2018
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Dengue disease is moving from urban areas to suburban localities, hence, scope of dengue surveillance is needed to be further extended by district administrations in the province of Punjab. This was revealed by Dengue Experts Advisory Group (DEAG) chairman Prof Faisal Masood in the meeting of the cabinet committee for anti-dengue, here Thursday.

Provincial interim health minister Dr Jawad Sajid Khan, who chaired the meeting, asked the health department and other relevant organizations as well as the district administration in the province to proactively continue the anti-dengue activities in sensitive districts as per previous practice and procedure.

"No leniency will be tolerated in this regard as breeding hotspots of dengue mosquitoes can be increased and therefore, full attention should be given to dengue surveillance," he said.

Special secretary primary & secondary health Dr Faisal Zahoor, member DEAG Dr Somia Iqtidar, Prof Waseem Akram, Additional DG (dengue control) Dr Saeed Ahmed Ghumman, Deputy Secretary (primary health) Dr Yadullah, CEO (health) Lahore Dr Shehnaz, senior representatives of different departments including the PITB were also present on the occasion.

Dr Saeed Ghumman gave a briefing about the situation of dengue in the province and said that decline in dengue related activities has been witnessed by some departments and districts which is a matter of concern. The minister said that dengue surveillance and case response should be continued as like the past. In cities and areas where such activities are less, the same should be improved and awareness campaigns should be launched to raise public awareness against the disease of dengue, he added.

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